Govt will give Rs 1 crore to any sportsperson representing India: MP sports minister

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Province Moves Forward on Bedford Ice Rink Project

first_img A new ice rink project in Bedford is going to help localresidents skate towards a heathier future. A three-rink ice complex is now set to proceed on five hectaresof land near Duke Street and Highway 102. The province has soldthe land to a developer, Banc Development Limited. The project isexpected to be completed within a year. “The province is working with the community to create a wonderfulnew recreational facility, one that will contribute to ahealthier population,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works, today, June 30. “It’s great thatwe can help.” “This sale of provincial land will give children moreopportunities for recreation and will improve the health of ourcommunity,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald.”Across government departments, we’re helping communities provideopportunities for people to be active.” TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Province Moves Forward on BedfordIce Rink Projectlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, Country Harbour Mines, will have alternating one-lane closures for ditching, installation of pipes, asphalt patching and repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the end of March 2013. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 eastbound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection, will have periodic lane closures for the installation of traffic signals, patching and paving until Monday, Nov. 19. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105, Little Bras d’Or Bridge Traffic on Highway 105, the Trans Canada Highway, is being detoured onto the new Little Bras d’Or Bridge, while work is being done on a water pipeline. When work is complete, traffic will return to the existing bridge until work is completed on the new bridge approach road. Drivers should travel with caution. The new bridge is scheduled to open at the end of November. QUEENS COUNTY: Potanoc Bridge Weather permitting, Potanoc Bridge will be closed for repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 14. The detour route is via the Milton Bridge, about 1.5 kilometres south of Potanoc Bridge. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, Tangier to Spry Harbour, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Some night work may be required. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Traffic on sections of Highway 1, from about one kilometre east of Annapolis Royal to about six kilometres west of Annapolis Royal, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Route 340 Traffic on sections of Route 340, from the intersection of Townshipline Road, near Ohio, south for about seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Route 303 Traffic on sections of Route 303, from the Digby town line to the Saint John Ferry Terminal, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road, and Hatchery Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road, from Trunk 4 north to Cenotaph Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and road repairs until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from St. James Road to Groves Point, will have one-lane closures for milling and repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. DIGBY COUNTY: Back Road Traffic on sections of Back Road, from the intersection of Landsdowne Road to Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clementsvale Road Clementsvale Road, from Princedale Branch Road to Clementsport Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Beaverbrook Bridge The Beaverbrook Bridge on the Cabot Trail, Middle River will be reduced to one lane for culvert repairs until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic signals in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: West Ship Harbour Road West Ship Harbour Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Traffic on sections of Highway 10, from the Lunenburg County Line north to Ridge Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. LUNENBURG: Trunk 3 Trunk 3, Fletcher Hebb Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic signals are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Intersection Route 333/Trunk 3 Intersection Route 333/Trunk 3 will have stop and go traffic for installation of traffic signals, asphalt patching and repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place at night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road near Jacket Lake will be reduced to one lane for about six kilometres for paving until Friday, Nov. 30.Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Traffic on Highway 125, between Exit 6 and Grand Lake Road, will be slowed by twinning construction until Monday, Dec. 3. Drivers should expect slow-moving traffic and be aware of trucks turning during construction. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Welshtown Bridge The Welshtown Bridge will have a five-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Vehicles over five tonnes can use Highway 203 known as the Ohio Road, Trunk 3, and Upper Clyde Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 3 east for about four kilometres, to Old Landfill Road in Mount Uniacke, will be reduced to one lane for widening, milling, guardrail and shoulder work. When work is complete, Old Landfill Road west to Exit 3 will be reduced to one lane. The project is expected to be completed by Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Traffic on sections of Route 316, west of the intersection of Whitehead Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic control people are on site and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Drivers should travel with extra care. PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and there is a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 3 Traffic on sections of Highway 3, from Exit 32A to the intersection of Route 308 at Tusket, will be reduced to one lane for culvert replacement and paving until Friday, Nov. 16. -30-last_img read more

Three of family found dead inside IITDelhi campus

first_imgNew Delhi: Three members of a family were found hanging inside the Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi premises, the police said on Saturday. Bodies of Gulshan Das, a senior lab assistant in the Department of Bio-Chemistry at IIT, his wife Sunita and his mother Kamta were found hanging inside Kumar’s official accommodation late on Friday night. No suicide note was recovered, said the police. According to the police, they had reached the IIT campus after receiving a panic call reporting domestic violence by Sunita’s mother, who was unable to reach her daughter. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Upon reaching the flat, it was found bolted from inside. The police broke open the door to find three bodies hanging from the roof. “The women were hanging in separate bedrooms with dupattas tied round the fans. Gulshan was hanging in the corridor with a dupatta tied to an overhead rod/pipe,” said DCP (South-West) Devender Arya. “No external injuries were found on any of the bodies and no suicide note was recovered from the house,” police said. “We have sent the bodies for post-mortem. Gulshan’s family, based in Haryana, has been informed of the tragedy,” said Arya. The police suspect it to be a case of suicide.last_img read more

Montreal council unanimously adopts hand gun ban motion seeks national ban

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal’s city council unanimously adopted a motion on Monday calling for the federal government to ban the possession of handguns and so-called assault weapons across the country except for members of security forces and other authorities mandated to posses firearms.The resolution follows a similar motion passed by Toronto city council in July after a gunman opened fire on the city’s Greektown district, killing two people and injuring 13 others.Coun. Alex Norris, who tabled the motion, told the assembly the problem of guns in cities won’t be solved with a local ban and, thus, a nation-wide prohibition on certain types of weapons is necessary.“(A local ban) would be a half measure and completely inefficient because it would be simple to import firearms acquired in another part of the country into the big cities.”The city’s motion also calls on the federal government to strengthen its gun-control bill, known as C-71, which doesn’t prohibit the private ownership of handguns or military-grade firearms.Norris’s motion excludes members of the Canadian Armed Forces, police as well as other authorities mandated to possess firearms.He said the motion doesn’t target shotguns or hunting rifles, but takes aim at handguns and firearms known as “assault weapons,” which Norris described in the past as “police or military-style weapons.”Montreal’s police union released a statement applauding the motion, saying it is “always in favour of a strict control over the possession and circulation of firearms.”The president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, however, said last week the country’s gun laws are “very good” and his organization wasn’t seeking any wholesale legislative changes in response to recent gun violence.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said his government is “listening attentively” to the council motions from the nation’s two largest cities.last_img read more

Frances SaintGobain Eyes Moroccos Gypsum Market

Rabat – In an effort to expand to the global market, French multinational company Saint-Gobain  announced today their partnership with Morocco.The agreement would set up a joint-venture between Saint-Gobain and Moongypse, a Moroccan exporter of gypsum-based plaster such as tiles, plasterboard, molding plaster, and plaster tiles.Saint-Gobain, is a leading manufacturer of mirrors, and is now producing construction and high-performance materials. Moongypse has links to Benin, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Nigeria, and Togo. According to their website, this agreement will be the first for Moongypse in the Western world.While phosphates and textiles are among Morocco’s largest exports, these exports have declined over recent years in favor of agricultural products, which account for a large percentage of Morocco’s GDP.Morocco’s gypsum exports fell from $3,330,619 in 2005 to $2,441,522 in 2010 due to increased attention on agriculture and tourism.Demand for gypsum has increased in recent years, with countries such as India and Oman taking advantage by exporting larger quantities globally. Morocco may be another country that will profit from gypsum.In addition to the agreement, Marcel Cobuz, CEO of LafargeHolcim, a manufacturer of building materials, announced today on Twitter their partnership with Saint-Gobain in Morocco.Within the deal, Cobuz described Saint-Gobain as a “future platform for gypsum products innovation,” taking interest in the future of gypsum exporting in Morocco.The agreement is still awaiting the approval of the Moroccan government. read more

After second deadly storm strikes Dominican Republic UN relief agencies step in

UN agencies are working at full capacity to help the Government deal with the aftermath of the storm, with emergency technical and assessment teams deployed to the most affected areas, according to information released today by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).So far 22 people are confirmed to have died in the Dominican Republic as a result of the storm, which struck the island of Hispaniola on Tuesday and Wednesday. Two others were killed in neighbouring Haiti and three more in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Jamaica, as it continued its path of destruction across the Caribbean. Tropical Storm Olga is expected to bring more rain to the countries it has already hit.OCHA said at least 35,000 Dominicans have been internally displaced, while more than 7,500 houses have been destroyed or substantially damaged and 76 communities left isolated. But the overall impact is expected to less severe than that caused by Tropical Storm Noel, which struck at the end of October and start of November.The World Food Programme (WFP) is calling for $4 million over the next six months so that it can provide food relief to about 55,000 Dominicans suffering from either Olga or Noel.WFP Regional Director Pedro Medrano, speaking from the agency’s regional office in Panama, said some of the affected people had just begun to rebuild their lives after Noel when Olga arrived.“Now they find their efforts seriously set back or literally washed away,” he said. “They need our help, as do all the other communities now affected by this destructive wave of storms.” 14 December 2007United Nations relief agencies have activated their emergency response systems in the Dominican Republic for the second time in just over a month after the country was hit this week by Tropical Storm Olga, which has killed at least 27 people as it crossed the Caribbean region. read more

Ban condemns killing of UN blue helmet in Central African Republic

In a statement issued this evening by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban condemned the killing of the “blue helmet” severing with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission, known by the French acronym MINUSCA, in Batangafo, located 400 kilometres north of the capital, Bangui. “Following an outbreak of violence between armed anti-Balaka and ex-Séléka elements at an internally displaced persons camp in Batangafo, ex-Séléka elements confronted MINUSCA troops at a nearby MINUSCA checkpoint,” said the statement, which added that during the incident, one peacekeeper went missing and was subsequently found dead. “The Secretary-General deplores, in the strongest terms, any attacks against UN peacekeepers, and calls for swift action to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice,” said the statement. Mr. Ban in the statement strongly condemned the ongoing fighting in the CAR and reiterated his call for all armed groups to immediately lay down their weapons and refrain from violence. “He underscores the importance of creating an environment conducive to the holding of elections in line with the calendar announced by the National Electoral Authority to complete the country’s transition and bring sustainable peace and stability to the Central African Republic,” the statement stressed. Further to the statement, the UN chief reiterated that MINUSCA will take all necessary measures in line with its mandate to protect civilians and foster stability. Mr. Ban also offered his sincere condolences to the family of the victim and to the Government of Cameroon. The UN mission had reported earlier that that the National Electoral Authority yesterday announced that the constitutional referendum will take place on 13 December and the first round of presidential and legislative elections will be held on 27 December. A second round of elections, if necessary, will be conducted on 31 January 2016. MINUSCA, which was set up in April 2014 to help bring peace after a breakdown of governmental authority and vicious intercommunal fighting between mainly the Muslim Séléka group and the mainly Christian anti-Balaka movement, currently maintains nearly 11,000 uniformed personnel in the country. A recent crisis was sparked in the capital, Bangui, on 26 September, when according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) violent clashes erupted between the residents of PK5 in Bangui’s 3rd district and the 5th district after the death of a young Muslim taxi motorcyclist. The violence left dozens of people dead and several injured. Houses were looted in other neighbourhoods and many burned. Thousands of people have fled the areas with heightened tension to seek refuge mostly with host families and in displacement sites. read more

NABBED Gunmen who rob customer outside Diamond bank arrested

…one of the suspects nabbed is on bail for $9M casino robbery – Crime ChiefA suspect in the Princess Hotel Casino $9 million heist, along with four other suspected accomplices, was on Saturday nabbed moments after committing a robbery at Diamond, East Bank Demerara. Richard Junior Stewart, who was granted bail for the casino heist, is presently in Police custody assisting with this investigation.Robbery suspect: Richard Junior StewartAccording to a Guyana Times report, a customer had just withdrawn $330,000 from a commercial bank at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, was departing the bank’s premises at about 11:00hrs when he was pounced upon by Stewart and his four accomplices and relieved of the bag containing the money.Thereafter, the five men jumped into a car and fled the scene. The Police were contacted, and based on the description given to them by the victim, intercepted the getaway vehicle and arrested Stewart and the four other men, who are all characters known to the Police.When contacted, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed both the occurrence of the robbery and the arrest of the five suspects. He also related that Stewart had been released on bail in connection with the Princess Hotel heist, which occurred on April 29, 2016 at Providence, East Bank Demerara. In addition, Stewart is on bail on illegal possession of firearm and ammunition charges that were brought against him.Stewart, Wayne Griffith of Bagotville, West Bank Demerara and Andrew Blackman of 60 Middle Street, McDoom East Bank Demerara were arraigned in connection with the casino robbery. It was reported that the trio, along with others, robbed the Princess Hotel cashier of a total sum of $8,951,000. During the robbery, several workers and patrons of the casino were shot and injured. In addition, Lance Corporal Andrew Richardson was shot during a gunfight with the men while responding to a report of the robbery.It was reported that Stewart and three other men, all armed with guns, entered the casino and discharged rounds in the air. The men held up the security guard who was on duty, and took away his shotgun and ammunition before ordering everyone to lie on the ground. They then took the security guard to the cashier’s cage, where they held up the cashier and took away the money. Police ranks responded to a report received and confronted the bandits at the hotel; and in the ensuing gunfight, the police rank was shot.The five men are, in the new week, expected to be charged in connection with this robbery which occurred on Saturday at Diamond, EBD. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedThree suspects in multi-million-dollar Casino heist remandedMay 6, 2016In “Crime”UPDATE: Bandit nabbed in Eccles, Police hunting accompliceNovember 8, 2016In “Crime”Suspect in $9M Princess casino robbery found guilty, gets 5 years jailNovember 26, 2018In “Business”,…one of the suspects nabbed is on bail for $9M casino robbery – Crime ChiefA suspect in the Princess Hotel Casino $9 million heist, along with four other suspected accomplices, was on Saturday nabbed moments after committing a robbery at Diamond, East Bank Demerara. Richard Junior Stewart, who was granted bail for the casino heist, is presently in Police custody assisting with this investigation.Robbery suspect: Richard Junior StewartAccording to a Guyana Times report, a customer had just withdrawn $330,000 from a commercial bank at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, was departing the bank’s premises at about 11:00hrs when he was pounced upon by Stewart and his four accomplices and relieved of the bag containing the money.Thereafter, the five men jumped into a car and fled the scene. The Police were contacted, and based on the description given to them by the victim, intercepted the getaway vehicle and arrested Stewart and the four other men, who are all characters known to the Police.When contacted, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed both the occurrence of the robbery and the arrest of the five suspects. He also related that Stewart had been released on bail in connection with the Princess Hotel heist, which occurred on April 29, 2016 at Providence, East Bank Demerara. In addition, Stewart is on bail on illegal possession of firearm and ammunition charges that were brought against him.Stewart, Wayne Griffith of Bagotville, West Bank Demerara and Andrew Blackman of 60 Middle Street, McDoom East Bank Demerara were arraigned in connection with the casino robbery. It was reported that the trio, along with others, robbed the Princess Hotel cashier of a total sum of $8,951,000. During the robbery, several workers and patrons of the casino were shot and injured. In addition, Lance Corporal Andrew Richardson was shot during a gunfight with the men while responding to a report of the robbery.It was reported that Stewart and three other men, all armed with guns, entered the casino and discharged rounds in the air. The men held up the security guard who was on duty, and took away his shotgun and ammunition before ordering everyone to lie on the ground. They then took the security guard to the cashier’s cage, where they held up the cashier and took away the money. Police ranks responded to a report received and confronted the bandits at the hotel; and in the ensuing gunfight, the police rank was shot.The five men are, in the new week, expected to be charged in connection with this robbery which occurred on Saturday at Diamond, EBD. read more

Wreckage of Sunbeam is now in two pieces

first_imgTHE 111-YEAR-OLD WRECKAGE of a boat that washed up on a Kerry shore has broken into two pieces, the Department of Heritage has said.Locals yesterday called for the government to intervene, after the wreckage became dislodged from Rossbeigh Beach. Residents feared the wreck being swept out to sea and lost.A spokesperson for the Department told TheJournal.ie that a marine archaeologist had been on site yesterday, but the wreckage had already split.“The wreck itself is now in two parts with the main part, including the stern, about halfway up Rossbeigh beach while the bow section which broke away is now at Rossbehy Point at the northern end of the beach. “The wreck now lies just above the high water mark and is directly under an 11 metre high shelf of sand dune which has been undermined by the storm.”The Department spokesperson said that people should stay away from the wreckage and the sand dunes.“Members of the public are asked to respect the wreck, to observe it from a safe distance, never to interfere with it, and are reminded that this is a legally protected wreck under the National Monument Acts. The penalty for a breach of the act includes a fine of up to €50,000 and/or a term of up to 12 months imprisonment.”The Department say that once the archaeologist has completed their report, the next steps will be decided. Read: Moves to protect 111-year-old shipwreck washed up by storm on Kerry beachlast_img read more

Anchorage police investigating chlorine powder near homeless shelter

first_imgBrother Francis Shelter in Anchorage. (Staff photo)Police are investigating the spreading of chlorine pool cleaner Thursday alongside a street in the vicinity of an Anchorage homeless shelter and soup kitchen.Listen nowA hazardous materials crew responded to reports of a white powdery substance on a Karluk Street sidewalk between 3rd and 4th Avenue at little before 6 p.m. Thursday, Assistant Fire Chief Erich Scheunemann said.Dozens of Anchorage’s homeless congregate in the area, and the city had recently cleaned up tents and other items next to the street.Ron Alleva, the owner of a nearby auction lot in a long-running dispute with the city over the concentration of homeless near his property, told the Anchorage Daily News he had spread the pool cleaner. Alleva did not respond to calls seeking comment Friday.The hazmat crew found an empty five-gallon bucket indicating the substance was pool cleaner and guessed between 50 and 75 pounds of it had been spread around on the ground, Scheunemann said.“It can cause skin burns. If it’s inhaled it can cause respiratory depression,” Scheunemann said. “So there is some concerns with cleaners in general. It’s just not something that you want to be exposed to.”The Daily News reported a woman at the scene Thursday said her husband had laid down in the substance and woke up with holes burned in his jacket.Scheunemann would not confirm that. While the hazmat crew was at the scene, he said, a man approached them asking for medical assistance and was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. Scheunemann said it was unclear if that was related to the pool cleaner and that there were no other reports of symptoms of chemical exposure.The city hired an environmental cleaning company to remove the powder, and it took about three hours to clean up, Scheunemann said.A police investigation is underway but no charges had been filed as of Friday, according to a spokesperson for the Anchorage Police Department.last_img read more

Stock markets likely to cheer BJPs victory in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgPeople walk pass the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building displaying India’s benchmark share index on its facade, in Mumbai July 31, 2009.Reuters fileThe Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2017 has set the stage for a bullish opening on Tuesday. The BJP was expected to win, as was evident from the exit poll results, but many of them had predicted the party to bag around 180-190 seats. The actual results have surpassed all projections, with the Amit Shah-Narendra Modi combine doing an encore of 2014. The party has won 317 seats so far and leading in six, stunning all, be they analysts, detractors or rivals.The mood could lift the BSE Sensex in a big way on Tuesday and take the benchmark index closer to its all-time high of 30,024 hit on March 4, 2015. It had closed at 28,946 on Friday.The stock markets will remain closed on Monday on account of Holi.Trading on Tuesday will also factor in the 2.7 percent growth in factory output (IIP) for January 2017, as against a contraction of 0.40 percent in December 2016, indicating that the impact of demonetisation is fading away. Sentiments will also be buoyed by the overwhelming response to the Rs 1,870-crore IPO of Avenue Supermarts, the owner of retail chain D-Mart. The public issue ended with an oversubscription of 104 times.It is difficult to hazard a guess as to what all stocks will spurt. Among those that can be expected to rally are state-owned enterprises, in addition to the feel-good factor rubbing on others, across sectors.Public sector stocks would be the ones to watch out for, given that the markets would be hoping for a fillip to the disinvestment programme post the electoral success for Modi. The party would see the verdict as an endorsement of the note ban decision and feel emboldened to initiate more economic reforms in the second half of its five-year tenure at the Centre. Stocks that could spurt in the public sector space would be State Bank of India, NTPC, Power Grid Corporation, Power Finance Corporation, HPCL, IOCL, BPCL, ONGC, GAIL, Dredging Corporation, BEL, BHEL, BEML, NMDC, Canara Bank, Bank of Baroda, IFCI, Engineers and Coal India.The Modi government has already said that it wants to get state-owned general insurers and railway ministry-owned enterprises listed on stock exchanges next fiscal. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) could also go public in 2017-18.The three rail PSUs are IRCON, IRFC and IRCTC, while the insurance companies are New India Assurance Company Ltd., United India Insurance Company Ltd., Oriental Insurance Company Ltd., National Insurance Company Ltd. and General Insurance Corporation of India.”The shareholding of these Public Sector General Insurance Companies (PSGICs) will be divested from 100 percent to 75 percent in one or more tranches over a period of time,” the government had said on January 18 this year.The disinvestment target for 2017-18 is Rs 72,500 crore. In other news, the government released details of expenditure under corporate social responsibility (CSR). Enterprises, both public and private, spent Rs 9,822 crore in 2015-16 as against Rs 8,803 crore in the previous financial year.last_img read more

17 killed 20 injured as Pakistani army plane crashes in Rawalpindi Video

first_imgFive houses were damaged and caught fire due to the mishap.At least 17 people, including five crew members and 12 civilians, were killed in the wee hours of Tuesday, July 30, after a Pakistani military aircraft on a training flight crashed into a residential area in Rawalpindi. Issuing a statement, the Pakistan military said five soldiers were among those killed in the plane crash and another 20 people have been injured. “Around 12 people, including soldiers, died in the crash and authorities have declared an emergency in hospitals,” said Farooq Butt, an official at the state-run emergency service.A rescue operation is still underway. Military and civilian rescue teams are present at the spot of the accident. The injured have been admitted to the hospital, the statement from the army’s communications wing said.The death toll from the plane crash could rise as some of the injured people are listed in critical condition. It has been reported that around five houses were damaged and caught fire due to the mishap. Photos and videos of the aircraft crash are doing the rounds on social media.  A video posted on Twitter showed the aircraft flying low before it crashed into the village, igniting a large explosion that lit the night sky. Watch the video here:Exact moment when plane crashed in Bahria Town Islamabad , it can be seen it was flying very low and ultimately crashed. #BahriaTown #Planecrash pic.twitter.com/yLONEwWKoK— Rizwan Haider (@razi_haider) July 29, 2019 BREAKING : A small aircraft which took off from #Islamabad international airport, #Pakistan has crashed in a housing society in the city of #Rawalpindi, 4 people died, 3-4 houses are completely damaged due to a #planecrash in #Rawalpindi. pic.twitter.com/T4JyXA96WK— Ghulam Abbas Shah (@ghulamabbasshah) July 29, 2019 The website of a newspaper — The News — carried footage showing a building engulfed in flames.However, the cause of the crash or the type of aircraft involved is yet to be ascertained.last_img read more

Andrew White Runs For Texas Governor Says He Wants To Grow Economy

first_imgPhoto by Andrew Schneider / Houston Public MediaAndrew White declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor on Thursday, December 7, 2017, in Houston.Houston investor Andrew White announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor on Thursday.Quoting Sam Houston, White –who is the son of former Texas Democratic Governor Mark White— said at a press conference held in west Houston that he is running “to do right and risk the consequences.”White stressed he is an entrepreneur who has “never spent a day” as a politician and assured he can beat Governor Greg Abbott in November 2018.His political platform includes growing Texas’ economy, providing more health care –by expanding Medicaid— and giving teachers a $5,000 raise by closing what he referred to as the $5 billion ‘Equal and Uniform’ property tax “loophole.”Photo by Andrew Schneider / Houston Public MediaAndrew White (first from the left) poses with his family moments before announcing his candidacy during a press event held in Houston on December 7, 2017.Vowing to listen to every Texan, instead of having a political agenda tailored for every single demographic, White noted: “I won’t act like I know everything.”White also expressed his concern about “extreme politics” being “rampant in Austin” and, in terms of immigration, he assured he would not support that the federal government builds a wall on the southern border, as President Donald Trump wants to do. Listen Share X 00:00 /01:15 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Cultural diaspora

first_imgIt is always seen that youth living abroad have opportunity to go on tours to different countries to learn from their culture. But for them to understand the intricacies, International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) is being held in various countries since its inception in 2003. This year the IFLC is going to be held in the national Capital where students from across the world are going to participate. In 2016, IFLC will be organised in 30 countries with over 60 venues. It will take place at Talkatora Stadium on May 7 where school students will sing, dance and act to develop universal harmony and brotherhood. The theme of the14th edition of IFLC event India is ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – The world is one family’. The eminent guest list, which includes Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs; Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; Dr Najma Heptullah, Minister of Minority Affairs; Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Arvind Kejriwal, CM, Delhi, Shri Shri Ravi Shankar, Baba Ramdev and many other dignitaries including MPs, celebrities, spiritual leaders, are going to make this event more colourful and vibrant. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Ashok K Pandey, spokesperson, IFLC, is very delighted on the arrival of IFLC to India, he said: “Language of love is the legacy of India’s Sufis and Saints. It is a country of Ram, Buddha, Nanak, Chishti and Teresa, who are the true apostles of love and peace for entire humanity. IFLC too is an attempt to spread universal peace through our young emissaries (school children). Peace is contagious by nature which can prevail only through our mutual and collaborative efforts.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe children who will participate from different schools in the Capital include Ahlcon International School, Springdale’s School, Mata Guru ji Public School, Bluebells International School, Tagore International School, The Frank Anthony Public School and many more are the partner schools. The Educational Endowment Trust with the support of The Ministry of Culture, government of India and United Nation Information Centre India and Bhutan are going to organise the IFLC event for the very first time in India.  This festival (IFLC) is an annual celebration that showcases the range of linguistic talents and cultural diversity from around the world. IFLC started in 2003 with students from 17 countries. IFLC has been organising the language and culture festival for the past 14 years, showcasing both the rich multicultural diversity of our world, as well as the boundless talent of student performers each year at numerous regional events worldwide. The Art of Living, Arya Samaj, Chinmaya Mission, India Islamic Cultural Centre, Indialogue Foundation, Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, Turkish Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Vaidat Legal Services are the supporting organisations for the event. The 14th IFLC is an ideal platform where youths from diverse cultural backgrounds and nationality can share their ideas and experiences with the whole world to create an environment of peace, harmony and brotherhood.last_img read more

Transat amps up Early Booking promo with 3 new offers

first_img Share TORONTO – Transat is enticing travellers to book their vacations early by adding three additions to its Early Booking promotion. With its ‘Back to School Family Promotion’, families who book a Sun package (South or Florida), a cruise package or a flight by Sept. 30, 2016 will be entitled to free seat selection for all members of the family.‘Win Your Trip for Free’ gives travellers the chance to win their holidays if booking a Luxury or Distinction Collection Sun package with Transat for travel between Dec. 15-April 30, 2017. There will be one winner each week from Aug. 8-Sept. 30. Plus, clients who book their Sun package by Sept. 30 with a deposit of $100 will receive a $50 future travel voucher per person. They can also modify their travel dates up to three hours before departure. Clients who book a Luxury or Distinction Collection package will be eligible for Transat’s Price Drop Guarantee, in addition to receiving an upgrade to Option Plus on Air Transat.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyLastly, the ‘Early Booking Cruise Promotion’ awards a $50 future travel voucher per person if clients book a cruise package to the South by Sept. 30. This offer applies to travel between Dec. 15 and April 30, 2017, with a deposit of $100. For more details go to transat.com. Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Posted by Transat amps up Early Booking promo with 3 new offers Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Normalized relations between Cuba and US could have drastic impact on MLB

first_imgU.S. President Barack Obama’s move to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba will resonate through baseball. The trickle of dazzling talent that already flows from the baseball-crazed island could turn into a geyser, a stream of available players that would force Major League Baseball to frame and police how teams acquire Cuban players. The political thaw would also eliminate the dangerous back channels of defection. The impact on the sport could be immense and, in the words of one team official, “drastic.”Even with a political blockade between Cuba and the United States, players born in Cuba have shaped the game. White Sox designated hitter José Abreu earned last year’s American League Rookie of the Year. Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has won the past two Home Run Derbies. Outfielder Rusney Castillo signed a $72.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig received a nickname — “The Wild Horse” — from no less of an authority than Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully.A new burst of talent may arrive from Cuba’s highest level into the majors and the upper levels of the minor leagues in the United States. Scouts would flock to youth tournaments in an attempt to discover teenaged players with huge potential and sign them on the cheap. Within a few years, baseball academies may spread across the island covered in the logos of major league teams, same as the patchwork of diamonds clustered around barracks-style dormitories strewn over the Dominican Republic.​ José Abreu of the Chicago White Sox bats in the first inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Sept. 16, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. Ed Zurga/Getty Images/AFPOn the day President Obama announced his intention to end the 53-year standoff, the league still waited for the situation to develop. Multiple high-ranking team officials declined comment, underscoring the topic’s sensitive nature.“Major League Baseball is closely monitoring the White House’s announcement regarding Cuban-American relations,” the league said in a statement. “While there are not sufficient details to make a realistic evaluation, we will continue to track this significant issue, and we will keep our clubs informed if this different direction may impact the manner in which they conduct business on issues related to Cuba.”The changes could come fast, because baseball prepared for this day. One Latin American scouting director, who has worked with Cuban baseball players since 1990, said he already has plans for the logistics of how to scout players on the island and the optimal place to build an academy. “I know what I would do,” he said. “I would just have to get approval from ownership.”Latin American talent already saturates the sport, and the potential for a system in which teams can openly acquire talent from Cuba will only bolster the region’s influence. The Dominican Republic, with a population of roughly 10.4 million, accounted for 9.7 percent of the players on major league opening day rosters, according to MLB figures. The talent pool in Cuba, the scouting director said, is “on the same plane” as the Dominican Republic. The country has a population of roughly 11.3 million. Within a decade or so, baseball could see a demographic turnover of its talent pool of 10 percent or more.“It would be a huge boon for the U.S.,” the Latin American scouting director said. “It would be another island that’s fertile. Then it gets confusing.”Related: Costa Rica’s major league concern Cuban players celebrate after winning the Gold medal against Nicaragua during the final game of the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games, in Veracruz, Mexico, on Nov. 21, 2014. RONALDO SCHEMIDTMajor League Baseball would need to determine what set of rules it implements for teams acquiring Cuban players. The league would hope for Cuban officials to allow it to use the same set of rules that apply in other Latin American countries: players over 23 would be considered free agents, and signing bonuses for players under 23 would be subject to spending limits per team.But the Cuban government, as raised by Ben Badler of Baseball America, may provide complications. Cuba could put in place a system in which MLB teams bid for the right to sign top Cuban players, similar to the posting system used by Japan’s top league, except the money would flow to the government as opposed to a private league.Cuban baseball already has made a lasting impact on the major leagues. Of the 186 players born in Cuba to reach the majors, 25 appeared last season. Their achievements created a Cuban golden age. Livan Hernández lifted the Florida Marlins to the 1997 World Series and threw the first pitch upon baseball’s return to Washington. The Cincinnati Reds’ Aroldis Chapman throws more 100-mile-per-hour fastballs than any pitcher alive. Outfielder Jorge Soler is at the core of the Chicago Cubs’ rebuilding efforts.But as more players defected, the stories of how they arrived turned grimmer. For years, Cuban baseball players morphed into a dark cottage industry, a black market unto themselves, their talent inviting danger as it created opportunity. Smuggling and secrecy have imperiled defectors’ safety, robbed them of money and chiseled at their dignity. Former Florida Marlins pitcher Livan Hernández pitches against the Cleveland Indians during game five of the World Series on Oct. 23, 1997 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Timothy A. Clary/AFPShadowy figures rubbed up against the baseball apparatus — prior to his arrival in the United States, Puig famously spent weeks in Mexico under the watch of men associated with the Los Zetas drug cartel. In 1999, pitcher Danys Baez snuck out of the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg without telling his family, friends or teammates, fearful of consequences. “You can’t tell anyone,” he said.For years, the Cold War chill between the U.S. and Cuba left some of the most talented players in the world alone and vulnerable to exploitation. Now there is a real chance doors will open. Lourdes Gourriel, one of the top players still in Cuba, may now play in the majors without sacrificing his safety. His father, also named Lourdes, and his older brother Yulieski never had the chance. After Wednesday’s announcement, those kinds of missed opportunities may soon disappear.Read all our Cuba coverage here© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Obama’s surprise opening to Cuba sparks cautious reaction among US travel execs Major League Baseball gets in on US-Cuba thaw US says next round of Cuba talks to take place in Havana on Monday PHOTOS: Cuba, US reopen embassies to end 54-year estrangementlast_img read more

1 dead 11 injured in series of hit and runs in UK

first_imgLONDON (AP) – A series of hit-and-run incidents in the Welsh city of Cardiff killed a woman Friday and injured 11 other pedestrians, including seven children. Witnesses described a motorist deliberately driving into families walking home from school.South Wales Police said a 32-year-old woman had been killed, and other victims were taken to hospital for treatment. An unidentified 31-year-old man has been arrested and a van has been seized. Authorities said that there had been at least five separate hit-and-run collisions across the city.Ramesh Patel, who runs a store close to the site where the woman was killed, said customers had described how the van driver appeared to target pedestrians. “Customers have said a white van purposely drove at people,” Patel said.The incidents took place as parents were collecting children from nearby schools and walking home.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Men’s health affects baby’s health too Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

Walker Dunlop Expands Freddie Mac Program Plus Operations

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2012-10-18 Tory Barringer Walker & Dunlop Expands Freddie Mac Program Plus Operations October 18, 2012 391 Views in Origination, Servicingcenter_img “”Walker & Dunlop, Inc.””:http://www.walkerdunlop.com/, is now an approved Freddie mac Program Plus Seller/Servicer in 22 states and the District of Columbia, the company announced.[IMAGE]Walker & Dunlop acquired five additional Program Plus Seller/Servicer territories in connection with its acquisition of CWCapital. Separately, the company was also recently granted new territories in six states as a result of its growth and additional market presence.[COLUMN_BREAK]””We hired two fantastic origination teams during the second quarter of this year in Florida and Wisconsin and are very pleased Freddie Mac has given us the ability to partner with them in these two states,”” said Howard W. Smith, EVP and COO of Walker & Dunlop. “”The territories acquired in the CWCapital acquisition, combined with those newly approved by Freddie Mac, dramatically increase Walker & Dunlop’s Freddie Mac lending footprint.””As a Program Plus Seller/Servicer, the company can provide financing for the acquisition, refinance, and rehabilitation of apartment communities. Approved companies have met Freddie Mac’s standards for both origination and servicing of multifamily loans.With its acquisition of CWCapital, Walker & Dunlop became the eighth largest commercial real estate lender in the country. In a release, the Bethesda, Maryland-based lender said “”the additional territories ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª strengthen Walker & Dunlop’s position as one of the largest and most competitive multifamily lenders in the country.”” Sharelast_img read more