Nitin Patel agrees to take charge as Amit Shah placates him

first_imgAs Gujarat Deputy CM sulks over allocation of portfolios, Patidar leaders rally behind him  “BJP President Amit Shah today called up early morning and assured me that I will be given a portfolio which is fit for my stature as number two in the Cabinet and as the deputy chief minister,” Mr. Patel told reporters in Ahmedabad.However, Mr. Patel didn’t disclose whether he would be getting Finance or Urban Development departments which he held in the previous government.“Shah asked me to take charge of my departments, so I will take the charge today. Chief minister Vijay Rupani will meet state Governor O.P. Kohli in afternoon and give a letter allocating a new department to me,” Mr. Patel said.Also Read Cracks in Gujarat’s new government as Deputy CM Nitin Patel sulks  Mr. Patel, who handled important departments such as finance and urban development in the previous government, was allotted road and building, health, medical education, Narmada, Kalpsar and capital projects this time.The finance portfolio has been alloted to Saurabh Patel, while Chief Minister Rupani has kept the urban development department with himself.However, Mr. Patel has maintained that the issue was not about some departments, but about “self-respect”.“I had conveyed to party high command to either give me respectable departments or relive me from Cabinet,” he said today.Mr. Patel said he had been serving the party like a “loyal and disciplined” soldier.While announcing the portfolios two days back, Mr. Rupani had said, “It is not true that the minister, who has the finance portfolio, is the number two in the cabinet. Nitin Patel is our senior leader and will remain the number two.”Sending feelers to the deputy CM, Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel on Saturday said he would extend support to Mr. Patel and talk to the Congress to give him the respect he deserved.“If Patel decided to quit the BJP and said 10 other MLAs were ready to quit with him, We will talk to the Congress to take in Nitin bhai and give him a post he deserves,” the Patidar leader had said.Senior Congress MLA Virji Thummar yesterday said Patel would be made the chief minister with the Congress’ support if he quit the BJP.The opposition party, however, clarified that Thummar was speaking in his personal capacity and described the row over portfolio distribution as the BJP’s “internal matter“.The BJP and Congress hold 99 and 77 seats, respectively, in the 182-member House. A brewing crisis in the Gujarat government seems to have blown over after BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday reached out to sulking deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who had delayed taking charge overnot getting portfolios of his choice in the new Cabinet.Mr. Patel agreed to take charge on Sunday after Mr. Shah called him up this morning and assured him that he will be given a portfolio fitting his “stature” as Number Two in the government.Also Readlast_img read more

MI retain Tendulkar, Harbhajan, Pollard and Malinga

first_imgMumbai Indians have informed the BCCI-owned Indian Premier League that they were retaining four players Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, West Indian Kieron Pollard and Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga for the next two seasons. “Mumbai Indians have confirmed that we are retaining two players — Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh — among Indians and two foreign players — Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga,” a MI spokesperson told PTI today. The MI official also claimed that the franchisees have the option of retaining more than one foreigner in their squad as per the decision of the IPL governing council on retention of players. A media release issued by the BCCI over player retention after the meeting of the IPL GC on September 5 stated: “Up to including four players per franchise may be signed for retention of which only up to three shall be Indian players. The Player must have been included in the franchise’s registered squad for the 2010 season. “The franchise and player must mutually agree to be retained and the player fee to be paid by the franchise to the player for the 2011 and 2012 Seasons.” As a result of MI’s decision to retain all four players as permitted, the franchise will have only USD 4.5 million at their disposal for buying the remaining members for 2011 and 2012 at next month’s player auction as its salary cap has been halved. The player contract will be for a period of two years plus one year right of extension by franchise, as per the decision of the IPL’s governing council. advertisementlast_img read more

Ashish Nehra to undergo knee surgery in London

first_imgIndia’s veteran pacer Ashish Nehra was on Tuesday advised to undergo surgery on his right knee after he sustained a high-grade tendon injury during the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).Nehra, who plays for franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, had sustained the injury during the match against Kings XI Punjab on May 15 which his team won by seven wickets.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recommended Nehra to consult Andrew Williams, orthopaedic specialist in London and the latter advised the pacer to undergo surgery on his right knee.”BCCI medical team confirms that India medium pacer, Ashish Nehra, injured his right knee during the IPL 2016. Assessment and investigation by BCCI medical staff revealed Nehra sustained a high-grade tendon injury and was recommended to consult Dr Andrew Williams, orthopaedic specialist in London. Post consultation, Dr Williams has advised surgery on his right knee, which will take place shortly,” BCCI said in a release.The 37-year-old has claimed nine wickets from eight matches with a best bowling figure of 3 for 15 in the league.last_img read more

KASHMIR-NOTE 2 LAST

first_imgAccording to the note, other political points includeAccording to the note, other political points include establishment of a camp secretariat in Jammu for the whole year, Jammu and Kashmir should have SC/ST and Minority Commissions, Leh should be given Union Territory status, West Pakistan Refugees should be allowed to participate in Panchayat polls.Three other political points are: during 1990s, many Muslims as well as Kashmiri Pandits were killed but a package was announced only for Kashmiri Pandits, providing OBC status to Lawana Sikh community and leaders of minority community should be nominated as MLCs by the Governor and MPs in Rajya Sabha by the President.Referring to the unrest in Kashmir Valley, the Home Ministry note said between July 8 and September 6, there were 1,732 law and order related incidents in which 60 civilians and two security personnel lost their lives.Of the 1,732 incidents, 881 (51 per cent) took place on the first three days and subsequent Fridays. Among the total injured, 7,550 were civilians of whom 7,423 were already discharged and 127 continued to be in hospital.Six civilians lost both their eyes and 21 lost one eye.A total of 5,560 security personnel were injured during the period. PTI ACB RGlast_img read more

‘Man Utd fear factor has gone’

first_imgManchester United’s “fear factor has definitely gone”, says Southampton defender Matt Targett, with Jose Mourinho’s side considered to be less of a threat than the Red Devils of old.During the Premier League era, 13 titles have headed to Old Trafford.Sir Alex Ferguson landed all of those crowns and there has been a humbling process of rebuilding since his departure in 2013. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho is the latest to take on that challenge, but he is struggling to replicate successes of the past and currently has his side sat seventh in the English top-flight table.He will be hoping to become upwardly mobile when visiting Southampton on Saturday, but Targett says the Saints are confident of piling more pressure on the Portuguese coach.“The fear factor has definitely gone,” he said ahead of a clash with United at St Mary’s Stadium.“You can see how United have played recently. They have still got unbelievable talent but defensively I think they have problems.“It is a big game. They are struggling. It is not like the old Manchester United. We can get at them and hopefully we can start turning things around.“Any home game, you have to be positive. We haven’t done that enough this season.“It will be a good chance to start on Saturday. It would do us the world of good and get the fans back on our side.”Targett is right to suggest that United have struggled at the back this season, with 21 goals conceded in just 13 games.That is the worst record of those in the top half and 16 more than title hopefuls Manchester City and Liverpool have shipped.Mourinho’s side have kept just five clean sheets across all competitions, with only two of those secured in the Premier League. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

You are my batting inspiration, Smriti Mandhana jokes with Yuzvendra Chahal

first_imgIndia’s vice-captain Smriti Mandhana made her debut on Chahal TV, the popular chat series for BCCI by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Wednesday.Smriti Mandhana, the world No. 1 batter in ODIs, joked she was inspired after watching Chahal bat during the fourth ODI of the recently-concluded five-match series in New Zealand. Tail-ender Chahal top scored for India with 18 in their 8-wicket defeat during which they were bowled out for 92 – their lowest-ever total in New Zealand.”Yes, yes. I was inspired a lot after seeing you bat in the 4th ODI (vs New Zealand in Hamilton). I felt like I have to develop my game. You’re one my inspirations when it comes to batting,” Smriti Mandhana said when Chahal had asked her if she had learnt anything watching him bat in New Zealand.World No 1 batter makes her debut on Chahal TV@mandhana_smriti has been taking her batting inspiration from this leg spinner . Find out who it is in this fun segment of @yuzi_chahal TV – by @RajalAroraFull video https://t.co/ND9xz7OUgR #ChahalTV pic.twitter.com/fLHBysiltmBCCI (@BCCI) February 7, 2019Mandhana has been in cracking form in India women cricket team’s ongoing tour of New Zealand. The left-handed opener had scored 195 runs, including a century, and helped India to a 2-1 win in the ODI series.Mandhana rose to the top spot of the ODI women’s batter rankings after the series win over New Zealand. The elegant opener has carried her form into the ongoing T20I series against the White Ferns.advertisementMandhana scored the fastest T20I half-century by an Indian woman when she got to the half-century mark in the first T20I against New Zealand women in just 24 balls on Wednesday. Nonetheless, Mandhana’s quickfire knock wasn’t enough to help India gun down a 160-run target.Feels nice to have won the ICC Award: Smriti MandhanaTalking about the ICC Player of the Year award which she had won recently, Mandhana said: “I am very happy to have won the ICC Player of the Year award. When Jhulu di (Jhulan Goswami) had won it, I was a kid. I read it in newspapers. It feels nice.”Smriti Mandhana also spoke about sharing jersey number 18 with India captain Virat Kohli.”I wanted number 7 on the back of my jersey. My roll number at school was 7. But someone else had already taken 7. Vikas sir, our team manager, then suggested me to take 18 (Virat Kohli’s jersey number). I knew it only a couple of years ago that Virat also has been playing with 18 on the back of his jersey.”Earlier in the day, Smriti Mandhana had spoken about the repeated failures of India’s middle order in tight chases and insisted that she needs to take more responsibility in such situations.”Practically, I would say I have to bat till 20 overs, that is the best option. The more I bat till 18 overs, we won’t collapse because if the top three or 4 batters can bat till the 18-20th overs then rest can revolve around them, so tactically that is what I will try to do,” Mandhana had said.Also Read | I have to bat till 20 overs to avoid another collapse: Smriti MandhanaAlso See:last_img read more

Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 6 Pro: 48MP camera, glass back and everything different in new Note

first_imgXiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in India last week. The Redmi Note 7 Pro succeeds the Redmi Note 6 Pro which launched in the second half of last year. From the Redmi Note 6 Pro to the Note 7 Pro Xiaomi has come a long way in terms of design, performance, cameras and so much more. Interestingly the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers so much more at the same price as the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The Redmi Note 7 Pro will go on sale in India for the first time on March 13 at a starting price of Rs 13999. In India, the Redmi Note 6 Pro also sells for Rs 13,999.To recollect, the Redmi Note 6 Pro wasn’t a major upgrade over the Redmi Note 5 Pro as both come with almost the same design and specs, apart from some difference in the camera department. The Redmi Note 6 Pro includes two cameras on the front as well as on the back which wasn’t the case with the Note 5 Pro nor is the case with the new Note 7 Pro. Instead of including two cameras on both front and back Xiaomi has concentrated on delivering one good camera with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The newly launched Note 7 Pro comes with 48MP primary rear camera. Let’s take a look at Xiaomi’s incredible journey from Redmi Note 6 Pro to Redmi Note 7 Pro and what’s new in the new Note.Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi 6 Pro: Which is better, what’s different–Design. This is one of the biggest areas that Xiaomi has concentrated for the Redmi Note 7 Pro. And also the Redmi Note 7. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with aura design – in simple words dual tone or gradient finish – and is the first Note from Xiaomi to include waterdrop notch display which the company refers to as Dot Drop notch. The Redmi Note 7 comes with slim bezels but the chin is pretty much visible. The Redmi Note 6 Pro in comparison comes with wide notch like the iPhone X and includes pretty slim bezels on the sides.advertisement –Display. The Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a slightly bigger screen compared to the predecessor. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS display coupled with screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Interestingly, both back and front of the Redmi Note 7 Pro are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which isn’t the case with the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The back of the Note 6 Pro is a mix of plastic and metal which gives it a pretty sturdy build. The build of the Redmi Note 7 Pro is pretty strong. The Redmi Note 6 Pro includes a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.–Processor. Similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro the Redmi Note 6 Pro is also powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor paired with Adreno 509 GPU. In comparison, with the Redmi Note 7 Pro Xiaomi has come a long way. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor. This is the second phone to come with this new Qualcomm chipset, the first one being the Vivo V15 Pro.–Camera. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is a major upgrade over the Redmi Note 6 Pro in almost all aspect, the camera being the biggest of all. The Redmi Note 6 Pro includes a dual camera system on both front and rear panel. The phone includes a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with Dual Pixel autofocus and f/1.9 aperture and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for clicking depth shots. On the front the Note 6 Pro includes a primary sensor of 20-megapixel and a secondary camera with 2-megapixel sensor for portrait or background blurred selfies. In comparison the Redmi Note 7 Pro includes dual cameras on the back with a primary 48MP sensor and secondary 5MP sensor for portrait shots. On the front, the Redmi Note 7 Pro consists of a single 13-megapixel selfie shooter with lots of AI features to enhance the selfies. –Android 9 Pie. The Redmi Note 7 runs Android 9 Pie based on MIUI 10 out-of-the-box. In comparison, the Redmi Note 6 Pro runs Android 8.1 Oreo based MIUI 10.–Battery. The old Redmi Note 6 Pro is backed by a 4000mAh battery and has support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, while the Note 7 Pro also includes a 4,000mAh battery but with Quick Charge 4 support.Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi 6 Pro: Which one should you buyBoth the new and the old Redmi Note come with the same price tag in India. The Redmi Note 7 comes in two variants – one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage which is priced at Rs 13,999, while the second model packs 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and comes for Rs 16,999. The Redmi Note 7 Pro will go on sale for the first time in India on March 13 on Flipkart, Mi.com and Mi Home. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes in three colours — Neptune Blue, Nebula Red, and Classic Space Black. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is also available in twp variants – the base model with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage for Rs 13,999 and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model for Rs 15,999. The Note 6 Pro is available in four colours – black, blue, red and rose gold. The Note 6 Pro is on open sale in India now.advertisementSo which one should you go for? Redmi Note 6 Pro or Redmi Note 7 Pro? Considering both the Redmi Notes are priced the same I suggest the new Redmi Note 7 Pro is a better deal but then flash sales may make it a little difficult for the consumers to buy the phone. Xiaomi’s flash sales often make it difficult for the consumers to find its phones in stock. Similar may be the case with the Redmi Note 7 Pro but the company has assured that the production is on-going and stock should be enough for the consumers get their hands-on the new Redmi Note.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7 quick review: Beautiful looks, superb hardware at killer priceALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro launched: Key specs, features, India price, and everything else you need to knowALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7 launched in India, price starts from Rs 9,999last_img read more

Allegri: Dybala can match Messi, Ronaldo & Neymar

first_imgJuventus Allegri believes Dybala can match Messi, Ronaldo & Neymar Russell Greaves Last updated 2 years ago 04:07 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Paulo Dybala Juventus Chievo Serie A Getty Juventus Paulo Dybala Juventus v Chievo Serie A The Juventus manager sees no limit to the young star’s potential, with the forward having made a superb start to the season Paulo Dybala has been backed to prove himself equal to the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri feels the Argentina star has the potential to be considered in the same bracket as that elite trio following a fine start to the campaign.Dybala 13/2 first scorer v Barca Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Dybala came off the bench to score in Juve’s 3-0 win over Chievo, making it five goals in three Serie A games this season.Allegri, whose men next face a Barcelona side who have been credited with an interest in Dybala, was effusive in his praise of the 23-year-old.Allegri quote“Dybala is improving a great deal and has everything it takes to become, along with Neymar after Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi, one of the best players in the world,” the Juve boss told Mediaset Premium .”His future is with Juventus and I am very happy with that.”last_img read more

Vanney: MLS MVP should come from Toronto FC

first_imgMLS Vanney: MLS MVP should come from Toronto FC Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 23:59 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Greg Vanney Sebastian Giovinco MLS Toronto FC 12102016 Geoff Burke MLS Toronto The newly-minted MLS coach of the year believes his record-setting squad also deserves to have the league’s top player award to be heading to Canada Toronto FC’s record-setting season was bound to lead to plenty of awards for the key figures involved, and head coach Greg Vanney was the first, earning MLS Coach of the Year honors on Monday. If it were up to Vanney, one of his players would be joining him among the league’s top award honorees.The MLS MVP will be announced on Monday, and as far as Vanney is concerned, the Landon Donovan Award should be heading up to Canada along with his coaching honors, to add to a collection of hardware that already includes the 2017 MLS Supporters’ Shield after breaking the league record for points in a season.”I think the MVP should come from our team,” Vanney told Goal. “We’ve had the best regular season, it’s been a historical regular season.” Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sebastian Giovinco is one of the five finalists for the MVP award, though he is considered a long shot to win, with Portland’s Diego Valeri and reigning 2016 MLS MVP David Villa regarded as the favorites. Giovinco had another outstanding season for TFC, but his production has dipped for the second straight year as he has struggled to match the incredible numbers he posted during his MVP season in 2015.Another TFC player who some believe was a worthy MVP candidate is Michael Bradley, though he failed to make the list of five finalists for the award. Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch stated earlier in the playoffs that he believes Bradley was the MVP of the league this season. Vanney believes Bradley didn’t generate as much MVP consideration because his role as a defensive midfielder doesn’t generate as much buzz as the attacking positions the award traditionally goes to.Michael Bradley Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC“I think it’s a position that’s not a glorified position, but for me it’s the key to a team in a lot of ways,” Vanney said. “It’s the piece that connects what’s happening in the back to what’s happening in the front on both sides of the ball. If you have stability in that position you can really build around that. Michael gives us that stability, we’ve been able to build around that and get the appropriate types of guys in the right positions.”Much like a parent who wouldn’t admit to having a favorite child, Vanney wasn’t about to pick which of his players was most deserving of the MVP award, but believes Bradley is among a group of TFC players who were worthy of consideration.”I think he’s done an amazing job being sort of the centerpiece of the team, but we also have other guys who can make incredible plays,” Vanney said. “Take your pick. They can give the MVP award to our team if they want. I’ll take that too. It’s a lot easier for me.”The though MVP award seems unlikely to head to Toronto this season, Vanney’s team will look to move a step closer to securing the most important piece of hardware — the MLS Cup — by beating the Columbus Crew in Wednesday’s Eastern Conference final second leg.last_img read more

ZIM Brining Blockchain Technology into Shipping

first_imgzoom Israeli shipping company Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has wrapped up the first pilot of paperless Bills-of-Lading based on blockchain technology.During the trial, conducted in cooperation with Sparx Logistics and Wave Ltd., the participants issued, transferred and received original electronic documents using the Wave Application. The pioneering pilot, first of its kind led by an ocean carrier, saw the containers, shipped by Sparx Logistics from China to Canada, delivered to the consignees “without a hitch”.ZIM, which is pioneering the new solution following a long market analysis, said that it is convinced that the blockchain technology and the Wave application can be the solution that will drive the trade to the digital era.The new blockchain-based system uses distributed ledger technology to ensure that all parties can issue, transfer, endorse and manage shipping and trade related documents through a secure decentralized network. The application is free for Shippers, Importers and Traders and requires no IT or operational changes.“I’m proud that ZIM leads the way in introducing blockchain technology to the shipping world, and congratulate our partners in this exciting initiative, Sparx Logistics and Wave Ltd,” Eli Glickman, ZIM CEO, said.“While we are still in the process of evaluating the technology, we are confident that this type of forward-looking ideas will advance our industry as a whole towards a more efficient and modern phase,” Eyal Ben-Amram, ZIM CIO, added.last_img read more

A list of ammonia leaks at arenas in Canada

first_imgThree people have died in Fernie, B.C., after a possible ammonia leak at an arena in the community. Here is a list of ammonia leaks at other Canadian arenas:April 2017: Three employees of an arena in Pownal, P.E.I. were sent to hospital after a leak caused by a faulty valve. No one was seriously hurt.January 2016: A leak in the ice-cooling system prompted the evacuation of the Jean-Paul Sabourin Arena in Gatineau, Que. No one was injured.September 2011: Two people were sent to hospital after a leak at what was then called the Scotiabank Place arena in Ottawa. The building was evacuated and no one sustained lasting injuries.May 2010: A leak at an arena in Fenelon Falls, Ont., forced an evacuation of the surrounding neighbourhood. About 20 homes were evacuated for a few hours, but no one was injured.February 2010: A leak at the Kings Arrow arena in Oromocto, N.B., sent three employees to hospital, but all were released unharmedJuly 1999: Officials evacuated the arena at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. About 100 children taking summer programs at the university had to leave the building. No injuries were reported.August 1997: Officials blamed vandals for damaging a valve at an arena in Saint John, N.B. The resulting leak forced police to evacuate the area, including about 50 residents from a nearby seniors home. One rink employee received minor injuries.June 1996: An ammonia leak at an arena next to Edmonton’s South Side Recreation Centre prompted an evacuation of the building. About 31 people were sent to hospital.November 1995: A school outing took a dangerous turn when a valve on an ice cooling system came loose at a Toronto arena. An employee sustained second-degree burns and dozens of children from a local school were sent to hospital as a precaution. None of the students were injured.June 1991: Ammonia leaking at an arena in Grand Prairie, Alta., forced the evacuation of about 325 people. This included students from local high schools in the middle of writing year-end exams. Officials said the leak was caused by maintenance workers who accidentally ruptured a cooling line.last_img read more

QuickList: February inflation rates for Canadian provinces, territories

OTTAWA — Canada’s national inflation rate was 1.5 per cent in February, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces and territories. (Previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador, 0.5 per cent (0.1)— Prince Edward Island, 0.4 (0.4)— Nova Scotia, 1.0 (1.1)— New Brunswick, 0.9 (1.1)— Quebec, 1.3 (1.0)— Ontario, 1.5 (1.5)— Manitoba, 2.0 (1.4)— Saskatchewan, 1.3 (0.7)— Alberta, 1.6 (1.2)— British Columbia, 2.2 (2.4) The Canadian Press read more

UN chief following very closely reports of chemical weapons use in Syrias

Secretary-General Guterres is “following very closely” the reports of alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians in Aleppo, according to a tweet posted by the UN spokesperson’s office on their official account, @UN_Spokesperson.“Any confirmed use of such weapons, by any party to the conflict and under any circumstances, is abhorrent and a clear violation of international law,” the tweet added. According to media reports, about one hundred people have been injured in recent fighting in Aleppo governorate. read more

Reg Office returning to Schmon Tower

After two months in the ‘Fishbowl,’ Brock Central@The Registrar’s Office is moving back to its home in Schmon Tower.Services were temporarily relocated to the Computer Commons in Scotiabank Hall in June due to noise and interruptions from major construction taking place right outside the office’s windows.Beginning Monday, Brock Central will be back operating on the third floor of the Tower.The department delivers undergraduate admissions, enrolment services, student account services and student financial assistance.Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning Aug. 28, Monday to Thursday hours will be extended until 7 p.m. read more

Muslim community lay flowers to pay respects to London Bridge attack victims

first_imgLondon’s Muslim community gathered to lay flowers in memory of those killed and injured in Saturday’s terror attack in London Bridge and Borough Market.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

Crystallex awarded 1386 billion for Las Cristinas gold mine expropriation by Venezuela

first_imgCrystallex International has welcomed the award released by the Additional Facility of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in relation to its claims against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (“Venezuela”). The tribunal awarded the company damages of $1.202 Billion plus pre- and post-award interest due to Venezuela’s unfair and inequitable treatment, and unlawful expropriation of Crystallex’s investment in the Las Cristinas mining project.Crystallex filed its Request for Arbitration before ICSID’s Additional Facility on February 16, 2011 pursuant to the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Republic of Venezuela for the Promotion and Protection of Investments (the Treaty).The Award, which was rendered on April 4, 2016, upheld Crystallex’s claims that Venezuela breached Articles II(2) and VII(1) of the Treaty by failing to accord Crystallex’s investments in Venezuela fair and equitable treatment and by unlawfully expropriating those investments.As a result of these breaches, the Tribunal has ordered Venezuela to pay damages currently amounting to $1.386 billion, based on a value for Crystallex’s investment in the Las Cristinas mine of $1.202 billion on 13 April 2008 – the date when an environmental permit was denied by Venezuela – together with pre- and post-award interest from that date.Among other things, the Tribunal criticized Venezuela’s Ministry of the Environment for its “arbitrary” and “non-transparent and inconsistent conduct” in connection with its denial of an environmental permit. The Tribunal stated that it “cannot but conclude that the Permit denial letter and the Romero Report on which the first appears to be based are so fundamentally deficient that, to the eyes of a reasonable third person, they ‘surprise a sense of juridical propriety’…”. Venezuela, the Tribunal concluded, “frustrated Crystallex’s legitimate expectations …, engaged in arbitrary conduct in denying the Permit and rescinding the [Contract it had signed with Crystallex], and committed several acts lacking transparency and consistency.” The Tribunal therefore found that Venezuela’s “overall conduct vis-à-vis Crystallex, thus violated the [Treaty] standard … and caused all of the investments made by Crystallex to become worthless.”Robert Fung, Crystallex CEO: “On behalf of Crystallex’s board of directors, management, employees and all of its stakeholders, we are pleased that the Tribunal has recognized Venezuela’s unlawful expropriation of the company’s investment in the Las Cristinas mining project. The company looks forward to collecting on the Award on behalf of all of its stakeholders. We thank our stakeholders for their deep understanding and support throughout this difficult and prolonged process, and our legal team, led by Freshfields’ partner Nigel Blackaby.”Crystallex is a Canadian based mining company, with a history of acquiring, exploring, developing and operating mining projects. Crystallex has successfully operated an open pit mine in Uruguay and developed and operated three gold mines in Venezuela. The company’s principal asset is this international claim in relation to its investment in Las Cristinas.The map shows Crystallex Venezuela projects in 2005.last_img read more

GameStop buys Steam rival Impulse and Spawn Labs

first_imgOf the big three forms of entertainment we all use, music went digital first, and now video and games are slowly making the move too. Gamers know it, game publishers know it, and retailers are beginning to realize it.GameStop has decided to react and try and secure its future in the digital space by acquiring the Impulse digital games download service from Stardock as well as streaming tech company Spawn Labs.Although it’s nowhere near as popular as Valve’s Steam service, Impulse does already hold a 10% share of the digital games market. Just as importantly for GameStop, it is already live and making money so the retailer has a platform it can build on with little development investment required.Spawn Labs offers a different view on digital games. The company’s focus is on streaming and virtualization technology. GameStop states that Spawn is working on a solution for playing games on any Internet-enabled device, suggesting OnLive may be getting a new rival in the future branded with the GameStop name.The two acquisitions combined should allow GameStop to offer games across the board through its shops, through the mail from its online store, and now via digital distribution, and eventually game streaming too.Read more at the GameStop press release, via Gamesindustry.bizMatthew’s OpinionThese are both intelligent buys for GameStop for the future. Impulse is an already established service that GameStop can throw some money at and help it grow beyond that 10% market share. It needs to be a brand as recognized as Steam if it intends to compete.As for Spawn Labs, that’s certainly a forward-looking acquisition, and one that’s probably been spurned by the good press OnLive has been getting. GameStop knows that relying on boxed-copy game sales isn’t going to bring in the same level of profits indefinitely, and whose to say future consoles will even have a disc slot in them? So creating a digital platform now makes a lot of sense.Whether both acquisitions pan out for the company depends on how GameStop handles the companies. Impulse needs a more hands-on approach and the experience GameStop brings from selling games for years. Spawn Labs looks like it should be left alone to get on with the tech for the time being.last_img read more

Companions to the Rescue in Ninth Doctor Comic

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target How much would you pay to learn the secrets of the last great Time War?The Doctor’s memories are up for auction by a hoggish tech tycoon hoping to make “the biggest deal of all time.”Representatives have come from far and wide—Harrigain High Command, Church of the Evergreen Man, Shreekers, Cybermen—to place their bids. But the Time Lord’s consciousness is not the only thing under attack.The evil (and somewhat naive) Addison Delamar, perhaps in a nod to Bill Potts, is tricked into working for the Cybermen—intent on obtaining the formula for war, and deleting anything that gets in their way.With Rose and Tara otherwise occupied, it seems this may be the end for the Doctor.As the world around them burns, the leather-clad time traveler begs the Cyberleader to stop, or billions will die.“Their deaths are irrelevant. The stratagem is proceeding as planned,” the cyborg says. “The alien factions will destroy each other in order to recover your secrets. Secrets which will serve the Cyber-race.”The bidding is now open (via Titan Comics)Companions Tara and Rose, meanwhile, are locked in a network of memories, being shunted from one recollection to another at warp speed—a tough tactic to pull off in a static comic book. Reunited with Captain Jack Harkness (not that oddly wearing what looks like a Conan the Barbarian costume), the trio must contend with IRL villains and aberrant memories.The story, written by Cavan Scott, gets a bit dicey when the system, apparently overwhelmed by “a redundant timeline” shuts down, depositing Rose, Jack, and Tara by the Doctor’s side.Blaming himself for the chaos, the Time Lord gives the solicitants exactly what they want.“I’ll give them the Time War,” he declares. “All the pain. All the suffering. All the fear. All the regret.”Enough grief broadcast into their heads to send the Harrigain, Evergreen Man, Shreekers, and Cybermen back to whence they came. There’s just one more loose end to tie up…The latest from Titan Comics says goodbye to Tara Mishra (for now, at least), and hello to a new set of adventures for the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, and Captain Jack Harkness.Written by Scott, with art by Cris Bolson and Adriana Melo, “The Bidding War: Part 2” is on sale now for $3.99.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Viewer numbers for 33 WWE Smackdown viewers drop

first_img Google+ Last night’s 3/3 WWE Smackdown on USA drew 2.49 million viewers. This is a drop from last week’s show that drew 2.62 million viewers.The Republican Presidential Debate on Fox News dominated the night with 16.8 million viewers. Smackdown averaged a 0.77 rating among adults 18-49.Source: Showbuzzdaily.com Twitter WhatsApp WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler) last_img read more

Global carbon pollution sees greatest rise since 2011

first_imgWASHINGTON — After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists.World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to three studies released Wednesday from the Global Carbon Project, an international scientific collaboration of academics, governments and industry that tracks greenhouse gas emissions. The calculations, announced during negotiations to put the 2015 Paris climate accord into effect, puts some of the landmark agreement’s goals nearly out of reach, scientists said.“This is terrible news,” said Andrew Jones, co-director of Climate Interactive, which models greenhouse gas emissions and temperatures but was not part of the research. “Every year that we delay serious climate action, the Paris goals become more difficult to meet.”The studies concluded that this year the world would spew 40.9 billion tons of carbon dioxide, up from 39.8 billion tons last year. The margin of error is about one percentage point on either side.The Global Carbon Project used government and industry reports to come up with final emission figures for 2017 and projections for 2018 based on the four biggest polluters: China, the United States, India and the European Union.The U.S., which had been steadily decreasing its carbon pollution, showed a significant rise in emissions — up 2.5 percent — for the first time since 2013. China, the globe’s biggest carbon emitter, saw its largest increase since 2011: 4.6 percent.last_img read more