Telangana government to build guest house in Ajmer

first_imgThe Telangana government proposes to build a rubaat (guest house) in the Ajmer town of Rajasthan for the pilgrims visiting the historic 13th century dargah of Sufi mystic Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The southern State is looking for five acres near Ajmer to construct the building.Telangana Minorities Commission chairman Mohammed Qamaruddin visited Ajmer for the purpose after stopping over in Jaipur on Thursday to explore the scope for allotment of land. Mr. Qamaruddin handed over a letter from Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to the revenue officers here while seeking their help.Mr. Qamaruddin, who also met Rajasthan State Minorities Commission chairman Jasbir Singh, said the Telangana government was willing to spend ₹5 crore on the construction of the rubaat and providing amenities to the pilgrims. A large number of pilgrims from Telangana come to Ajmer during the annual Urs at the dargah.Mr. Qamaruddin said Mr. Rao had visited the dargah during the agitation for Telangana’s formation and had vowed to make permanent arrangement for stay and other facilities to pilgrims if the new State was carved out of Andhra Pradesh.last_img read more

Stephen Fleming terms D/L method rubbish

first_img‘It’s not made for a T20 game’ cricket COMMENTS Published on Rising Pune Supergiants coach Stephen Fleming COMMENT × SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL May 15, 2016 IPL 2016 Rising Pune Supergiants coach Stephen Fleming Expressing complete displeasure at the Duckworth-Lewis method, Rising Pune Supergiants coach Stephen Fleming termed the ICC approved rule for rain-truncated games as “rubbish” stating that a change is needed at least in the shortest format.“Duckworth-Lewis is rubbish. As soon as you get to D/L, the game is over. I’ve been saying that for years. The others have said it as well but there’s no point carrying on too much about it,” a disgusted Fleming said after his team’s campaign turned from bad to worse losing to KKR by eight wickets yesterday. This was RPS’ 9th loss in 12 games.“It needs to be addressed. There’s no willingness to change. It’s not made for a T20 game. It’s just ridiculous really and until it’s addressed you just hope the sky doesn’t open up,” Fleming said.The Supergiants, who are out of race for a last four berth, suffered after they were set to defend 66 from nine overs as per D/L method, a target Knight Riders knocked off in five overs.Opting to bat on a slow and turning wicket, Supergiants crawled to 103/6 in 17.4 overs with skipper MS Dhoni in the midst of one of his slowest innings of eight not out from 22 balls when rain interrupted the proceedings.But the Kiwi defended the ‘Captain Cool’ and said they could have got to a score of 135-plus which would have been a par on a turning surface.“We could have got 135 or 140, maybe 25 runs in the last three overs. We thought 135 would have been a good score. With Dhoni there we were looking those last two overs in particular.“But we were denied that, so that’s one aspect of our score. It was slowing, turning. Probably it would have got slower if there was no rain,” he lamented.“The track was turning. We knew it would have been a difficult chase with our spinners but as soon as D/L came in, the game was over. As simple as that.”Asked about Dhoni’s unusually slow innings, he said, “It was hard, a difficult pitch to bat on. The approach was to play positive cricket but we lost wickets because the ball turned. It was difficult score. We knew we would lose wickets with that type of pitch. With spinners on, it would have been a difficult chase.“Soon they reduced the score, and with the wet ball and rain, it was difficult. There was not much about the game apart from the fact that rain curtailed in what could have been a tight chase. The longer the game, we would have got more chance. As soon as the game reduced, it’s game over and end of story,” he said.last_img read more

China building tsunami alert centre in South China Sea

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Mar 17 (PTI) China is building a tsunami alert centre in South China Sea, a senior official here has said and underlined that the facility in the disputed region has been approved by the UN.The facility is being constructed in the South China Sea, Wang Hong, chief of the State Oceanic Administration, told reporters on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the annual legislative session yesterday.”In fact, it has begun operations and has already issued tsunami alerts to the international community, including neighbouring countries in the South China Sea,” Wang was quoted as saying by the state-run Global Times.He said the project has received United Nations approval.This is the latest announcement on facilities China is constructing in the disputed South China Sea, though Wang did not reveal the specific location of the facility.China defends facilities in the South China Sea like a light house saying that it will benefit all the countries in the region while critics say it is an attempt by Beijing to solidify its presence in disputed islands and reefs with permanent structures.Officials of South Chinas Hainan Province also announced that the province is building piers and restoring the ecological environment on the the Paracel islands which China calls as Xisha Islands.Lighthouses have started operating since October on Huayan and Chigua reefs in the Nansha (Spratly) islands, whilethe airport on Yongxing Island has been managing flights.China claims almost all of the South China Sea.advertisementIts claims are countered by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.United States Navy too is actively present in the area as Washington seeks to assert freedom of navigation in the South Chia Sea.”Sovereignty is not only protected verbally but is now exercised and governed through our actions. This will effectively enhance our presence in the South China Sea,” Ling Shengli, secretary-general of the International Security Study Centre at China Foreign Affairs University, told the Global Times.Chinas foreign ministry has reiterated that such construction falls within Chinas sovereignty rights and are civilian and public facilities aimed at better serving coastal nations in the South China Sea as well as maritime traffic from around the world.Ling stressed that China has been constructing facilities for civilian use and limited defence facilities to protect civilian infrastructure.Meanwhile, the US will continue to insist on so-called freedom of navigation in the region and may lead to disputes. But major conflicts are not likely between the two countries under the Code of Unplanned Encounters at Sea, Ling said. PTI KJV ASK AKJ ASKlast_img read more

Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav qualifies for Rio Olympics: All about him

first_imgIndia has a strong contingent for this year’s Olympics and Narsingh Pancham Yadav, the 26-year-old wrestler from Uttar Pradesh, has added to its weight.Yadav has beaten Sushil Kumar, the proud Olympian with two medals, in a qualifier. It was a tough choice for the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) as Kumar had moved the Delhi High Court for a place in the Olympic contingent citing his previous glory in 2008 Beijing Olympics. The court has backed Yadav’s candidature.Yadav and Kumar both vied for the prestigious spot and Yadav earned it off the field. Many experts in the field consider Yadav to be the fastest Indian wrestler and the future face of Indian wrestling.Here are some facts you must know about the future Narsingh Pancham Yadav:Born in Uttar Pradesh, Yadav and his family spent most of their time in Maharashtra. His father is a milk distributor in MumbaiYadav and his brother have been training to be a wrestler since 2002. He is currently serving as a Deputy Superintendent of Police in MaharashtraIn 2010, Yadav won his first international gold medal at the Asian Championships in the 74-kilogram freestyle categoryThat year, he also bagged another gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. He came as a last-minute replacement and shocked everyone by clinching the first place by beating South Africa’s Brian AddinallHe won the silver at the 2011 Commonwealth ChampionshipYadav had lost his first Olympic bout in the 2012 London Olympics against Canada’s Matt GentryIn 2014, Yadav won the bronze medal in the Asian Games. He cliched another bronze at the 2015 Asian ChampionshipsYadav made the headlines by winning the bronze medal by beating Zelimkhan Khadjiev of France 5:0 at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships. The victory is remembered for Yadav’s finishing move – ‘Dhak’. Dhak is a ‘do-or-die’ move in wrestling, which is very difficult to execute. Yadav perfected it and surprised everyone, even his coach Jagmal Singh.advertisementWATCH: Narsingh Yadav vs Zelimkhan Khadjiev at 2015 World Wrestling ChampionshipsInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Neymar escapes with warning over French Cup final fan slap

first_imgA 29-year-old Rennes fan who had been filming Neymar as he climbed the stairs to collect his loser’s medal at the Stade de France appeared to cajole the disconsolate player after the French league champions were defeated in a penalty shootout.Neymar stopped, used his hand to lower the phone and then tapped the fan on the chin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I shouldn’t have done it but sometimes it’s hard to remain calm,” Neymar said on Instagram at the time.A lawyer for the fan who filed a complaint against Neymar for violent behaviour said the warning was unacceptable. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rice industry paralysis Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s a justification of violence,” said lawyer Philippe Ohayon. “If that had been a fan hitting a player he would have been brought to justice and maybe even received a custodial sentence.”Neymar was given a three-match ban for the gesture at the time of the incident. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:22Thai court upholds death sentence for Myanmar men over Brit killings02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIEScenter_img Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Cavs guard Porter gets one-game NBA ban for ref contact What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar (L) looks on before the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Olympique de Marseille (OM) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on October 27, 2019. AFPBOBIGNY, France — Neymar will escape prosecution for an altercation with an opposition supporter after Paris Saint-Germain’s surprise defeat in the French Cup final in April, sources told AFP on Monday.Prosecutors have decided the Brazilian star will receive a written warning and no further action will be taken.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View commentslast_img read more

Dele Alli becomes a Tottenham centurion

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Dele Alli reaches Tottenham milestone with 100th club appearance Last updated 2 years ago 21:31 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dele Alli Tottenham 2017 Getty Tottenham Hotspur Everton v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The England international will become a Spurs centurion in an away date at Everton, with the midfielder now an established figure for club and country Dele Alli will make his 100th appearance as a Tottenham player during Saturday’s Premier League game at Everton.The 21-year-old signed for Spurs in 2015 from MK Dons and wasted little time in making his mark.Spurs 9/2 to win Group H 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 He has been a regular throughout his spell in north London, and has now become a club centurion.. @dele_official will make his th appearance in a Spurs shirt this afternoon! #COYS — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 9, 2017 Alli made his debut against Manchester United on August 8, 2015.He went on to end his debut campaign with 46 appearances in all competitions, before adding another 50 to his tally last season.With Mauricio Pochettino continuing to view him as a key figure, Alli has quickly reached the 100-game mark this termIn his 99 outings to date, the highly-rated midfielder has netted 34 goals.His efforts have also seen him become an important figure for his country, with Alli already boasting 21 England caps to his name.He will be hoping that there are many more outings to come, both domestically and internationally, but for now he can take pride in the fact that he has joined an exclusive club at Tottenham.last_img read more

Inter Milan unbothered by parachutist landing in win over Sassuolo

first_imgInter Milan unbothered by parachutist landing in win over SassuoloA parachutist landed on the pitch during Sunday 7-goal thriller between Inter Milan and Sassuolo in Serie A game.advertisement Next Associated Press RomeOctober 20, 2019UPDATED: October 20, 2019 22:24 IST A parachutist who landed on the pitch during a Serie A soccer match (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe intrusion came just before Romelu Lukaku was to take a penalty for the visitorsLukaku was unperturbed as he converted the spot kick for his second goal of the matchLautaro Martinez also had a brace for second-place InterA parachutist landing on the center of the field briefly disrupted Inter Milan’s 4-3 win over Sassuolo in Serie A on Sunday.The intrusion came just before Romelu Lukaku was to take a penalty for the visitors.Security agents quickly escorted the parachutist away and Lukaku was unperturbed as he converted the spot kick for his second goal of the match.Ook dit is Italië: een random parachutist die tijdens Sassuolo-Inter op het veld landt. Victor Mak (@WesleyVictorM) October 20, 2019Lautaro Martinez also had a brace for second-place Inter, which moved back within a point of eight-time defending champion Juventus, which beat Bologna 2-1 a day earlier.It was an emotional day for Sassuolo, which was playing for the first time since the death of club owner Giorgio Squinzi.There was a minute of silence observed in Squinzi’s memory before kickoff and Domenico Berardi dedicated Sassuolo’s opening goal to the team patron by pointing his hands to the sky.Lukaku, Inter’s prized offseason signing from Manchester United, now has five goals in eight Italian league matches and four in the Nerazzurri’s four away matches. Before Lukaku, the last Inter player to score four or more in his first four away Serie A games was Diego Milito in November 2009 the season in which Milito led Inter to the Champions League title.Filip Djuricic and Jeremie Boga scored late for Sassuolo after Inter had gone ahead 4-1.”It’s never easy to resume after the break for international duty,” said Inter assistant coach Cristian Stellini, who stood in for a sick Antonio Conte in the post-match news conference. “We simply ran out of energy toward the end and Sassuolo stepped up the tempo.advertisement”We’ve got to learn how to finish off these matches where we’ve dominated,” Stellini added.OTHER RESULTSClaudio Ranieri debuted as Sampdoria coach in a 0-0 draw with Roma, his former club.Roma lost both Bryan Cristante and Nikola Kalinic to injury; while Roma forward Justin Kluivert was sent off for a second yellow four minutes from the end.Cagliari moved above Roma into fifth place with a 2-0 win over Spal. Radja Nainggolan put the Sardinian club ahead with an absolute missile and Paolo Faragò also scored.Udinese beat Torino 1-0 with a header from Stefano Okaka.Also Read | Premier League: Spurs struggle, Chelsea, Leicester into top 4Also see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Lautaro MartinezFollow Inter Milanlast_img read more

Airline owned by Metis woman taking shape and getting ready to take

first_img(Editor’s Note: APTN News originally reported that Teara Fraser was First Nations. This was incorrect. Ms. Fraser is Metis.)Tina HouseAPTN NewsCanada’s First Indigenous woman owned airline is getting ready to hit the friendly skies next year.Iskwew Air is owned by Teara Fraser who is Metis from Hay River, NWT.The airline will fly between small, remote

UNESCO chief saddened by fire and death at major Ugandan cultural site

17 March 2010The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today expressed her sorrow over the fire that destroyed the Tombs of Buganda Kings, a World Heritage List site in Uganda. The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today expressed her sorrow over the fire that destroyed the Tombs of Buganda Kings, a World Heritage List site in Uganda. Two people were killed during protests sparked by anger at the destruction of the site yesterday. Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General, appealed for calm, saying the agency stands ready to help Ugandan authorities to assess damage and take remedial action to restore the religious site. “The Tombs of the Buganda Kings at Kasubi is a World Heritage site of great cultural and spiritual significance. The destruction of this site is a tragic loss for the whole world,” said Ms Bokova. “I am also deeply distressed to learn that two people lost their lives in protests that followed the fire, and hope there will be a swift return to calm at this difficult time,” she said. Located on the Kasubi Hill, five kilometres from Kampala city centre, the historic site, including four royal tombs, suffered extensive damage in the fire, whose cause has not yet been established. The site’s buildings were made of dry grass thatch and wood and efforts to put out the fire were unsuccessful. According to media reports, police shot two people in a crowd that staged a protest at the site suspecting that the blaze was an act of arson. The Tombs of the Buganda Kings were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2001, recognized as “a masterpiece of human creativity and an eloquent manifestation” of the cultural traditions of the Baganda people, Uganda’s largest ethnic group. The site has been an important centre of religious activity for the Baganda people since it was established in 1860. read more

Humanitarian situation in Sierra Leone shows signs of improvement UN official

Carolyn McAskie, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, who recently returned from the region, told a press conference at UN Headquarters that “with the apparent weakening of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and with the considerably more robust presence of UNAMSIL [the UN mission in Sierra Leone], there is a sense that a solution is on the way in Sierra Leone.” She stressed, however, that it was premature to predict whether the trend would hold, noting that Sierra Leone was a very poor country and that there had been great difficulty in raising funds for the area.Against the background of some positive signs in Sierra Leone, the humanitarian crisis in Guinea and Liberia was worsening, Ms. McAskie said. In Guinea, the past few years had witnessed ongoing concerns about how to help the Government support hundreds of thousands refugees from Sierra Leone. To complicate matters, the country now had 300,000 internally displaced persons of its own because of the fighting along the borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone, she noted. In Liberia, rebel factions in the north of the country seemed to have joined forces against the authorities, Ms. McAskie said. As a result, Liberian President Charles Taylor was mobilizing the old territorial forces, which had been demobilized in 1997 and 1998, effectively creating a humanitarian crisis in the country. Potentially, there could be 60,000 internally displaced persons in Liberia alone, she pointed out. Describing it as “not a happy state at all,” Ms. McAskie said that in addition to the half-million refugees in the region, the number of internally displaced persons could reach three quarters of a million. read more

UN envoy reports Israeli commitment to suspend overflights in Lebanon

Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon, said that Israeli Minister of Defence Benjamin Ben Eliezer had expressed the commitment to UN representatives during a “difficult but frank” meeting in Israel. On the UN side, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, also took part in the talks.”At the end of the meeting, the Minister of Defence of Israel gave us the confirmation that, effective immediately, there will be a suspension of all overflights over the cities of Beirut, Tyr, Sidon, Tripoli and deep inside the territory of Lebanon, and that there would be no more sonic booms over such cities,” Mr. de Mistura said in a statement after his meeting today with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, whom he informed of the development.”We are taking the words of the Minister of Defence of Israel seriously; they were said clearly and they were said firmly,” the UN envoy stressed. “Of course, facts in the skies of Lebanon will have to prove the consistency of this commitment.”Describing the reaction of President Lahoud, Mr. de Mistura said that Lebanese leader “very appropriately, reminded me that according to Lebanon any action beyond the Blue Line [of Israeli withdrawal] is an infringement. In fact, we as United Nations are mandated to request the respect of the Blue Line by all concerned and involved sides.” read more

Germanys Bayer plans to buy Merck Cos consumer care business for 142

Germany’s Bayer plans to buy Merck & Co.’s consumer care business for $14.2 billion by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2014 4:29 am MDT TRENTON, N.J. – Germany’s Bayer plans to buy U.S.-based Merck & Co.’s consumer health business, creating a combined medicine cabinet of household names from Bayer’s aspirin to Merck’s Claritin allergy pills.The $14.2 billion deal announced Tuesday would vault Bayer AG atop the nonprescription medicine business across North and Latin America. It would make Bayer No. 1 worldwide in skin and gastrointestinal products, a strong No. 2 in the huge cold and allergy category, and No. 3 in pain relievers.“We are combining two highly complementary businesses with virtually no overlap that will improve our product position over multiple categories,” Marijn Dekkers, Bayer’s CEO, said on a conference call with journalists.Merck, widely considered the most research-driven U.S. pharmaceutical company, would divest a slow-growing business it inherited in 2009 when it bought Schering-Plough Corp. to get its experimental prescription medicines.Bayer, which invented aspirin more than a century ago, already has a major over-the-counter division whose brands include Aleve pain reliever, Alka-Seltzer and One-A-Day vitamins. It would add Merck’s Claritin, the Coppertone sun-care line, Dr. Scholl’s foot-care products and MiraLAX laxative.The transaction is part of a recent surge in pharmaceutical industry deals. Some drugmakers are selling or swapping business segments to focus on areas where they have the most expertise, marketing prowess and prospects for growth, as Merck is doing. Others, like Bayer, are making acquisitions to beef up their portfolios of products or experimental drugs to boost future sales.Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier said in January that he was evaluating options for Merck’s consumer and animal health businesses, both units without enough scale to grow quickly. On Tuesday, Merck said it would use the sale proceeds to invest in business areas with the highest growth potential and beef up its drug pipeline with “external assets.”Merck is a different company than Merck KgaA, which is based in Darmstadt, Germany. The American company is known as MSD, for Merck, Sharp & Dohme, outside the U.S. and Canada.The transaction, expected to close in the second half of 2014, requires regulatory approval. Bayer will borrow money to pay for the deal, which will bring it significant tax savings and about $200 million in savings on marketing and production costs by 2017.“The extra revenue creates the synergies for us,” Dekkers said, adding that the deal “marks a major milestone on our path towards global leadership in the attractive non-prescription medicines business.”Ana Nicholls, a health care analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, noted Bayer has offset price-cutting and recession in Europe with a big push into emerging markets.“It now has a geographical reach that should allow it to take its newly acquired U.S. brands, such as Claritin and Coppertone, and roll them out pretty much worldwide,” she added.Meanwhile, Bayer and Merck also agreed to co-operate on developing and selling drugs in a new class known as sGC modulators, which have potential for treating some heart conditions — long a Merck strength. Merck would initially pay Bayer $1 billion, with up to $1.1 billion in future payments contingent on sales.The partnership includes a Bayer drug approved in the U.S., Adempas for treating high blood pressure in lung blood vessels. It also features a chronic heart failure drug in midstage patient testing and other experimental drugs in earlier stages of research.Merck, like other major drugmakers, has seen prescription drug sales slide amid cheap generic competition for several drugs that once raked in billions annually. Those include asthma and allergy pill Singulair, allergy spray Nasonex and blood pressure drugs Cozaar and Hyzaar.Merck, based in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, in April reported a 7 per cent rise in first-quarter earnings, mainly due to cost cutting across its businesses, including eliminating another 2,000 jobs in the quarter.In late afternoon trading, Merck shares were down $1.39, or 2.4 per cent, at $57.24 in New York. Bayer shares fell nearly 1 per cent in Germany.Dekkers said any layoffs after the deal closes, either in the U.S. or Germany, would not be significant.“This is not a deal that hinges on job eliminations as a key value driver,” he said.Bayer, based in Leverkusen, Germany, said the combined consumer care business would be based at its new U.S. health care headquarters in Whippany, New Jersey.Merck’s consumer business, based nearby in Summit, New Jersey, has about 2,250 employees. Bayer’s consumer business, nearly 2 1/2 times the size of Merck’s, has about 8,000 employees.___AP reporters David McHugh in Frankfurt, Geir Moulson in Berlin and Tom Murphy in Indianapolis contributed to this story.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at In this photo taken July 6, 2009 worker Roland Ulbrich presents an Aspirin pill made for Italy at the pharmaceutical plant of the Bayer Bitterfeld company in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, eastern Germany. Germany’s Bayer AG says it plans to buy U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. Inc.’s consumer care business, whose products include the Coppertone suncare range, Claritin allergy medicine and the Dr. Scholl’s footcare products, for US$ 14.2 billion. (AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Stock markets advance amid solid US jobs data weak Canadian employment report

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Friday amid a solid U.S. employment report for May and weak Canadian jobs data.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 38.72 points to 14,838.9, weighed down by mining stocks as copper and gold prices lost ground.The Canadian dollar was slightly lower as job creation figures for Canada came in above expectations, up 25,800 for the month.But Statistics Canada said the gains were part-time and the unemployment rate edged up to seven per cent from 6.9 per cent as more Canadians went looking for work in May. The loonie was down 0.01 of a cent to 91.49 cents US.The U.S. Labor Department said the American economy cranked out 217,000 jobs, roughly in line with expectations. That’s down from 282,000 in April, which was revised slightly lower. Despite the gains, the unemployment rate remained 6.3 per cent.“It’s confirmation that things are, as expected, improving,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer Scotia Private Client Group.“The more disappointing numbers were the Canadian ones. The headline number looked OK but underneath, part-time jobs increased and full-time lost.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrials gained 88.17 points to 16,924.28, the Nasdaq advanced 25.17 points to 4,321.4 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 8.98 points to 1,949.84.Industrials led TSX gainers, up 1.3 per cent. Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) shares rocketed to a 52-week high amid an upgrades from Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets. He boosted his target price for the airline by nearly 42 per cent to $17, saying the carrier is undergoing a fundamental and structural cost reduction initiative that is playing out in a climate of steadily increasing demand for air travel. Its shares closed up 54 cents to $10.47 after going as high as $10.58 on heavy volume of almost five million shares.Commodity markets were mixed in the wake of the jobs data with July crude in New York 18 cents higher to US$102.66 a barrel.The TSX energy sector was ahead 0.34 per cent as the Financial Times reported that EU officials have decided to change a draft of a fuel quality directive, something Canadian officials have lobbied their European counterparts to do. Proposed EU environmental legislation would have set heavy penalties on petroleum products made from Alberta’s oilsands, citing higher carbon emissions associated with its production.There has been speculation in Ottawa that the crisis between Russia and Ukraine may have helped Canada’s cause. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has suggested that Europe should reduce its dependence on Russian energy supplies and look to Canada for some of its energy.“It’s not so much that the oil wasn’t going to continue to be developed, it’s that the stocks were being shunned and also some environmentally-conscious funds would say, no, we don’t want to own them,” added Mills.“And they may still say that but the fact that the Europeans… can’t depend on the Russians and they’re highly dependent at this point.”The TSX was weighed down by a 1.87 per cent slide in the base metals sector, while July copper fell four cents to US$3.05 a pound.The gold sector lost about 0.3 per cent as August bullion shed early gains to decline 80 cents to US$1,252.50 an ounce.The TSX ended last week up 234 points or 1.6 per cent, leaving the Toronto market ahead 8.9 per cent year to date, led by gains in energy, mining and financials.U.S. markets also gained ground last week with the Dow industrials ahead 1.24 per cent. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2014 6:49 am MDT Stock markets advance amid solid U.S. jobs data, weak Canadian employment report read more

Yemen UN reports uptick in civilian deaths as fighting in country continues

In the period spanning 11 to 15 June, a total of 50 civilians, including 18 children and 11 women, were killed, bringing the total number of civilian deaths in the Gulf state to 1,412, with another 3,423 confirmed as injured, OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva earlier this morning. The UN recently reported that the total casualty figures of the country’s conflict have surpassed 2,600. The OHCHR spokesperson noted that another 14 civilians were reportedly killed as a result of violent clashes between local armed groups and military forces acting together against Al Houthi-affiliated Popular Committees in Lahij, Taiz, Dhale and Aden Governorates. Meanwhile, at least 36 civilians were reportedly killed as a consequence of airstrikes carried out by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Sana’a, Hudaydah, Dhamar and Sada’a.Adding to the scale of destruction, Mr. Colville today also observed that at least 13 civilian public buildings had been impacted during the five-day reporting period, bringing the total to 141 civilian public buildings partially or completely destroyed as a result of the armed conflict. Yemen’s hostilities – which began in mid-March – have only deepened the country’s already existent humanitarian crisis, plunging civilians even further into despair. Already the poorest nation in the Gulf region prior to the fighting, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) recently stressed that more than 15 million Yemenis do not have access to basic healthcare, with 53 health facilities closed and malnutrition increasing. Eighty per cent of the country’s population is currently in need of critical humanitarian aid.In addition, the country’s extensive archaeological and historic heritage has been increasingly under threat following a surge in aerial bombing raids in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen’s capital.Also addressing the press briefing in Geneva, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson, Christophe Boulierac, warned that the number of children in Yemen who had been killed in the last 10 weeks was four times more than the number of children killed in 2014. Mr. Boulierac suggested that this showed the brutal impact of the country’s escalating violence and explained that the use of children in the conflict – whether to man check-points or carry arms – had also increased precipitously. Beyond that, he said, an estimated 9.4 million Yemeni children remained in need of humanitarian assistance as much of the population continues to struggle with food, power and water shortages. The grim humanitarian statistics come as international, regional and Yemeni stakeholders meet in Geneva for a series of UN-backed consultations opened yesterday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. According to UN spokesperson, Ahmad Fawzi, the UN Special Envoy on Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is currently meeting with the various delegations and will brief the press once the consultations are concluded. read more

Grand Overpowers Lady Spartans Photo Gallery

The Lady Spartans couldn’t erase a five-run deficit in a loss to Grand High School on Friday.Emery fought back after falling down by five runs in the third inning. The comeback fell just short, though, in the 12-11 defeat against the Red Devils. Emery managed nine runs in the failed comeback.Cambrie Jensen, Madisyn Alton, Ambree Bennett and Taleigh Price fueled the rally with RBIs. Both teams exchanged the advantage back-and-forth in the game, but Grand eventually took the lead for good after a home run in the seventh inning.Emery had 13 hits on the day. Price, Raegan Rassmussen, Alton and Adrianne Childs all managed multiple hits for the Lady Spartans. Price went 3-4 at the plate to lead Emery in hits.Up next, Emery (7-3, 3-2 Region 15) will travel to Blanding (3-9, 0-5 Region 15) on Tuesday to take on San Juan. read more

Verizon Wireless to notify users of data usage by text message

first_imgWhether Verizon Wireless is reacting to customer concerns over its new, tiered data plans or they were planning to do this for months is up in the air. Regardless, the company said today they would help people understand how much data they’ve been using by sending them messages over the course of their billing cycle. The new plans take effect for new customers today.Current customers don’t need to worry – even if they upgrade their phone in the near future they’ll be able to keep their plans. Regardless, it’s just a matter of time before the free ride for current customers will be over and everyone will have to keep a close eye on their data usage.To help customers get familiar with how much data they actually use, and how much they have left during a billing cycle, Verizon Wireless announced that they’ll send text messages (free, of course) to customers when they hit 50%, 75%, 90%, 100%, and 110% of their monthly data allowance. The 50% and 75% warnings can be opted-out of, but the last three will be mandatory.Additionally, Verizon Wireless also reminded customers that they can call #DATA from their Verizon phone or log in to their account on the Web to see data usage at any time. The latter two are good, but it’s the text messages that may actually make a difference to many users.By proactively letting customers know how much data they’ve used, they can make the judgment call after a few weeks or months whether they’re subscribed for the right type of plan. If a user goes a whole month without ever getting an alert, they’re probably paying for data they’ll never use. If a customer has a 4G phone and burns through 50% in the first three days, it’s time to either upgrade to a bigger plan or start using Wi-Fi.Read more at PR Newswirelast_img read more

Chinas Blizzardknockoff theme park opens

first_imgWorld Joyland, a Chinese theme park known in the West for rather shamelessly ripping off Blizzard properties, has opened to its first visitors, and some English speakers have written a detailed diary of their trip.Located in Jiangsu province, World Joyland claims to be the first game-themed park. With 600,000 square meters of territory to cover, early visitors reporting for English-language site Shanghaiist found plenty homage paid to Chinese clones of World of Warcraft and StarCraft.As it is a theme park, our reporter heroes focused on the ride experience and found ridiculous descriptions for each (in both Chinese and English) and a rating on the Splendor Index, Happiness Index or Thrill Index. A typical log ride was described as a “beast-bloody journey” as it took participants through an uphill tunnel filled with orcs before dropping them into inevitable wetness. Afterwards, other park patrons inserted coins into water gun machines to keep spraying riders.“Massive copyright infringement” abounds. The area themed on the WoW clone shows no distinction between Horde and Alliance as Tauren, Night Elves and humans are found mingling with one another, and with dragons and mermaids as well. Staff, on the other hand, wore “glorified Bam-Bam outfits.”For our experimental patrons, the WoW zone gave way to a StarCraft area by way of a change in color palette, as the Azeroth-esque reds and browns shifted to a more Protoss-ian blue and yellow.Joyland’s alleged dedication to games goes beyond the rides. The park was built for 200 million yuan (approximately $30 million) and includes “anime-and-game” expo pavilions and R&D facilities, a technology training center, and even an eSports Competition Center.The Shanghaiist reporters noted with some concern that after only being open for less than two months, handrails were already rusty and paint cracks were abundant.Read more at Shanghaiistlast_img read more

Medicaid service provider CUP to stay in county

first_imgColumbia United Providers officials on Friday got the news they and thousands of Clark County residents have been waiting months to hear: CUP can continue to serve local Medicaid managed care members.State Health Care Authority Deputy Director Preston Cody said Friday the state had approved a contract that would allow CUP and Community Health Plan of Washington to work together and remain in Clark County.“I hope everybody is pleased with the outcome,” Cody said. “I know the Health Care Authority certainly is.”After months of uncertainty, the state appears to have found a solution that benefits everyone involved. Medicaid patients will remain with their current providers, if they so choose. Renegotiated physician reimbursement rates will save the state money. And CUP and Community Health Plan will continue to operate in Clark County.“We’re happy,” said Lance Hunsinger, chief executive officer of Community Health Plan. “We have historically served in Clark County. Our interest was to continue to serve that population, and this result allows us to continue to do that. so we’re pleased.”The agreement will also mean no disruption in care for local Medicaid members, which was an ongoing concern for CUP officials.“Our goal from the start was to keep this critical health care safety net intact for this community,” Ann Wheelock, CUP chief executive officer, said in a written statement.last_img read more

Suspect who drove SUV into Homestead home given 1k bond

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A police chase that ended with an alleged stolen car crashing into a Homestead home landed a suspect in bond court, Friday.According to authorities, Robert Aldama was a passenger during a pursuit that left a family with thousands of dollars worth of damage to their home.Related: Family wakes up to SUV on doorstep after police chase ends in crashThursday morning, police said, Carmen Goodman and her 82-year-old mother were sleeping inside their home, located along Northwest Eighth Avenue and 17th Street, when Aldama was a passenger inside an SUV that crashed into the home, destroying their front entrance and living room.Aldama received a bond of $1,000.Fortunately, no one inside was injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Conservative Duque takes lead in Colombia election

first_imgColombian presidential candidate Ivan Duque (C), for the Democratic Centre party addresses supporters in Bogota, after winning the first round of the Colombian presidential election on 27 May. Photo: AFPConservative candidate Ivan Duque won the first round of Colombia’s presidential election Sunday but fell short of the 50 per cent threshold needed to avoid a runoff next month.The 41-year-old senator will face former guerrilla Gustavo Petro on 17 June, the first leftist candidate to contest a runoff in Colombia.Duque polled 39.7 per cent of the votes, compared to Petro’s 25 per cent, in a poll which showed deep divisions over a peace deal with former rebel movement FARC.It was the first presidential poll in half a century free of the threat of the FARC, though Duque, 41, has campaigned strongly on a pledge to rewrite a peace agreement with the group.Polling was “totally normal,” said electoral authority chairman Juan Carlos Galindo. Turnout was a higher-than-usual 53.2 per cent in a country traditionally plagued by voter apathy.The peaceful election was an achievement praised by outgoing president Juan Manuel Santos after casting his ballot in Bogota.Ironically, the peace Santos made with the FARC, which is now a political party, has opened sharp divisions, reflected in the two candidates to succeed him.Rewrite accordDuque has vowed to rewrite an accord he sees as too lenient on a group that waged a decades-long war of terror in Colombia before transforming itself into a political party.Duque’s pledges to defend private enterprise and introduce tax cuts also won him support.“I want a country of legality, a full-on fight against corruption, a country where peace can breathe throughout the land,” said Duque after casting his ballot in Bogota.Outside one Bogota polling station, Paula Rubio, 38, said she voted for Duque “to maintain order in the country.”Petro, a former member of the disbanded M-19 rebel group, defied expectations in a country where presidential elections have traditionally been the domain of the right.His total of more than 4.8 million votes is almost double the previous best showing for the left in a presidential election, in 2006.“It’s obviously going to be very polarized in the second round,” said analyst Andres Macais, with both sides scrambling to form alliances with defeated candidates.Conservatives backing Duque have a majority in the Congress after sweeping the legislative elections in March.Leftist candidates Sergio Fajardo, a former Medellin mayor who polled 23.7 per cent of the vote, and peace negotiator Humberto De la Calle, have previously refused to ally with Petro.Petro said he wanted a Colombia “present and future” without hatred or vengeance and to leave behind “the machinery of corruption.”The 58-year-old rallied many Colombians with his campaign speeches against inequality and corruption, making him the country’s first leftist candidate going to the second round of a presidential poll.“I voted for Petro… who has helped the poor people,” said domestic worker Gladys Cortes, 60.Analysts said turnout could be a key factor in the second round.“There is an increase in participation, but abstention is still high, we will have to see if it is still possible to move that absentee vote towards Petro. The second round is going to be very close,” said analyst Medofilo Medina.Santos stepping downSantos-who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the 2016 deal with the FARC-steps down in August.Duque, a gray-haired senator and former economist, is backed by the Democratic Centre party of former president Alvaro Uribe, which swept legislative elections in March. If successful, he can count on the support of Congress.Uribe fell out with onetime ally Santos over his drive for peace with FARC, setting up his own party in 2013.Many voters see Uribe’s guiding hand behind the inexperienced Duque’s campaign. Like Santos, the 65-year-old Uribe is constitutionally precluded from seeking a third term.Colombia, ravaged by corruption and glaring inequality, is still struggling to emerge from the longest armed conflict in the Americas.The world’s leading producer of cocaine, the country continues to battle armed groups vying for control of lucrative narco-trafficking routes in areas FARC once dominated.‘No impunity’The peace deal, in effect for little more than a year, remains fragile.The FARC, now in the form of a political party, did not win much support in March legislative elections, failing to add to the 10 parliamentary seats it was awarded in the peace deal.“What we Colombians want is that those who have committed crimes against humanity be punished by proportional penalties, which is incompatible with political representation, so that there is no impunity,” Duque recently told AFP.The senator has pledged to eradicate “the cancer of corruption” and to revive a sluggish economy, while vowing to defend traditional family values.Petro’s crowds grew steadily as his campaign went on, in what some analysts see as public support for the peace deal and the rehabilitation of FARC as a political party.“Society has overcome the fear of violence and terror, and what we are seeing today is the political expression of that, filling public places and drawing crowds,” Petro told AFP in the final days of his campaign.last_img read more