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first_imgEmphasising on the relevance and topicality of the manuscripts Jayanta Sengupta, secretary and curator of the VHM said that though the language of the text is Sanskrit but the script is clearly a departure from Devanagari and is in Bengali. “Like many medieval texts Gita Govinda was translated for hundreds of years. These manuscripts were copied by hand in beautiful handwriting much before the technology of printing press arrived. This is the earliest Bengali manuscript we have in the collection of VMH and we found it historically most relevant to display to mark the International Mother Language Day,” Mr Sengupta said. The entire epic poem Gita Govinda comprising 76, folios, ink on paper, measuring 10.6 cm in width and 32.4 cm in length was purchased by Victoria Memorial Hall in 2005 by art collector Indranath Majumdar. The two folios, which have been put up on display, after being conserved by the paper conservation unit of the VMH, depict two different situations in the epic poem. While in one manuscript the image shows Krishna with another Gopi while an anguished Radha sits on the sidelines. In the other one, the Radha can be seen having a tiff with Krishna.Gita Govinda is 12-century text by Sanskrit poet Jaidev. The poem an important text in Bhakti Movement depicts the love of Krishna and his consort, Radha and can also be performed and rendered simultaneously. Mr Sengupta, highlighted the beautiful illustrations on these manuscripts and said that there has been tradition of illustrated manuscripts where illustrations go with the texts not only with Bhakti period texts but also some texts in Arabic, which are in the collections of VMH. “The form of imagery in the illustrated texts is very similar to what Bengal Pat Paintings and Bengal School of Art which evolved a century later after the text,” he added.The two manuscripts of Gita Govinda, at display at Victoria Memorial Hall. The manuscript dates back to 17 th and written in Bengali script.last_img read more

first_imgThe Indian challenge at the $2.2 million Dubai Tennis Championships ended after Rohan Bopanna and his partner suffered a shock exit in the first round of the men’s doubles at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre on Wednesday.Second seeds Bopanna and Romanian Florin Mergea lost to the unseeded but experienced Canadian-Czech pairing of Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-7(6), 4-10 in an hour and 24 minutes on Court No.3.Yuki Bhambri and Mahesh Bhupathi had lost their respective opening matches earlier on Tuesday evening. The Indo-Romanian pair was easily the dominant team in the first set, winning 29 of the 49 points played. They also broke Nestor and Stepanek twice out of five chances which was enough to seal the set. Though the unseeded combine earned three breakpoint chances, they wasted them all. Also read: Bhambri, Bhupathi out of Dubai tennis The Canadian-Czech pair upped the ante in the second set. Both teams got one break of serve each which led the set into the tie-break where Nestor and Stepanek proved a tad bit better to clinch it 8-6.The momentum had now shifted in favour of Stepanek and Nestor who went 6-0 up in the super tie-break. It was too difficult for the second seeds to make a comeback from there, losing the decider 4-10.last_img read more

first_imgWith new smartphones coming out almost every other week, it can be difficult keeping track of the good from the bad. Smartphones today are getting better and better and that’s not just restricted to the high-end segment anymore. We come up with a list every month after shortlisting some of the best new phones to have launched in the Indian market and we sort them in various price brackets from the low-end to the absolute premium ones to help consumers make a better decision of what to buy depending on their budget.No surprises that the low-end segment continues to be dominated by Xiaomi and our July list features some Redmi phones that have done exceptionally well by offering well-rounded phones at an affordable price. Higher up the chain we have phones from Nokia, OnePlus and Samsung to name a few that have also launched some impressive new smartphones this year. Our list also takes some phones from late last year as we feel they have aged well and continue to deserve a place on the list.CHEAPEST PHONE WORTH BUYINGRedmi 5A: Rs 5,999Still holding the entry-level fort is Xiaomi’s Redmi 5A. The budget offering from Xiaomi continues to take on other low-cost phones including Android Go phones like the Nokia 1 by offering good hardware and decent performance. The pricing may not be as exciting as the Rs 4,999 introductory price, but even at its current price tag, the phone offers plenty for entry-level consumers.The Redmi 5A sports a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The dual-SIM phones runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity. Optics for the Redmi 5A includes a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Auto-focus and LED flash. Up front you get a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The handset houses a 3,000mAh battery that the company claims will offer up to 8 days of standby time.BEST PHONE(S) UNDER RS 10,000advertisementRedmi 5: Rs 7,999It’s not just the Redmi 5A, Xiaomi has a few more phones in its artillery in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment that are worth noting and probably worth considering if you’re in the market. The Redmi 5 is priced just a notch higher than the Redmi 5A and offers so much more in terms of performance and design. The phone takes everything that made the Redmi 4 so successful in India and adds a more 2018 look and feel to it.The Redmi 5 sports a 5.7-inch ‘full-screen’ HD+ display with a 720×1440 pixel resolution with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor clubbed with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI 9, and supports 4G LTE (and VoLTE) connectivity. As far as optics are concerned, the phone comes with a 12-megapixel rear sensor with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection auto-focus and LED flash, and a 5-megapixel sensor with LED flash.Redmi Y2: Rs 9,999Xiaomi did not see a big success with the Redmi Y1 last year, which is a rare sight to see. A number of reasons helped its poor sales such as an underwhelming build and design and disappointing cameras. Xiaomi seems to have learned from its mistakes because the Redmi Y2, which was launched last week, improves upon its successor in every way and offers not only an updated, more premium-looking design, but also comes with some really good cameras and a good battery life. The Redmi Y2 sports a 5.99-inch HD+ display and comes with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chip and is offered in two variants, although only the 3GB + 32GB option falls under the Rs 10,000 segment and is the one that makes the most sense. The phone supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot, and supports 4G LTE and VoLTE connectivity. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo (based MIUI 9) out-of-the-box.One of its biggest highlights is that it sports a dual camera setup with a primary 12-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus and a secondary 5-megapixel camera, for depth sensing. For its price, the Redmi Y2 captures some good-looking photos in decent light with a good amount of detail and colour reproduction.BEST PHONE(S) UNDER RS 20,000Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1: Rs 10,999It’s safe to say Asus surprised everyone with the ZenFone Max Pro M1. The phone comes at a pretty great price considering all that Asus is offering which includes stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, a bezel-less design with an 18:9 display, dual rear cameras and a whopping 5,000mAh battery, among other things.advertisementThe ZenFone Max Pro M1 is powered by a very capable and powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is the same chip that powers the Redmi Note 5 Pro as well. The phone sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ display and comes with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and also USB OTG. The dual rear camera system includes one 13-megapixel camera (f/2.2 aperture) and a secondary 5-megapixel camera for depth sensing. The cameras are assisted by PDAF and LED flash, and are capable of shooting 4K videos as well. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash.Moto G6: Rs 13,999Motorola launched the Moto G6 in India last month, which succeeds last year’s Moto G5 and Moto G5S. The affordable mid-range smartphone brings a brand new design language to the Moto G lineup by introducing an all-glass design and a full-screen display, among other things. I reviewed the phone and found it to be the best looking phone under Rs 15,000 right now.The Moto G6 sports a 5.7-inch FHD+ 1080p IPS LCD Max Vision display and is powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 chipset. The base variant that’s priced below Rs 15,000 comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone runs near stock Android Oreo and houses a 3,000mAh battery with TurboCharge support. It comes with a 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the back and a 16MP front-facing camera.Redmi Note 5 Pro: Rs 14,999Coming into July, the Redmi Note 5 Pro still remains one of the best devices you can find under Rs 15,000 right now. The phone is a powerhouse performer and manages to nail pretty much all aspects of what you want in a smartphone which includes a premium metal build, 18:9 display, dual rear cameras and a powerful chipset, among other things.The Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a similar 5.99-inch FHD+ display as the Redmi Note 5. However, under-the-hood the Note 5 Pro is spiritually closer to the Redmi Note 3 in terms of performance. It is the first smartphone to be powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor which brings Qualcomm’s Kryo 260 CPU cores that will deliver around 40 per cent more power than the Snapdragon 630. The chipset is designed to produce power while being energy efficient at the same time. We reviewed the Redmi Note 5 Pro and found that the phone really is a beast in terms of performance.BEST PHONE(S) UNDER RS 30,000Nokia 7 Plus: Rs 25,999Arguably the best value-for-money phone in HMD’s newest lineup, the Nokia 7 Plus ticks most of the right boxes. The phone not only comes with a unique and captivating design that includes copper accents all around the frame, but it also features a tank-like solid metal body, an 18:9 display which is a first for the company, dual rear camera module. Not to mention it runs pure, stock Android thanks to it being part of the Android One program, and is powered by a fantastic chipset and impresses with its battery life as well.advertisement The Nokia 7 Plus sports a 6-inch FHD+ IPS display with Gorilla Glass on top. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 SoC, making it the first phone with the chipset in the country. This is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and can be updated to Android 8.1 Oreo as well.I reviewed the phone and found it to be a stellar offering at this price segment. The only thing that the phone gets wrong is the Zeiss-branded cameras, which perform poorly in low-light. But if cameras are important, then the Honor View 10 should be your choice in this price range. The only threat to the Nokia 7 Plus is sadly the Nokia 8 from last year, which is available for Rs 28,000 now and can also be recommended as it packs 2017 flagship trimming including a Snapdragon 835 chipsetOnePlus 6: Rs 34,999When it comes to affordable flagship phones, it doesn’t get better than the OnePlus 6 right now. OnePlus’ latest smartphone not only brings high-end specs but also a very premium all-glass design and an AMOLED display that is the biggest on a OnePlus phone yet. The phone starts at Rs 34,999 for the 6GB + 64GB option while the 8GB + 128GB variant comes in at Rs 39,999 and is available in Mirror Black, Midnight Black and Silk White colour options. If you’re willing to wait a while longer, OnePlus also launched a Red colour variant that will go on sale starting July 16.The OnePlus 6 brings mostly all the top-end hardware in 2018 including a Snapdragon 845 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone sports a 6.28-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on top. It sports a 16MP + 20MP dual camera setup with OIS, EIS and f/1.7 aperture and a 16MP front camera with EIS. It houses a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge support and runs Android 8.1 Oreo.BEST PHONE(S) MONEY CAN BUYPixel 2 XL: Rs 50,500Google’s second-generation Pixel flagship smartphone offers perhaps the best Android experience one can ask for. Not only does the Pixel 2 XL offer the purest Android software, but it also comes with top-of-the-line hardware, a full-screen display and some of the best cameras on a smartphone to date. For those looking at a premium Android smartphone right now, the Pixel 2 XL is perhaps the best option out there.As far as hardware is concerned, the Pixel 2 XL comes with mostly all of 2017’s flagship trimmings including a Snapdragon 835 processor, 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.4, and a 3520mAh battery, among other things. DxOMark has given the Pixel 2 XL’s cameras a score of 98, which until a couple of month ago was the highest overall score for a smartphone. In our review, we found that handset indeed comes with exceptional cameras that are beyond comparable.Samsung Galaxy S9+: Rs 64,900Android consumers who want the best designed phone that money can buy need not look any further than the Galaxy S9+. This is a stunning flagship from Samsung that keeps the design language more or less similar to its predecessor. Samsung has loaded the Galaxy S9+ with a host of new features inside such as Intelligent Scan, AR Emoji and Super Slo-mo mode among other things. Notably, the Galaxy S9+ is the first Galaxy S phone to sport a dual rear camera system. Additionally, it comes with a Dual Aperture feature that switches between two apertures depending on the lighting conditions. This allows for some spectacular low-light photography that is capable to take on the Pixel 2 XL. Other than that and the display size, both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are pretty much identical. The S9+ comes with sports a 6.1-inch WQHD+ (1440×2960) Super AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9810 chip coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 256GB of internal storage.iPhone X: Rs 84,999The iPhone X is currently the best iPhone from the Apple to date and one that die-hard Apple would love to get their hands on, if they’re able to afford it. The X brings a whole new design language for the company that includes an edge-to-edge display with a notch cut out on top that is unfortunately catching on among the Android world as well. Recently, I installed iOS 12 beta on the iPhone X and found that the phone is even smoother than ever is worth the investment knowing a good iOS update is in the offing.iPhone X sports a 5.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2436X1125 pixels. It is powered by the company’s own A11 Bionic chipset and runs on iOS 11. The X comes with dual rear cameras comprising of one 12-megapixel wide angle and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens. While the front camera includes a 7-megapixel sensor which is coupled with f/2.2 lens. The iPhone X is one of our best reviewed smartphones as it won us over on it’s gorgeous display, terrific performance and stellar cameras.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal’s £15 million ($19m) bid for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has been branded an “embarrassment” by John Hartson, while James McFadden considers it to be “pittance”.The Gunners have been linked with the Scotland international for some time.Interest is said to have been stepped up during the current transfer window, with a formal offer reportedly tabled this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? An approach from Arsenal is said to have been knocked back, with Celtic valuing their 22-year-old academy graduate much higher than those in north London.Former Bhoys and Gunners striker Hartson is not surprised to see that stance being taken, with the Welshman writing on Twitter: “My old club Arsenal testing the waters with reported £15m bid for Kieran Tierney.“Celtic don’t want to sell besides that in this current market £15m is an embarrassment to the player and his ability.”Hartson is not the only one to have hit out at Arsenal and their apparent reluctance to pay the going rate for a player of Tierney’s ability.McFadden, a former international colleague of the highly-rated left-back, told BBC Sportsround : “[Virgil] van Dijk moves down for £13 million plus his sell-on clause then goes for £75 million. I think Kieran Tierney’s certainly at that level.“We’re not talking about him going to a smaller side to build himself up. It’s one of the top sides in England coming and saying we’re going to take your best player for a pittance.”Kieran Tierney CelticMcFadden added on Tierney’s talent : “He’s so level-headed, he’s a funny guy, but when he trains, as you could imagine, he does everything to his best you know.“You look at small things, when they do the wee sprints to warm up, he sprints his fastest.“He puts everything into every session, and that transfers onto the game. It didn’t surprise me the level of intensity of his training, and it’s not a surprise that teams have come in. We’ve already said the bid is unacceptable, if that’s the level they’re going in at.“There’s no doubt that he would make it down there. It was a problem we had trying to pick a Scotland side, because you’ve got two of the best left-backs in the world, and that’s not trying to make players feel better, that was the hard facts.“Him and Andy Robertson, it’s difficult to split them. He’ll go down there no problem. Andy Robertson, Van Dijk, Wanyama, these guys went to smaller clubs to show people that they can play at a higher level.“He’ll go straight down into one of the top clubs no problem. There’s still improvement in him as well, that’s the thing. He’s a young guy and he can improve.“He’s the top man at Celtic. They can play without a guy in front of him because he can control the whole left side, going forward and defensively.“When you go and play with better players it makes you better. You have to rise to that level, and it makes you a better player.“Kieran Tierney is Celtic daft, so it’ll take something phenomenal for him to consider it, and also for Celtic to consider it.“I think it would need to take someone who’s going to compete for a title in England or go and try to win the Champions League for Kieran Tierney to leave, because he’s winning trophies, he’s playing in Europe, he’s playing for the club he loves.“I think it would have to be something really special, and Arsenal at the minute won’t challenge for the title. They might further down the line if they can invest in their squad, but £100 million is nothing in England.“I don’t think Arsenal will blow him away and make him think ‘I have to go and sign for Arsenal’.“Arsenal look like they’re trying to do things on the cheap, and if it’s £15 million it proves they’re trying to sign as many players as they can for as little as possible.“It tells you that they’re not ready to challenge for the title, and that’s maybe in the back of Kieran Tierney’s mind to say ‘Why do I just want to go and try to finish sixth or break into the top four, when I could be winning titles for the club I love?’”last_img read more

first_imgTre Norwood playing for the Oklahoma Sooners.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Cornerback Parnell Motley #11 and cornerback Tre Norwood #13 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate an interception and the end of overtime against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley announced some unfortunate news on Friday. Defensive back Tre Norwood, who suffered an injury earlier in the week, is out for the season.Norwood reportedly suffered a non-contact injury to his knee at Monday’s practice. He was expected to start at nickelback this season for the Sooners.Norwood started all 14 games for Oklahoma a year ago. Losing him for the season is a huge blow to a team that needs to keep up on defense to contend for another College Football Playoff appearance.Norwood is heading into his junior season with the team. He should still have two years of eligibility when he returns. Defensive back Tre Norwood out for season after suffering injury in fall camp— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) August 9, 2019A season ago, Norwood had 58 total tackles with a sack and an interception.Oklahoma, last season, won the Big 12 with a victory over Texas in the league’s championship game, qualified for the College Football Playoff but fell to Alabama.The Sooners open the 2019 campaign against Houston on September 1.last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Fluxys Belgium – P. Henderyckx The newly built ice class vessel Coral EnergICE has started regular loading operations with the first loading at the Zeebrugge LNG Terminal.The vessel will be making regular calls for delivering small-scale LNG to Scandinavian ports, according to Belgium-based Fluxys.Designed to operate in the sub-zero temperatures of the Baltic Sea, Coral EnergICE has a loading capacity of 18,000 m³ and is currently assigned to make year-round small-scale LNG deliveries to northern ports in Sweden and Finland.Today approximately 100 ships are using LNG as a fuel in Europe and their number is set to double by 2020 when more stringent sulphur emission standards come into force. The development of new infrastructure is in full swing to support this growth of the small-scale LNG market.The Zeebrugge LNG terminal has been offering LNG trailer loading services since 2010. Small LNG vessels can load at the terminal since 2010 as well and the facility’s recently built second jetty is specially designed for loading also small LNG bunkering vessels.last_img read more

first_imgThe province is helping Cumberland County businesses sell more goods and services to the public sector. Buyers from municipal, provincial and federal governments, universities, colleges, school boards and health authorities will be available to meet local business operators. “Businesses in Nova Scotia offer some of the best products and services in the world,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Economic Development. “The province is pleased to help Nova Scotian companies expand their markets.” Business operators can meet with public sector purchasers at a trade show in Springhill on Tuesday, Feb. 27, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre, 6 Main St., Springhill. The show will allow vendors to learn how to increase sales to the public sector. They can meet buyers face-to-face to exchange information on products and services. Eighty per cent of the $1 billion that the public sector spends annually on goods, services, and construction is purchased from Nova Scotia businesses. The trade show is co-hosted by the Office of Economic Development and the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association. “This event connects our local business community with the people responsible for government procurement and tender opportunities,” said Rhonda Kelly, executive director of the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association. “We highly encourage any businesses considering selling goods or services to any level of government to attend.” The province’s Supplier Development Program is encouraging more Nova Scotia companies to sell to government. It helps small business operators learn how to bid on government goods and services and provides outreach services and community workshops on accessing business opportunities with government. For more information on supplier development see the website at read more

first_imgGovernment is following through on its commitment to restore balance and responsibility to first contract arbitration. Amendments to the Trade Union Act introduced today, Dec. 6, will ensure the Labour Board can only impose a first agreement if it determines one of the bargaining parties is not making a best effort to reach a first collective agreement. “The current legislation involves the Labour Board too quickly. We said we would fix this problem, and that’s what we’re doing,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “These amendments remove automatic access to first contract arbitration, and will give employers more time to try to negotiate affordable agreements with their employees.” These amendments will bring Nova Scotia’s legislation more in line with the model used by the federal government and several other provinces, which covers 85 per cent of Canadians. The legislation will also remove the time limits on conciliation. The conciliator must now determine the parties are at an impasse before the matter can go to the Labour Board. The Labour Board will only get involved to settle a first contract if it determines one of the parties is hampering the bargaining process. “Today’s amendments send a positive signal to the business community,” said Luc Erjavec, vice-president Atlantic, Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. “The new government listened and acted quickly to bring Nova Scotia’s first contract process more in line with other Canadian jurisdictions.” To move to first contract arbitration, one of the bargaining parties will have to demonstrate: If the Labour Board finds the parties are making their best effort to bargain, it may direct the parties back to conciliation. If the Labour Board determines the parties qualify for first contract arbitration, it can appoint an outside arbitrator, or the parties can choose to appear before the Labour Board, and cover their own costs. “Now, in the rare instances when employers and employees struggle to negotiate a first agreement, a more balanced process will be there to help,” said Ms. Regan. the other party refused to recognize the union’s bargaining authority or the other party has adopted an unreasonable position or the other party failed to make reasonable or timely efforts to reach a contract or another bargaining element the Labour Board deems relevant.last_img read more

first_imgCoimbatore/Chennai: Security has been tightened across Tamil Nadu following intelligence inputs that members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba had infiltrated into the state, police said on Friday.Coimbatore Police Commissioner Sumit Sharan said the city was under a high alert following information that the terrorists were heading there. Officials said security had been beefed up in the state following reports that six members of the terror outfit LeT infiltrated into the state by sea from Sri Lanka and moved to different cities. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Security has been stepped up at many places, including airports, railway stations, bus stands and places of worship across the state. An alert has been sounded especially in coastal districts to prevent any further possible intrusion, the police said. Chennai Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan said “storming operations” were underway as part of precautionary steps. Sharan said 10 numbers quick response teams habve been put at strategic places just in case to respond if there is any requirement. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We have put arrangements at all the shopping malls, important temples and all important installations. We have also informed the Army and the Air Force to alert their defences,” he told reporters. The city and its surroundings have come under a tight security cover, with over 2,000 police personnel being deployed, and vehicle check and such checking points enhanced, the police commissioner said. “As of a now, a general red alert is maintained.” Sharan said the police had not released any photographs of any suspects so far as was being telecast in some TV channels, but said searches were on based on information and the description of the suspects. When pointed out that the developments come close on the heels of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) action in the city, he said: “There is no need for panic, for worry. What the NIA did was a separate operation (and) this is a separate issue.” The NIA had in June arrested Mohammed Azarudeen, the alleged head of the ISIS Tamil Nadu module who was a Facebook friend of Zahran Hashim, one of the suicide bombers in the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka in April. In 1998, Coimbatore was rocked by serial bomb blasts coinciding with the visit of BJP leader L K Advani to the industrial city, leaving 58 people dead and over 200 injured.last_img read more

first_imgTermas de Río Hondo: Honda’s Marq Marquez set the perfect launch from the pole position to stretch his lead to one second in no time. The defending world champion gathered fearsome pace and was in a lead of three seconds after three laps. By the end of the 10th lap out of 25, Marquez was seven seconds clear which even stretched to 12 seconds towards the later stages. Eventually, he reached the finish line 9.8 seconds ahead of second-placed Valentino Rossi at the Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina. The battle for the second place was on until the last lap with Andrea Dovizioso showing the power of the mighty Ducati – something which Yamaha definitely needs to work on if they want the championship. Rossi was leading the battle with Dovizioso before running wide in the 7th lap, but he ensured that he was right on the tail throughout. The Italians were being cheered in what proved to be an exquisite display of grit. It was only a few turns away from the finish line when Rossi made his final move to escape past Dovizioso and come home second. Meanwhile, Crutchlow who was expected to be a better competitor for the podium suffered a huge setback due to a jump-start. He managed to finish 13th despite a late entry into the race. Marquez now leads the championship with 45 points followed by Dovizioso (41) and Rossi (31) at second and third respectively – with 17 more races remaining.last_img read more

Rabat – King Mohammed arrived this Sunday afternoon in Abidjan for a “working and friendship” visit to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. The visit will be followed by the King’s participation in the upcoming 5th EU-AU Summit.The King, whose last trip to Côte d’Ivoire dates back to February-March 2017, is accompanied by Prince Moulay Rachid and Prince Moulay Ismail.The EU-AU Summit will be hosted by Côte d’Ivoire on November 29 and 30, despite the contested presence of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). The announcement was made public by the Ministry of the Royal House, the Protocol and the Chancellery.The working visit came a few days ahead of the contentious European Union-African Union Summit in the Ivorian capital.After its long empty seat policy during African summits, Morocco will face Polisario head on, with King Mohammed VI leading the Moroccan delegation.After Morocco mobilized its European and African allies to exclude Polisario from the highly anticipated summit, the kingdom is now changing its game plan, while still pursuing its strategic objective to put an end to AU’s recognition of the so-called SADR.Upon their arrival at Abidjan Felix Houphouet-Boigny International Airport, the monarch and the two princes were greeted by the Ivorian president Alassane Dramane Ouattara, who was accompanied by the First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire Dominique Claudine Ouattara.The official delegation accompanying Mohamed VI, includes also Fouad Ali El Himma, the King’s Advisor, Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, and Mohamed Laâraj, Minister of Culture and Communication, and interim Minister of National Education and Professional Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research. read more

Rabat – Renault made the offer to Posco “in early 2017 as part of its strategy to diversify its sources of steel,” a source acquainted with the affair told the South Korean Yonhap news agency Thursday.In response to Renault’s offer, Posco said the two companies will postpone “formal discussions” on the matter. Posco is not currently planning to enter Morocco, “citing market conditions,” the source said.Morocco World News contacted Renault to verify whether it made the offer to the Korean steelmaker. “We cannot give you any comment on this subject. We are always under discussion with many suppliers for further potential business,” a Renault spokesperson told MWN today.Renault is the third biggest customer of Posco’s automotive steel, Yonhap’s source said.Renault is also one of the biggest clients of ArcelorMittal, a leading steelmaker in the world, which supplies the French carmaker with automotive steel.According to Yonhap, Maghreb Steel, the leading steel producer of flat steel in Morocco, asked POSCO in 2017 to “invest in Morocco’s maker of flat steel products and provide necessary technology.”Morocco World News contacted Maghreb Steel, but the company has not yet provided any information about the offer.Read also: DLM, National Steel Leader, to Help Energy Industries Optimize Their ConsumptionPosco could benefit from EU-Morocco free trade agreementPosco “could use Morocco as a gateway for exporting its steel products to Europe without tariffs as Morocco has a free trade agreement with the EU,” Yonhap’s source said.The move could save the Korean steelmaker from a 25 percent tariff the EU said it would impose on 23 categories of steel products if imports surpass “the average of imports” for the last 3 years, after the US imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The European Commission is expected to make a final decision on the tariffs in early 2019.Renault is one of the largest international companies in Morocco with two car manufacturing plants, in Tangier and Casablanca. With a total of 35,365 sold units during the first semester of 2017, Morocco was the top automotive African market in terms of sales for the French group.Read also: Morocco Best-Selling African Market for RenaultThe Moroccan Society of Automotive Construction (SOMACA) plant in Casablanca launched an extension project to the Renault plant in Casablanca in October. The extension project is set to double the plant’s production to 160,000 vehicles per year by 2022.“In 2018, over 400 000 Renault and Dacia vehicles will come out of our two plants. Groupe Renault counts more than 11 000 employees in the country and over 40 suppliers  and partners chose to follow us, creating 50 000 jobs locally,” according to Carlos Ghosn, Renault CEO and chairman.Japan has since arrested Ghosn for financial misconduct, and Renaut appointed COO Thierry Bollore as temporary CEO.The French car manufacturer achieved 65 percent of its goals to expand its ecosystem in Morocco in 2017, according to Minister of Industry Moulay Hafid Elalamy. read more

North American stocks were modestly higher amid optimism that the Federal Reserve likely won’t be cutting stimulus as early as thought while giving a muted response to a sweeping economic reform plan from the Chinese government.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 32.21 points to 13,463.59.The Canadian dollar rose 0.04 of a cent to 95.57 cents US amid strong manufacturing data for September.Statistics Canada reported that manufacturing shipments rose 0.6 per cent to $49.9 billion in September. Economists had expected they’d rise about 0.5 per cent.U.S. indexes were higher with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 48.94 points to 15,925.16, the Nasdaq was up 5.4 points to 3,978.14 while the S&P 500 index gained 3.29 points to 1,793.91.In a report issued after a closely watched Communist Party conference, China’s ruling party pledged to ease barriers to private competitors in markets controlled by state companies. At the same time, they reaffirmed that government-owned industry is the core of the economy.However, it left out many details of what role private or foreign competitors might be allowed in government-controlled industries such as energy, telecoms and finance. But it outlined changes clearly intended to make industries more efficient and productive by injecting more competition.Analysts say markets were expecting something more from Chinese leaders who are under pressure to replace a growth model based on exports and investment that delivered three decades of rapid growth but has now run out of steam.“It looks like they are going to do some reforms which should help out growth over time,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Financial. “But I don’t think it was as immediate and because of that, markets didn’t take off (on the news). So it isn’t negative, it isn’t overly optimistic, just slightly positive.”Meanwhile, the woman most likely to succeed Ben Bernanke at the helm of the Fed made it clear that she’s prepared to continue the central bank’s low-interest rate policies to keep the U.S. economic recovery on track.During a confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee, Janet Yellen warned critics that any potential risks posed by those policies are outweighed by the risk of leaving a still-weak economy to survive without them.Her statements convinced markets that the central bank won’t reduce its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases until at least March.December crude edged up 21 cents to US$93.97 a barrel and the energy sector ticked ahead 0.5 per cent. Bonavista Energy (TSX:BNP) rose 38 cents to C$12.61.Industrials were also supportive as heavy equipment company Finning International (TSX:FTT) rose 84 cents to $24.98.The gold sector was the biggest decliner, down 0.75 per cent slightly higher while December bullion inched up 30 cents to US$1,286.60 an ounce. Centerra Gold (TSX:CG) faded six cents to $3.28.Copper prices inched higher after tumbling earlier in the week and the December contract was up one cent at US$3.17 a pound. The base metals component was off 0.2 per cent and Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) fell four cents to $2.16.On the corporate front, private equity firm Onex Corp. (TSX:OCX) reported Friday it earned US$399 million or $3.22 a share in its latest quarter, compared with a profit of $98 million or $1.50 per share a year ago. Revenue grew 16 per cent to $7.13 billion and its shares advanced 58 cents to $57.18.Montreal-based Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP) has raised its offer for an Australian dairy company, which is the focus of a heated takeover battle. Saputo’s new offer is $9 per share in Australian currency, valuing Warrnambool Cheese and Butter’s equity at about A$499 million, or about C$487 million. Saputo’s previous offer was A$8 per share. Saputo shares gained 30 cents to C$49.Media giant Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) is reorganizing the advertising sales operations at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, and moving them to an affiliated company. It says Metro English Canada will become the point of contact for advertising placed with the Star, the Metro commuter paper and other properties in the Star Media Group. About 80 jobs are being cut. Torstar shares dipped two cents to $5.72.European bourses were positive with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.19 per cent and Frankfurt’s DAX and the Paris CAC 40 were ahead 0.1 per cent. read more

Canada’s main stock index dropped for a second straight session on Friday and the U.S. stock market closed out its worst week in two years. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed down 115.48 points, or 0.75%, at 15,215.26. Eight of the 10 main sectors on the index were in the red.In the U.S., traders moved money into investments traditionally seen as having lower risk Friday, such as U.S. government bonds, gold and utility stocks.Energy stocks fell after Chevron reported weaker oil and gas production.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 69 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 16,493. The Dow has lost 387 points over the past two days. The slump interrupted five months of steady gains.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell five points, or 0.3%, to 1,925. The S&P 500 lost 2.7% this week, the biggest loss since June 2012.The Nasdaq fell 17 points, or 0.4%, to 4,352.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.49%.Compiled with files from Associated Press and Reuters read more

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by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 16, 2015 6:30 am MDT Last Updated Nov 16, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Factory activity in New York state contracted for the fourth straight month in November, as a strong dollar and slow overseas growth continued to drag down manufacturers.The New York Federal Reserve’s Empire State manufacturing index, released Monday, edged up slightly to minus 10.7, from minus 11.4 in October. Still, any figure below zero indicates contraction.The survey found that factories cut jobs for the third straight month. New orders also fell, though at a slower pace.U.S. manufacturers have been hammered this year by a slowdown in China, the world’s second-largest economy, weak growth in Europe and a stronger dollar, which makes U.S. goods pricier overseas. Falling oil prices have also cut into orders for steel pipe and other drilling equipment.There are signs the manufacturing slowdown could be bottoming out. The overall index and measures of shipments and new orders rose last month, even as they stayed in negative territory.Other recent data have also suggested that factory output could turn around. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said earlier this month that its measure of new orders received by U.S. manufacturers jumped in October. And a gauge of production rose for the first time since July.In the Empire State report, a measure of employment ticked up slightly to minus 7.3, from minus 8.5.A separate category showed that New York manufacturers are cutting back sharply on their stockpiles, which can slow production in the short run. But reducing excess goods in warehouses and on store shelves can set the stage for a future rebound if customer demand stays high, forcing companies to restock goods. Manufacturing in New York shrinks for fourth straight month on weak orders, less hiring read more

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2017 1:48 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, host Bill O’Reilly of “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel, poses for photos in the set in New York. While advertisers may be fleeing Bill O’Reilly’s “no spin zone” on Fox News Channel, viewers are remaining loyal. “The O’Reilly Factor” averaged 3.71 million viewers over five nights last week, the Nielsen company said. That’s up 12 percent from the 3.31 million viewers he averaged the week before and up 28 percent compared to the same week in 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) Advertisers are fleeing Bill O’Reilly, but viewers aren’t NEW YORK, N.Y. – Advertisers are fleeing Bill O’Reilly’s “no spin zone” on Fox News Channel, but viewers are remaining loyal.“The O’Reilly Factor” averaged 3.71 million viewers over five nights last week, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. That’s up 12 per cent from the 3.31 million viewers he averaged the week before and up 28 per cent compared to the same week in 2016.O’Reilly’s show averaged just under 4 million viewers for the first three months of 2017, his biggest quarter ever in the show’s 20-year history.“Controversy is a breeding ground for interest,” said Marc Berman, editor in chief of The Programming Insider. “So people who otherwise might not have seen his show recently are curious. People might want to see if he addresses the subject. If the ratings were not up, I would have been surprised.”Some five dozen companies have said they wouldn’t advertise on O’Reilly’s show following a report in The New York Times on April 2 that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about harassment allegations against cable television news’ most popular personality. O’Reilly has denied any wrongdoing.It has left his show with a more unusual array of commercials than you’d typically see for a popular program — like Monday night’s ad for a device that clears ear wax.The amount of advertising time by paying customers on “The O’Reilly Factor” has been cut by more than half since the Times report, according to an analysis issued Tuesday by Kantar Media. In the month prior to the story, his show averaged 14 minutes, 32 seconds an hour of ads by paying national clients, Kantar said. By last Friday, the paid advertising time had bottomed out at 4 minutes, 10 seconds, before rebounding to 7:10 on Monday.His sponsors lately have been leaning toward more opportunistic direct-mail marketers or other small budget brands, the company said.O’Reilly had five of the seven most-watched programs on cable television last week, and he more than doubled the average audiences for his rivals on CNN and MSNBC combined. But he was topped by a teammate: Sean Hannity’s show last Thursday, less than an hour after it was announced that President Trump had taken military action in Syria, had nearly 5 million viewers.A broadcast news show reached an important milestone last week. “CBS This Morning” averaged 3.7 million viewers last week, only 354,000 fewer than NBC’s “Today” show and 644,000 below ABC’s “Good Morning America.” That’s the strongest a CBS morning news program has been competitively in at least 29 years, the Nielsen company said.When “CBS This Morning” began five years ago, it typically had nearly 3 million viewers less than “Today” each day.CBS dominated the prime-time rankings last week, led by the NCAA men’s basketball championship between North Carolina and Gonzaga. The network averaged 9.1 million viewers. NBC had 5.4 million, ABC had 4.4 million, Fox had 2.5 million, Univision had 1.6 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.2 million and the CW had 1 million.Fox News was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.78 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.6 million, USA had 1.56 million, HGTV had 1.39 million and TBS had 1.2 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” scored a narrow victory in the evening news ratings, averaging 7.93 million viewers to NBC “Nightly News” and its 7.91 million. The “CBS Evening News” had 6.2 million.For the week of April 3-9, the top 10 show, their networks and viewerships: NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Gonzaga vs. North Carolina, CBS, 23.01 million; “NCAA Pre-Game,” CBS, 14.08 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 13.83 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 12.6 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.64 million; “Bull,” CBS, 11.1 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 10.47 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 10.04 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 9.77 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 9.52 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online: read more

The United Nations-facilitated intra-Syrian talks are “moving in the right direction,” the UN Special Envoy for Syria said today, wrapping up the latest round of discussions in Geneva with counter-terrorism added to the agenda and plans to resume in late March.Staffan de Mistura told journalists that participants had engaged in “serious” discussions and said that the sides would be invited to continue discussions later this month.“It is now clear to everyone and that is beyond dispute that we are here to implement UN Security Council resolution 2254,” Mr. de Mistura said, referring to the Council text approved in 2015 endorsing a road map for peace process in Syria, including specific language on governance, constitution and elections.“I believe therefore and expect that the sides should now pursue a framework agreement with an agreed political package so a transition can be implemented in line with 2254 – we’re here to talk about that,” he added.In addition to the issues previously on the agenda, as outlined in resolution 2254 (2015), counter-terrorism has been added at the request of the Government of Syria, according to the envoy. The major issue of detainees and abductees was also raised by the delegation from the Syrian Government. In parallel, the talks in Astana – convened by the Governments of Iran, Russia and Turkey – would continue to address issues related to the maintenance of the ceasefire and confidence-building measures. “We have a clear agenda in front of us,” Mr. de Mistura told reporters, adding: “The train is ready; it is in the station […] warming up its engine. It just needs an accelerator and the accelerator is in the hands of those in this round.” read more

GWD MindenMarco OnetoMiladin Kozlina German GWD Minden will have much stronger roster in the next season. Currently 13th team of DKB Bundesliga signed two experienced players with a lot of international success – Slovenian defensive specialist Miladin Kozlina (32, as we wrote 10 days ago) and Chilean star – line player Marco Oneto (photo). Kozlina is coming from RK Vardar Skopje, where he fights for the EHF CL F4 and have a really big impact in defensive line. Oneto is in SC Magdeburg, where he came last summer from Hungarian TOP team MKB Veszprem.Both players have won the EHF Champions League in their careers. Kozlina did that with RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko in 2004, while Oneto played for golden Barcelona in season 2010/2011.GWD’s coach Goran Perkovac is very satisfied with the transfers: Eijlers, Kozlina and Oneto were players from my wish list. All of them have fantastic careers with a lot of success. No one of them played in relegation battles, so that will force us to make better league position in the future – said Perkovac for official club’s website.  ← Previous Story WHAT A GOAL: Dibirov’s magic! Next Story → 60 MINUTES TO “LANXESS ARENA”: Kiel waiting for… read more

first_img Movie theaters are not the optimum setting to enjoy the latest cinematic fare.The floors are sticky and the seats are busted, bags of Sour Patch Kids crackle while tubs of popcorn crunch, and there is always the inevitable jerk who flashes their too-bright phone screen at least twice in two hours.I’d much prefer to kick back at home, watching a family terrorized by their evil doppelgangers or a teen-turned-adult superhero test his newfound powers while chilling in my sweatpants, pause button at the ready for food and bathroom breaks.And now I can, thanks to retired Ticketmaster tycoon Fred Rosen.Well, I could if I were among the ultra-wealthy elite.Rosen and Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros., launched Red Carpet Home Cinema, which rents first-run films for $1,500 to $3,000 each.As reported by The New York Times, the “Netflix for one-percenters” has contracts with WB, Paramount, Lionsgate, Annapurna, and Disney’s 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight.So you* can watch blockbusters like Joker, Rocketman, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Dark Phoenix, and Tolkien from the comfort of your home—while the unwashed masses crowd into stadium seating with a bunch of strangers.The luxury service—devised during rounds of country-club golf in LA—is not for the faint of heart: Participants must have a credit card limit of at least $50,000, and customers are required to by a $15,000 box that connects to a home theater system and comes with piracy protections.According to the Times, studios set individual prices, charging more for blockbuster flicks like Shazam! and less for indie dramas like The Shape of Water. Each rental allows for two viewings over 36 hours.Several major firms—including Universal, Sony Pictures, and Disney’s other labels—are Red Carpet holdouts. But the founders aren’t worried.“I feel pretty comfortable that we can gain more studio partners,” Rosen told NYT. “We are a niche offering—I’m too old for distribution—but even if a studio makes $25 million to $50 million annually from us, that’s found money.”Theater owners, meanwhile, are taking what the paper called a “wait-and-see” approach.“I have no take on that,” Adam Aron, CEO of U.S. theater chain AMC Entertainment, said in a statement.With the movie industry is already in a state of flux—case in point: Netflix challenging how films are traditionally released (and some Hollywood bigwigs clapping back)—Fellman isn’t interested in “starting a business that is disruptive to the theatrical experience.”“We’re not even looking for 10,000 people,” partner Rosen said.“Maybe we get 400 homes in New York and LA. Maybe 100 in each of the 30 biggest cities in the United States,” Fellman added. “We told studios, ‘You set the terms.’ They appreciated that. What doesn’t work in Hollywood is going in and wagging a finger and saying, ‘This is how it’s going to be.’”More on 20 Minutes of Ads to Earn Free Movie TicketsLone Blockbuster Store Still Standing in OregonAlamo Drafthouse, MoviePass Introduce New Cinema Subscription Options* By “you,” I obviously mean tech billionaires, Wall Street titans, pro athletes, Beyoncé, Russian oligarchs, and other ultra-wealthy people Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on targetlast_img read more