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New Goa CM Pramod Sawant seeks floor test on Wednesday

first_imgHours after he was sworn in, Goa’s new Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said his government had sought a floor test on Wednesday to prove its strength in the Assembly.The BJP-led government claims it has the support of 21 MLAs, including 12 from the party; three each from the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three Independents.The strength of the 40-member House has been reduced to 36 due to the death of former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and BJP MLA Francis D’Souza, and resignations of Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte.The Congress is the single largest party in the State with 14 MLAs. There is also an NCP legislator in the House.“We have written to Governor Mridula Sinha, requesting her to hold a floor test on Wednesday to prove our strength. We are ready for it,” Mr. Sawant told reporters.The Chief Minister said his priority was to complete all the projects undertaken by Parrikar, who passed away on Sunday after battling pancreatic-related ailment.Memorial for ParrikarThe government would build a memorial for Parrikar at Panaji’s Miramar beach, where he was cremated, he said.Mr. Sawant was sworn in as Chief Minister just before 2 a.m. on Tuesday, after hectic parleys between the BJP and its allies to put a new government in place.The Governor also administered the oath of office to 11 Ministers, including those from the MGP and the GFP. GFP chief Vijai Sardesai and MGP legislator Sudin Dhavalikar were sworn in as Deputy Chief Ministers.last_img read more

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Kohli maiden T20 century in vain; Lions beat RCB by 6 wkts

first_imgIPL 2016 × Star batsman Virat Kohli’s maiden T20 hundred went in vain as Gujarat Lions produced a clinical batting display to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in an IPL match here today.Batting first, the RCB posted a challenging 180 for two as captain Kohli, batting with a minor ankle sprain, hit his first IPL as well T20 century but the Lions chased down the target with three balls to spare with a combined effort from their top-order batsmen.Dinesh Karthik steered the run chase for the Lions with an unbeaten 50 off 39 balls while Brendon McCullum (42), Dwayne Smith (32), captain Suresh Raina (28) made useful contribution as the home side notched up their third win in four matches.The Lions, who had suffered a 10-wicket thrashing at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last match here on April 21, now have eight points from five matches.Gujarat Lions began their run chase at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in a flier as they reached 47 for no loss in the first five overs with Smith and McCullum in an aggressive mood, hitting two sixes and three fours during that period.Smith was, however, the first one to be dismissed in the sixth over bowled by Kane Richardson as A B De Villiers took a fine catch to reduce the home side to 47 for one.Brendon McCullum then took over as he smashed Richardson with two sixes and as many fours in the same over as if taking revenge on the hapless bowler for the dismissal of Smith.The sixth over yielded 25 runs for the Lions at the expense of a wicket and at the powerplay overs, the home side were cruising nicely at 72 for one.McCullum fell in the ninth over to a fine delivery from chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi who had the batsman caught and bowled.The middle over saw captain Raina and Karthik batting sensibly, scoring mostly in singles and doubles with occasional fours.At the 15 over mark, the Lions were 136 for 2, needing 45 runs with eight wickets in hand and at an asking rate of just over nine runs per over.Raina was out at a crucial juncture in the 16th over as he mistimed his shot off a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery for Iqbal Abdulla to take the catch at long-off.Karthik was dropped in the 18th over when on 33 with Richardson failing to take a return catch off his won bowling and with it the chances of an RCB win ended. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Gujarat Lions coach Brad Hodge and skipper Suresh Raina April 24, 2016 Published oncenter_img Gujarat Lions coach Brad Hodge and skipper Suresh Raina SHARE cricket COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

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‘Clever’ Sterling gives Man City balance – Guardiola

first_imgPep Guardiola praised Raheem Sterling for an intelligent display in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Newcastle United after another of his star wingers was left on the outside looking in.Sterling netted his second goal in three Premier League appearances this season, cutting inside to dispatch a clinical finish in the eighth minute at the Etihad Stadium.City needed a superb long-range strike from Sterling’s England team-mate Kyle Walker to seal victory after DeAndre Yedlin sent Newcastle in level at the break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Guardiola left Leroy Sane out of his matchday 18, with the Germany star having underwhelmed in three substitute cameos so far this term.The City boss denied Sane’s attitude was the reason for his omission, despite speculation to the contrary, but went on to outline the value of Sterling’s all-round game to his team.”He made a fantastic goal and he fought a lot,” he said.”Especially in the second half he played so clever. He moves the way we need him to move to help the team to be stable.”The wingers are so important to make stability in our team and he did it quite well.”Sane’s brief appearance in the 1-1 draw at Wolves was error strewn, although Guardiola pointedly stated he would continue to judge his players primarily on work rate.”He played 10 or 12 minutes, he tried. He was not precise but he tried,” the former Barcelona head coach added.”They [the players] know me. They convince me [and] I am satisfied the moment they run and do everything.”The mistakes without the ball [and when] taking decisions – it is part of the process. So, it’s no problem.”last_img read more

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Centre ramps up sports infrastructure investments in Valley

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 8 (PTI) The centre has sanctioned Rs 200 crore for development of sports infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir with a hope to dissuade the strife-torn valleys youth from going “astray”. Jammu and Kashmirs sports minister Imran Raza Ansari today called on union sports minister Vijay Goel to discuss initiatives to boost sports activities in the state. “The sports minister of Jammu and Kashmir Imran Raza Ansari met our officers and discussed many things. The meeting was very fruitful. Now the youth of Jammu and Kashmir will not go astray and will not be attracted towards destructive activities,” Goel said at his official residence. A total of Rs 50 crore has already been released by the government, specifically to upgrade the existing infrastructure in Poonch and Rajouri districts, besides building indoor halls in 12 other districts of the state. To enhance the sports infrastructure further, the ministry of youth affairs and sports has got PSUs to put in Rs 40 crore. Goel added, “We had been working in this direction. There will be better facilitation in the valley as far as sports is concerned, in terms of speeding up of stadiums construction work.” The minister felt it was important that the energy of the youth is channelised towards the betterment of the society and the state. “The youth of Jammu and Kashmir has tremendous potential to excel in the arena of sports and work for nation building and were committed to provide them the best. “The other day in our institute in Patiala we have given a lot of youth from Jammu and Kashmir opportunity to do coaching courses and many among those will be appointed coaches by the government.” Ansari said there is no dearth of talent in Jammu and Kashmir. “I thank Goel saab for all the help, all our demands are being considered. There is a lot of talent in Jammu and Kashmir and they just need good guidance. Sports was in the background in Jammu and Kashmir before Goel saab,” Ansari, who also holds the youth services, technical education and information technology portfolios, said. PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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David De Gea staying put at Manchester United F.C., says Jose Mourinho

first_imgManchester United goalkeepr David De Gea will stay put at the Premier League club this season, manager Jose Mourinho said, amid media reports of continued interest in the 26-year-old by teams including Spanish champions Real Madrid.In six years at United, De Gea has played 269 matches and won seven titles with his eye-catching displays gaining interest from clubs across Europe.Mourinho said United were open to a move for the keeper but clubs had withdrew their interest.”I can guarantee that he is not going this season,” Mourinho told reporters in San Jose ahead of Sunday’s pre-season International Champions Cup match against Real Madrid.”My feeling is it will very difficult for him to go. He is a very honest, straight boy. He was contacted for a long time, the club was closed and then we opened. I always have this feeling when a player has a desire to go, then I don’t like to stop players…”So we opened it and then they decided to close it. I see him really happy, focused, working better than ever and 100 per cent he stays with us.”United playmaker Ander Herrera stressed the importance of his Spanish team mate, whose deadline-day deal with Real Madrid collapsed in the 2015 summer window.”If you lose the top three in any position, like David is… it is a great loss,” Herrera told British media.”We don’t want to lose them…For me, he’s the best in the world, so I want to keep him here at United.advertisement”He is a goalkeeper who can give you points. That is very important. I want to keep him here, to play with him, because he’s a fantastic keeper and also my friend, and I think you can see he’s very focused on Manchester United.”last_img read more

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Tebas: Messi and CR7 tax cases bad for Spain

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Messi and Ronaldo tax cases ‘not healthy’ for Spanish football Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent 20:08 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Getty Cristiano Ronaldo Primera División Barcelona v Espanyol Barcelona v Juventus Real Madrid v Levante Real Madrid v APOEL Espanyol Barcelona Juventus Real Madrid Levante APOEL UEFA Champions League Lionel Messi The Barcelona forward was found guilty of tax fraud while the Portugal captain is facing accusations that he too dodged his tax obligations The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, admits he “doesn’t like” the tax problems which have plagued star players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but says his organisation is powerless to prevent these situations from arising.Tebas says it’s “not healthy” for the image of Spanish football that Messi and Ronaldo are so reliant on their agents’ advice when it comes to financial matters but defended both players for their roles in the tax scandals.“I don’t like the issues that these players are having,” Tebas said at the Soccerex Global Convention. “First of all, there are some issue regarding interpretations of tax norms in Spain in both cases. It’s not the money they’re receiving from the clubs, it’s from sponsors. 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 “What can we, as La Liga, do in this situation?”Ronaldo is alleged to have defrauded the Spanish Treasury of €14.7m in taxes between 2011 and 2014 by concealing income earned from his image rights. The Portugal captain is accused of diverting the money via a company in Ireland to the tax haven of the British Virgin Islands.Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid SupercopaMessi was found guilty of defrauding the Spanish Treasury to the tune of €4.1m between 2007 and 2009 and had his 21-month jail sentence changed to a fine of €252,000 by the Spanish courts. His father Jorge had to pay €180,000.The Argentine was also fined €2m with his father paying €1m. The pair in 2013 paid a “corrective” sum of €5m to cover the unpaid tax plus interest.“I know both cases very well,” said Tebas. “Cristiano Ronaldo’s case, in my opinion, he’s right. They’re associating with him incomes that were not made in Spain. When Spanish legislation allowed him not to report those incomes.“In the case of Messi, no-one really believes that Messi knew what he was signing. Players rely very much on their agents. That’s the reality. It’s not healthy for Spanish football and it hurts us.”last_img read more

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Wenger: Arsenal responsible for Alexis missing drugs test

first_imgA. Sánchez Wenger accepts Arsenal responsibility after Alexis misses drugs test Goal 18:18 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Getty Images A. Sánchez Arsenal Manchester United Premier League Arsène Wenger The Gunners boss says his side must take the blame for an administrative error during the Chile star’s move to Manchester United Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are responsible for an administrative error which saw Alexis Sanchez miss a drugs test before completing his move to Manchester United.Alexis, 29, moved to United in a blockbuster swap deal on Monday which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction to the Gunners.However, widespread reports on Thursday said Alexis had already travelled to Manchester to seal his switch to United when he was due to be tested at Arsenal’s London Colney training complex. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player When asked about the responsibility of Alexis missing the test, Wenger said in a press conference on Friday: “On the administration side, it was ours.“On the day, he had not moved so maybe it was down to us.”Alexis’ whereabouts were reportedly unknown to anti-doping authorities as he finalised his move to Jose Mourinho’s United, but Wenger is calm about the situation.He added: “On Monday there was a lot going on. It was a special day for Alexis as you have to do paperwork and travel.“Negotiations were going on and it’s a special event for him to miss a drug test. Overall he’s been tested so many times here.Alexis Sanchez“I’m quite relaxed because we have nothing to hide here and we always try to do our best to cooperate with doping control. I’ve pushed for football to do more for doping. This was a special day.”The most important is that the intention is right. The intention of Alexis was not to hide, neither was ours. We have nothing to hide.”Alexis is in line to make his United debut on Friday as his side take on Yeovil Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup.last_img read more

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The Manual’s Made in America Gift Guide

first_img How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster Every holiday season, we see an overwhelming influx of products made overseas. While it’s okay to give your loved one items made in China, there’s much to be said for gifts made in the U S of A. Generally speaking, purchasing American-made products is better for the environment (shorter shipping journey), better for workers (fairer wages), and just plain . . . better. They might cost a bit more than most overseas products, but they usually last longer, too. So if you’re looking to go above and beyond this holiday season, take a quick look at these fine products — all of which are made in America.Custom Engraved Rocks GlassesRocks glasses are an essential part of any home bar, whether one likes his spirits neat or, well, on the rocks. If you purchase a pair of rocks glasses from Iron & Glory, you can choose from a variety of awesome designs, including an octopus, anchor and spear, or elk skull. Iron & Glory also allows folks to create a custom engraving for extra special gifts.$20 for 2Madison: The Candlestick CandleNothing sets the mood quite like a candle. They’re also essential during power outages and, of course, reenactments of pre-20th century events. This item appears to be a cylindrical candle with candlestick, but that’s not exactly the case — rather, it’s an all-wax candle shaped like a candle and candlestick. The top part supposedly burns for 4.5 hours, and the base burns for another 12. All candles are hand-cast at Revolution Design House’s Portland, OR workshop.$24Boxcar PlanterIf you like Revolution Design House’s shtick, but are looking for something a little more permanent, you might check out the Boxcar planter. These handsome planters are made from Ash, and come with stainless steel inserts that make a cozy home for succulent plants. Getting one of these planters is a perfect way for your loved one to add a little life to his living space. $66Camp StoolSeating is an important aspect of camping. Though your loved one probably won’t be doing much camping for a few months, he’ll probably do plenty of sitting. Wherever your loved one wishes to sit — whether it’s at a tailgate party or in his living room — he would do well to have one of these camp stools from Wood & Faulk. It’s made of stained ash hardwood and English bridle leather, and comes with a leather carrying strap.  $165The Stash Leather NotebookEvery gentleman and scholar should have a trusty notebook in which to jot down novel ideas, grocery items, hip hop lines, what have you. If you know of a gentleman writer who is need of a handsome leather notebook, consider purchasing this tasty number from Bull & Stash. It’s made with beautiful oiled leather, and comes with 30 pages of paper bolted in with metal hardware. It’s also refillable. $50Draper IIIThough Mad Men is over, its style is not. If there’s a gentleman in your life who you believe can pull off this fedora, consider getting it for him. The Draper III is made from high-quality, superior fur felt and comes in five excellent colors. Legendary hat maker Bailey was certainly around during the Mad Men era, and even provided hats for some of Hollywood’s greatest leading men, including Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, and members of Rat Pack.  $325Makr Laptop CaseIf the fella in your life takes his laptop where’er he roams, then he would likely appreciate a protective case. In addition to being sturdy and durable, this 13″ clamshell case from MAKR looks real pretty. It’s made from heavy cotton duck fabric bonded to foam-lined sanded twill. As an added bonus, there’s an edge on the zipper designed to prevent the zipper from coming into contact with the device inside. $130Backpacker Cologne Sample KitWe absolutely love Juniper Ridge, and will never miss an opportunity to tout their excellence. If the gentleman explorer in your life enjoys the scents of the great outdoors, he would doubtless appreciate this sample kit of fragrances distilled from wild plants of the American West. All wild plants are sustainably harvested, and Juniper Ridge donates 10% of their profits to wilderness conservation. $35Rogue SoapsThough nice-smelling soap isn’t too hard to find around the holidays, Rogue Soap is pretty danged special. These soaps are inspired by some of the most beautiful spots in Oregon, including the Rogue River, Siskiyou Forest, and Crater Lake. Scent profiles include honey and oatmeal, cedar and sage, and extra-strength peppermint. For every unit sold, United By Blue will remove one pound of garbage from America’s waterways.  $8 Ultimate American JacketUnited By Blue is also offering a pair of uniquely American jackets that are insulated with bison fiber. If it’s warm enough to keep bison alive on the frozen wastes of Wyoming, it’s warm enough keep your loved one comfortable on his outdoor adventures. The sucessful Kickstarter campaign only has three days left, so you’ll need to act fast if you want to snag the Bison Snap Jacket or Ultimate American Jacket at a heavily discounted price. $178 or $298 The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits Pilgrim Surf Supply and Birdwell Beach Britches Just Made the Best New Boardshorts for Summer Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Editors’ Recommendations Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place)last_img read more

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TSX lower as traders look to Alcoa earnings

The Toronto stock market was lower Tuesday as traders hoped for a favourable lookahead from Alcoa Inc. when the resource giant kicks off of the fourth quarter corporate earnings season after the close.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 36.91 points to 12,462.64 while the TSX Venture Exchange rose 0.64 of a point to 1,224.53.The Canadian dollar was down 0.18 of a cent to 101.27 cents US.U.S. markets were lower as the Dow Jones industrials declined 50.81 points to 13,333.48, the Nasdaq was down 11.08 points to 3,087.74 and the S&P index slipped 7.38 points to 1,454.51.Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is expected to turn in earnings per share of six cents on revenue of US$5.61 billion after posting a loss of three cents a share a year ago.But traders will likely be most interested in the aluminum company’s outlook against a background of tepid economic growth around the globe. Alcoa has been dealing with sharply lower aluminum prices, down 15 per cent from a year ago.Alcoa traditionally starts the run of U.S. quarterly earnings. The company is viewed as a bellwether for the overall economy as its products are used in everything from cars to aircraft to appliances.It’s also viewed as a good indication of where the overall resource sector is at, an important consideration for a market like the TSX that is heavily weighted in favour of commodity-based companies.Alcoa shares ticked five cents higher to US$9.15 in New York.Gold stocks led TSX decliners while the February bullion contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $9.70 to US$1,656 an ounce after three days of losses and the gold sector was per cent.Gold prices have suffered in recent days because of uncertainty about whether the U.S. Federal Reserve might end its stimulus program of bond buying in the second half of 2013. Minutes from the Fed’s latest policy meeting showed a split over how long to continue the purchases amid concerns that they could destabilize the economy.The bond buying, known as quantitative easing, has supported bullion prices because of worries the program would drive inflation higher. Gold is seen as a hedge against inflation.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) shares were down 48 cents to C$34.21 after it announced Monday that it is raising its monthly dividend by 11 per cent to five cents per share.Elsewhere in the gold sector, African Barrick Gold PLC stock plunged about 20 per cent on the London stock exchange after Canadian parent Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) announced that talks about a potential sale to China National Gold have broken off without a deal. The Toronto-based Barrick Gold owns about three-quarters of the ABG shares outstanding and Barrick Gold shares faded 52 cents to C$33.05.The metals and mining sector was off 0.7 per cent while the March copper contract was down a penny at US$3.67 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) shed 44 cents to C$36.71 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) shed 24 cents to $21.47.Oil prices erased early gains ahead of the release of data expected to show a rise of 1.5 million barrels in crude oil stocks and 2.6 million barrels in gasoline stocks last week, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.The American Petroleum Institute will release its report on oil stocks later Tuesday.The February crude contract dipped 10 cents to US$93.09 a barrel.The energy sector stepped back 0.37 per cent and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) lost 28 cents to C$29.50 while Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) fell 39 cents to $42.80.Financials were also in the red with Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) down 25 cents to $27.14 while Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gave back 29 cents to $60.52.Tech stocks provided most lift as Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) rose 16 cents to $11.92.In economic news, traders took in data showing that the chronic government debt crisis in Europe has pushed unemployment to record highs in the 17-nation eurozone. The jobless rate hit 11.8 per cent in December, up from 11.7 per cent the previous month.Investors found some comfort in a separate report showing business and consumer sentiment in the eurozone rose in December by more than analysts were expecting and that retail sales edged up in November. That suggests that the improvement in financial markets during those months helped economic activity stabilize. Analysts warned, however, not to expect any imminent turnaround in the economy.European bourses were mixed as London’s FTSE 100 index rose 0.06 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX inched down 0.21 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 climbed 0.44 per cent.Earlier, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index tumbled 0.9 per cent as the yen crept upward against the U.S. dollar. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.9 per cent while South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.7 per cent.Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand fell, while Malaysia and the Philippines rose. Mainland Chinese shares were mixed. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 shed 0.6 per cent. read more

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UN spent additional 25 million due to Israeli security procedures in Palestinian

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) released the figures after countries at a donor meeting in Amman asked the Agency to provide details surrounding the money diverted from its humanitarian aid operations. UNRWA said charges imposed by Israel for search procedures came on top of heavy losses caused by movement restrictions that have stopped staff reaching their places of work since the start of the Intifada in September 2000. “What we find unreasonable and unique are charges levied by Israel for searching consignments of food and medicine destined for the occupied Palestinian territory,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen told the meeting. “This amounts to a tax on humanitarian aid. This is just one of the many issues we have raised with the Israeli authorities in our ongoing dialogue aimed at improving the Agency’s humanitarian access.” The Agency said it has also been forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars more on repairs to its buildings that have been damaged during military operations. UNRWA recently submitted a claim for $535,000 in compensation to the Israeli Government just to cover the cost of building damage. According to UNRWA, the Agency lost 72,000 teacher-work days during the 2001-02 academic year because of movement restrictions imposed on its staff. In addition, in the first eight months of this year, the Agency lost 11,000 staff workdays at its health clinics. Despite efforts to redeploy staff so that they could work close to their homes and avoid checkpoints, the Agency’s 34 health clinics in the West Bank still lost a total of 340 treatment days. UNRWA said it has also incurred further costs because closures have forced the Agency to accommodate staff in hotels when they become trapped by curfews, while security procedures have forced it to use commercial trucking firms rather than use its own fleet. read more

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Exxon earnings up 6 per cent easily beating expectations as refining offsets

Exxon earnings up 6 per cent, easily beating expectations, as refining offsets low oil prices by The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2014 6:32 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email IRVING, Texas – ExxonMobil Corp. profits rose 3 per cent in the third quarter as strong refining performance offset lower revenues from falling oil prices and production.The company said Friday it earned $8.07 billion on revenue of $107.49 billion in the third quarter. Last year during the same period, Exxon earned $7.87 billion on revenue of $112.37 billion.On a per share basis, the company earned $1.89, up from $1.79 last year and far above the $1.71 per share analysts polled by FactSet had predicted on average.Oil and gas production fell 4.7 per cent compared with the same period a year ago, and lower prices reduced earnings by $670 million.But profit at the company’s refining operations, which makes chemicals and fuels, rose 38 per cent in the quarter and boosted overall profit. read more

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TransCanada adjusts Energy East route

TransCanada adjusts Energy East route It’s all about compromise.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) has filed an amended application and cost estimate for the Energy East pipeline project.The document includes more than 700 route changes to the massive oil pipeline that would ship crude from Alberta and Saskatchewan to the east coast.While the re-design will add additional costs to the project, the company believes the new route addresses the concerns raised by politicians, First Nations groups and environmentalists.TransCanada spokesperson Tim Duboyce says the new proposed route for the pipeline follows months of public consultation.“We’re here to ensure the public that we’re listening to the questions and concerns that they’re raising about the project, in some cases, and addressing those concerns,” he told 660 NEWS. Duboyce adds the company is confident the changes meet the expectations of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to develop natural resources in a responsible manner.“That’s exactly what pipelines do,” he said “Pipelines represent the safest, most environmentally friendly way of moving natural resources, including crude oil, from the point of production to the market place.”Duboyce estimated the pipeline would displace the equivalent of close to 1600 rail cars of crude oil bound for eastern Canada per day and that the pipeline would reduce the need to import oil from other countries like Venezuela, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.Among the many changes is the elimination of a terminal in Quebec. The National Energy Board will review the revised application, which will bump the cost of the project up nearly $4-billion. (Revised numbers total $15.7-billion, the previous proposal came in at $12-billion.)A decision is expected in 2017, and if approved shovels could be in the ground in 2018, with oil flowing to Saint John, New Brunswick by 2020. by Posted Dec 17, 2015 7:39 am MDT Last Updated Dec 17, 2015 at 9:48 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Afghanistan UN envoy extends condolences after deadly attack

“International forces continue to perform a critical role in Afghanistan’s security and are providing critical training for the country’s future and stability,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).“The attack on these servicemen is a tragedy,” Ján Kubiš continued, extending his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families and friends of the victims.According to media reports, the attacker wore an Afghan army military uniform when he opened fire inside a military academy. Among those hit was an Afghan commander. read more

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Ban welcomes US decision on early release of 6000 prisoners

“In order to address over-incarceration and overcrowding and their human rights implications, some States should develop and implement alternatives to custodial measures, and review penal policies and legislation to ensure proportionate sentencing,” said a statement issued today by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York.“He also welcomes proposals that aim to consider early release of additional prisoners who are serving sentences disproportionate to their crimes, many of which are drug-related,” the statement further noted. The Secretary-General also noted that States should only apply deprivation of liberty as a measure of last resort and only after alternatives have been duly considered.“Consideration needs to be given to alternatives to criminalization and incarceration of people who use drugs, with an increased focus on public health, prevention, treatment and care,” he added in the statement. read more

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Spy agencies shun Lenovo finding backdoors built into the hardware Updated

first_imgUpdate: Lenovo has been in touch with the following statement: Lenovo has no additional comment on recent reports in the Australia Financial Review. We would like to point out the public statement by the Australia Department of Defence available on their web site that says “This reporting is factually incorrect. There is no Department of Defence ban on the Lenovo Company or their products; either for classified or unclassified systems.”Lenovo is one of the world’s largest PC brands, but it is also a Chinese PC brand. With the US and other Western countries increasingly looking at China’s cyber warfare division as the next great threat, that was bound to create some issues. However, recent news revealing that spy agencies in the US, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have prohibitions against using the company’s products seem to be based on more than general suspicion.Apparently, the ban stems from concerns that Lenovo, which is partially owned by the Chinese government’s Academy of Sciences, has built “malicious circuits” into their machines. Testing allegedly proved the existence of backdoor functionality built into Lenovo-brand circuit boards, along with other vulnerabilities built into the firmware.There has of course been no official confirmation of these reports, but the Australian Financial Review claims that “multiple sources” in the spy agencies of both Britain and Australia have confirmed the existence of a written ban. Lenovo itself claims this is the first it has heard of the issue.Lenovo factory workers put together computers to be shipped to the US.The precise nature of the vulnerability is unknown, but Lenovo products are in use in other areas of these very governments. It’s only the secret and top secret divisions that seem to be concerned with this problem, but if Lenovo chips really do have built in vulnerabilities they should all worry. One possible use for a chip of that kind would be to make a Kill Switch, to remotely shut down a computer at will, or to establish back doors for even more nuanced infiltration.Unfortunately, the specifics of these cases are highly classified. One researcher from Rice University claimed that sources at the NSA have been working for years on the problem of Chinese state-sponsored malicious hardware. There’s no way to really confirm these reports however, since the standard response will be a non-comment for reasons of national security.It should be noted that the UKUSA Agreement, which sees high level cooperation between the intelligence arms of the US, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, includes some physical networking connections between the partners. This means that a ban on products in one of the nations, particularly the US and Britain, will result in a de-facto ban in the others through use of the same infrastructure.This marks the second time in as many weeks that the Chinese government has been accused of using theoretically private corporations for government work. Last week, the former head of the CIA alleged that Chinese communications giant Huawei is used for spying.last_img read more

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Defence ministry dismisses claims that US is seeking bases

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The defence ministry has denied media reports that the United States has requested the use of military bases on Greek soil as part of a possible military intervention in Syria, the semiofficial ANA-MPA said on Tuesday. “Washington never submitted to the Ministry of National Defence, officially or unofficially, any such request for Greek assistance,” ANA quoted the anonymous source as saying. The denial follows reports in Kathimerini late on Monday that the US had asked Athens, a Nato ally, to provide permission for US military ships and aircraft to pass through Greek territory as well as use of the Souda Bay and Kalamata military bases. However, commentators point out that the defence ministry denial does not rule out that an approach could have been made through Nato channels. The defence ministry denial was the fourth ANA wire on the situation on Tuesday, amid confusion as to whether the ministry or government in general had dismissed the claims. The first one, issued around 11am, said the defence ministry dismissed the claims. That was followed by a second wire, at around 11.30am, that said the denial was in the name of the government, removing any mention of the defence ministry. Then, at 11.45, a third wire was published, removing the anonymous quotation from the dNo efence ministry source. Finally, at noon, a fourth – and final – wire was published, stating that the only valid statement was the one from the anonymous defence ministry source. Venizelos: Geneva II option must be kept open Meanwhile, the foreign ministry on Tuesday announced that Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos will meet the British ambassador, John Kittmer, at the ministry at 1pm today. Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Venizelos, while emphatically condemning the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria, said that all political avenues should be exhausted in relation to Syria. He said that he had spoken to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and his French counterpart.“We want to unequivocally condemn the use of chemical weapons, which is a heinous crime, affects every humanitarian ideal and offends international law. This reaction must be pure and absolute,” Venizelos said. He said all political possibilities to solve the problem must be kept open, including the one to hold the so-called Geneva II peace conference for the Middle East, “through which a final and lasting solution can be given to the problem of Syria, which is a crucial country in the region”. “We are preparing in every way and we are in contact with all European and other countries, because we have very close cooperation with the countries of the Arab world.” Source: EnetEnglishlast_img read more

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Govt seeks better result in second presidential vote as bribe claim probe

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With all political parties now actively preparing for the prospect of snap elections, MPs are to vote in the second ballot of a critical three-phase presidential vote at noon on Tuesday.The government is hoping that its candidate could garner more support following an appeal by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Sunday for political consensus in exchange for early elections at the end of 2015.The overture by Samaras – who also pledged to broaden the government to include “pro-European” personalities – appeared to have influenced some skeptical independent lawmakers. A few indicated on Monday that they would vote for the government’s candidate, former European Commissioner Stavros Dimas. The government is certain to fall short of Tuesday’s minimum of 200 votes but its performance will give an indication of whether it will be able to attain the 180 necessary in next Monday’s final ballot to avert snap general elections.Sources indicated that the government could get between 163 and 169 votes in Tuesday’s vote. Next week’s 180-vote target appears very difficult to reach.Irrespective of the outcome, however, government sources told Kathimerini that Samaras has demonstrated he is open to consensus, unlike leftist SYRIZA which it blames for dragging the country toward elections that could bring fresh political and financial upheaval.Sources said that Sunday’s overture had been discussed by Samaras and his coalition partner, PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos, and had been planned to take place between the second and third vote. The timing was brought forward for two reasons – the less-than-impressive result in the first vote last week and a sharp spike in tensions triggered by the claims of Independent Greeks MP Pavlos Haikalis that a mediator tried to bribe him to back the government in the presidential votes.A prosecutor shelved an investigation into the claims by Haikalis on Monday, deeming in his report that there was no evidence to back the lawmaker’s allegations. According to sources, Panos Panayiotopoulos also deemed that the audio and visual material submitted by Haikalis – and ostensibly showing the alleged bribery attempt – was illegal.Haikalis may face charges after saying he gave the alleged mediator, Giorgos Apostolopoulos, 5,000 euros to invest on the stock market. Greek MPs are forbidden from speculating on the Stock Exchange and Haikalis on Tuesday changed his story, saying that he lent Apostolopoulos the money.In his testimony Apostolopoulos claimed he had never really intended to bribe Haikalis but to expose him as politically immoral after the MP allegedly confided to him over the summer that he would be open to accepting money in return for backing the government in the forthcoming presidential vote as he had serious financial problems.SYRIZA and Independent Greeks both slammed the prosecutor’s decision to shelve the probe, suggesting that the swiftness of the decision raised questions about the impartiality of judicial authorities.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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SPOILERS 925 WWE 205 Live TV taping results from Denver to air

first_img The following was taped before Smackdown Live on Tuesday night in Denver.9/25 WWE 205 Live TV tapings:* Lio Rush def. Noam Dar.* Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami went to a no contest.* The Brian Kendrick def. a local wrestler.Source: F4WOnline Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook Pinterest Twittercenter_img WWE reportedly planning to hold a draft for RAW and SmackDown this coming October WhatsApp WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) WWE 205 Live Results – 9/3/19 (Drew Gulak aligns with Tony Nese, Lince Dorado competes)last_img read more

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Confirmed Kepa and Jorginho handed Chelsea debut

first_imgChelsea kick off their Premier League campaign against Huddersfield in what will be Maurizio Sarri’s first league game in chargeSarri who replaced compatriot Antonio Conte at the helm at Stamford Bridge will be hoping for a positive start to his tenure when they confront Wagners’ men.The Italian tactician has gone with a strong line-up as expected, handing new boys Jorginho and Kepa their debut in a Chelsea shirt.Eden Hazard starts on the bench having returned late for pre-season training due to being given additional time off following his World Cup exploits.With an attack boasting the likes of Alvaro Morata, Willian, and Pedro, the Blues will be aiming for the maximum three points.The last time both sides met, Huddersfield held on to a shocking 1-1 draw that derailed Chelsea’s Champions League aims.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Team to play Huddersfield: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Pedro, MorataSubs: Caballero, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Giroud, Zappacosta, ChristensenTeam to play Chelsea: Hamer, Hadergjonaj, Zanka, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Hogg, Mooy, Billing, Pritchard, MounieSubs: Lossl, Smith, Diakhaby, Sobhi, Van La Parra, Depotire, Stankoviclast_img read more

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Timbers rally to tie Red Bulls 33

first_imgPORTLAND — About two feet. At most a yard.That is how close Ryan Johnson came on Sunday to turning an already raucous Jeld-Wen Field crowd head over heels with delirium.Alas, his bicycle kick in stoppage time slashed just wide of the post.The Portland Timbers were that close to a finish for the ages in their 2013 Major League Soccer opener.As it was, the 3-3 draw with the New York Red Bulls felt like something special after the way it started.New York scored three goals in the first 28 minutes — two because of misplays by defender Mikael Sivestre — as one of the more offensively gifted teams in MLS was happy to take advantage of Portland’s defensive uncertainty.In the second half, the Timbers kept the Red Bulls on the defensive. Portland took 13 attempts at goal after halftime to four for New York, turning a 3-1 halftime deficit into a draw.“It’s disappointing not to, in the end, get the win,” first-year Timbers coach Caleb Porter said. “But it’s hard to be greedy when you were two goals down.”Portland was down early, when confusion between Silvestre and goalkeeper Donovan Rickets allowed Fabian Espindola to steal the ball a few feet from goal in the game’s ninth minute.Five minutes later, the Timbers got a fabulous first goal from new designated player Diego Valeri. After a nine passes moved the ball from the defensive third to the left wing then to the right, Valeri sliced between defenders while juggling the ballNew York goalkeeper Luis Robles had no play on the slicing right-footed shot.last_img read more

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