Ajay’s party to contest coming polls

first_imgFormer Haryana chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala’s elder son Ajay Chautala on Tuesday said his new party will contest next year’s Assembly elections and the Lok Sabha polls from all 10 seats in the State. Ajay Chautala’s new party is being launched next month following a split on Saturday in the Indian National Lok Dal.last_img

Mizoram rejects proposed Forest Act amendment

first_imgThe Mizoram government has rejected the Centre’s proposal to amend the “anti-indigenous people” Indian Forest Act, 1927, as its provisions are in conflict with the special provisions the State enjoys under Article 371G of the Constitution.Forest rights activists and tribal welfare organisations are against this amendment bill that seeks to give higher management powers beyond what is provided in the Forest Rights Act of 2006, threatens to evict forest dwellers and promotes forest produce through private firms.“The proposal to amend the Indian Forest Act was rejected after a consultative meeting of all stakeholders, including representatives of political parties, civil society organisations and officials,” Mizoram’s Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change T.J. Lalnuntluanga said on Friday.He also holds the Law and Judicial Department portfolio in the Mizo National Front (MNF) government headed by Chief Minister Zoramthanga. The MNF is a member of the BJP-fronted North East Democratic Alliance.Officials in his department said there was a consensus in Thursday’s meeting that the proposed amendment, if made a law, would directly encroach upon the provisions of Article 371G. “A reframed Indian Forest Act as per the proposals would challenge Mizo customary laws and practices, ownership and transfer of land as well as the powers conferred upon the autonomous district councils,” a senior officer said declining to be quoted.The State’s Forest officials said that the Indian Forest Act of 1927 had not been enforced in Mizoram. The State’s areas under forest have been governed by the Mizoram Forest Act of 1955 “in accordance with the customary laws and needs of the local people”.The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had on March 14 invited feedback on the proposed amendment from the States after consultation with stakeholders.The Opposition Congress and regional political parties have been rallying against the proposals. An ethnicity-based organisation called Zo Indigenous Forum had submitted a memorandum to the United Nations saying the Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was anti-indigenous communities and against the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution.Mizoram is among the 15 States and Union Territories with more than 33% of the geographical area under forest cover. The State is among India’s “tribal districts” with a total forest cover of 421,000 sq km.last_img read more

After another finals loss for Alaska, Alex Compton left feeling ‘sick to the stomach’

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite this relative success, Compton failed to win a single title and the Aces’ loss to Magnolia in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup finals brought his title series record to 0-5.That mark is no cause for celebration, not even that proverbial moral victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“Right now I feel sick to my stomach,” said Compton after Alaska’s 102-86 Game 6 loss to the Hotshots Wednesday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. “If you don’t win the championship in the PBA, you lost. So it’s all of us, we lost in the Finals.”“I think what’s particularly painful about the Finals loss is that you’re there. It’s that you’re there. It’s always frustrating. If you ask me, would you rather go to the Finals and lose or go through the 14-game losing streak and not make the playoffs? I’d rather be in the Finals.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s just something about the finals that Alex Compton hasn’t figured out.Compton’s Alaska teams are usually in the top tier of the league and are considered to be one of the more dangerous teams.ADVERTISEMENT Compton’s first three finals appearances were all against San Miguel with one series ending in four games and the other two in seven.Of the three, it can be argued that the seven-game series loss in the 2015 Philippine Cup had to hurt the most since this was when the Beermen came back from a 0-3 pit to stun the Aces in what is now known as the “Beeracle.”Compton added that even though basketball games are still the same, in essence, whatever the stage, the Finals is still a different beast.“When you’re there, when you get your shot blocked, when you’re there, everything just feels more painful in a sense,” said Compton. “We’re in the Finals, so it’s painful to lose because you’re there and it’s like you have the opportunity and you want to grab it.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments First ONE trilogy: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes battle for a third timelast_img read more

Jadeja suspension: Kohli wants consistency in ICC rules

first_imgBy Chetan Narula Kandy, Aug 11 (PTI) Missing the services of premier spinner Ravindra Jadeja due to a suspension, Indian captain Virat Kohli today urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to be more consistent in implementing rules pertaining to the players code of conduct. “I think players have to be much more aware going ahead and just hoping that the guidelines are very similar from now on. Because it shouldnt vary according to how the situation is looked at,” Kohli said in the pre-match press conference ahead of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka here. “So if it is consistent then I think it is going to be a good going ahead because players will obviously be more aware of how they need to conduct themselves on the field. It will only help the game get better,” he added. Worlds No.1 Test bowler and all-rounder Jadeja was handed a one-match suspension for logging six demerit points in the last 24 months. His offences ranged from running on the pitch to throwing the ball dangerously at an opponent. As a result, he would be missing the third and final against Sri Lanka staring here tomorrow. Speaking on the suspension, Kohli said players should understand the ICCs rules but the governing body should show greater consistency while making such vital decisions. Kohli said with clarity on the rules, the players would be less prone to violating them. “Firstly we need to be very clear on what are the things that fall into it and what are the things that a player needs to keep in his mind while being on the field. Lot of things happen on the field, which in the thick of things or heat of the moment you end up doing,” he explained. “But you dont know whats going to cause you one or two or three points. So I think the intent counts nowadays and thats something that players need to keep in mind. It might be a very small thing but if the intent is to do something bad then obviously that is something that counts against the player,” said Kohli. The series has been pocketed but Kohli ruled out making wholesale changes to the side in the inconsequential match. India won the first two Tests in Galle and Colombo comfortably and now have a chance to score a rare 3-0 overseas victory. And perhaps keen on clinching a clean-sweep, Kohli said he would like to maintain continuity. “To play consistent cricket, you need to make sure that players are playing on a regular basis. Those who are preforming and those who are doing well should continue in more games than not and to be a consistent side I think we need to have continuity as well unless the situations where things are not controllable arise,” Kohli said in a pre-match press conference. “So we certainly dont want to take anything lightly. We want to play the same kind of cricket that we have and hopefully retain the team that played the last game as much as we can. We are certainly not thinking of too many changes at all, especially in this format, because you dont want to start taking things for granted and lose that momentum,” he added. Kohli rejected suggestions that this could demoralise players, who have not yet got a chance to play. “Managing players who dont get a chance is also a skill. It is not easy because everyone wants to play and luckily we have such players who are just waiting for opportunities. We dont have players who are happy to sit out,” Kohli said. “In a team environment everyone knows that only 11 players can play. So in professional sport they understand this aspect. They are intelligent so you dont get too many of such questions. They understand the dynamics of the team and they make our job easier because their attitude is so good,” he added. The teams pre-match practice session today was washed out. Even so, the skipper wasnt too bothered about the playing combination or even how the pitch conditions might have changed in the build-up to the game. The green square was mowed twice today revealing a flatter deck for the Test than anticipated. “…it just happened to rain but the day before that we had a good practice. Also in places like Sri Lanka it is very hot and humid. People sometimes end up doing too much at practice and then maybe you dont recover for a game. “It might just be a good thing for those who needed more rest especially the bowlers who have massive workload during test matches. For us its more of a positive thing than a hindrance that we didnt have practice a day before the game because we are in a good zone,” said Kohli. On the pitch, which he has not yet seen, Kohli said it wasnt much of a concern. “Its quite a different situation (not looking at pitch a day before the match) but the management has gone to the stadium to have a look. We heard there were some changes to the pitch so they have gone to check how things look at this stage, so we will have more clarity on what we need to go in with,” he said. When asked about the chance to take the series 3-0, the skipper replied, “For us it is about playing another Test match and trying to win another match. We have already won the series but it doesnt mean that we can afford to be complacent. “I personally feel that it (thinking about 3-0) is just a distraction that causes people to be over-excited and that causes people to look too far ahead what might be the outcome of this particular game.” In the light of Jadejas suspension, left-arm spinner Axar Patel was added to the Indian squad. However, Kuldeep Yadav is expected to take Jadejas place in the playing eleven ahead of Patel. “He (Kuldeep) believes in his own ability and believes in deceiving the batsmen with the skill that he has. I think thats his biggest quality. He has proven himself in Dharamsala, which was not such a spin-friendly wicket and it was quite flat in the first 2-3 days of the Test match,” he added. “A chinaman bowler is always something which is an x- factor in a team and I would say his confidence is his USP. He has a great chance of playing tomorrow and I wish him all the best,” he added. PTI CN PM PMadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

MS Dhoni gloves row: ICC unlikely to change its stance

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to reconsider its objection to MS Dhoni donning the army crest on his wicketkeeping gloves but according to ICC sources, there is no scope for appeal.MS Dhoni is understood to be adamant on keeping the army badge on his wicketkeeping gloves despite objection by the International Cricket Council. BCCI Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai said the Indian board has written to the ICC to let Dhoni wear his gloves.In fact, senior ICC sources said there was no way the world governing body would reconsider because that might set a precedent for other teams and the ICC will have to allow their requests too.ICC sources said if Dhoni was allowed to sport the army insignia, then the whole playing field will have religious messaging or political messaging going on which the ICC can never afford to allow.However, the sources also clarified that BCCI has not yet made any formal appeal on this issue.MS Dhoni was seen wearing the wicketkeeping gloves with the Balidan badge during India’s World Cup 2019 opening match against South Africa on June 5. India next play Australia on June 9 and a decision needs to be made before that.However ICC sources said according to regulations, there is no scope for appeal but the BCCI is well within its rights to write to the ICC. At best, the matter will be referred to the technical committee comprising Jeff Allardyce, David Richardson, Kumar Sangakkara, Harsha Bhogle and Steve Elworthy but it is extremely unlikely that they will change their stance.advertisementAccording to sources, if MS Dhoni still wears the gloves with the army insignia on it, umpires will take note of it and at the moment there is no penalty of ban. The matter will however be escalated.This is the Para Special Forces insignia. Sources say what is seen on Dhoni’s gloves only resembles it, can’t say it’s the the real one. The special forces insignia is always in moron background and has balidan written in Devanagiri script. The badge always worn on the chest pic.twitter.com/ZR2GXO3XTNAbhishek Bhalla (@AbhishekBhalla7) June 7, 2019After the ICC issed a statement and a Pakistan minister took a dig at Dhoni, fans in India were left fuming. On Thursday, BCCI wrote a letter to ICC and asked the world governing body to reconsider its decision.Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said the Indian government will also intervene if the need arises. “Government doesn’t intervene in affairs of sports bodies, they are autonomous. But when issue is related to country’s sentiments, then interest of the nation has to be kept in mind. I would like to request BCCI to take up the matter with ICC.Also Read | MS Dhoni wanted to honour the Army, says former coach on Balidaan badge rowAlso See:last_img read more

Madrid have become a monster, says Liverpool coach

first_imgLiverpool Real Madrid have become a results monster, says Liverpool assistant Krawietz Robin Bairner 23:53 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Ramos Real Madrid Champions League trophy Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid One of Jurgen Klopp’s right-hand men believes that the Reds will need to play the game of their lives to win the Champions League Liverpool assistant coach Peter Krawietz has warned the Reds’ players ahead of the Champions League final that Real Madrid have become a “monster” when it comes to getting results.The two teams face off on Saturday in Kiev, with the Spanish side chasing a third successive European title.Although Madrid only finished third in La Liga this term, Krawietz has pointed out that no team in recent years has specialised in European competition like Los Blancos, who have won three of the last four crowns. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “In recent years they have become a results monster in the Champions League and have an insane experience,” he told SPOX. “If you go through their final squads of the last two years, they have only exchanged one position in 2017 compared to the previous year and would theoretically be in a position to set up the same team again this year as in the last final. “Meanwhile, they have the next generation with players like Marco Asensio or Lucas Vasquez in the hindquarters, all of which are incredibly good and already very experienced. “Real are simply extremely experienced; they know each other blind, have incredible footballing qualities and experience in abundance. “We want to and must play the game of our lives to meet this challenge.”Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has won only one of his previous five cup finals, but Krawietz denies that there is any curse upon the former Dortmund boss.“We did not suffer a total failure in any of the lost finals,” he said. “Besides we haven’t lost all the finals, we’ve also won one. “If you add in the German Supercup, which resembles a final, then we’re up to three victories “Ultimately, each final always tells its own story. “The only commonality I can see is that we hardly ever went to a final as a favourite, but always fought our way there through above-average performances.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – James Morrissey

first_imgToday we speak to hospitality guru James Morrissey.When Irish entrepreneur James Morrissey moved to Manhattan in 2013, he arrived with more business savvy and experience than most newcomers. Now, two years in and just 28-years-old, James has officially added “restaurateur” to his resume with the success of The Late Late Bar & Spirit Grocer.James began his career in Ireland while still in university, setting up The Signature Group, which remains one of the country’s largest nightlife events and marketing companies. Ever in pursuit of his next venture, James moved to Manhattan to bring what he calls “constructive disruption” to the New York hospitality industry.In 2014 James opened The Late Late Bar & Spirit Grocer of New York in the trendy lower east side of Manhattan. The Late Late is a purposefully subtle, Irish-inspired local bar named after the longest running TV talk show in the world. Unlike the Irish pubs peppered throughout Manhattan, James wanted to bring a little bit of the real modern Ireland to the city. James partnered up with friend Rob Ackroyd (lead guitarist with UK music group Florence & The Machine) to create a chilled lower east side hangout with great music, which Rob curates. With regulars such as Jeremy Piven, Fallout Boy, LA Reid and One Direction, James prides himself on maintaining a low-key bar that focuses on great drinks, great food, great music, and even better company.Though he now splits his time between New York and Ireland, James has some projects up his sleeve that will keep him stateside for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, he’ll be planning summer weekends in Montauk and The Hamptons to relax before he comes up with his next business venture. Here James tells us more about his personal style:Jeans: Ralph Lauren Black LabelShirts: Calvin Klein White Shirts.. Can never have too manySuits: J Crew Ludlow. Navy suit, crisp white shirt.. AlwaysShoes: Paul Smith Loafers or BootsAccessories: Raymond Weil watch, keep it simpleOuterwear: The KooplesFavorite Cologne: Bulgari ExtremeYour favorite App: UberFavorite piece of technology: iPhone 6 PlusNext tech purchase: Drone What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses Editors’ Recommendations The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxinglast_img read more

Canada welcomes any US help on dispute with China says rural minister

OTTAWA — A Nova Scotia cabinet minister says the federal government would welcome any help the United States could offer in helping Canada in its ongoing dispute with China.“I would say that it would be helpful, for sure,” Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan said in an interview.“It’s different times now in the world than we’ve faced even four years ago. We see challenges all around the world. And we will continue, as a government, to stand up for our Canadian products.”China has suspended Canadian imports of pork and canola from two Canadian companies in each industry as part of escalating tensions following the December arrest of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant alleging fraud.Meng’s arrest infuriated China.Nine days after her arrest, China imprisoned two Canadians — ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor — and accused them of violating China’s national security.A senior Canadian official, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the issue, said Canada is working with all allies — including the U.S. — to pressure China, which has always been the case.“It’s not a shift,” said the source.“For sure, we’re continuing to raise the issue with our American friends.”The halting of canola and pork imports has also raised the possibility that China could expand what is widely seen as economic retaliation into other areas.Conservative MP Randy Hoback recently told the House of Commons agriculture committee he’s concerned China might decide to single out Canadian maple syrup or seafood.Jordan said her Nova Scotia constituency is the largest lobster producing riding in the country, and not a day goes by without her talking to a fisher.In 2017, Canada exported 10-million kilograms of live lobster to China.Canada’s efforts to diversify its markets for seafood continue apace with the ratification of free trade deals with the European Union and the 10 Pacific Rim countries in the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, she said.“Yes, China accounts for a significant portion of our lobster sales — our seafood, it’s not just lobsters. But I think with the ability for us to open up Europe, our ability to open up other Asian markets, there is that potential to make sure that those challenges are mitigated.”Jordan stressed there has been “absolutely no indication” of any movement by China to take trade action against Canadian seafood.While she offered few details of what contingency plans the government may have if the seafood sectors is hit by China, Jordan suggested the government would come to their aid if necessary.“We’ve worked with the canola farmers specifically on a package for them. I’m sure that when the time comes, if there’s a need, we will be there for our fishers as well.”Last week, the government came to the aid of canola farmers by changing a special agricultural program that will raise loan limits to $1 million from $400,000. The interest-free portion of that program is also rising to $500,000 from $100,000.Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said in a statement that the government wants to ensure producers “have the support they need” and officials are “dealing with issues that arise on a case-by-case basis.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press read more

President meets Prime Minister and Speaker for talks

President Maithripala Sirisena met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for talks today.The meeting was expected to focus on the political situation in the country. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) have been discussion the possibility of going solo. (Colombo Gazette)

Speeders not welcome in Villa Nova

This will be a good summer to respect the speed limit in Villa Nova.Last October, Norfolk OPP monitored traffic through the hamlet, east of Waterford, and concluded there was a problem with speeders. Focused patrols were dispatched and tickets were issued.The OPP did the same in February and wrote even more tickets.Despite that, residents are angry with scofflaws who blow through the village as if they are on Highway 401. They took it up with Norfolk’s Police Services Board this week. OPP brass in Simcoe agree there is a problem.The PSB received a petition with 21 signatures calling for a crackdown.“There are a number of children that want to ride their bikes on the sidewalks but are afraid to because of the speeders,” the petition says. “We do not feel safe going for a walk because (speeders) will blow your hat off.“Nor do we walk out with our babies in strollers. We might get hit. The worst times are at your shift change 11 o’clock at night and starting at 5 a.m. in the morning. The speeding is terrible at night but getting just as fast during the day. Could you please try to get this situation under control?”The petition was delivered by Villa Nova resident Bruce Thomson, who let the PSB know that he and his neighbours are unhappy and want something to change.Thomson said people know that anyone breaking the speed limit in Renton stands a good chance of receiving a ticket. He said he and his neighbours would like to see the same diligent policing in Villa Nova.“Villa Nova would like to have the same reputation that Renton’s got,” Thomson said. “I’m sick and tired of paying for police services I’m not getting.”Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, said Speed Spy data from Villa Nova suggests the problem is with westbound drivers. Norfolk County recently spent $63,500 on electronic speed-watch signage. When the devices arrive, Varga said Villa Nova will be a good candidate for posting.The speed limit on Thompson Road East in Villa Nova is 60 km-h.Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus, a council appointee to the PSB, said residents of Lynnville had a similar problem several years ago.The solution, Columbus said, was to turn the main intersection in Lynnville into a four-way stop. Columbus will check with Norfolk public works to determine whether Villa Nova might benefit from traffic-calming measures.“Your situation in Villa Nova is no different than what we have in other hamlets,” Columbus told Thomson.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Anna Cataldi UN Messenger of Peace visits Afghanistan

Ms. Cataldi, who arrived in Kabul yesterday, will visit UN Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA) and non-governmental demining sites in and around the Afghan capital and in four other provinces.She is scheduled to leave Afghanistan on 12 May. In “Letters from Sarajevo,” the Italian author chronicled the impact of war on Bosnia’s children. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1998, Ms. Cataldi initiated a project to create and distribute a version of the Declaration for children.The other UN Messengers of Peace include former champion boxer Muhammad Ali of the United States, film and television actor-director Michael Douglas of the United States, former international tennis star Vijay Amritraj of India and conservationist and anthropologist Jane Goodall of the United Kingdom.The others are singer-composer Enrico Macias of France, classical and jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis of the United States, former Italian-born opera star Luciano Pavarotti and writer and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel of the United States. read more

Uganda must improve the lives of children to consolidate its progress –

Speaking on the occasion of Mr. Museveni’s inauguration to his third term as elected President on Friday, UNICEF Representative in Uganda Martin Mogwanja praised the policies and legislation that had resulted in an increase in primary school enrolment from 3 million in 1997 to 7.3 million in 2005.He also hailed the “reversal in HIV prevalence from a high of over 20 per cent in 1995 to 6.4 per cent last year, and the rise in immunization coverage, including for measles, to over 80 per cent compared to 40 per cent a decade ago.”Progress has been less marked, however, in addressing the needs of approximately 3.3 million children living in 19 disadvantaged districts where health, education, safe water and other indicators are consistently lower than averages for the other 50 districts, Mr. Mogwanja said.Malaria remains the largest single cause of child mortality. High initial enrolment in primary education has not been sustained, with only 27 per cent of girls and 30 per cent of boys completing the primary school cycle, he said.In the north, the 20-year armed conflict has displaced 1.7 million people, including 935,000 children, from their homes into approximately 230 camp settlements, he said.Mr. Mogwanja stressed that the installation of the new government offers a chance to take action on fresh ideas to enable the most vulnerable children in the most disadvantaged communities to realize their rights to survive, develop, be protected and to participate in decisions affecting their lives.UNICEF has received just over two thirds of the $16.8 million for its programmes to benefit Ugandan children this year. read more

Johnson Johnsons Q3 net income drops 7 per cent as increased costs

Johnson & Johnson’s Q3 net income drops 7 per cent as increased costs offset sales growth Johnson & Johnson’s third-quarter profit fell 7 per cent as increased research and production costs offset higher sales for its medicines and medical devices and new revenue from its biggest acquisition ever.The maker of Tylenol, baby shampoo and prescription drugs said Tuesday that its net income was $2.97 billion, or $1.05 per share. That’s down from $3.2 billion, of $1.15 per share, in 2011’s third quarter.Excluding one-time charges for research, the acquisition and litigation, earnings were $3.5 billion, or $1.25 per share.Revenue rose 6.5 per cent to $17.05 billion, boosted nearly 6 per cent by sales from Synthes Inc., a maker of surgical trauma equipment and orthopedic implants that J&J bought for $19.7 billion in June.The results beat Wall Street expectations for earnings of $1.21 per share on revenue of $17.01 billion.J&J, based in New Brunswick, N.J., raised the high end of its full-year profit forecast and now expects earnings per share of $5 to $5.10, excluding one-time items. That’s up from its July forecast of $5 to $5.07.J&J’s stock rose 80 cents to $69.40 in premarket trading.“Our third-quarter results reflected continued sales momentum driven by strong growth of key products, successful new product launches, and the addition of Synthes to our family of companies. We advanced our pipelines with regulatory approvals for a number of new products, the submission of several new drug applications and the completion of several strategic collaborations,” CEO Alex Gorsky said in a statement.Sales of medical devices and diagnostic equipment, which is J&J’s biggest division and now includes the Synthes business, jumped 12.5 per cent to $7.07 billion.Prescription drug sales climbed 7 per cent to $6.4 billion.But sales of consumer health products fell 4.3 per cent, to $3.58 billion. They continue to be weighed down by about 30 product recalls since September 2009. That’s kept many of its nonprescription medicines off store shelves as J&J rebuilds one factory from the ground up and upgrades another under heavy scrutiny from the Food and Drug Administration.J&J’s U.S. sales rose 13 per cent to $7.79 billion, while sales in other countries inched up 1.4 per cent to $9.26 billion. The company noted that unfavourable currency exchange results reduced total revenue by 4.3 per cent. by News Staff Posted Oct 16, 2012 8:43 am MDT read more

TMX Group to cut 100 positions as it integrates Alpha CDS into

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 9, 2012 5:05 pm MDT TMX Group to cut 100 positions as it integrates Alpha, CDS into organization TORONTO – TMX Group Ltd. (TSX:X) plans to cut 100 jobs over the next 12 months as part of its integration of a clearing house and rival exchange it acquired as part of a takeover by a group of Canadian financial services players.The stock exchange operator’s president and chief executive, Thomas Kloet, announced the job cuts on Friday in a quarterly conference call with analysts.“Corporate support functions are now in the process of being integrated across the companies which will deliver both operational efficiencies and cost savings,” he said.TMX Group had about 1,300 employees overall at the end of September, including about 400 that recently joined the Toronto-based company, mostly from the takeover of the Alpha Exchange and CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc.Some of the positions being eliminated are currently vacant, but the company declined to quantify how many of the job cuts come from existing employees, though it said affected employees have already been notified.Kloet said the top priority for TMX Group in the coming months will be combining the operations of the new businesses into the overall organization.TMX Group acquired Alpha and CDS as part of a larger deal that saw the Maple Group, a consortium of Canadian banks, pension funds and investment firms, become the largest shareholder block at the company, which owns the Toronto Stock Exchange and other financial exchanges.Two senior executives at Alpha Group resigned about six weeks after it was acquired with Alpha CEO Jos Schmitt and chief listings officer Randee Pavalow departing Oct. 31.“Ultimately all of the changes we are making are intended to improve execution, enhance efficiency, and allow us to deliver greater value to our customers,” Kloet said.“Achieving the right organizational structure and cost base will position us to fund the future innovations needed to be the most effective business partner possible for our customers and all our stakeholders.”In submissions to regulators reviewing whether the Maple takeover of TMX should be allowed, the group argued that a strong Canadian backer would help position the stock exchange operator as a global buyer of other exchanges rather than an acquisition target itself. Prior to the Maple takeover, TMX had been in talks to be acquired by the operators of the London Stock Exchange.But TMX Group has been hit recently by lower equities trading volumes and a decline in new listings as stock markets are hammered by pessimism on the global economy.Shareholder Thomas Caldwell said the company’s moves to get a handle on costs fall in step with keeping the bottom line in check.The TMX Group “has a very good product range,” he said.“The model is good, the diversity of revenues is good, but you can be the best in the world … but if volumes are sinking underneath you, you have to keep grinding on the cost side.”TMX released its third-quarter earnings on Friday, the first earnings report since it began restructuring after the Maple Group acquisition. The company posted a $15.3 million profit in the period, or 53 cents per share, attributable to shareholders.The results compared to a $13.3 million loss in the year-ago period, equal to a loss of $109.79 per share when the company was known as TMX Group Inc.The drastic difference in per share amounts includes a change in the weighted average of shares outstanding as well as a combination of the results of the former TMX Group Inc. and both of the acquisitions for the last two months of the quarter.The earnings include 14 cents per share of costs related to the Maple process and 18 cents per share related to the acquisition.Revenue was $113.4 million over the two months following the reorganization, while for the full three-month quarter before the acquisitions were included in the results, TMX Group Ltd.’s revenue was $162.3 million.Compared to a year earlier, revenue was down about three per cent from when the original TMX Group Inc. alone generated $167.8 million of revenue.During the most recent quarter, revenue was hit by lower issuer services, cash market trading, derivatives trading and clearing and technology services, but was largely off by some new sources of revenue related to its recently-acquired businesses.“It appears that global economic recovery remains fragile, moving at what some would call a ‘glacial’ pace,” Kloet said.“It is also evident that this situation is having a pronounced impact on companies that are looking to go public, and equity investor confidence. We are finding that company interest is good, however market conditions are most definitely holding some new issuers back.”Revenue from the Alpha trading business was $3.2 million from the months of August and September while revenue from CDS contributed $14.8 million over the same two months.National Bank analyst Shubha Khan said that TMX Group will face a difficult climate for at least another year. The economy is expected to grow at a snail’s pace, which should keep companies that are considering a public listing particularly cautious.Shares in the company fell 28 cents to $48.38 in Friday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Christine Sinclair probably wont play forever So appreciate her now

In today’s Big Story podcast, Canada’s opening match at the Women’s World Cup is today. And, as usual, the best player on the pitch will be Christine Sinclair. At age 36, she’s still the undisputed leader of her team, one of the very best women in the world at what she does and, right now, just a handful of goals away from becoming international soccer’s all-time leading goal scorer—for either gender.So why isn’t she automatically included on the Mount Rushmore of Canadian sports legends? How has she managed to spend nearly 20 years adapting to whatever style the game or her opponent throws at her? When she does open up, what is she like? And will she finally lead Team Canada to the top of the mountain eight years after dragging it out of the valley?GUEST: Stephen Brunt, SportsnetAudio Playerhttps://rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_06102019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca. BROWSE christine sinclair | The Big Story Podcast read more

Region 8 plane crash Pilots body recovered autopsy expected in Georgetown

The body of the 41-year-old pilot who was killed in Sunday’s plane crash in Region Eight was this morning recovered, according to the Guyana Defence Force’s Communication Officer, Major Earl Edgehill.DEAD: Captain Imran KhanEdgehill has further confirmed that Captain Imran Khan’s body has left Mahdia for Ogle by air and an autopsy is expected to be conducted upon reaching Georgetown.Inews had previously reported that on Sunday last, the aviation fraternity was thrown into yet another state of mourning after receiving news that Captain Imran Khan had lost his life when the Cessna 206 (8R-GFM) aircraft he was piloting went down some three miles west of Mahdia in Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni).The 41-year-old Captain of Essequibo Coast, Region Two, had been attached to Air Services Limited, and was flying from Chi-Chi to Mahdia when his aircraft went down.The Cessna 206 8R-GFM that Captain Khan was flying before it crashed Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPilot dies after plane crashes over MahdiaAugust 28, 2017In “latest news”Pilot killed in recent plane crash laid to restAugust 30, 2017In “latest news”Parts from recent plane crashes heading overseas as investigations continue- GCAASeptember 15, 2017In “latest news” read more

Car insurance premiums for female drivers set to soar after December

first_imgFEMALE DRIVERS MAY face considerable increases in their car insurance premiums after December this year thanks to European Commission guidelines on gender discrimination.The guidelines, published in January, mean that from 21 December, insurers will not be allowed to take gender into account when calculating premiums and benefits.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Miriam O’Neill of AA Ireland said the new directives are “unfair and harsh”, particularly on young female drivers who could see their premiums soar as much as 50 per cent.“This will definitely have an impact on young female drivers even though it’s well known that young male drivers are the highest risk,” she said.Young male drivers, on the other hand, are in luck as their premiums will be mixed with those of female drivers and charged equally.O’Neill said the new rules are not “distinguishing between quality” of drivers as young men have a considerably higher risk of crashing their car.“Quite a shock”In the next few weeks people will begin to receive their insurance renewal notices and will start to realise the effects of the new rules.“It will be quite a shock for a lot of people as people might have only a vague awareness of it now,” O’Neill said. “I think the responsibility now lies with insurers themselves to make customers aware of the changes.”While young female drivers will see their premiums rise, the Commission’s directives will have a knock on effect on parent’s pockets as well. Parents who have adult children as named drivers will see their sons saving them money on insurance and their daughters costing them.AA Ireland said it has been working “behind the scenes” in preparation for 21 December and aims to soften the blow for drivers.“We’re definitely looking at proposals for young drivers to moderate the effect, particularly for female drivers,” O’Neill said. “Drivers should also shop around to make sure they get the best deal and look for group schemes to join.”“By and large drivers will be shopping around more and more which will put pressure on insurance companies to provide good deals,” she said.Read: Insurers’ index shows Waterford drivers get cheapest premiums>AXA pilots ‘big brother’-style car scheme>last_img read more

The Shaving Helmet will idiotproof your crew cuts

first_imgMaintaining a nice, perfectly shaved head can be hard. Sure, you can swipe it up and down with a razor twice a day, but it’s only a matter of five o’clock before the follicular shadow starts sprouting in, throwing into sharp relief that which you would hide: the uneven distribution of hair follicles within the random Rorschach of your mail pattern baldness.There’s more than a few gadgets that have been crafted specifically to help you keep your head hairless, but what if you’re just too lazy or too busy to shave your head as much as you should. Maybe what you need is a Shaving Helmet, a piece of head gear that you can just slap onto your nogging to become fully shaved in just twenty seconds without nicks or cuts.Using a “four blade array of razors mounted on Teflon-coated aluminum rails” and slide up and down inside the helmet, the Shaving Helmet is fully automated. The side of the helmet even includes LED indicators that tell you when twenty seconds have elapsed, while the back boasts an automatic shaving cream injection pod to lather up your head in the middle of the cycle.As you can see from the video, the Shaving Helmet, while seemingly an absurd idea, actually works very well. It shaves a head clean without any cut or scratch marks. I’m impressed. Now if only this same inventor would get working on a pair of similarly purposed underwear and I might just have my girlfriend her Valentine’s Day gift.last_img read more

Chrome and Firefox play nice in WebRTC interop demo

first_imgMozilla and Google may compete for browser market share, but the two are of like minds when it comes to advancing the web through the use of open standards. Today, they took to the web to show off how WebRTC support in Chrome and Firefox is coming along — by participating in a video call together.Prior to the arrival of WebRTC, this kind of video calling was mostly limited to Flash-based implementations. Facebook has been offering something similar, too, but it relies on Skype to handle the calls. What Google and Mozilla showcased required little more than a couple dozen lines of JavaScript and a compatible browser — which at this point is pretty much limited to Chrome 25 or better and Firefox Aurora or Nightly.The demonstration call was also fully encrypted, and it’s certainly nice to know that WebRTC has been built with a focus on keeping the content of conversations as private as possible. The direct ones, anyway. It’s also going to pop up in more public places, like Google+ Hangouts and anywhere else developers want to offer a web-based party line.It’s no secret that both Google and Mozilla consider the web to be the platform of the future, and that could signal the end of the desktop app era. Even Microsoft has been spotted hedging its bets. Last year, a job posting revealed that the company was on the hunt for software engineers to pitch in on a Skype for Browsers project.Despite having ambitions on bringing its own VOIP app to the web, it seems likely that Microsoft will eventually support WebRTC in Internet Explorer, too. IE9 and IE10 are more standards-compliant than anything Microsoft has released before, and it’s hard to imagine the company taking a step backwards at a time when the rest of the web is moving away closed, proprietary software.last_img read more

Yannis Behrakis named Guardians Photographer of the Year

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Photojournalist, Yannis Behrakis has been honoured as The Guardian’s agency Photographer of the Year for 2015.Known for his work abroad documenting significant events including the Libyan crisis in 1989, along with wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, Somalia and Afghanistan, this time around the photographer was recognised for his work documenting events in his home country of Greece.Behrakis spent the majority of the past year travelling throughout the country and capturing images of the unfolding economic crisis and the thousands of refugees arriving on the shores.In an interview with The Guardian, Behrakis said “I have been covering refugees and migrants for over 25 years, but this year has been different: migrants are arriving in my homeland”.Another image taken by Behrakis of a Syrian refugee holding his children as he struggles to leave a dinghy on Lesbos. PHOTO: TWITTER/ @teacherdudeAlong with his moving photographs of refugees, his photos of the crisis are just as affecting, capturing the hardships of his fellow countrymen in a time of bank closures, capital controls, demonstrations and riots.For Behrakis it is clear that photography is far more than just a job, passionate about the medium itself and its power to “leave people speechless”.“It can send a message to the audience, make people cry or laugh or both. It can make people feel guilty – or give money for a good cause. And it can make people think twice before pulling the trigger…” he said.Behrakis completed his studies in photography at both Athens’ School of Arts and Technology and London’s Middlesex University.He has gone on to receive a number of awards, including European News Photographer of the Year by the European Fuji Awards, and News Photographer of the year by the Greek Fuji Awards, amongst others.Behrakis is not the only Greek photographer to receive an accolade this year however; Angelos Tzortzinis was recently named Photographer of the Year by Time Magazine.Source: Press TV/ Pappas Postlast_img read more