Kashmir avalanches claim four lives

first_imgOne civilian was killed in a fresh avalanche that hit Hassangam-Malangam in Bandipora’s Tulail, the J&K police said on Thursday.The bodies of three hunters, missing in an avalanche that hit six days ago, were found in north Kashmir’s Kupwara on Thursday. “Two persons, Abdul Aziz Beigh, 25, and Haleem Beigh, 23, were injured in the Bandipora avalanche on Wednesday. Abdul Aziz Beigh succumbed to his injuries,” said the police.Those who died in the avalanche that hit Lashkote forests of Lolab on February 24 were identified as Ghulam Mohammad Lone, 37, Mohammad Altaf Mir, 25, and Bashir Ahmad Ganaie, all residents of Kupwara’s Lolab area. A joint team of police, State Disaster Response Force and the Army was pressed in the six-day-long rescue operations. Minister for Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Javaid Mustafa Mir, has announced an ex gratia of ₹4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost life in Lolab’s avalanche.J&K’s disaster management director Aamir Ali has appealed to the people living in avalanche-prone areas and higher reaches “to adhere to the warnings issued on a daily basis through print and electronic media.”last_img read more

DFO held for amassing disproportionate assets

first_imgThe vigilance division of Berhampur in Odisha has arrested a Divisional Forest Officer for allegedly amassing unaccounted assets, investments, cash and gold worth more than ₹3.51 crore.Bijay Ketan Acharya, DFO, Ghumusar (South), was taken into custody on Tuesday night and sent to a special vigilance court in Berhampur on Wednesday. He was forwarded to judicial custody after his bail plea was rejected by the court.Officials of vigilance division raided two houses of Mr. Acharya in Bhubaneswar, his parent’s house in Cuttack, and his residence and office in Bhanjanagar between June 23 and 26. They also lodged a case against his wife.Superintendent of Police, Berhampur vigilance division, Mayadhar Swain said the total value of the unaccounted assets and investments made by the DFO amounted to ₹ 3,51,02,731.During interrogation, Mr. Acharya could not provide satisfactory answers on his assets and investments that were found to be beyond his legal source of income.Mr. Acharya had joined the Odisha Forest Service in 1984. Recently, he was promoted to IFS rank. According to vigilance officials, the DFO owned two three-storeyed buildings worth ₹88 lakh and ₹47.5 lakh in Bhubaneswar. He had also paid ₹20.81 lakh as advance to book another flat in the State capital in the name of his eldest son. His total bank deposits were found to be over ₹99.89 lakh. He had paid over ₹22.84 lakh as premium of various insurance policies. His mutual fund investment amounted to over ₹17 lakh. He had also made investments worth more than ₹29.26 lakh in the name of his wife and two sons at a post office in Cuttack.The vigilance officials opened up two lockers of the DFO in banks in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. Cash worth ₹16,86,000 and gold weighing over 1 kg were seized from these lockers.last_img read more

Naveen undertakes 7-hour-long roadshow in Aska LS constituency

first_imgBiju Janata Dal president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday undertook a 7-hour-long roadshow in the Aska parliamentary constituency in his home district of Ganjam .The Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Congress too organised joint public meetings in Sanakhemundi and Polasara Assembly constituencies of the Aska Lok Sabha seat. The meetings were addressed by national secretary of the CPI Amarjeet Kaur and Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Niranjan Patnaik. The CPI, which is contesting the election with Congress support, has fielded Ramkrushna Panda for the Aska seat. During his 60-km roadshow in a specially built bus, Mr Patnaik traversed through Sanakhemundi, Hinjli and Aska assembly constituencies to meet voters. He has won from Hinjli four times in a row. But this time, he is also contesting from the Bijepur Assembly seat in Bargarh district of western Odisha.The Aska Lok Sabha seat has a special importance for Mr Patnaik as he had started his political career from here in 1997 with a win in the by-election held after the death of his father Biju Patnaik, who represented the constituency. Women’s emancipation Reiterating its commitment to women’s emancipation, the BJD has fielded Pramila Bisoi, a 68-year-old Women Self Help Group (WSHG) leader from a peasant’s family with no political background, for the Aska Lok Sabha seat.Ms. Bisoi accompanied Mr. Patnaik throughout the roadshow. The Chief Minister reached Mohanala in the Sanakhemundi block in a helicopter and boarded the campaign bus to start his long journey. Braving the scorching sun, hundreds of supporters, including women, stood on both sides of road to greet Mr Patnaik.At several places, Mr Patnaik came to the top of the bus by a hydraulic lift to speak to the crowd. Everywhere, he said the 4.5 crore Odias were his family and he will work for them till his last breath. He did not hold any public meeting. According to BJD workers, his presence was sufficient to boost the morale of party workers and motivate the voters. In the campaign meetings at Dengaosta under the Sanakhemundi block and Polasara, CPI and Congress leaders called upon voters to defeat both the BJP and the BJD. Ms. Kaur said the Congress and the CPI had joined hands to protect the Constitution and democracy. According to her, both the BJP-led Central government and BJD government in Odisha had to be changed.Odisha PCC chief alleged that electoral promises of the BJP and the BJD were nothing but lies.last_img read more

NBA: Boris Diaw retires from Basketball at the age of 36

first_imgAdvertisementThe 36-year-old power forward from France, Boris Diaw officially announced his retirement from the league on Thursday on a video posted on his Twitter account. The video is filmed while sitting on a boat in the ocean with Tony Parker and Ronny Turiaf.Diaw started his NBA career in 2003 when the Atlanta Hawks drafted him No. 21 overall. He bounced around to four teams in his first nine seasons. He played last season in France, for the Levallois Metropolitans.After averaging fewer than five points per game in each of his first two seasons, Diaw was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2005-06 with 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game with the Phoenix Suns. In 14 NBA seasons, after appearing in 1064 games, Diaw averaged 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists a contest.This is it… It was a good run. @tonyparker @Ronny_Turiaf @bros_stories Full video https://t.co/dAH95VO1c4 pic.twitter.com/aD41XBvYXy— Boris Diaw (@theborisdiaw) September 6, 2018“I feel happy when I look back at my career,” Diaw said in French. “I did what I had to do. And I don’t see this as a retirement but the beginning of a new life.”Reaching that milestone was a goal of his since he was a youngster, and he admits––translated from French––”There is no reason to go beyond.”He was a key part of a stellar French national team that won a silver medal at EuroBasket 2011, a gold medal at EuroBasket 2013 and a bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup and he won an NBA championship with the Spurs in 2014.Also Read-NBA: Greg Monroe signs 1-Year, $2.2 Million deal with Toronto Raptors Advertisementlast_img read more

PV Sindhu advances, Ajay Jayaram bows out of Asia Championships

first_imgIndian shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Aya Ohori of Japan to advance into the quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Championships while compatriot Ajay Jayaram bowed out of the tournament going down to Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Jen Hao here on Thursday.Continuing her prime form, Sindhu outplayed the Japanese shuttler 21-14, 21-15 in a match that lasted 40 minutes at the Wuhan Sports Centre Gymnasium.On the other hand, Jayaram, who caused an upset by defeating fifth seed Tian Houwei 21-18, 18-21, 21-19 on Wednesday, was bested by Hao 19-21, 10-21 in the second round match.In a lop-sided women’s singles encounter, Rio Olympic silver medallist and fourth seed Sindhu continued her domination right from the start. She wrapped up the first game comfortably and in the second game the Hyderabadi shuttler showed much more intensity and discipline to outplay her opponent.In a complete contrasting match, Jayaram never seemed comfortable against Hao. The Indian shuttler somehow managed to give a little fight but it was his opponent who proved superior and clinched the first game.The second game saw Jayaram giving up easy points. As a result, Hao took eight consecutive points and thus wrapped up the issue 10-21 in just 35 minutes of play.last_img read more

Close shave at SAI: Arrow pierces neck of 14-year-old archer

first_imgBy Tapan MohantaKolkata, Oct 30 (PTI) A 14-year-old archer from Sports Authority of India (Bolpur) had a close shave after an arrow pierced through the right side of her neck during a practice session this morning.Terming it “accidental”, SAI regional director MS Goindi said the arrow pierced through the collarbone of Fazila Khatun and she is “out of danger” recovering at the hospital.”A stray arrow hit hear near the collarbone luckily its not pierced through the wind pipe and she is now out of danger,” Goindi told PTI.According to reports, a misfiring arrow from her fellow archer Jewel Shaikh hit Fazila.In a video, Fazila is seen with the arrow pierced through the skin in the right side of the neck at the hospital.Calling for a detailed inquiry into the incident, Goindi said: “Theres a strict protocol about shooting as when archers go to collect the arrows there is a ceasefire. Only when they return to their respective marking line, the next round of shooting begins. But I dont understand how this has happened.Goindi said that these kind of mishap would not happen again.”All the coaches are accountable, I will conduct a thorough inquiry to ascertain whether theres a lapse from us. I will ensure that such mishaps dont happen again,” Goindi said.”It appears to be a lapse from the coaching staff as after one set of shooting a ceasefire is declared when the archers go to their respective targets.”A promising recurve archer, Fazila was inducted as one of the 23 SAI trainees after a trial and district competition earlier in July.advertisementShe was training to prepare for the Inter-SAI tournament to be held here next month. PTI TAP KHS KHSlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton eyes fourth title after showing composure and maturity

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Ferrari Max Verstappen Sebastian Vettel Formula One 2017 Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson, right, and Pascal Wehrlein walk to the grid amid much fanfare in Austin. Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images Testing limitsVerstappen, too, had a remarkable race coming back to fourth from 16th on the grid. He had scythed through the field with great skill but it was his demotion from third for exceeding track limits on his last-lap dive past Kimi Raikkonen that caught all the attention. He was furious, his dad, Jos, was furious, Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, was furious and Twitter worked itself into a positively apoplectic froth. The steward’s decision was based on the principle that Verstappen had gained an advantage by putting all four wheels off the track. The problem in Austin was that drivers had been abusing track limits all weekend without punishment, as Horner pointed out: “The race director was quite clear he had no issues with track limits.” So some had already been gaining advantage by going wide allowing themselves to get on the power earlier. Verstappen was pulled up because when he did so he made a pass. Inconsistency is the problem and it riles drivers, teams and fans. Setting firm boundaries at the start of the weekend has to be better than seeing yet another on-track result reversed after the flag.Sainz off to a flyerCarlos Sainz’s talent has rarely been questioned and in Austin he once again confirmed he is likely only to improve. With nine points finishes for Toro Rosso this season he has eclipsed his then team‑mate Daniil Kvyat. Making his debut for Renault in Austin to replace Jolyon Palmer he proved emphatically that the team made the right choice in taking him on. Starting from eighth on the grid, he finished in seventh scoring six valuable points. In doing so he pulled off a breathtaking move on Sergio Pérez up the inside of turn 19 on lap 33. The left-hander does not lend itself to overtaking and the Force India of Pérez is the quicker car, but Sainz made it stick and held the place to the finish. Red Bull, to whom he is contracted, know his value and have only loaned him to Renault but the 23‑year‑old Spaniard may prove crucial to the French manufacturer’s position in the constructors’ championship and the financial largesse it returns. They now trail Toro Rosso by only five points and claiming sixth place looks well within their sights.Mercedes make it fourHamilton still has to wrap up the drivers’ championship but for his team clinching the constructors’ crown in Texas was a huge achievement. It is their fourth consecutive title – a feat achieved by Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull – and they were rightly celebrating. Mercedes have defined the turbo-hybrid era, untouchable between 2014 and 2016 but to have maintained their superiority to claim the title with three races remaining after a major regulation change is no small feat. That their mightily powerful engine plays such an important role has been key but equally this season they have had to work hard for their laurels. Their diva of a car has been tricky to manage and required constant development. The technical director, James Allison, was full in his praise for the attention to detail that is put in across the team to ensure success – and they have become the model others must seek to emulate. But Ferrari must also consider they might have pushed them harder with a driver better able than Kimi Raikkonen to return consistently high points finishes. His unthreatening position in relation to Vettel may suit the German but has left them lacking the two-pronged attack needed to challenge Mercedes. Reuse this content Putting on a showThe expected hoopla in the pre-race build-up was everything that had been predicted as F1’s owners Liberty Media looked to put their stamp on their first home grand prix since taking over the sport. Usain Bolt was waving the green flag, cheerleaders abounded and the sports announcer Michael Buffer gave a series of suitably hyberbolic introductions to the drivers who emerged from a smoke-filled tunnel. Like it or not and many did not, it did not feel out of place at an event held in the US where putting the showbusiness into sport has long been favoured. Hamilton was one driver who came down firmly in favour of a spot more razzmatazz at races. “I think it’s great, the Americans. They’re way better than us Europeans at putting shows on,” he said. “There’s more of an atmosphere. I like that it’s starting to spill over into this. That’s the best start of a grand prix I think I’ve seen and, if we can bring that more into Formula One culture, it’s just going to be more exciting.” It is hard not to imagine it would become tiresome pretty swiftly if applied to every meeting but amid the sunshine and cowboy hats the Circuit of the Americas put on an opening that worked and, if it attracts more fans in the US, all the better. Share on Messenger Mercedes GP Share on Facebook Read more Sportblog Hamilton in complete controlDespite being beaten off the line by Sebastian Vettel Lewis Hamilton once again displayed the composure and race craft that has all but secured his fourth Formula One world championship. There was no problem with the British driver’s start but Vettel had it hooked up exceptionally well and had the inside line going into turn one. Hamilton went to squeeze him but recognised he could not hold the place and avoided any potentially race-ending contact. The contrast with Vettel’s reaction to being jumped by Max Verstappen in Singapore could not be clearer. The crash that ensued is one of the moments that has cost Vettel his title challenge. Hamilton knew to play the long game, as he did when choosing not to defend aggressively against Verstappen in Malaysia. It paid off again. Vettel worked his tyres too much in the early stages and was powerless as Hamilton sailed past him on lap six. His Mercedes was on song in Austin but these are the moments that dictate how championships are won and so it proved. The title is all but in his hands. Share on Pinterestcenter_img Support The Guardian features Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel rivalry has pushed him to new heights Lewis Hamilton Red Bull Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter Share via Email Twitter Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. 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Drewry Container Carriers Heading to Profit

first_imgzoom The majority of container shipping lines lost money in the first three months of 2017, but higher rates and fast-growing demand will soon show on the bottom line, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.In its last Container Forecaster report, Drewry said that the industry would make an operating profit of about USD 1.5 billion in 2017, to reverse heavy losses incurred in 2016.During the first quarter of the year, the sample of 13 carriers published comprehensive financial reports showing some very mixed results. Only five carriers were able to turn a profit in the period with a wide gap between the best performing line, CMA CGM with an operating margin of 5.5%, to the worst, HMM at -10.1%.“The disparate set of results is perhaps the most interesting takeaway from the first reporting season of the year, showcasing how despite claims the industry is increasingly becoming commoditised there remain significant differences between companies in terms of scale, cost structures, trade coverage, customer base and spot-contract ratios,” Drewry said.While the shipping consultancy was expecting better for the first three months, its profit forecast already built in that the market recovery would only really push on from the second quarter onwards when new contracts roll over.Strong demand growth in the first three months of 2017 and far higher annual contract rates are set to create even more profitable conditions for the remainder of the year. “Carriers will have to wait slightly longer than expected for the profits to roll in, but all the indications are that they will be very pleased with the results from the second quarter onwards,” the shipping consultancy informed.last_img read more

NTT DATA Canada Inc Creates HighValue Jobs in Nova Scotia

first_imgIT services firm NTT DATA Canada, Inc., formerly Keane Canada, Inc., will create as many as 250 new jobs in Halifax over the next five years. Keane International, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Keane Canada, Inc., were purchased by NTT DATA Corporation in January 2011. This leading, global IT services company employs 57,000 professionals in more than 35 countries and is owned by Japan’s largest telephone company, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation. The Keane Canada, Inc. head office has been operating in Halifax for 15 years and, now as NTT DATA Canada, Inc., will expand its diverse group of more than 400 employees. The company is diversifying its client base, focusing on major clients in Canada and the United States. “As part of jobsHere, NTT DATA and the province are working together to grow the private-sector and create high-value, high-paying jobs,” said acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism John MacDonell. “This growth demonstrates Nova Scotia’s appeal and ideal location for global IT companies.” A $3,463,688 payroll rebate from the province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., will support the Halifax expansion. The company will reinvest in training and recruitment programs and increase its employment base by up to 250 positions over the five-year term of the rebate. The company’s former payroll rebate, announced in 2008, was not used because of the global recession and its impact on IT budgets, and global outsourcing. The rebate, which included a corresponding training incentive from Economic and Rural Development and Tourism for a combined total of $6,046,263, has been cancelled. “We are excited to be renewing our growth plans in Nova Scotia,” said John MacIntosh, vice-president, Global Client Management with NTT DATA. “We have had great success in attracting talented and loyal employees in Halifax; when it came time to choose a location to grow – Nova Scotia came out on top.” NTT DATA offers innovative business and IT solutions. The company focuses on consulting, managed services, projects, outsourcing and cloud-based solutions to mid-size and large enterprises in all major industries. “We are topping our competitors by attracting multinational companies to Nova Scotia, while also benefiting from their growth,” said Nova Scotia Business Inc. president and CEO Stephen Lund. ‘Securing NTT DATA’s growth in Halifax helps demonstrate that our province is a cost-effective place to do business and a world-class centre for IT.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca and follow online at www.nsbi.ca/connect .last_img read more

Communities to Benefit from New Main Street ProgramCape Breton

first_imgNova Scotia’s main streets will be lined with new flower beds or a freshly painted bench as part of the province’s community revitalization program, Mainstreet 2.0, announced today, July 26. Mainstreet 2.0 is a companion to the First Impressions program that is part of the province’s tourism strategy. Both aim to support the development of attractive, distinctive and visitor-friendly downtowns and main streets. “Nova Scotians have great pride in where they live and the original main street program was a great success in helping support a few small projects that had big impact,” said Deputy Premier Frank Corbett, on behalf of Communities Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “With strong fiscal management Nova Scotians now have a balanced budget and the province is looking to the future to support initiatives that help make life better for families and their communities.” Mainstreet 2.0 will provide grants of up to $1,000 to help community groups and municipalities beautify their main streets. Total funding for the program will be $1.5 million a year. “Our downtowns represent the heart and soul of our communities and are crucial to the economic and cultural success of the province as a whole,” said Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities president Russell Walker. “Reinstating the Mainstreet Program demonstrates the province’s commitment to maintaining and reinvigorating our downtowns.” Program applications will be available this winter and grants will be approved in the spring.last_img read more

Cops recover 2 Blue Jays rings including 1992 World Series ring stolen

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. – A Toronto-area police force says it has recovered a pair of Blue Jays rings that were stolen more than two decades ago.Peel regional police say a personalized 1992 Blue Jays World Series Championship ring and an Anniversary Blue Jays ring, along with jewelry and other items, were taken from a home in Mississauga, Ont., on April 13, 1994.Investigators say they learned last Wednesday that the stolen items were being sold online.They say the rings were recovered and have been returned to the rightful owner.Police say the owner — a former Blue Jays executive — has asked not to be identified.They say no charges have been laid and the investigation is ongoing.last_img

First Nations look to make agreements before mining convention

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Association for Mineral Exploration’s annual convention is being held in Vancouver this week.As APTN National News reporter Tina House explains there are positive agreements being made between governments, and some First Nations, in the mining sector.However, a British Columbia organization is issing a warning to industry and governments that more needs to be done.last_img

CBK bewildered by MRs policies

“Relations with India are essential and crucial,” she stresses.Which leads her to wonder, after New Delhi’s recent United Nations vote against Sri Lanka, what has changed there. Two years ago, in similar circumstances, India actually canvassed on Lanka’s behalf.“Somethings must have changed,” she says.“I do not know what they are.” Kumaratunga strongly denies she backed the rival candidate, General Sarath Fonseka. “Normally I would have supported Rajapaksa: I am still patron and member of our party. But I could not support some of his policies.” So she stayed out of the campaign altogether. “Such opportunities do not last forever,” she warned. “That is why they are called windows and not something larger.”SAPRI will look at issues regarding the subcontinent, Kumaratunga says, engaging research scholars globally on these topics.  These deliberations will result in policy recommendations which will be communicated to policy-makers and professionals. Kumaratunga said that Sri Lanka has a “marvellous opportunity” to heal and reconcile its twin populations after 25 years of civil war and she is more than a little baffled at the slowness with which the Mahinda Rajapaksa government is building post-civil war “bridges.” Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga says she is bewildered by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s foreign policy.In New Delhi for the first annual conference of her own South Asia Policy and Research Institute (SAPRI), Kumaratunga also denied she backed Sarath Fonseka at the last Presidential election, the Hindustan Times reported. If she is concerned at Rajapaksa’s minority policies, she is “bewildered” by his foreign policy.“In my time, we practiced nonalignment, which meant keeping good relations with the entire world,” she says.This led many Western countries to agree to ban or limit the activities of the Tamil Tigers. Kumaratunga is clearly discomfited with Rajapaksa’s confrontational policies with the West and his rhetorical claims to having new “friends” in China, Myanmar and Iran. Sri Lanka is still fertile ground for the dissemination of such ideas. While the civil war has seen some repair work accomplished, Kumaratunga says still more needs to be done in terms of physical reconstruction and rehabilitation.Kumaratunga led Lanka during some of the bloodiest years of the civil war. Today, with a Tamil minority “who want rights but of whom only a small minority still talk of a homeland,” she seems worried Colombo doesn’t recognize what a good thing it has going for it.Rajapaksa’s abrogation of her promise of Tamil political devolution – a decision he had been party to at the time and did not oppose – was one reason Kumaratunga declined to support him in the last elections.  “Even though he called me eight times asking for support,” she remembers. read more

Europe pushes World Bank official Georgieva for top IMF job

FRANKFURT — European governments have decided to put forward World Bank official Kristalina Georgieva from Bulgaria as their candidate to replace Christine Lagarde as head of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund.Georgieva prevailed in a vote Friday among EU governments over former Netherlands finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, according to tweets from French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.Europe traditionally nominates the head of the IMF while a U.S. candidate becomes president of the World Bank, under a long-standing informal arrangement.The IMF executive board must choose a replacement for Lagarde, who has been nominated to head the European Central Bank and resigned effective Sept. 12. The 189-country IMF, a key international financial institution, provides members with economic advice and financial assistance.The Associated Press read more

Oil slips after IMF predicts possible recession for worlds biggest economies

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil slips after IMF predicts possible recession for world’s biggest economies by News Staff Posted Oct 10, 2012 7:56 am MDT LONDON – The price of oil edged down toward US$92 a barrel on Wednesday amid gloomy forecasts for world economic growth.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude was down 28 cents at US$92.11 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $3.06 on Tuesday to finish at US$92.39 per barrel on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea.In London, Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 25 cents to US$114.25.The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday that the world’s advanced economies are at risk of recession, a development that would likely depress the consumption of energy. The IMF cut its forecast for global growth this year to 3.3 per cent from a forecast of 3.5 per cent issued in July.The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries left unchanged its estimate for growth in global oil demand in 2013. However, it said Wednesday that uncertainty over economic growth could cause it to lower those estimates in the future.Traders have also been watching developments in Syria for any signs of a disruption in supplies from the Middle East. Cross-border artillery exchanges with Turkey have heightened fears that the violence between government and opposition forces in Syria could escalate into a wider regional conflict.Oil analyst Stephen Schork said traders on Wednesday will be watching for the release of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s so-called Beige Book report on business conditions in the United States. The report is released eight times a year and is based on information that the Fed’s 12 regional banks gather from business contacts around the country.In other futures traded in New York: natural gas rose one cent to US$3.477 per 1,000 cubic feet, heating oil fell 0.6 of a cent to US$3.201 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and wholesale gasoline rose 0.9 of a cent to US$2.968 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

Reverend suspended after being arrested on suspicion of voyeurism

first_imgA senior clergyman has been suspended by church elders after he was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism at a shopping centre.The Very Rev Martin Thrower, 55, has been banned from the pulpit for now by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in Suffolk after he was detained by police.The churchman’s shocked wife Pauline said the arrest had caused his family “great sadness” but insisted they were all standing by him with “unconditional love”. Whilst this has come as a shock to us as a family we are all supporting Martin with unconditional love at this difficult time.Pauline Thrower Mr Thrower in front of St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh, SuffolkCredit:Su Anderson/Archant Mr Thrower in front of St Mary's Church, Hadleigh, Suffolk Mr Thrower, a widely-respected figure in the local church, has been rector of Hadleigh with Layham and Shelley for the last seven years.The father-of-three also holds the important regional positions of Dean of Bocking and Rural Dean of Hadleigh.Mr Thrower was arrested on August 4 at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich. He hasn’t been charged over the serious allegations but has been bailed to return to Suffolk Police HQ in Martlesham, near Ipswich, in October.John Howard, spokesman for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said: “I can confirm that The Very Rev Martin Thrower, Rector of Hadleigh, Layham and Shelley, and also rural dean of Hadleigh, has been arrested by Suffolk Constabulary for voyeurism.”He has been suspended from all offices within the diocese until further notice. We have made arrangements to look after his church duties and to offer support to his parishes at this difficult time.”Mr Howard added: “We will make no further comment while the police investigation is ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers are very much with everyone affected by this situation.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mrs Thrower told the East Anglian Daily Times: “It is with great sadness that we find ourselves in the situation we are now in.”Whilst this has come as a shock to us as a family we are all supporting Martin with unconditional love at this difficult time.”Mr Thrower has led the church in Hadleigh since 2009 and leads a team that has been doing a lot of work in the local community.His determination to shake up St Mary’s in Hadleigh sparked controversy three years ago as he said he wanted to remove many pews to create a more flexible space.The Victorian Society objected to his radical scheme. But Mr Thrower, who has three children got his way after winning permission from church leaders and the work was carried out.His church has since been used by a much wider variety of community groups as a result of his pioneering blueprint.One of these is the Porch Project for youngsters aged from 11 to 20, who meet there twice a week for leisure groups.Although it is backed by St Mary’s and meets there, it is a separate organisation and supports 300 youngsters in Hadleigh.The market town has regularly been slammed for a lack of activities for young people.At the time of the firestorm over the pews in 2013, Mr Thrower insisted: “Churches weren’t built with pews in.”They were built to be the community space, to have the market in and host big meetings and we have an aspiration to return the building to being the true parish church.”last_img read more

Tamás Iváncsik will leave Veszprém

← Previous Story Qatari Al Rayyan sign former Dinamo Minsk goalkeeper Next Story → Hammerseng Edin and Blanco to take a break from NT Tamas Ivancsikveszprem „Hi! Lots of you inquire about my future, what I want to thank you. Now I want to inform you that the club won’t make a contract with me, so after 7 fantastic years I won’t be a player of MKB-MVM Veszprém from the next season. I will complete my tasks this season and try to do my best as I always did. Tank you for your love and support what me and my family got this years, see you on the field!” – said Tamás Iváncsik on Facebook to his fans.With Iváncsik’s post it will be supposed that the Slovenian Celje’s right wing, Gasper Marguc will transfer to Veszprém.TEXT: Virág Farkas

McFadden ruled out as BOD joins Kearney and Sexton on doubtful list

first_imgFERGUS MCFADDEN HAS been ruled out for ‘a number of weeks’ after fracturing a bone in his hand during Saturday’s defeat to Australia.The Leinster centre-turned-wing was one of the few silver linings in the 32 – 15 loss to the Wallabies and it adds to a number of concerns in Joe Schmidt’s back-line.Jonathan Sexton has not been ruled out of the clash against the All Blacks this Sunday despite limping off at half time with a hamstring injury. Team manager Michael Kearney today said that scans had shown the injury to be “less worrying than initially feared.”Rob Kearney left the field in the final stages after suffering a rib injury which Kearney today confirmed as a rib cartilage tear, which could potentially be patched up enough to go head on with the world’s number one side.Though the fullback has not yet been ruled out, Felix Jones has been added to the squad as cover. So too has Darren Cave who comes in as cover for Brian O’Driscoll who felt ‘tightness’ in the calf which sidelines him for all bar three games already this season.Ireland’s all-time leading try-scorer expects to be fit enough to play New Zealand for the final time.McCaw expects ‘hugely competitive’ O’Driscoll to drive Ireland on‘You don’t want to be the first All Blacks team to lose to Ireland’last_img read more

The aftermath Nobody in the city can ever recall such severe flooding

first_imgLarge waves batter the coastal town of Lahinch in Clare (Niall Carson/PA Wire) A MAJOR CLEAN-UP operation is under way after parts of the country were badly hit by severe flooding.Strong winds coupled with high tides to cause flooding in many areas along the west coast, with Limerick particularly badly affected.Sixty people had to be evacuated from their homes after flood water rose to several feet high in parts of Limerick when the Shannon burst its banks on Saturday. Several hundred other people had to be helped by emergency services and volunteer teams.(Video: Shy Sports/YouTube)City officials said that most of those evacuated from their homes spent the night with relatives while accommodation was provided for the remainder.The flooding in the city was described as unprecedented; flood defences had been put in place but were unable to cope with the combination of torrential rain, high tides and strong winds.Water levels remain high in the King’s Island area and the worst affected areas of the city have been cordoned off.“Nobody in the city, not even the oldest resident of King’s Island, can ever recall such severe flooding,” said Limerick City and County Manager Conn Murray.Civil Defence  help evacuate residents from St Mary’s Park, Limerick (Pic: Sean Curtin)“We had our preparations made and had been working to shore up defences for days in the areas considered most at risk of flooding in the city and county but the volume of water was such that many of our defences were simply unable to cope”.Murray said that many residents, particularly the elderly, had experienced a great shock.“The tremendous public spirit shown by the people of Limerick city has been of great benefit to the state agencies including the fire and rescue service, the ambulance service and the Gardaí in trying to deal with the situation,” he said.The orange alert national warning put in place by Met Éireann has now ended with today forecast to see strong winds but none as strong as the storm-force winds of the past 48 hours.A dog makes his way home through a flooded street in Limerick city last night (Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire) Photos: Rescue efforts under way after severe flood emergency > Read: Batten down the hatches: Storm-force winds batter the country >last_img read more

Mayors defy ALP

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian councillors in Victoria have found themselves amidst political upheaval regarding their election as mayors. Cr Mary Lalios was re-elected on December 2 as mayor of Whittlesea, while Cr Stella Karyofyllidis was elected, for the second time on December 7 as mayor of Moreland after holding the post in 2000. The elections created commotion with councillors including those in the cities of Whittlesea and Moreland. Cr Lalios, in the City of Whittlesea, was re-nominated as mayor despite having previously signed an agreement with fellow councillors to support another candidate for the post of mayor. Cr Lalios doesn’t deny signing the agreement and has, according to a report in the Whittlesea Leader, argued that she signed the document “under duress.” The apparent agreement took place between councillors who are unofficially supported by the Labor Party. In Whittlesea the councillors are ALP aligned while in Moreland they are Labor endorsed.Among them is Cr Pavlides who launched a vitriolic attack against Cr Lalios when talking to Neos Kosmos. “With her latest move she lost the trust of her colleagues, the [Labor] party and especially of the ratepayers. She sold us out. She showed that above all she puts her own personal interest.”Cr Lalios in response to Cr Pavlidis’ comments said to Neos Kosmos English Edition, (NKEE), that Cr Pavlidis has already raised the “substance of the observations being made now with all the elected councillors prior to the Mayoral vote being taken.” She went on to state that, “fellow councillors decided that I am the best person to be the Mayor.”Cr Lalios, when responding to NKEE rejected any criticism by saying, “It is not in the best interests of the residents of the City of Whittlesea for me to become involved in a debate being mounted by others.”She said that her main concern was to meet the needs of “148,000 multicultural residents; bushfire recovery work; the massive growth in our municipality and the potential of 10,500 hectares of land being developed into new homes, streets, schools, sporting grounds, shopping centres and playgrounds.” She underscored her concern for the development of infrastructure to meet the needs of the area’s residents. A similar situation was reported in the City of Moreland with the difference being that eight out of the 11 acting councillors have been elected with the official support of the ALP. Moreland is one of the few Victorian municipalities where Labor officially endorses candidates. Cr Karyofillidis, broke ranks last Monday along with other three ALP supported councillors and sided with two Greens and one independent to become the mayor of Moreland for 2009-2010. While the ALP had thrown its support behind Cr Erdogan, Cr Karyofyllidisclaims that Cr Erdogan’s youth and inexperience forced her to go against her party. Former mayor of Moreland, Lambros Tapinos, himself a young councillor, disputed her claim. “I don’t believe age plays a major role; there are some very talented young people in local government” Mr Tapinos said. He added, “Young people have a lot to contribute to local government. I think the energy, the enthusiasm and new ideas that they bring is a great plus.” He suggested that Cr Karyofillidis’ decision not to abide by ALP directives was driven by “personal ambition.” At the same time, Mr Tapinos congratulated Cr Kariofilidis on her election saying, “this is a good thing for the Greek community in general.” This is the second time that Cr Karyofyllidishas defied the ALP line. In 2004 she advocated for voting preferences contrary to the party’s directive. Her defiance resulted in Cr Karyofyllidis losing her ALP membership for two years.Councillors who are elected as mayors work full time with a remuneration package of about $80,000 per annum, and are provided council car. In contrast, councillors are part-time and receive approximately $25,000 per annum.last_img read more