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Hardik Pandya’s brother Krunal tied the knot with Pankhuri Sharma in Mumbai on December 28.The Pandya brothers have been an integral part of Mumbai Indians for the last two seasons. Hardik (24), two years Krunal’s junior, is also India’s first-choice all-rounder across all formats.In fact, Hardik reached the Indian team hotel late on Wednesday night after his brother’s wedding and then departed for the tour of South Africa where India play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20 Internationals.Earlier, Krunal had announced his wedding with Pankhuri in a series of photographs inspired by cricket.On Wednesday, a day after the high profile Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma reception at Mumbai’s St Regis, the Pandyas also played host to several celebrities.Sachin Tendulkar was obviously there and so was Rohit Sharma, who captains the Pandya brothers in the IPL.From the cricket fraternity, Lokesh Rahul, Jaydev Unadkat, Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel and Kiran More were among the others to attend Krunal’s wedding.It was an honour for our family to have your blessings on Krunal and Pankhuri’s special day. Thank you sir ï¿½??ï¿½ï¿½?ï¿½ï¿½ https://t.co/KoRYUTg7i9- hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) December 28, 2017Amitabh Bachchan, who had once told Hardik and Krunal’s father that he should be proud of his sons, was also at the ceremony.And then there was Mukesh Ambani, whose company owns Mumbai Indians. The Pandya brothers clicked a selfie with the Ambani family before Hardik had to cut short the celebrations to join the rest of the Indian team to leave for a 56-day tour of South Africa.
New Delhi, Sep 7 (PTI) Three Indian naval ships reached Trincomalee for the sixth edition of the SLINEX 2018 — a bilateral naval exercise between India and Sri Lanka — which began on Friday.The inaugural ceremony of the exercise was held on board Sri Lankan Navy’s SLNS Sayurala and was attended by Rear Adm Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, Indian Navy’s Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, and Sri Lankan Navy’s Rear Adm S A Weerasinghe, Commander Eastern Naval Area and Rear Adm Ananda Kumar Guruge, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet, a statement by the Indian Navy said.Earlier, Indian naval ships Kirch, Sumitra and Cora Divh entered Trincomalee to participate in the sixth edition of the SLINEX 2018 from September 7 to 13, it said.In addition to three ships, one ship-borne integral helicopter and two maritime patrol aircraft Dornier are participating from the Indian side, while the Sri Lankan Navy is represented by SLN Ships Sayurala, Samudra and Suranimala.The exercise is being conducted in two phases. The first is the ‘harbour phase’ from September 7 to 10 at Trincomalee during which the participants will engage in professional, sporting and social interactions, the statement said.The ‘harbour phase’ will be followed by the ‘sea phase’ from September 11 to 13 in the Bay of Bengal off Trincomalle and will include gun firings, communication procedures, seamanship as well as navigation evolutions and helicopter operations.The SLINEX series of bilateral maritime exercises were initiated in 2005 and since then five successful engagements have been conducted. PTI ASK KJ
Photo Attribution: USATSIAfter way too much lead-in time the season is finally here.These are my picks for how the year will play out (and yes, they’ve changed since we first did our over/unders).Big 121. Texas2. Oklahoma State3. Baylor4. TCU5. OU6. Texas Tech7. Kansas St.8. West Virginia9. Iowa St.10. KansasOSU RecordOverall: 10-2Conference: 7-2OSU BowlCotton vs. South CarolinaOffensive POYJeremy SmithDefensive POYShaun LewisBreakout playerLyndell Johnson (or “LDJ” as I call him)BCS BowlsSugar: Bama over LouisvilleOrange: Florida St. over Boise St.Fiesta: Oregon over TexasRose: Stanford over MichiganTitle gameGeorgia over tOSUIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Touch Football Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Youth squads who will be vying for positions in the Australian Youth teams to take on New Zealand in January, 2015. Australia and New Zealand will battle it out at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla for the prestigious Youth Trans Tasman Trophy in the Under 18’s and 20’s Boys and Girls’ divisions from Friday, 16 January to Sunday, 18 January 2015. The Australian Youth teams will be hoping to continue their impressive record over New Zealand in recent times; including their 4-0 series clean-sweep the last time both nations met in Auckland in February, 2013. TFA also wishes to congratulate the following coaches on their appointments for the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series:18’s Boys – Dave Nolan 18’s Girls – Craig Morrow 20’s Boys – Phil Gyemore 20’s Girls – Justin Creighton TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian squads in the lead up to the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series. Australian 18’s Girls squad Rae BarkerLucy BottenChloe CheneyShenae CiesiolkaTayla CliffordMadison CroweRachelle DavisNakia Davis-WelshKasey DragisicDominique du ToitLaura GleesonLily GoodchildMia JohnstoneStephanie MaioloTaylor MasonJemma Mi MiZara NicholasAbbey PapenhuyzenGeorgina RackemannStephanie ReidShannon RoseMackenzie SadlerEmma SykesBailey ToleafoaLaura WaldieAustralian 18’s Boys squadTjadyn AshbyTristan BroadbridgeJustin CridlandJarrod CrookMatthew EganCoen FieldingJake GrechCampbell LovellIvan LynchJackson MillsFelix MoliDamon MooreJayden NgamanuRyan PapenhuyzenKalyn PongaCallum PurdonDavid RichardsCorey RussellJordan SarmentoAndrew SearleKai SimbolonRegan WalshChristopher WilliamsMatthew WilsonThomas WongAustralian 20’s Girls SquadDanielle DavisHannah DyballMaddison FisherStephanie JamesAshleigh KearneyJordan LovejoyYasmin MeakesCaitlin MoranPaige ParkerLaura PeattieAshleigh QuinlanSamantha RodgersTayla RosinBrea SingmanTanisha StantonKatherine StevensMaddison StuddonKimberley Sue SeeTamika UptonAustralian 20’s BoysJames BaartzMichael BeattyCameron BogaSam CarmodyMatthew ClunePaddy CoelhoMichael FallonCormac HochLachlan HochJonathon HuskinsJed IbbotsonJeremy KingTom KronkJayden LoveTheo MajidLewis McAlisterRob McCarthyGrant McDonaldRohan MesserJosh RozairoCiaran TonerJames Western Related Filesaustralian_youth_squads_announcement-pdfRelated Links2015 YTT Squads
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The preseason is almost over for Ohio State. The Buckeyes open up the 2018 campaign on Saturday against Oregon State.In the meantime, some more of OSU’s heralded freshman class are earning their place on the roster. Two more frosh have shed their black stripes.The latest Buckeyes to lose the stripe and officially be welcomed to the program are a pair of four-stars: defensive end Tyreke Smith and cornerback Sevyn Banks.Ohio State announced the news moments ago on Twitter:⬛️? #BlackStripe for @almighty_ty5! Welcome to the #Rushmen ‼️#GoBucks #WinTheMoment pic.twitter.com/w7tGSCgDNh— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 28, 2018⬛️? That’s a #BIABlackStripe for @BanksNiko! Welcome to the #DBU family ‼️#GoBucks #WinTheMoment pic.twitter.com/mZ5j33CNdP— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 28, 2018In case you didn’t know, when a player–usually a newcomer or veteran walk-on–officially “earns” his place on the roster at Ohio State, he loses the black stripe on his helmet. It is a huge deal.The Buckeyes will open up the 2018 season at home Saturday against Oregon State. It is the first of three games without head coach Urban Meyer, who is serving a suspension related to his handling of the Zach Smith situation.Kickoff is set for noon Saturday on ABC.
zoomImage Courtesy: Royal Caribbean Cruises Azamara Pursuit, the latest fleet addition of the Azamara Club Cruises, a brand of Royal Caribbean Cruises, has been christened in Southampton, U.K., marking its official debut.“Since the announcement of Azamara Pursuit in September 2017, we have eagerly awaited this special moment to celebrate the ship’s debut,” said Larry Pimentel, President & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “Azamara Pursuit’s two godmothers both have a fearless dedication to adventure, and we could not be more pleased for them to lead us in this ceremony.”Namely, Azamara Pursuit’s two Godmothers are Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio and Lucy Huxley.The perfect end to the perfect @AzamaraPursuit naming ceremony day! We’re now setting sail to Cherbourg, France. Stay tuned for more excitement tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/hv2bXhEiws— Azamara Club Cruises (@AzamaraVoyages) August 28, 2018 Azamara Pursuit will now journey from Southampton, U.K. to Barcelona, Spain on a 13-Night Wine & Romance Voyage.The ship is one of the four new cruise ships joining Royal Caribbean Cruises this year aside to Symphony of the Seas , Mein Schiff 1, which have already been delivered, and Celebrity Edge, to be delivered later this year.It is the third ship in Azamara Club Cruises’s fleet, joining Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, which are designed for approximately 700 guests. The 180-meter ship was built in 2011 for Renaissance Cruises. It was acquired by Azamara Club Cruises back in September 2017, and following an extensive refurbishment, has joined the brand, boosting its fleet capacity by over 50 pct.The naming ceremony can be watched at the link below:
There will be no access to media of the dive area or to the divers.Updates will continue to be provided by News Release and on the Manitoba RCMP social media accounts.GILLAM, M.B. – Manitoba RCMP are sending an underwater recovery team to the Nelson River near Gillam.The RCMP are still searching for the Gillam area for Bryer Schemeglsky and Kam McLeod. The two were last seen in the area on July 22, 2019.The RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Team will arrive in Gillam Saturday night and will start searching the Nelson River on Sunday.There is no official word on why the dive team was called in, but a reporter with the Globe and Mail tweeted the following. While driving north from Fox Lake Cree Nation on PR 290 this aft @RenataDAliesio and I were turned back by RCMP. A rowboat the police found banged up in the Nelson River May have spurred them to bring in a dive team. Renata’s story: https://t.co/9QAdL2ZI57#canadamanhunt pic.twitter.com/5wwEwsM8GG— Melissa Tait (@meltait) August 4, 2019The RCMP say members of the team are highly trained and have access to a range of advanced equipment to assist in their underwater searches.Earlier this week the RCMP announced they would scall back the search for Schmegelsky and McLeod in Northern Manitoba. In the next Province, the OPP have been investigating several tips that the pair is now in that Province. So far the OPP have not been able to confirm the tips. UPDATE – As the search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmeglsky continues, we are able to provide the following update.On Friday afternoon, RCMP officers searching from a helicopter, located a damaged aluminum boat on the shore of the Nelson River.Based on this new information, five members of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) were immediately deployed. They arrived in Gillam on Saturday, August 3rd, and are expected to conduct a thorough underwater search of significant areas of interest today. Police continue to stress, that if you believe you’ve seen Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemelsky, contact your local police department immediately or 911. Sightings have been posted to social media before being shared with the RCMP, that has caused delays in the investigation.According to MyGrandePrairieNow.com, the RCMP have confirmed the pair were seen in a Fairview Gas Station on July 20. The sighting was not reported to the RCMP until several days later. This is the second confirmed sighting of the pair in Alberta.The last confirmed sighting of the pair was on July 22 in Gillam Manitoba. The pair are wanted in connection with three homicides in Northern B.C. that all occurred during the week of July 15, 2019.
Paris: Middle-income households are disappearing in developed countries around the world, according to a new study by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The study, titled “Under Pressure: The Squeezed Middle Class”, laid out a litany of problems affecting middle-income households, warning that “this could have serious consequences for nations’ economic growth and social fabric”, CNN reported on Thursday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Today the middle class looks increasingly like a boat in rocky waters,” OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said in a statement. “Governments must listen to people’s concerns and protect and promote middle-class living standards.” According to the study, the share of people in middle-income households in developed countries fell from 64 per cent in the mid-1980s to only 61 per cent by the mid-2010s. However the declines were larger in several countries, including the US, Israel, Germany, Canada, Finland and Sweden, it added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn the US, just over 50 per cent of the population is middle class, much smaller than most other developed countries. The report considers households earning between 75 per cent and 200 per cent of the median national income as middle class. Rising income inequality is part of the reason for the trend. Over the past 30 years, median incomes in OECD countries increased a third less than the average income of the richest 10 per cent, the report found. At the same time, costs are going up faster than inflation in the world’s richest economies – making it harder for the middle class to keep up. Home prices, in particular, have been growing more than a third faster than median household income in recent decades. The middle class spent 32 per cent of their budgets on housing in 2015, compared to 25% in 1985. In the study, the OECD offers some suggestions for addressing the middle class squeeze, many of which match the talking points of progressive US candidates, CNN reported. They include lowering taxes on the middle class and increasing them on the wealthy, developing more affordable housing, helping young adults build wealth, containing the cost of education, child care and health and improving workers’ skills and training.
Rabat – Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands are the most affected population by the rise in unemployment rates, says Dutch daily De Volkskrant quoting figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).More than half of the non-EU migrants in the Netherlands are sitting at home without paid work. OECD data has shown that only 49.5 percent of immigrants have access to employment. The figure stands at 77.1 per cent for the native Dutch population.Since the 2008 crisis, unemployment among Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands has increased significantly surpassing on the way all the other non-EU migrants. According to OECD data, 19.6 per cent of Moroccan immigrants are currently unemployed, compared with 5.7 per cent of the indigenous population.Moroccans top the list of unemployed populations ahead of the Caribbean immigrants (19.3 %), Turks (15.3%) and Surinamese (13.9%).High unemployment among non-EU immigrants is partly because they tend to have more flexible contracts than natives, sociologist Monique Kremer of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) was quoted as saying.“Before the crisis, the job growth was mainly in temporary work. When the economy collapsed, Moroccans and Turks were the first to get laid off.That was very disappointing because we thought it was much better with these groups in the labor market,” she added.Kremer also said that highly educated immigrants are much more likely to be unemployed than natives with the same education. “It is worrying; it undermines our belief that it will be okay with you if you only have a good education.”
24 April 2007A federal settlement is the only proposal to resolve the Cyprus problem that enjoys majority support in both communities on the Mediterranean island, but there is widespread scepticism that any solution is imminent, according to an inter-communal survey conducted by the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). A federal settlement is the only proposal to resolve the Cyprus problem that enjoys majority support in both communities on the Mediterranean island, but there is widespread scepticism that any solution is imminent, according to an inter-communal survey conducted by the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).The survey of 1,000 Greek Cypriots, 1,000 Turkish Cypriots and 300 people living within the UN Buffer Zone (100 Turkish Cypriots and 250 Greek Cypriots), conducted in February and released today, found that both communities consider the UN has an important role to play and welcomed its continuing presence across the island.But a majority of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots believed the UN was biased in favour of the other community, and they were also wary of the true intentions and preferences of the other side.The survey was commissioned by UNFICYP to gauge how Cypriots feel about the Mission and the rest of the UN presence on the island, and on their attitudes towards a possible peaceful resolution of the Cyprus problem.The poll found that “a strong majority” of Greek Cypriots said a unitary State solution was satisfactory, but a similar proportion of Turkish Cypriots viewed such an outcome as unacceptable. Most Turkish Cypriots preferred a two-State arrangement, but most Greek Cypriots said they regarded that idea as untenable.Yet a majority on both sides saw a federal settlement as “the second best option and would be prepared to accept such a constitutional framework, at the very least as a compromise solution,” according to a press release summarizing the poll results.Supporters among Greek Cypriots (65 per cent) tended to regard a federal settlement as “tolerable,” whereas Turkish Cypriot supporters (70 per cent) usually viewed it as “satisfactory.” Only small minorities of either community believed the status quo was the answer.“Rejecting a federal solution out of hand, under any circumstances and regardless of the specific plan, is not a majority viewpoint in either community,” the release added.The survey showed that a majority on both sides did not want UNFICYP to withdraw before the restoration of normal conditions and a peaceful settlement, but that they also wanted the UN to do more to understand Cypriot concerns across the island.Examples proposed included outreach programmes to villages and towns, in-depth research into the concerns of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and an interactive website promoting inter-communal dialogue.Contacts between the two communities are seen as essential to improving levels of trust and to “pave the way for a united Cyprus, and there is approval for those who reach out the other community through such contacts,” the release noted. But despite this goodwill, few of those interviewed were actually involved in such contacts.The opening of crossing points may also not have created much of a boost in confidence, the poll found, with only one in 10 Greek Cypriots crossing regularly and 45 per cent of Turkish Cypriots, with many on both sides saying the trips had not enhanced their views of their neighbours.
Three people — one man and two women — have been charged with possessing drugs for the purpose of trafficking in the city following an investigation by Regina police.Police made the arrests on Aug. 23 after carrying out search warrants at three addresses in the city, located on Fines Drive, the 6500 block of Rochdale Boulevard and the 2900 block of Victoria Avenue. The trio was jointly charged with possessing drugs — cocaine, fentanyl and meth — for the purpose of trafficking. According to the Regina Police Service, the quantities are significant, with 93 grams of fentanyl, 272 grams of meth and 30 grams of cocaine seized.All three have additionally been charged with possessing crime proceeds — the man and one woman with possession over $5,000 and the other woman of possession under $5,000. The man was further charged with possession of a stolen motorcycle.All three individuals appeared in Provincial Court on Monday. The two women have been released from custody, but the Crown opposed the release of the man. All three return to court on later dates.
As he accepted a top global award in Dubai for his work with the environment, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged world leaders to use the United Nations-backed Kyoto Protocol to move on climate change and called for governments, businesses and citizens to adopt a new mindset on energy resources.“Now that the Kyoto Protocol has entered into force, the world has a dynamic tool for stabilizing and reducing emissions and supporting climate-friendly projects in developing counties,” said Mr. Annan, as he accepted the 2005 Global Leadership for Environment award at a gathering of environmental ministers in the United Arab Emirates today.The Kyoto Protocol is the 1997 landmark treaty designed to curb the greenhouse gas emissions that have been determined to cause global warming. The binding pact, which entered into force last February, requires 35 industrialized nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012. At the meeting in Dubai, Mr. Annan also urged leaders, environmental experts and business executives assembling for the two-day UN-sponsored conference to seriously participate in two parallel sets of global talks meant to intensify global action on climate change.One set of talks involves the parties to the Kyoto Protocol and aims to set binding emission targets for industrialized countries beyond 2012. A second dialogue involves all 189 parties to the broader UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and looks at a wide range of cooperative action among developing countries.The Secretary-General warned that the world remains “perilously wedded to oil and other fossil fuels,” and called for the use of cleaner technology. “All humankind must get the maximum benefit from every barrel, gallon or litre consumed – much as we try to do with water, where ‘more crop per drop’ is our mantra,” he said.At the same time, Mr. Annan advocated alternative, renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind and biofuel. “The soaring demand for oil is concentrating the minds of the world as never before,” he pointed out. He emphasized that “everyone has a role” to play in changing the current energy mindset, including governments and businesses. “And let us not forget people power: consumers; voters determined to exercise their democratic rights; legions of citizens’ groups and their skill at popular mobilization,” he added.While in Dubai, the Secretary-General also met with the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.Mr. Annan also, in remarks to reporters, expressed alarm at the attacks that have taken place following the recent publication of caricatures seen as insulting to Islam. He said he shares the anguish over those cartoons, but added that the incident “cannot justify violence, least of all attacks on innocent people” and appealed to Muslims to accept the apology that has been offered.
by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2014 11:42 pm MDT Toyota’s quarterly profit climbs on weak yen, solid sales, raises annual forecasts TOKYO – Toyota Motor Corp. reported a more than fivefold jump in its quarterly profit Tuesday and raised its earnings forecast, crediting a weak yen and strong sales.Toyota’s profit for the October-December quarter totalled a better-than-expected 525.4 billion yen ($5.2 billion), up dramatically from 99.9 billion yen a year earlier. Quarterly sales jumped 24 per cent to 6.585 trillion yen ($64.2 billion).Analysts polled by FactSet had expected a 437 billion yen ($4.3 billion) quarterly profit.Toyota, the world’s top selling automaker for the last two years straight, raised its profit and sales forecasts for the fiscal year ending March.The upbeat outlook underlines a continuing recovery at Toyota, whose production was battered by a tsunami and earthquake in March 2011 in northeastern Japan.Sales also suffered over anti-Japanese sentiment that flared up in China, a key growth market, in 2012.Before such woes, Toyota’s brand image had been devastated by a massive recall crisis, which began in late 2009, mostly in North America, for defects spanning brakes, gas pedals, floor mats and other problems.The maker of the Prius hybrid, Lexus luxury models and the Camry sedan now projects a fiscal year profit of 1.9 trillion yen ($18.8 billion), a doubling of profit compared with the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2013, and a company record.Its previous annual profit forecast was 1.67 trillion yen ($16.5 billion).“Our upwardly revised forecast is due to progress in our recent profit improvement activities through cost reduction and marketing efforts, in addition to the change in our assumption of foreign exchange rates,” Managing Officer Takuo Sasaki said in a statement.The company had previously expected the dollar to average 81 yen, but it’s now expecting 100 yen. The dollar was trading at about 101 yen Tuesday. A weak yen is beneficial for Japanese exporters such as Toyota by boosting the value of its overseas sales.Toyota logged a 260 billion yen ($2.6 billion) profit perk from foreign exchange rate effects during the latest quarter.The automaker raised its full year sales forecast to 25.5 trillion yen ($252 billion) from 25 trillion yen ($248 billion). That would represent a 16 per cent rise from the previous fiscal year’s sales at 22.06 trillion yen.It kept unchanged its global vehicle sales forecast for the fiscal year through March at 10.1 million vehicles, which would be the first time any automaker reaches the 10 million milestone in annual sales.For the quarter just ended, Toyota sold more vehicles compared with a year earlier in every key region, including the U.S., Europe, Japan and the rest of Asia.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at twitter.com/yurikageyama AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 6:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar rises amid strong U.S. retail data, Chinese growth concerns TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was higher Thursday amid a stronger than expected read on U.S. retail data and Chinese growth worries.The loonie was up 0.41 of a cent to 90.37 cents US.U.S. retail sales for February rose 0.3 per cent following a 0.6 per cent drop in January, better than the 0.2 per cent climb that economists had expected.China growth worries have buffetted the currency and commodity prices this week.Adding to those worries Thursday were government figures which showed industrial production in China rose by a lower than anticipated 8.6 per cent in the first two months of this year. Retail sales growth also fell short of estimates.China’s premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that his country will keep this year’s economic expansion strong enough to create new jobs. He said China will also emphasize market-opening reform, clean up smog-choked cities while aiming to hit its official growth target of 7.5 per cent.The data followed a report issued last weekend showing the world’s second-biggest economy experienced an 18 per cent drop in exports in February.Copper prices have slid more than eight per cent over the past four sessions. The May contract for the metal was down two cents to US$2.94 a pound Thursday morning.But it’s not just demand concerns that have weighted on copper.Chinese authorities gave the go-ahead late last week for the country’s first credit default, involving a manufacturer of solar panels. And another solar energy company is also in danger of default.This is worrisome because copper is used as much for financing transactions as it is for its industrial applications.Traders worry that a wave of defaults could result in a massive liquidation of copper on the markets, which would further depress prices.Demand questions have also hit oil prices hard this week with the April contract in New York down almost five per cent this week. But on Thursday, crude rose 37 cents to US$98.36 a barrel.Bullion prices also shifted lower after surging $24 Wednesday amid concerns centred around the Ukraine-Russian conflict.The April contract slipped $2.10 to US$1,368.40 an ounce. Canadian dollars coins are shown with U.S dollars bills April 6, 2010 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
“In many ways the global future is being built here in Asia,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks to the Fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). “This continent is a home of economic dynamism, innovation and potential. Asia is on the rise. This is a source of optimism.”But the 21st century transformation is also being accompanied by challenges that place at risk our goals of prosperity, stability and dignity for all. These include growing inequalities, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and transnational threats such as terrorism, human trafficking and the illicit trade in drugs.”To cope with these and other dangers, the Secretary-General suggested drawing on the UN Charter – “a time-tested foundation for solutions” that emphasizes the pacific settlement of disputes and underlines the importance of engagement with regional organizations. “Despite our best efforts, the greater Asian theatre is the scene of some of the most worrying tensions in the world today,” he stated, highlighting five immediate areas of concern. Noting the “deeply troubling” situation in Syria, he stressed that those countries with influence on the parties must demonstrate an honest commitment for de-escalation and a political solution.He also voiced concern at the proliferation of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the region, pointing in particular to the “volatile” situation on the Korean peninsula. The third area of concern is the growth of territorial disputes and “unhelpful rhetoric” across the area represented by CICA member States. “The culture of dialogue is deeply embedded in Asia. All of you are here to build confidence and enhance interaction between your countries. The people of the region are counting on your foresight and wisdom to sit together and resolve all differences through dialogue and in conformity with international law,” Mr. Ban stated.The other concerns are terrorism and criminal activities, along with the danger of extreme weather and climate change, what the Secretary-General referred to as an “immediate threat to regional and international peace and security.””The impact is devastating the environment and human lives. Science is warning us that the risks will only intensify and grow more costly,” he said, adding that Asia’s choices, in particular on energy use, will be crucial in enabling the world to achieve truly sustainable development.”As we look ahead together, let us respond to the rising voices that rightfully expect their legitimate aspirations, democratic rights and fundamental freedoms to be respected. Let us promote the dignity and rights of women and young people.Greeting by the Chinese president at the CICA conference in Shanghai China, 21 May 2014, UN Photo/Mark Garten”Let us heal the region’s rifts and historical wounds through cooperation, not conflict, and through common interests, not unilateral action. As Chinese wisdom reminds us, a small hole not mended in time will become a big hole and much more difficult to mend.”
In the wake of its November 2011 rollout to South African customers, Sandvik’s e-Business initiative is receiving an excellent response according to the group, and is poised to be introduced to Sandvik customers across Africa. “e-Business is all the information, interaction and transactions that are conducted over the internet between Sandvik and our customers,” Benedict Chaila, Sandvik Mining e-Business manager – Africa, commented.He adds: “e-Business is a global Sandvik strategy already well established in other parts of the world. It aims to enhance the overall value of our partnerships with customers through standardisation of commercial processes and the increased efficiencies gained by doing business together electronically. The primary objective is to understand how our customers want to do business with us, so that we can adapt our applications and services accordingly. Our e-Business tools give customers a high level of control and visibility with their procurement processes, while enabling genuine cost savings. ”By general definition, e-Business manages the flow of information within supply chains between suppliers and customers, tendering by e-mail, e-commerce, order taking, international communication and customer feedback. “Those on both sides of the transaction benefit from the system’s transparency and its potential to improve costs and efficiencies,” says Chaila. “The fewer people involved in the transaction, the less likelihood of inaccuracies coming into play. Internet purchasing is the way of the future and our systems will continue to develop to improve our service to customers.” Sandvik’s e-Business facilities operate primarily through two internet options – @YourService and Direct Connect.The @YourService web portal allows customers instant access to detailed information about products, prices and availability, as well as facilitating placing orders and viewing invoices online. Once an order has been placed, customers can track its status right through to delivery. Tracking of past orders assists with future purchases. The portal also offers a wealth of information such as product catalogues and manuals, technical information, commercial documents, training materials, service bulletins, industry news and developments. Direct Connect is a B2B option whereby Sandvik’s ERP system can be connected with customers’ business systems. This means customers can now place orders with Sandvik directly from their own ordering systems. A powerful solution for automated and high volume ordering processes, Direct Connect is aimed at customers who have high transaction volumes. “This solution facilitates the exchange of transaction documents such as orders, order status, invoices and advanced shipping notices over the internet between Sandvik and our customers,” says Chaila.e-Business was initially launched internally towards the end of 2011 to familiarise Sandvik personnel with these systems. After this, both @YourService and Direct Connect were piloted in the field at two of the company’s largest South African clients.
We’re probably in the last month before the iPad 3 is announced, so you can expect to get a healthy dose of leaks and rumors on a near daily basis. A couple of leaks today are contributing to the picture that we’re getting of the next-gen tablet.Today’s first report is derived from leaked images that allegedly show the back casing of the iPad 3. We can draw several conclusions from this side-by-side comparison. First, it appears that the logic board will be arranged differently. This, in turn, leaves more room for a bigger battery — which is also looking like a distinct possibility.The camera also appears to be different from that of the iPad 2. Though nothing is known aside from a different housing for the camera, Apple will almost certainly upgrade it from the crappy shooter in the iPad 2. Whether it will be the 8MP camera from the iPhone 4S (as previously rumored) is unknown.The biggest change, though, can also be speculated upon from this casing. It indicates that the LCD display will be different in some way. Nearly everyone is expecting a double-resolution Retina Display (2048 x 1536) in the iPad 3, so this would be consistent with that speculation.But wait, there’s more! In addition to the leaked casing images, The Verge has some more supposed information about the next iPad. “People familiar with the product” say that it will indeed have that Retina display, and will be roughly the same size as the iPad 2 (about 1mm thicker). It will allegedly have a more powerful GPU (no big surprise), but the A6 chip that it sports won’t be quad-core. Many had assumed that Apple would jump into the quad-core fray this year, but if this report is true, Apple wouldn’t likely introduce a quad-core chip until the A7 in 2013.True? False? It’s all speculation until Tim Cook takes the stage (probably next month). But, unlike the conflicting rumors we’ve heard about other Apple devices, these are starting to paint a clear picture: Retina display, bigger battery, looks almost exactly like the iPad 2, upgraded cameras, and an upgraded A6 chip — whether it’s dual-core or quad-core.via RepairLabs, The Verge
Free attaque SFR pour concurrence déloyaleXavier Niel le fondateur du quatrième opérateur mobile a déposé plainte contre son concurrent, l’accusant de cacher un crédit à la consommation derrière ses offres de mobiles subventionnés.Le fondateur de Free contre-attaque les accusations de ses concurrents… en attaquant SFR en justice. Xavier Niel a en effet porté plainte contre SFR, auprès du tribunal de commerce de Paris, a révélé Capital. Le patron d’Iliad, la maison-mère de l’opérateur s’en est pris aux subventions des téléphones mobiles qu’il juge comme étant de la “concurrence déloyale”. Subvention ? C’est une pratique que vous avez certainement eu à faire, puisque 90 % des terminaux vendus en France l’ont été fait de cette manière. Il s’agit tout simplement de ces mobiles que vous achetez à très bas coût (souvent à un euro), en contrepartie d’un engagement sur un abonnement de douze ou vingt-quatre mois. Mais pour Xavier Niel, cette méthode de vente revient à “faire du crédit à la consommation déguisé sans se soumettre aux contraintes légales. Cela revient à pratiquer des taux d’usure de 300 ou 400 % que le consommateur ne voit pas “, affirme le fondateur de Free à Capital.Tout est transparent”Nous avons déposé plainte contre SFR auprès du tribunal de commerce de Paris pour faire reconnaître la nullité de ce type de contrat. Nous les assignons pour concurrence déloyale”, détaille le patron d’Iliad dans le magazine. De son côté, Free ne propose pas de mobiles subventionnés et ses offres sont sans engagements, ” à des prix parmi les plus bas du marché” pour les portables de moins de 200 euros, indique Xavier Niel. “Au-delà de ce montant, on vend le terminal sans marge et avec un crédit à la consommation au taux raisonnable de 9,99%. Tout est transparent”, assure-t-il. À lire aussiJoe Mobile : nouveau forfait à 5 euros avec l’opérateur SFR Pourtant, tous les opérateurs mobiles historiques utilisent le même procédé. Néanmoins, Free a uniquement poursuivi SFR, sans préciser s’il allait engager ultérieurement d’autres procédures judiciaires contre Bouygues Télécom ou Orange.Cette plainte intervient en plein débat sur la loi Chatel de 2008, que les opérateurs entendent bien réviser, notamment pour rendre plus difficile le désengagement des abonnés et éviter leur migration vers des offres sans engagement dans la durée.Le 19 juillet 2012 à 13:00 • Maxime Lambert
Two men, including a college student, were killed and seven others were injured when a motorcycle hit an auto-rickshaw at Atukura of Baniachang upazila in Habiganj on Tuesday night, reports UNB.The deceased were Mukhles Mia of Puranbagh village, and Shakil Mia.Shakil is a student of Brindaban Government College in Habiganj.The accident took place when a motorbike hit an auto-rickshaw, leaving nine people injured, said Masuk Ali, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.The injured were taken to a local hospital where two of them succumbed to death, he added.