RLD and SP raise EVM malfunction issue in UP by-election voting

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) on Monday raised allegations of rigging in the Noorpur Assembly and Kairana Lok Sabha by-election polling after EVM malfunction was reported in several booths.The RLD’s candidate in Kairana Tabassum Hasan has written to the Chief Election Commissioner complaining about malfunctioning EVM and VVPATs in the constituency. Despite raising the flag, the administration is not dealing with the issue and voters were being deprived of their right, she wrote, urging the EC to urgently send engineers and technicians to repair the machines.In a letter to the UP Chief Election Officer, SP State president Naresh Uttam Patel has complained that faulty EVMs were reported from 113 booths in the stronghold of the SP and its allies in Noorpur. “It appears that the EVMs are made to go faulty in such large numbers on the directions of the State government so that people cannot go and vote in these booths,” Mr. Patel wrote.A delegation led by BJP UP vice-president J.P.S. Rathore met the UPCEO demanding immediate restoration of EVMs and possible re-polling on booths where voting was stalled for a long time. Submits list of 67 booths in Kairana where faulty EVMs have been reported. The BJP also says that the election officers and booth officers were not paying heed to complaints raised by BJP polling agents.As per her complaint, EVM related issues have been reported in booths in each of the five Assembly segments in Kairana. Shamli: 47 booths, Kairana 13, Gangoh 48, Nakud 38, and Thana Bhawan 9. Raising the issue on Twitter, RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary said: “So many malfunctioning EVMs point to some sort of systematic anarchy!”The SP also raised allegations of rigging in the Noorpur bypoll, saying that EVMs in most of the booths in Dalit and Muslim areas were “selectively” not functioning. The SP pointed out at least 19 booths where EVM malfunctioning was allegedly reported. The EC is yet to comment on the accusations by the Opposition. SP president Akhilesh Yadav said: “Is this a technical fault or failure of election management or a conspiracy to deprive people their voting rights? At this rate, the foundations of democracy will be shaken.”SP MLC Udaiveer Singh alleged there was “scientific rigging” going on as EVMs were “selectively” malfunctioning in 90% Dalit and Muslim populated booths in Noorpur. “No engineer (are) available, DM irresponsibly behaving. Ramzan being used as a tool by BJP. Yahi hai (this is) digital India aur VIKAS (development),”he said.Almost 90% of officers in Noorpur have their phones switched off, added Mr. Singh. “Administration ko message hai kaise bhi jeetna hai (It has been indicated to the administration to ensure victory at any cost),” he said.The SP says that polling has been stalled in many booths in Noorpur seat, including 97, 200,231,205,206 337, 25,29,30,266,30,24, 222,305,282,311,230,287,221.last_img read more

Lakers win gives Ball last word on Wizards’ Wall

first_imgLATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, defends Washington Wizards guard John Wall during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers had the last word on John Wall and visiting Washington after days of NBA trash talk, prevailing 102-99 in overtime Wednesday.Brandon Ingram scored 19 points, Larry Nance Jnr added 18 and each grabbed 10 rebounds while teen rookie guard Ball had six points, eight rebounds and 10 assists to spark the Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Springer’s HR in 11th gives Astros 7-6 win, ties Series 1-1 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Wall vowed “no mercy” to the Washington Post and added, “His dad has been talking… that makes me want to go out there and lead my team and play the best I can play.”It didn’t work out that way. Wall had 18 points on 7-of-22 shooting with nine assists, missed a tying 3-point attempt at the final buzzer and lost the ball out of bounds on a drive to the hoop late in overtime, his appeal for a foul unrewarded.“A lot of contact. I thought I got fouled,” Wall said. “We’ve got to learn how to close them out. We had the game in our hand.”LaVar Ball praised his son’s performance despite Wall producing more points.“When he goes off, people get stuck on them points,” the elder Ball said. “He does a lot more things than score points all the time to get the team to win. He’s versatile.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The Wizards missed out on their first 4-0 season start since 1978.“We were a half-step slow all night,” said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. “The fourth quarter we were just standing around. They played better than us down the stretch. They made big shots. They deserved to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLavar Ball, Lonzo’s famously outspoken father, began the verbal fireworks after a Sunday loss to New Orleans, saying of the Wizards, “They better beware. Because Lonzo ain’t losing again. Not in the same week.”Wizards center Marcin Gortat tweeted in response that “JohnWall will torture (Ball) for 48 minutes.” View comments Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Lonzo Ball’s numbers drop in Under Armour, Lakers win

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Ball had a triple-double and a 36-point, eight-rebound, 11-assist performance in his two previous games.No. 15-seeded Los Angeles (4-2) advanced to play third-seeded Dallas on Sunday.“Team effort,” Ball said. “They came through in the fourth quarter and got the win as a collective unit. Moving on.“Long as we’re winning, (summer league is) successful. That’s all I care about.”Two weeks of summer play in three cities has been enough for teams to hold out many marquee players late this week, though there was plenty of intensity on the floor Saturday in the quarterfinal round of tournament play in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT The Celtics decided not to play the last two No. 3 overall picks, Jaylen Brown (right quad contusion) and Jayson Tatum (knee soreness), and also sat 2016 first-rounder Ante Zizic (left hamstring strain) and 2017 NBA G League Rookie of the Year Abdel Nader (left calf strain). The Mavericks played their marquee players. The difference in decisions showed on the court.The Mavericks never trailed after the first quarter as all-rookie second-team selection Yogi Ferrell put up 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Nicolas Brussino added 18 points and five rebounds.Dallas knocked down 15 compared to Boston’s nine.Rosco Allen led the Mavericks with 12.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Federer vows to defend Wimbledon title in 2018 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The losers go home instead of the semifinal round Sunday.In other action:GRIZZLIES 98, HEAT 95, 2OTWayne Selden scored 24 points to lead Memphis.“It was a real sloppy game on our part,” Selden told the ESPN broadcast. “But down the stretch we got back to what we do and that’s guard and play defense. It was an ugly game, but we made it happen.“We’ve got to get the ball moving.”Gian Clavell, who finished with 20 points, hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but the Heat would manage just five total points in the two extra periods.Selden hit a pair of free throws to force the second overtime and Wade Baldwin hit two more after rebounding his own missed free throw to go up 97-94 with 16.6 seconds left. Clavell missed a 3-pointer to tie just before the final buzzer.The No. 4-seeded Grizzlies (5-0) will face the No. 16 Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.Dillon Brooks, the second-round pick from Oregon, scored 14 and had four steals for Memphis, and 2016 first-rounder Baldwin had 12 points on 4-for-17 shooting.center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball. APLonzo Ball’s stat line was down after two big games. He still had the building buzzing Saturday night at the NBA Summer League.The Los Angeles Lakers overcame a double-digit deficit to advance to the semifinals with a 115-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, with much of the focus again on Ball’s feet.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Miami guard Matt Williams scored 18 and knocked down six 3-pointers.The Heat held out No. 14 overall pick Bam Adebayo.TRAIL BLAZERS 94, SPURS 87Portland’s Jake Layman warmed up in the fourth quarter and finished with his summer league-high 23 points, including 13 in the final quarter. The 2016 Maryland second-rounder scored nine of the Trail Blazers’ 11 points during a fourth-quarter stretch and his 3-pointer with 4:46 pushed lead to 84-74. The Spurs never recovered.“I was staying aggressive,” Layman told ESPN. “For me, the most important thing is defense. I’ve worked a lot on that this summer. That’s what I’m most proud of.”Big Ten Player of the year Caleb Swanigan had 16 points and nine rebounds, while 2015 first-rounder RJ Hunter added 16 points for the Blazers.Spurs guard Bryn Forbes, who entered the day as Summer League’s top scorer at 29.3 points per game, fouled out in the fourth quarter with 13 points.Derrick White, the former Division II player who went No. 29 in the 2017 draft, paced the Spurs with 20 points and five rebounds.The Spurs did not play 2016 first-rounder Dejounte Murray.MAVERICKS 91, CELTICS 74 View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes His choice of footwear has become one of the biggest stories of Summer League. After wearing his own ZO2 shoes in his first two games, which sell for $495 under his family’s independent Big Baller Brand, Ball wore the Nike Kobe AD and a James Harden signature Adidas in the following games. It was Under Armour’s turn Saturday when Ball played in a pair from Stephen Curry’s signature line.“When I wake up, I decide that,” Ball told ESPN.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWhen asked if the shoe rotation is part of a bigger plan, the No. 2 overall pick replied, “You could say that.”Ball had 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Vander Blue and No. 27 overall pick Kyle Kuzma carried the offensive load. Blue scored 27 and buried a 3-pointer with 1:07 left to give the Lakers a 111-103 lead. Kuzma added 26. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Frustrated Welbeck sees Arsenal patience rewarded

first_imgDanny Welbeck admits it has been frustrating at times watching on at Arsenal, but he is now looking to kick on after seeing his patience rewarded with a two-goal showing against Brentford.Having failed to make a Premier League start this season, the England international has spent more time than he had hoped taking in the opening of a new era under Unai Emery from afar.He was, however, included in the Spaniard’s selection for a Carabao Cup third round clash at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! That show of faith was rewarded with a match-winning brace, with Alexandre Lacazette grabbing a late third for the Gunners as they saw off London rivals Brentford 3-1.Quizzed by Sky Sports afterwards as to whether he has been frustrated stuck on the bench, Welbeck – who formed part of England’s World Cup squad over the summer – said:  “Yeah, but you have to wait for your opportunity.“A few of the lads had a bit more of a pre-season than me, which made it a bit difficult. I came back a bit later than the others, but when I get the opportunity… I got 90 minutes last week [against Vorksla Poltava in the Europa League] and 90 minutes today so I’m just going to build on it from there and keep on improving.”Welbeck was also among the goals in his continental outing against Vorksla, proving that he can make an important contribution when called upon.He hopes there will be more opportunities to come, with Emery looking to build on the foundations put down by his Arsenal predecessor Arsene Wenger.“We want to impose our style on the game and we want to create chances that way,” said Welbeck“I think when we broke [against Brentford] it was very difficult for the other team to keep up with us. The more we can do that, the better. It’s nice to finish it off at the end.”Arsenal, who opened the season with back-to-back defeats in the Premier League, have now secured six successive victories across all competitions.Their next outing sees them welcome Watford to the Emirates on Saturday.last_img read more

Graffiti depicting India’s diversity, culture unveiled in central Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 16 (PTI) A graffiti depicting India’s diversity was unveiled at Barakhamba Road in central Delhi today as part of a multi-city initiative to celebrate the country’s art, culture, sports and unity.An on-ground carnival with food, music street plays and other entertainment activities was also held at the venue.Actor Dia Mirza participated in the event organised by Radio Mirchi and Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance, according to a statement from the organisers.”I’m very thrilled to be here – as part of a campaign that believes in clean and beautiful cities. “I believe that as a society and as citizens of this country, we all have a responsibility towards our nation and creating an atmosphere of cleanliness and beauty for everyone,” the statement quoted Mirza as saying.The initiative aims to celebrate India’s art, culture, unity and diversity, India’s sports achievements through graffiti.It is being launched in Delhi and will travel to Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Trivandrum, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad this year, the statement said.The idea behind the initiative is to bring out the idea of everyone standing up for their city and taking pride in it, the statement added. PTI BUN BUN ABHABHlast_img read more

Wenger rubbishes Ozil exit rumours

first_imgTransfers ‘It’s wrong news!’ – Wenger rubbishes Ozil exit rumours Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 03:34 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Mesut Ozil - cropped Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Arsenal Premier League Mesut Özil Arsène Wenger The Germany international has been linked with a January move to Manchester United, but the Gunners boss insists he is going nowhere Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at the “wrong news” reports which suggest Mesut Ozil has told team-mates of his intention to join Manchester United.Germany playmaker Ozil played a starring role in the Gunners’ 5-2 thumping of Everton on Sunday, putting the visitors ahead with his first goal of the campaign.#YaGunnersYa! Impressive away win – back on track #BelieveInYourself #GreatTeamEffort #OneGoal #OneAssist pic.twitter.com/qqZnfGcYNO— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 22, 2017Rumours earlier surfaced of the 29-year-old’s apparent desire to leave for Old Trafford in January with his contract set to expire at the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wenger, who previously conceded all options were on the table, moved to rubbish talk of an impending exit to United for Ozil.”We live in an environment where we have to deal with wrong news,” the Frenchman said at his post-match press conference.”The players and myself always only have one response, [which] is what is happening on the football pitch.Arsenal 40/1 to win the Premier League”When you see Mesut focused like he was today, and enjoying his game like he was today, it is difficult to believe these kind of rumours.”last_img read more

Aaron Rodgers Makes Huge Donation To Cal’s Football Program

first_imgA closeup of Aaron Rodgers in his Green Bay Packers helmetMINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 15, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers famously waited long after he thought he would in the NFL draft after coming out of college.The former Cal Bears star landed with the Packers despite the team be invested in Brett Favre – much to Rodgers’ chagrin for a few years.However, after learning under Favre and becoming a star in his own right, Rodgers is paying it back to his former program.According to a release from the school, Rodgers donated a “seven-figure” sum to the school.Here’s what he said about the move:“I’m pleased and proud to make this gift to support Cal football,” Rodgers said.“My years at Cal were among the best years of my life. My time in Berkeley created lasting, unforgettable memories. Coach Wilcox was on the coaching staff when I was a Bear, and I am excited about the team’s direction with Justin pointing the way. He is a tremendous football coach and an even better role model for his players. I hope that my contribution can help him move this program forward.”Thank you @AaronRodgers12!!Aaron has made a seven-figure gift to the program that will be used to renovate the football locker room and create the Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship. #EarnIt🗞️ | https://t.co/RvqVXcSef0 pic.twitter.com/wFQBfSbhh5— Cal Football (@CalFootball) June 11, 2019The two-time NFL MVP and first-team All-Pro selection owns the highest average annual salary in the NFL so this move shouldn’t break the bank.It’s an awesome gift for the current Cal players and head coach Justin Wilcox as he looks to build the program.last_img read more

Current Account Deficit Improves

first_imgJamaica’s current account deficit on the Balance of Payments narrowed by US$221 million to 12.6 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2012/13. The ratio was an improvement over the 13.7 per cent of GDP recorded in 2011/12. “This is moving in the right direction as we move towards paying our way in the world instead of borrowing to meet our current demands,” said Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips. The Finance Minister was opening the 2013/14 Budget debate in the House of Representatives on Thursday, April 18, under the theme: ‘Restoring Hope – Expanding Opportunity’. He informed that since January 2013, production and exports of alumina from Windalco’s plant at Ewarton have been returning to full capacity. “On this basis, gross export earnings are slated to rise by US$65 million on an annualised basis. This will contribute to some improvement in the deficit in our balance of trade and current account deficit,” Dr. Phillips said. He added that the significant impact of this turnaround at Ewarton demonstrates the critical importance of the recovery of the bauxite industry on the economy, and especially on the balance of payments. He further noted that it is essential that the energy systems of the plants that are closed be transformed if the industry is to be made competitive. He informed that Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, will address these issues in his presentation in the Budget Debate. As it relates to the Net International Reserves (NIR), Dr. Phillips mentioned that for fiscal year 2012/13 the NIR closed at US$824.3 million with gross international reserves a little over US$1.7 billion. Gross reserves represent the total amount of foreign currency resources at the disposal of the Bank of Jamaica. Dr. Phillips explained that the deterioration in reserves during the year resulted from the absence of official inflows, due to the abandonment of the previous International Monetary Fund agreement in 2011. By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Jinhui Ends 2018 in Black after Shedding Four Supramaxes

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited has posted a net profit of USD 8.7 million for 2018, driven by the sale of four Supramax bulkers.As disclosed by the Hong Kong-based shipping company in its financial report for the fourth quarter and full year, the four vessels were sold for a price of USD 32.5 million, bringing in a net gain of USD 5.4 million.While contributing to the net profit for the full year, the reduced number of vessels impacted Jinhui Shipping’s fourth quarter, resulting in a revenue of USD 17.7 million, a 16% drop compared to USD 21.1 million for the same period in 2017.The company reported a consolidated net loss of USD 3.07 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to a net profit of USD 2.47 million for the fourth quarter of 2017.For the full year, Jinhui Shipping reported USD 76,1 million in revenues, 3% more than what it reported for the previous year.The company’s average daily TCE also improved in 2018, rising to USD 9,922 compared to the USD 8,111 in 2017.“We are in a relatively fortunate position where we have no capital expenditure commitment in relation to newbuilding contracts, as well as no charter-in contracts at this juncture,” Ng Siu Fai, Jinhui Shipping Chairman, said.“Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on taking sensible and decisive actions to maintain a strong financial position, to ensure safe navigation through any stormy waters that may lie ahead.”The company currently owns a fleet of 17 Supramax bulkers and 2 Post-Panamax bulkers.last_img read more

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Seeking the next Aboriginal Investigative Journalism Fellow

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement WINNIPEG, Oct. 10, 2017 – The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) are pleased to open applications for the second Aboriginal Investigative Journalism Fellowship.Application instructions are available on both the APTN and CAJ websites.Deadline for receipt of applications is 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 1, 2017. Advertisement This fellowship will provide a 12-week, paid placement with the APTN Investigates team based in Winnipeg, Man., in the late-winter or spring of 2018. The goal is to have the recipient produce a full-length piece of original, investigative journalism that would air on APTN Investigates.The CAJ is providing promotional and logistical support to the judging panel. The CAJ will provide the fellowship recipient with a complimentary one-year membership. Moreover, they will be invited to #CAJ18 in Toronto next year to screen the finished piece for conference delegates and discuss how it came together and was received after broadcast.Who should apply?Any journalist of a First Nations, Inuit or Métis background who is able to work in Canada and has a minimum of three years’ professional experience working in a media outlet or as a freelancer. The recipient must be willing to relocate to Winnipeg for the period of the fellowship placement.What should you include in your application?A reporting plan that in no more than 750 words lays out your story pitch – including its topic, potential impact, a draft timeline, how you expect to tell the story, and why you are the best person to tell it.Your resume, of no more than two pagesUp to three work samples – preferably broadcast clips provided via link or PDFs of print workUp to three letters of reference.Full application details, including how to submit your entry, are available here.ABOUT CAJ:The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing about 600 members across the country. The CAJ’s primary roles are to provide public-interest advocacy and high-quality professional development for its members.ABOUT APTN:September 1, 2017, marked the 18-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 11 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862 (Canada), or visit the website at www.aptn.caAPTN News Social Scenehttps://mobile.twitter.com/aptnnewshttps://www.facebook.com/APTNNews/ Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Loonie TSX fall amid reports US plans to pull out of NAFTA

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian dollar and the Toronto stock index fell Wednesday amid reports that the United States may soon announce its intent to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement.The loonie closed at an average trading price of 80.03 cents US, down 0.27 of a U.S. cent.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 71.29 points to 16,247.95, with industrials among the main decliners.“That’s the sector that’s getting hit the most this afternoon because of the NAFTA news,” said Anish Chopra, managing director with Portfolio Management Corp. in Toronto. “You’ve got the auto parts companies in that area.”Separate reports from Reuters and Bloomberg said Wednesday that two Canadian government sources believe it’s increasingly likely that U.S. President Donald Trump will give six-months’ notice to withdraw from NAFTA in late January.With the exception of metals and materials, few sectors on the commodity-heavy TSX finished the day out of the red, as the February gold contract gained US$5.60 to US$1,319.30 an ounce.“The markets sold off this afternoon on the NAFTA news and that’s really been a driver of performance later in the day,” Chopra said.Even rising oil prices — the February crude contract was up 61 cents to US$63.57 per barrel, its highest level since Dec. 9, 2014 — couldn’t prevent energy stocks from losing ground.“That would be unusual given the change in price of the commodity,” Chopra said. “I think it’s in sympathy of just trying to understand what’s going on with NAFTA. … You don’t know if it’s actually going to happen or if it’s a negotiating tactic.”South of the border, U.S. stock indices pulled back from their record setting pace.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 16.67 points to 25,369.13. The S&P 500 index edged back 3.06 points to 2,748.23 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 10.01 points to 7,153.57.Elsewhere in commodities, the February natural gas contract was down two cents to US$2.91 per mmBTU and the March copper contract added two cents to US$3.24 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Thieves targeting crack pipes and copper wire drive oilpatch crimes spike RCMP

by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 24, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 24, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – When it comes to protecting thousands of remote oil and gas well sites scattered across Alberta’s prairies and foothills, RCMP Cpl. Curtis Peters is more concerned about crack addicts than vandals.The 854 crimes reported at those sites in the first 10 months of 2016 have already exceeded the number in all of 2015, RCMP statistics show, an increase some are blaming on Alberta’s economic slowdown.Almost all of the reports have been related to theft, said Peters, adding only 41 are labelled tampering or vandalism.He said some of the most unusual reports concern stealing “sight glasses,” long thin glass tubes attached to chemical tanks to provide an external visual gauge of how full the tanks are.“They make crack pipes and meth pipes out of these sight glasses,” Peters explained in an interview.“It’s a clear glass tube that’s the right size to be able to shape it with heat … Some of them are around three feet long so they take them out and break them into chunks and use the ones they get to make meth pipes and crack pipes.”He said some of the thieves who have been caught are people who work in the oilpatch but that the use of the tubes is common among drug users in areas with nearby oil and gas activity. He said statistics don’t specify how many of the tubes were stolen this year.Travis Ferguson, director of environment, health and safety for Calgary-based Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA), said that his company has had dozens of sight glasses stolen in recent years, at a hefty cost. When the tubes are removed, the liquid inside the tank runs out.“If somebody steals a sight glass and drains a 400-litre tank of corrosion inhibitor, it’s not the product, the product is a few thousand dollars, it’s the damage to the environment we’re much more concerned about,” he said.“The cleanup could be tens of thousands of dollars.”Encana has cut its workforce in half, by about 1,600 people, over the past three years, part of an estimated 44,000 lost jobs in the oil industry since the downturn began in mid-2014.But Ferguson said the company has had to add staff and invest in more remote monitoring and camera systems over the past 18 months to deal with the surge in thefts.Joden Dorner, security operations manager at Prospector Energy Services Inc. in Bezanson, Alta., said the increase in oilpatch crime is related to the current economic slowdown. The company has increased its security division by about 25 per cent over the past two years to about 30 employees.He said thieves are becoming increasingly sophisticated and his firm, which patrols country roads near Grande Prairie in northwestern Alberta for clients including Encana, is trying to keep up by using remote cameras and improving communication with clients.“It’s organized,” Dorner said. “We’ve caught the same faces on camera in different vehicles, all stolen vehicles … One guy goes out and scouts the area during the day. Then the next crew goes in and steals everything.”He said thieves are taking anything easy to transport and difficult to trace, scavenging for generators, tools, trailers, fuel and all-terrain vehicles. Well sites often have deep-cycle batteries worth hundreds of dollars used to store energy from solar panels — when they are stolen, the well automatically shuts down, he said.One of the most commonly stolen items is copper wire for sale to metal recycling firms, RCMP statistics confirm.Ferguson said 12-millimetre-thick lengths of insulated wire are used to ground equipment on site. If they are removed, it creates the risk of electrical shock for workers.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Thieves targeting crack pipes and copper wire drive oilpatch crimes spike: RCMP read more

Crew tie Sounders FC with late penaltykick goal by Renteria

Success against Seattle Sounders FC is rare for the Columbus Crew and, for now, they have to be content with a tie. Seattle took an early 1-0 lead Saturday at Crew Stadium after forward Fredy Montero’s headed goal in the seventh minute. Columbus responded with a 67th-minute penalty kick goal by forward Emilio Renteria. Despite Columbus’ persistent offensive attack, the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Seattle (3-3-4) made itself comfortable in the rainy conditions early in the first half when midfielder Erik Friberg served a cross into the Columbus penalty area. Montero gave Seattle its lead when he leaped to head the ball, which deflected off the post and went past Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer. Crew defender Chad Marshall said the ball played into the Crew’s penalty area by Friberg was “weird.” “It was just a weird cross,” Marshall said. “It was a good finish by (Montero). It’s just gotta be better organization by us.” Columbus (3-1-4) took four shots on Seattle’s goal in the first half, forcing two saves by goalkeeper Kasey Keller. One of the two on-target shots belonged to Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers. Rogers came close to leveling the score in the 32nd minute when a seemingly harmless clearance by Columbus skipped through Seattle’s defensive line. Rogers sprinted to collect the ball, but had minimal time to get a shot off as Keller met him at the top of the Seattle penalty area and kicked the shot aside. “(Keller) made a great save,” Rogers said. “He got it with his hand. Of course, I would like to score that.” The Crew went into halftime trailing, 1-0, but came out firing in the second half. A corner kick by forward Eddie Gaven in the 65th minute eventually resulted in a game-tying goal for Columbus. After Gaven hit his corner, Seattle defender Patrick Ianni pulled Marshall to the ground inside the Sounders’ penalty area. As a result, referee Mark Kadlecik awarded a penalty kick to Columbus. Marshall, who pulled his shirt up to expose scratch marks on his chest as he talked to reporters after the game, said he was glad the referee awarded the penalty. “(Gaven) hit a good ball in,” Marshall said. “I got away from (Ianni) and he had to foul me, I guess. The ball was coming right to me. I’ve got freaking marks all over me.” Renteria took the penalty attempt for the Crew and knocked it passed Keller to tie the game, 1-1. With the goal, Renteria has now scored all four of his goals this season in Columbus’ last three matches. The Crew’s pressure on the Sounders’ defense — and Keller — did not subside. As play continued into the final minutes of the match, Columbus had accumulated 13 second-half shots, while Seattle managed only one shot on Hesmer in the half. Columbus also failed to convert on a flurry of opportunities in stoppage time, which began with a diving save from Keller. Midfielder Andres Mendoza came on in the 61st minute as a second-half substitute for the Crew, and took the kick from just outside the Sounders’ penalty area, which Keller parried over his goal. The Crew’s chances in stoppage time also included three corner kicks, none of which resulted in a goal. Kadlecik blew his whistle to end the game in a 1-1 tie after Seattle cleared the last of Columbus’ corners. After the match, Crew coach Robert Warzycha said Columbus responded well to the Sounders’ early goal. “Second half, completely different game,” he said. “We pushed for the goal, and we obviously scored one and we’d like to have scored another one. (We) created numerous chances in the end, and we didn’t get lucky. The most important thing is the result.” The Crew next will travel to California for a Saturday match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. read more

Nintendo announcing 45inch 3DS at E3

first_imgNintendo will be holding its E3 press conference tomorrow, but Japanese newspaper Nikkei is reporting some of the news we can expect to hear early. The big announcement for the 3DS is apparently going to be a new model that increases the 3D screen size to 4.5-inches (the existing 3DS has a 3.53-inch autosterescopic display).Such a move would mirror what Nintendo did with the DS when is introduced the DSi XL with 4.2-inch displays. The larger device was meant to appeal to an older audience, and this gamer at least really appreciated the bigger displays. It was a lot nicer to hold for long periods of time, too.Introducing a big 3DS (the 3DS XL?) seems a bit soon in the lifecycle of the machine, but then Nintendo does need to continue to boost sales of its handheld device. The 3DS isn’t known for its battery life though, especially when you have 3D turned on. For Nintendo to release a larger unit means they’ve either managed to cut power consumption or will increase the size of the battery significantly, or probably both.With the focus expected to be mainly on Wii U tomorrow, this announcement would certainly come as a surprise. I also can’t see it being received as a negative. Larger screen 3D gaming is surely a plus point, right?Nintendo may need a strong showing from the 3DS over the next few days depending on how well the real introduction of the Wii U goes. The pre-E3 briefing which focused on the social features of the machine was met with a mixed response. The inclusion of a poorly executed advertisement for those features didn’t help either.via Andriasanglast_img read more

What we know so far about the plane crash that killed a

first_img Nov 29th 2016, 9:54 PM 36,884 Views Share157 Tweet Email2 Short URL 13 Comments By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Rescue workers recover a body from the wreckage site. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHERE’S WHAT WE know so about flight LMI 2933, which crashed into the Colombian mountains last night, killing more than 70 people including a Brazilian football team.What happened? Flowers are placed on the goal at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil. Source: Andre Penner/PAThe charter flight from the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz reported “electrical failures” around 10:00 pm local-time yesterday night.Soon after, the plane crashed just short of its destination, the Medellin international airport in northwestern Colombia.The plane broke apart on impact in the remote mountains of Cerro Gordo, leaving the shattered white fuselage plastered on a hillside.The plane’s black boxes have been found, according to the state governor. Officials did not immediately say how long it would take to analyse its contents.The mountainous terrain is very difficult to access, a local official said.Rescuers had to hike for more than half an hour to reach the site.How many died?  Local residents watch as rescue workers recover the victims of an airplane crash, in La Union, near Medellin. Source: Fernando Vergara/PAOfficials said 75 people were killed. But reports now indicate that some people on the plane’s manifest may not have boarded.Emergency workers say they have recovered 72 bodies so far.Six people survived: three players, two crew members and a journalist.The plane’s manifest said it was carrying 81 people — 72 passengers and nine crew.The survivors are being treated in hospital.The local state governor, Luis Perez, said it was a “miracle” they survived.Who were the victims? The crash site has been difficult to access. Source: Fernando Vergara/PA ImagesThe plane was carrying club team Chapecoense Real to the first game of a two-leg final to decide the Copa Sudamericana, South America’s second-biggest club tournament.There were 22 journalists on board, according to the manifest.Based in the city of Chapeco in southern Brazil, the unsung team was having a Cinderella season after defying the odds to reach the Copa Sudamericana finals.The team’s goalkeeper Marcos Danilo Padilha, 31, died on the way to hospital after the crash, the civil aviation authority said.What was the plane’s history? Rescue workers place the bodies of victims of an airplane crash into a waiting helicopter. Source: Fernando Vergara/PA ImagesThe British Aerospace 146 airliner entered into operation in 1999, said a spokesman for the manufacturer.The four-engine jet had been used by two other airlines before being sold to Bolivian charter company LAMIA, which operated the flight.Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said it was sending investigators to Colombia along with representatives of the plane’s manufacturer BAE Systems to help with investigations.The same plane was used two weeks ago to fly the Argentine national football team to San Juan, Argentina for a World Cup qualifying match© – AFP 2016Read: Who are Chapecoense, the Brazilian team whose fairytale season turned into a tragedy? >Read: Six survivors after plane crashes carrying Chapecoense Real soccer team > What we know so far about the plane crash that killed a Brazilian football team More than 70 people have died in the crash. https://jrnl.ie/3110294 Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 9:54 PMlast_img read more

Would You Binge the New Season of Doctor Who

first_img In 47 days, Steven Moffat will be Doctor Who history. But until then, he is still acting executive producer and head writer.So I suppose his opinion still counts.The exiting showrunner sat down this week with Digital Spy to talk all things Who—including whether the long-running series lends itself to being binged.Netflix has had great success with its one-and-done delivery system: The streaming service simply drops an entire season of original programming, and lets viewers watch in their own time (whether that’s within the first 24 hours of release, or a slow burn over many spoiler-ific months).But could the same process work for Doctor Who?Not under Moffat’s watch.“We hadn’t finished them,” he told Digital Spy about the 12 chapters of season 10. “When [episode one] ‘The Pilot’ went out, we only had two more episodes ready.”Bill (Pearl Mackie) and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) explore the pyramid at the end of the world (via BBC)In fact, series finale “The Doctor Falls” was delivered “two or three days before it went out on air” on July 1.So it’s a good thing the BBC didn’t request to dump all 12 installments on iPlay at once.“I would have said, ‘In your dreams,’” Moffat admitted.Doctor Who is, by all means, a very bingeable show. I’ve watched the first four reboot seasons in a matter of weekends, and caught up with the Eleventh Doctor just as quickly (if not somewhat reluctantly).That was me trying to claw my way to the then-current series, though. I still enjoy the thrill of knowing there’s a new TARDIS adventure waiting just around the corner of each week; that feeling of being on the same page as the rest of the world.That doesn’t mean, however, the BBC couldn’t—or shouldn’t—adopt the Netflix model.“Can I conceive a future where this happens? Yes,” Moffat said (knowing full well he will never have to consider such a prospect).Three generations of the Doctor (via BBC)“I think television is changing massively. I think the idea of dropping a whole series and letting people find it, letting people watch it and binge it—I think it’s coming. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” he continued.Even Moff the Great and Powerful goes on Netflix sprees: “I just binged my way through The Good Place.” (OM-forking-G! Me, too!) “I just absolutely adored that. It just ran out instantly, and I’m very resentful I have to wait now.”I still remember the days—pre-DVR, pre-streaming, pre-smartphone-in-every-pocket—of appointment viewing. Every Wednesday for six-year, starting at 8:55 p.m., I had to be planted in front of the TV with utter silence in preparation for the latest episode of The West Wing.Those days, however, have been replaced with something new.“The audience are actually in control, and the audience are demonstrating a preference,” Moffat said. “I think TV scheduling is going to disappear.”Cozy up this Christmas to watch Moffat’s final installment of Doctor Who—featuring the departure of Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and the debut of the Thirteenth Time Lord Lady, Jodie Whittaker. Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

McMahon family attends funeral service for Bruno Sammartino in Pittsburgh on Monday

first_img Vince, Linda and Stephanie McMahon all attended Bruno Sammartino’s funeral service earlier this morning in Pittsburgh according to The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online.The funeral, which took place at 10:00 a.m. local time, was held at St. Sebastian Church. Eulogies by Larry Richert and Dr. Frank Costa were part of the ceremony.Stephanie McMahon read a speech written by her husband Paul “Triple H” Levesque. Triple H was unable to attend as he is in Saudi Arabia for this Friday’s Greatest Royal Rumble.Also in attendance at the funeral included Dominic DeNucci (who was friends with Sammartino for more than 50 years), Larry Zbyszko and Shane Douglas. Former NFL star and Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris attended the visitation over the weekend.WWE will air a documentary about Sammartino tonight after RAW on the WWE Network. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Location of the finals of the AEW Tag Team Championship tournament announced for Charleston WhatsApp AEW reveals the locations for their fourth and fifth television tapings in October on TNTcenter_img Pinterest Twitter Semi-finals of the AEW Tag Team Title tournament announced for Pittsburgh show Google+last_img read more

Crews respond to ammonia leak at PortMiami no reported injuries

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Crews responded to an ammonia leak from a cargo container at PortMiami.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to PortMiami, at 1015 North America Way, just after 1 p.m., Wednesday7Skyforce HD hovered above the affected terminal as crews took several canisters out of the shipping container.Officials said one of these canisters was leaking ammonia.Crews did not conduct any evacuations.No injuries were reported.Crews left the canister out to vent because there was no way to cap it. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

AL men grab Bogra railway lands

first_imgThe one kilometre area in front of the age-old Government Azizul Huq College, west of Bogra city, had a big playground next to a waterbody. But they are gone now, as Awami League men have grabbed the area illegally, building shops in that place. Soon, even the college building may not be visible because of the shops.Md Shams-ul Alam, the principal of the college, told Prothom Alo, “If it goes on like this the security of the college will be threatened and the congenial environment will be threatened. We have tried protesting this encroachment, but to no avail.””They handed me a few papers that say they have taken the land on lease from the Railway, but I think thedocuments were forged,” he added.Locals say hundreds of acres of railway land have been gobbled up by ruling party men. Some have built markets while others have set up shops in those areas. Yet others have grabbed waterbodies and put up hatcheries there. However, both the railway authorities and the administration have chosen to turn a blind eye.Grabbing a big waterbody in front of the Rokeya hostel, district Sramik League general secretary and municipality panel mayor, Shamsuddin Sheikh Helal, has set up a hatchery. He also has 12 shops next to this lake.Former convener of the college Chhatra League unit, AbuJjafar Md Mahmudunnabi, has also set up a number of shops taking up a portion of the lake.There was a railway colony next to Edward Park on Station Road in Bogra, but the 4.5 acres of land have now been grabbed by AL men who are all set to build a market there. When asked, an employee of the railway said, Bogra city AL convening committee member Abdul Mannan, along with other leaders, are behind the project.Abdul Mannan told Prothom Alo that the Bogra Retailers Association leased the piece of land from the Railway Welfare Trust. However, the deal was signed with him, and as per the documents he would be leasing the 850 shops.When asked why Abdul Mannan will lease the shops when it’s in the name of the retailers’ association, association president Khawaza Nazim Uddin said they gave it to the AL leaders so that the job gets done.Next to the rail station and Haddipatti Bus Terminal, there were two ponds where students would spend their afternoons. They affectionately called them ‘lakes’. However, on Thursday it one of the ponds was filled up to set up a market.When asked, locals said Sramik League leader and councillor Shamsuddin Sheikh Helal, Awami League leader Abdul Mannan, and Abdul Matin Sarkar, brother of alleged rapist and expelled Jubo League leader Tufan Sarkar, are setting up the market.The railway has filed a case against these three, but to no avail.Shamsuddin admitted that a market is being set up there. But he said, “Mannan is doing everything. I just have a few shops.”Abdul Mannan said the railway leased the pond to someone showing that it falls under the category of ‘agriculture’. He said he bought the land and set up the market. When asked how he could buy a piece of land when there is a case going on, he said, “Why don’t you ask the railway?”The railway divisional estate officer (acting) refused to say anything when he was contacted, while Aslam Ali, inspector (investigation) at Bogra Sadar police station, said he did not know anything about the case.Department of Environment director AKM Masuduzzaman said that as per the law, filling up a pond is illegal. But the pond belonged to the railway and it’s they who should be taking steps to this end. The DoE will then take it forward.Chiitaranjan Basak conducts cases for the railway. He said municipal authorities have grabbed a three-acre plot of land in the town’s Chashi Bazar area to set up a market. They are also leasing out shops in the market illegally.Municipality mayor AKM Mahbubur Rahman told Prothom Alo that the municipality would lease out the lands no matter who are the owners.Chiitaranjan Basak said he is fighting five cases for the railway with a view to recovering 20 bighas of railway lands.”People are ransacking railway property,” he said, adding, “But for every day’s service they are paying the lawyer only Tk 32. Even beggars get more in a day.”Bogra Truck Owners Association president Abdul Mannan Akand in a statement on Thursday alleged that there had been a conspiracy against the association’s general secretary Abdul Matin Sarkar. They claimed that another accused in the case Shakikul Islam is also on the run, but the media has not reported that. It has enraged owners and workers and they may take to the streets anytime.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassanlast_img read more