India vs Australia: Aaron Finch confident of playing Boxing Day Test despite injury

first_imgAaron Finch sounded upbeat about his chances of playing in the Boxing Day Test which starts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from December 26. He had been hit on his right index finger by Mohammed Shami in the second innings and had to retire hurt.A fracture was ruled out but Finch was dismissed soon after resuming his innings – he did not take the field during India’s failed run chase. However, Finch said he was sure to take the field at the MCG as Australia named an unchanged squad for the important third Test.”It’s a finger that I’ve broken before in Sri Lanka a few years ago,” Finch said. “To have it hit three times pretty solid in a month, it just keeps blowing up. But it’ll be no problem for the game.”Finch was criticised for his poor shot-selection in the first Test at the Adelaide Oval which India won. In Perth, Finch was in control and scored a polished 50 in the first innings – before copping a nasty Shami delivery on the finger, he had made 25 in the second innings.Finch is key to Australia’s chances at the MCG. With Marcus Harris looking assured and solid at the top after only two Tests, the Aussies are banking on the rest of their batting line-up to come good as a group against a top-quality Indian bowling attack.Meanwhile, injury concerns continued to grow for India after Prithvi Shaw was ruled out of the entire series following an ankle injury. R Ashwin and Rohit Sharma were not considered for the Perth Test due to injuries.advertisementAlso Read | Kohli’s men have shown too much respect to Lyon, says GangulyAlso Read | I want to come back better than I was, says Steve Smith in new commercialAlso Read | Virat Kohli loves confrontation, but it should not affect his team: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

41 cities submit bids for 2026 World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup 41 North American cities submit bids for 2026 World Cup Last updated 2 years ago 03:09 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sunil Gulati, Victor Montagliani, Decio De Maria, 041017 Spencer Platt World Cup United States Canada Mexico The cities have made an official declaration of interest, with the the United Bid Committee set to review all the bids Forty-one North American cities have officially submitted bids to serve as host cities for the 2026 World Cup.The joint bid for the United States, Mexico and Canada is heavily favored to win the right to host the World Cup, and it will review all cities’ submissions and release an initial shortlist of venues this fall. The United Bid Committee submitted requests for information to 44 cities in July. Of those 44, three have dropped out of the running to host matches: San Diego; Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Calgary, Alberta.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Twenty to 25 cities will be included in the final bid to FIFA, with at least 12 locations expected to be named host cities should the bid be successful. Of the 80 matches in the 48-team tournament, the U.S. is set to host 60, with Mexico and Canada hosting 10 matches each.All stadiums are required to have at least 40,000 seats for group-stage matches, and a capacity of at least 80,000 is required for the opening match and the final. FULL LIST OF CITIES SUBMITTING BIDSCANADA (six cities)Edmonton, Alberta – Commonwealth StadiumMontreal, Quebec – Stade OlympiqueOttawa, Ontario – TD Place Stadium                     Regina, Saskatchewan – Mosaic StadiumToronto, Ontario – BMO FieldVancouver, British Columbia – BC PlaceMEXICO (three cities)Guadalajara, Jalisco – Estadio ChivasMexico City – Estadio AztecaMonterrey, Nuevo Leon – Estadio RayadosUNITED STATES (32 cities)Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz StadiumBaltimore, MD – M&T Bank StadiumBirmingham, AL – Legion FieldBoston, MA (Foxborough, MA) – Gillette StadiumCharlotte, NC – Bank of America StadiumChicago, IL – Soldier FieldCincinnati, OH – Paul Brown StadiumCleveland, OH – FirstEnergy StadiumDallas, TX – Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Arlington, TX) – AT&T StadiumDenver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile HighDetroit, MI – Ford FieldHouston, TX – NRG StadiumIndianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil StadiumJacksonville, FL – EverBank FieldKansas City, MO – Arrowhead StadiumLas Vegas, NV – Raiders StadiumLos Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Inglewood, CA) – LA Stadium at Hollywood ParkLos Angeles, CA (Pasadena, CA) – Rose BowlMiami, FL – Hard Rock StadiumMinneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank StadiumNashville, TN – Nissan StadiumNew Orleans, LA – Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew York/New Jersey (East Rutherford, NJ) – MetLife StadiumOrlando, FL – Camping World StadiumPhiladelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial FieldPhoenix, AZ (Glendale, AZ) – University of Phoenix StadiumPittsburgh, PA – Heinz FieldSalt Lake City, UT – Rice-Eccles StadiumSan Antonio, TX – AlamodomeSan Francisco/San Jose, CA (Santa Clara, CA) – Levi’s StadiumSeattle, WA – CenturyLink FieldTampa, FL – Raymond James StadiumWashington, DC (Landover, MD) – FedEx Fieldlast_img read more

Corus Entertainment Revamps its Treehouse App

first_imgCorus Entertainment announced today the newly refreshed Treehouse App, formerly Treehouse Classic, available on iPhone, iPad, iPod and now the new Apple TV. The App offers parents and kids more than 1,500 episodes of favourite series from Canada’s #1 preschool network’s (K2-5)* vast library of content, available anytime and anywhere in a safe, trusted, and kid-friendly environment. Featured shows include more than 40 hit preschool properties like Babar, Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans, and Franklin and Friends.The App is available exclusively from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV (4th generation) at the current, three-tiered subscription model. Treehouse is offering a one-month free trial to new users. For pricing and more information, visit“Corus is a longstanding provider of kids entertainment and we remain committed to offering parents more access to the content their kids know and love,” said Daniel Eves, Senior Vice President, Kids and General Entertainment Content, Corus Entertainment. “With hundreds of hours of compelling entertainment, custom playlists, and curated content, the App offers an engaging and safe platform for families.” Facebook With the updated App, families can interact with beloved Treehouse characters and series whenever and wherever they want. Users can create custom playlists for themselves, while the App also offers packaged content featuring seasonal and educational-themed episodes like camping, siblings, outdoors, music, and friendship. Users who download the app on their tablet devices will also have exclusive access to digital colouring pages featuring popular Treehouse characters.Corus Entertainment is the leading provider of kids content in Canada with YTV, TELETOON, and Treehouse ranking as the top three kids networks in the country (K2-11)*. The Treehouse App for Apple devices joins Corus’ full suite of growing TV Everywhere apps including TreehouseGO, YTVGO, NickGO, Disney Channel App, Disney Junior App, GlobalGO  and HistoryGO. Twitter About Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands include Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Corus PR on Twitter: @CorusPR  Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment OTTAWA, Canada – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation film festival, is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for anyone with a great idea for an animated TV series. Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, Canada’s premiere animation company and long-time OIAF partner, is offering a development deal, in addition to Toon Boom animation software, to the winner of Pitch THIS! at the event’s industry stream TAC (The Animation Conference), September 20—24, 2017.“Once again, Nelvana is excited to participate in the Pitch THIS! program and help foster the next generation of creative talent in the animation community,” said Scott Dyer, President, Nelvana.  “Nurturing and supporting innovative ideas often brings creative gems to the forefront – we look forward to this year’s submissions.”TAC provides a chance for new-comers and professionals to network and keep up with industry trends while having access to the most creative, original and innovative animation out there. Every year TAC presents Pitch THIS!, a contest where two creators get the chance to pitch their new project to the TAC audience. Facebook Not only is there a development deal on the line, but the 2017 program has added a mentorship twist as well. This year, TEN PITCHES will be selected and the creators paired with a mentor who will help them develop their idea. This is a rare opportunity for folks to work closely with a seasoned industry professional, and receive feedback on their project.All ten pitches will be presented on Wednesday, September 20 during TAC, where each contestant has only ten minutes to impress a small committee of experts. From this group, two lucky candidates will be selected to present their idea at the official Pitch THIS! event on Thursday, September 21 to a panel of broadcasters and the entire audience at TAC, an audience that includes over 300 potential buyers and financiers within the industry.“The OIAF and Nelvana have a longstanding relationship of working together to foster the animation industry,” says Azarin Sohrabkhani, Director of Industry Programming for OIAF. “It’s very exciting to be able to work together again this year to present this amazing opportunity for the animation community.”Not only is Nelvana offering a development deal, but Toon Boom will award a licence for Harmony and Storyboard Pro with training to the winner.Proposals should include:Project synopsis, including log line and character descriptionsOne episode synopsisConcept artBios of key creatorsContent aimed at children ages 2—11Please note: no more than 2 submissions per production companyWe are accepting International submissionsDo you have what it takes? Send your Pitch THIS! proposals to:presentations@animationfestival.caTHE DEADLINE FOR PITCH THIS! SUBMISSIONS IS AUGUST 31, 2017.Follow Nelvana on Twitter @NelvanaEnt / Toon Boom Animation @ToonBoom / Corus PR @Corus PRFollow OIAF @OIAF_AnimationAbout NelvanaNelvana is Canada’s premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children’s content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana’s content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcasts across Corus Entertainment’s suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization’s portfolio of in-house and third-party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children’s content for a global stage.  For more information, visit Nelvana is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B), a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. Visit Corus at Toon Boom AnimationToon Boom Animation’s award-winning software is the global standard for 2D animation and storyboarding. Toon Boom solutions provide everyone from enthusiasts to professionals with the artistic freedom to create in any style and efficiently publish anywhere. Customers include Bento Box Entertainment, Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Fox Television Animation, Mercury Filmworks, Nelvana and The Spa Studios. Toon Boom technology is available in Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish. For more information, visit: OIAFThe Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the world’s leading animation events providing screenings, exhibits, workshops and entertainment since 1976.  OIAF is an annual five-day event bringing art and industry together in a vibrant hub and attracting more than 28,000 artists, producers, students and animation fans from around the world. This year’s OIAF runs September 20 – 24, 2017. Visit the OIAF website at: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

During talks with Sri Lanka Iran slams Trump on nuclear deal

Following talks with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani slammed US President Donald Trump over the decision by the US to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal.Rowhani said on Sunday that if its interests were protected, Tehran would remain committed to its 2015 nuclear deal, the AFP news agency reported. Washington’s decision to withdraw from the deal and reimpose sanctions angered its European allies as well as China and Russia.China was one of the six powers – with the United States, Russia, France, the UK and Germany – that signed the historic pact, which saw sanctions lifted in return for the commitment by Tehran not to acquire nuclear weapons.  (Colombo Gazette) “If the remaining five countries continue to abide by the agreement, Iran will remain in the deal despite the will of America,” he said during a meeting with Sri Lanka’s President. “We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a clear future design for the comprehensive agreement,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters after talks in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.Zarif will later fly to Moscow and Brussels to consult the remaining signatories to the 2015 agreement denounced by US President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Minister on Sunday said he was hopeful of forging a “clear future design” for the nuclear deal facing collapse after Washington’s withdrawal, at the start of a diplomatic tour aimed at rescuing the agreement. read more

Thomson Reuters OKs US27B sale of Refinitiv to London Stock Exchange Group

Companies in this story: (TSX:TRI)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Thomson Reuters Corp. and its partners represented by the Blackstone fund group have agreed to sell the Refinitiv financial information business to the London Stock Exchange Group for shares worth US$27 billion.Thomson Reuters will end up with a 15 per cent interest in the London Stock Exchange Group, subject to approvals.The announcement is in line with news reports that prompted the Toronto-based company to confirm last weekend that discussions about the sale of Refinitiv were at an advanced stage.Refinitiv was formerly the largest division of Thomson Reuters, until the information services company sold a 55 per cent stake in it in October to a group led by the Blackstone Group.Thomson Reuters says the Refinitiv deal will give it a share of future dividends generated by the London Stock Exchange Group, which it says is positioned for growth in a consolidating financial services industry.Thomson Reuters also announced that its second-quarter revenue was up nine per cent from the same time last year, mainly due to fees paid by Refinitiv since it was spun off. read more

Ontario cancels plans for more green energy has strong supply of electricity

Hydro towers are seen over a golf course in Toronto on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Ontario’s Liberal government took steps Tuesday to take some pressure off of rising electricity rates, cancelling plans to sign contracts for up to 1,000 megawatts of power from solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese Ontario cancels plans for more green energy; has strong supply of electricity by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2016 1:36 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government took steps Tuesday to take some pressure off of rising electricity rates, cancelling plans to sign contracts for up to 1,000 megawatts of power from solar, wind and other renewable energy sources.Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault said the move will save up to $3.8 billion of the costs projected in the 2013 long-term energy plan, and will keep about $2.45 a month from being added to hydro bills for homeowners and small businesses.The Independent Electricity System Operator’s planning outlook determined Ontario has a “a strong supply of clean power” for the next decade, added Thibeault.“It was power that we didn’t need right now,” he said. “Looking at this prudently and finding ways to continue to have downward pressure on rates, because that’s one of the mandates that I’ve been given by the premier, I acted on it.”The Progressive Conservatives have been demanding the Liberals stop signing long-term contracts for renewable energy projects, and said Ontario’s high electricity rates are driving businesses out of the province.“This government has plowed ahead for years signing contracts for energy we simply do not need,” said Opposition Leader Patrick Brown. “The premier has become the best minister of economic development that Pennsylvania and New York has ever seen.”The Tories used virtually all their time in question period talking about individuals and business owners struggling with soaring electricity rates, and claimed Thibeault’s cancellation announcement was an admission by the Liberals that their green energy policies were misguided.“It’s bad policy,” said Brown. “I just wish at this point, now that they’ve acknowledged that they’ve made a mistake, that they would apologize. They made a huge mistake on the energy file and everyone in Ontario is paying for it.”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath blamed rising hydro rates on the Liberals and previous Conservative governments for privatizing parts of the electricity system. Quebec and Manitoba both have hydro rates that are about half of Ontario’s because they kept their electricity systems in public hands, added Horwath.“You can’t privatize the electricity system and expect people’s bills to go down,” she said. “Again we have the government that’s making decisions in the interests of Liberals and their fortunes as opposed to regular people.”The Canadian Wind Energy Association said it was “shocked and extremely disappointed” by the decision to suspend renewable energy procurements.“This is a missed opportunity,” said CanWEA president Robert Hornung. “CanWEA is concerned that halting procurement of 1,000 megawatts of new renewable electricity generation at this time will negatively impact Ontario’s ability to meet its climate goals while remaining competitive in a rapidly changing global economy.”Former energy minister George Smitherman, who introduced the Liberal’s Green Energy Act, said on Facebook that “the cancellation of the renewable procurement program makes it a scapegoat for pricing.”Thibeault said the previous Progressive Conservative government left Ontario’s electricity system in “a shambles,” so the Liberals invested billions of dollars in new generation and transmission grid upgrades, which sent hydro rates higher.He said the government is taking the eight per cent provincial portion of the HST off of electricity bills, but the Tories and NDP counter that hydro ratepayers were getting a 10 per cent reduction on hydro bills until last January.The government also scrapped the debt retirement charge for household hydro bills and deferred construction of two new nuclear reactors at Darlington, avoiding up to $15 billion in new construction costs. It will also be looking for ways to reduce costs in the next long-term energy plan to be released in 2017, added Thibeault.“People in rural areas are getting more than the eight per cent (discount),” he said. “They’ll be getting a 20 per cent reduction.”Ontario has already signed long-term contracts, most for 20 years, for 18,000 megawatts of power from wind, solar bio-energy and energy-from-waste projects, and is not backing away from its green energy policies, said Thibeault.“We’ve seen costs of renewables come down,” he said. “The system that we built is the cleanest and most reliable system in North America.”—Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter read more

Ugandas President cites pseudoideology and fragmented markets as barriers to African prosperity

While the inclusion of energy on the list of SDGs is a departure from the past global agendas, there are two crucial bottlenecks that are missing in those goals, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said on the opening day of the general debate.“All the past mistakes and the present ones are linked to this problem,” he said, referring to pseudo-ideology of sectarianism and chauvinism of groups. “Imperialism, the slave trade, colonialism, neo-colonialism, the ongoing sectarian conflicts in many parts of the world, all, in one way or another, spring from pseudo-ideology,” he said.“Abandon all forms of chauvinism and the world will be safer for everybody,” he said.The second bottleneck is fragmented markets in Africa, he said. It is easy to trade with China, India, the United States, Russia, Brazil or Indonesia because they are huge markets, each under one political authority. In contrast, Africa has fragmented markets that must be rectified, he said, welcoming the recent agreement to create a common market for the whole of Africa.“Remember that when I buy what is produced by your factory, I am supporting your prosperity and when you buy what I produce, you are supporting my prosperity,” he said.Mr. Museveni is among the many leaders who will address the general debate of 71st General Assembly. The Assembly’s high-level segment opened this year with the adoption of the New York Declaration as the outcome of yesterday’s first-ever UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. Made up of all the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter. read more

UK automotive blazes trail for new apprenticeship standards

Today at MINI Plant Oxford, the Prime Minister announced plans to reform apprenticeships to deliver greater quality for learners and more intuitiveness for employers.The reform will see employers given more control over apprenticeship standards, with the goal of consolidating the UK’s position at the forefront of apprentice employability.BMW Group UK is one of more than 60 companies to have come together in groups, known as Trailblazers, to ensure that industry has the power to shape the design of apprenticeships.There are eight Trailblazers in all, representing a broad spectrum of UK industry; the automotive sector is joined by aerospace, digital, electro-technical, energy, financial services, food and drink, and life and industrial sciences.Key to the make-up of the new apprenticeships will be:programmes designed by the employer, ensuring that the skills developed by learners are wholly relevant to the needs of industrya focus on quality, culminating in rigorous assessment for the learner at the end of the apprenticeshipa pass/merit/distinction grading system, enabling levels of achievement to be differentiatedPrime Minister David Cameron said, “If you want an apprenticeship, we’re going to make sure you do the best apprenticeship in the world. The reforms we’re announcing today will put employers in the driving seat and ensure that we deliver rigorous training that supports you and our economy for years to come.”Dr Frank Bachmann, Managing Director, MINI Plant Oxford, said, “As a major employer of apprentices, BMW Group is supporting this important skills initiative which is designed to develop the first apprenticeship standards across many industrial sectors including automotive. We’re delighted to host and help launch this new government programme.”New apprentices will be able to enrol in the revised apprenticeship format from late 2014.To find out more about the apprenticeship reform Trailblazers, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

CSA Global investment in leading geophysical consulting group

first_imgCSA Global recently announced an investment in, and partnership with industry-leading geophysical consulting group Southern Geoscience Consultants (SGC). The investment and partnership align with CSA Global’s strategy to diversify and broaden the firm’s technical capabilities across the mining value chain.As part of the agreement, Managing Director, Jeff Elliott will join SGC’s Board to assist with integration and to help identify and evaluate growth opportunities.Since its inception in 1985, SGC has provided geophysical services to thousands of Australian and overseas companies, both listed and unlisted, as well as government agencies including AusAID and the United Nations.SGC has been instrumental in many mineral discoveries in Australia, Africa, and Russia, and has contributed to exploration success on numerous projects across the globe.Elliott stated: “I am very happy that our two companies are collaborating to pursue efficiencies and expansion. We have a common history and share very similar business cultures and values. SGC’s reputation for geophysical consulting services is first class, and we look forward to working together and realising benefits from integrating our services.”SGC’s Managing Director, David Chapman, commented: “The partnership between CSA Global and SGC is an exciting development. Both companies are highly respected within Australia and internationally for their technical services and are now collaborating to bring a broader capability and greater value to projects at all stages; from exploration to extraction.”CSA Global is a mining, geological, technology, and management consulting company providing strategic services and advice to companies to the international mining industry. CSA Global services mining clients worldwide from its offices in Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Canada. SGC is a group of highly experienced geophysicists based in Perth, Western Australia, who provide independent, specialised consulting services to the mineral and petroleum industries globally.last_img read more

Budget of LNH teams Paris is much richer than Montpellier

← Previous Story Michael Haas goes to SC Magdeburg! Next Story → RK Partizan plays EHF CL matches in Nis! Budget in handballChambery SavoieLNH budgetMontpellierParis handball At the beginning of the LNH Championship race in France, the new mega project of European handball, Paris Saint Germain will have almost for two million EUR bigger budget than the biggest rival – current champion, Montpellier. Paris with 9,2 mil and Montpellier with 7.43 mil are much richer than the third candidate for the title winning – Chambery Savoie with 4.42 mil EUR.Here you can see current and last season’s budgets – progression as well.Club  Budget 2012/13 Budget 2011/12 ProgressionParis St Germain 9 223 780 € 2 450 000 € +276%Montpellier 7 430 920 € 6 670 000 € +11%Chambéry 4 421 000 € 4 220 000 € +5%Dunkerque 3 530 013 € 3 660 000 € -4%Nantes 3 230 000 € 2 650 000 € +22%St Raphaël 2 875 600 € 2 440 000 € +18%Toulouse 2 749 000 € 2 180 000 € +26%Tremblay 2 620 301 € 2 370 000 € +11%Créteil 2 534 802 € 2 510 000 € +1%Ivry 2 433 025 € 2 500 000 € -3%Pays d’Aix 2 104 000 € D2Sélestat 1 886 370 € 1 990 000 € -5%Cesson-Rennes 1 824 000 € 1 500 000 € +22%Billère 1 422 000 € D2source: read more

Welcome back Tommy Bowe on the mark as Ulster go top of

first_img Credit: RaboDirectPRO12TOMMY BOWE SCORED on his first start in almost four months as Ulster went back to the top of the Pro12 table in impressive fashion.The Ireland winger opened the scoring at Ravenhill as Ulster ran in four tries and picked up the bonus point in a 31-5 win over the Newport Gwent Dragons.Bowe, who injured his knee ligaments in December, went over in the corner after some fine work by Nick Williams and a burst of pace from Paul Marshall, who later scored a try of his own.Man of the match Stuart Olding and Darren Cave also scored as Mark Anscombe’s men drew a line under last weekend’s Heineken Cup exit to Saracens.Ruan Pienaar, playing at out-half in the absence of Paddy Jackson, kicked all four conversions and a drop goal.The win moves Ulster back to the top of the Pro12 standings, four points ahead of the Glasgow Warriors who went down 29-6 against the Scarlets in Wales tonight.Henshaw scores first-ever try, as Connacht win in Edinburghlast_img read more

iPhones and iPads may be getting Intel chips says analyst

first_imgThough it has yet to be confirmed, there are some pretty heavy rumors floating around concerning Apple and who will be making the chips for its iPhones and iPads. According to Citigroup analyst Glen Yeung, Intel may be offering foundry services to Apple to manufacture the A4 and A5 chips used in the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. These chips are currently made by Samsung.Samsung’s chips are based on designs by ARM Holdings. If this rumor is indeed true, Intel would start building the same ARM-designed chips, but would eventually transition to Intel’s chips in the next few years. Yeung said Apple would potentially switch from the ARM-based core for handsets and tablets to Intel’s low-power x86 chips by 2013.AdChoices广告Of course, this would be a big move for Intel whose main focus is in its lucrative business of manufacturing core server and PC chips. With people using their iPhones and iPads just as much or more than their computer, Intel may be looking ahead to a future where PC sales are declining even more than they are today.Business Insider points out that Apple may be looking towards a foundry relationship with Intel to drop its relationship with Samsung due to Samsung’s increasing popularity with one of the iPhone’s direct competitor: the Android phone. Again, this is largely speculation, but we’ll let you know if anything official comes out of these rumors.via BusinessInsiderlast_img read more

Governor says TCI Police will not be Garlick Security defends his decision

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Aug 2015 – The security for Helen Garlick and the SIPT will not be the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, the Governor’s Office does not say who will get the job, but we did hear from His Excellency that he sees the current compliment of local officers as ‘stretched’. The Governor responded to a series of Magnetic Media questions following his statement explaining why he will take the CFO’s advice and pursue getting $2.2 million in the Budget Supplementary for security for the SIPT despite disagreement of the move by the Cabinet. While the Governor will not elaborate on the specific threats to Helen Garlick and her team, nor will he detail who will be hired; he does say he does not believe it is appropriate to report on the finances while the trial is ongoing. “Once the trial has been concluded, there should be a transparent breakdown of these costs providing as much detail as possible. It is not appropriate to release figures of this nature while the trial process is ongoing.”H.E. agreed with the Premier that there should be a report; but is convinced that should come later. We also asked the Governor why he would bypass the democratic process of debate in the House of Assembly, he said: “The UK respects the views of those who have been elected to govern in the territory to the greatest extent possible. Instructing the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to arrange a special appropriation is not taken lightly and is only done in extremis.” It was also said, but not expounded upon that the $2.2 million will be sufficient; the figure is nearly cut in half from the original request of $4.3 million. Related Items:governor peter beckingham, Helen garlick, Sipt TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again DR wants consulate office in TCIlast_img read more

Bahamians could see benefits from discussions on agriculture as early as December

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Haiti, March 4, 2018 – Port-Au-Prince – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said he “expects to see” certain fruits and vegetables from the Republic of Haiti being directly imported into The Bahamas by as early as December 2018, as a result of discussions with Haiti’s President, His Excellency Jovenel Moise.The move is expected to impact the large quantities of fruits and vegetables already being imported into the country (particularly mangoes) from second and sometimes third countries and/or entities that purchase the produce from Haiti in the first instance before exporting them to The Bahamas.  Bahamian officials say this process adds to costs for Bahamians.The Prime Minister’s announcement came during a Joint Press Conference that followed a High-Level Meeting between Prime Minister Minnis and President Moise.  The expected outcome is contingent upon the potential direct imports meeting standards set by The Bahamas’ Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources.The Government of The Bahamas, under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources, recently established a Standards Bureau to ensure the safety and security of marine and agricultural imports into the country.[Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells, participated in the High-Level Meeting along with the (Acting) Director of Agriculture, Mr. Gregory Rahming.]Bahamian officials say other benefits could include reduced costs on fruits and vegetables for Bahamian consumers and businesses.“President Moise has said to his Minister of Agriculture that by December 2018, he wants to see fruits and vegetables from Haiti — meeting all the criteria and conditions that we spoke about — flowing into The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“I want to paraphrase [the] President, and this is to my Minister of Agriculture the Hon. Renward Wells, that you have been given the Green Light, you must go; do not allow the Orange light to come on because after that it is the Red Light, and I do not want you to become history.”Prime Minister Minnis said purchasing fruits and vegetables directly from Haiti “cuts out that number two and that number three man, thereby allowing for the purchase of quality products directly from the source.”The ability to purchase quality fruits and vegetables directly from Haiti rather than second and third countries and/or entities, should impact Bahamians at the checkout lines.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Fairfax India Holdings Corp gets initial approval to buy Catholic Syrian Bank

first_imgFairfax India Holdings Corp. is close to investing and acquiring a majority stake in Catholic Syrian Bank(CSB) after receiving an unoffocial by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) marking the first takeover of a local private bank by a foreign investor.Prem Watsa, the Canadian billionaire and owner of Fairfax India Holdings Corp. met RBI governor Urjit Patel and deputy governors S.S. Mundra and R.S. Gandhi on Friday according to DealStreetAsia.The Catholic Syrian Bank Limited, one of India’s oldest private sector lenders is an Indian private sector bank with its headquarters at Thrissur, Kerala, India. According to Economic Times who cited sources said Fairfax is likely to have 15% voting rights in CSB.The Fairfax proposal is expected to be heard by the board of Catholic Syrian Bank on Tuesday and Wednesday. LuLu Group MD Yusuffali M.A., Federal Bank, Bridge India Fund, and Edelweiss Finance and Investments are some of the shareholders of Catholic Syrian Bank.However, the deal that is expected to involve an equity infusion by Fairfax will still require a final nod from the central board of RBI and several insiders such as S. Santhanakrishnan, chairman of Catholic Syrian Bank have declined to deny or accept the developments.”We do not comment on any market rumours or speculation,” Harsha Raghavan, managing director and chief executive of Fairbridge Capital Private Ltd, a Fairfax unit said according to DealStreetAsia.RBI’s changes in regulation that were introduced in May, to allow regulated, well-diversified and listed or supranational institutions to own up to 40%ownership in private banks were also measured with exemptions “as permitted on a case to case basis.”The new rules have capped Foreign direct investment or shareholding in a private sector bank by foreign entitiesin private banks at 74%. The RBI had also retained a provision under which investors have to seek its permission to increase shareholding/voting rights to 5% or more.The bank has been seen as a lucrative investmentand and has often been on the takeover radar of bigger banks and corporates.  Compare to the same as September 2015, this year, the bank reported a net profit of Rs5.3 crore as compared to the loss of Rs 40.5 crore last year. Its gross non-performing assets dropped to Rs462.7 crore at the end of September, from Rs503.6 crore a year ago. Gross bad loans stand at 5.7% of advances.last_img read more

Senate Panel Sets 130 pm Eastern Time Vote on Kavanaugh

first_imgThe Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote at 1:30 p.m. ET on whether to recommend Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate.The chairman, Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, announced the vote as the committee began its meeting.Kavanaugh has just picked up a key vote of support from a committee Republican, Arizona’s Jeff Flake.Republicans have slim 11-10 majority on the committee. With Flake’s support, Kavanaugh’s nomination is expected to clear the committee and go to the full Senate.The Senate could begin taking procedural votes over the weekend ahead of a final confirmation vote early next week.Several Democratic Judiciary Committee members walked out of the hearing this morning. Sharelast_img read more

Army Navy Country Club Links 8th Annual Red Dress Event

first_imgThe Links will hold its 8th annual Red Dress event Feb. 5 at the Army Navy Country Club, 2400 18th Street, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event is broken into two segments, the segment from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. will include heart healthy buffet reception with refreshments and free health screenings. The segment from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. will have a panel discussion. Panelists include Dr. Patricia McNeil,  Holy Cross Hospital; Dr. Cynthia Crawford-Green, Washington Hospital Center and Dr. Kelly Epps, INOVA. Allson Seymour from Fox 5 News will emcee the event. To RSVP for the event, email RSVP to read more