Khemka among 9 IAS officers transferred in Haryana

first_imgThe Haryana government on Sunday issued transfer and posting orders for nine IAS officers with immediate effect, including 1991-batch senior bureaucrat Ashok Khemka. Ashok Khemka, principal secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs Department has been posted as principal secretary of Science and Technology Department, where he had been posted earlier as well.Vadra land dealThe 1991-batch IAS officer had first been mentioned by the media in 2012 when he had cancelled the mutation of a land deal between Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality and major real estate developer DLF. The IAS officer, who was posted for nearly 15 months in the Sports and Youth Affairs Department, headed by Minister Anil Vij, has been transferred over 45 times in his career so far. The other IAS officers transferred include Amit Jha, additional chief secretary of Medical Education and Research, advisor to Haryana Saraswati Heritage Board and additional chief secretary of Science and Technology Department. He has been posted as additional chief secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs Department and advisor to Haryana Saraswati Heritage Board, an official release said here. Siddhi Nath Roy, additional chief secretary of Forests and Wildlife Department, has been given additional charge of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department as Additional Chief Secretary. Rajeev Arora, chief resident commissioner of Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi and additional chief secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department, has been given additional charge of Medical Education and Research Department. Apoorva Kumar Singh, principal secretary of Town and Country Planning and Urban Estates Department, has been given additional charge of Faridabad Metropolitan Development Authority as its chief executive officer.last_img read more

Why Are Small Films, Suddenly In Big Trouble?

first_imgRemember Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Khosla ka Ghosla, Aamir, Mumbai Meri Jaan, Welcome to Sajjanpur, Dev D, Mithya and Bheja Fry? Wasn’t it just the other day that these films were hymned and celebrated by critics, industry-wallahs, trade and the audience alike, and termed as the “New Parallel Cinema” of the new-age? Remember how the intelligentsia — the educated, discriminating, middle-class — lapped them up and eagerly looked forward to more? Even the likes of Mr. & Mrs. Iyer, 15 Park Avenue and Gandhi, My Father were celebrated by the discerning and went heavy-duty on the word-of-mouth track.So, what happened? It is reported that over a 100 small films, censor-approved and ready, are rotting in the cans with no takers! One major player in this category confessed he had six unsold movies on hand. So is this genre, which had spawned sub-brands, such as UTV’s Spotboy, PNC’s Guerilla, Mukta Arts Malpix, Sanjay Gupta’s White Feather Films Arthouse, and Balaji’s Alt Entertainment, on the verge of a fade-out?Tough call, but insiders point to Dibakar Banerjee’s (whose earlier Khosla and Oye Lucky were thumping successes) latest Love, Sex Aur Dhoka as the first deadly thud that started it all. After the initial hullabaloo — shot in high definition, devoid of stars, original concept — the Ekta Kapoor product designed to zonk the multiplex audience with a cathartic, never-before-experience, mysteriously zoomed out and landed in a DVD avatar in shelves across the globe within two weeks of release.Wassup?  Saas Bahu Aur SensexDepends on who who’s telling. The UTV honchos, perhaps the biggest backers of this genre, admit it was no easy task getting films like A Wednesday, Aamir, Mumbai Meri Jaan or Sajjanpur off the block. “Solid investments, both monetary and marketing focus had to be called upon. No regrets. We went into these projects with our eyes open and remain proud of our association with these excellent products,” says Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO of UTV Motion Pictures. However, when recession struck, marketing budgets for these small films took a big hit making their entry non-viable. Kapur is quick to explode a popular myth of small films being risk-free, commercially. He insists that the exact opposite is true, “If they don’t hit the bull’s eye, you could end up losing your total investment.”Adds a trade analyst, that while tons of money were indeed lost on multi-starrer bombs such as Drona, Chandni Chowk to China, Luck, Kidnap, Kambaqt Ishq and now the latest Kites and Raavan, people will still happily stand in line to see their favorite stars in big glossy movies rather than glamor-free, star-less fare like Saas Bahu aur Sensex, Dasvidanya, Aamras, Ugly aur Pagli, or Raat Gayi Baat Gayi. The other reason, say insiders, was the greed of the quick-buck, on-the-make financiers of these movies. Witnessing the success of small films, a quick appreciation on investment, and the viability of cashing in on numbers (six small films as opposed to one risky monster-budget, mega-starrer?) quantity preceded quality, leading to shoddy, even badly-made films with little style and less substance. Naturally, they had to be peeled off the ceiling!Finally, there is the terrifying logic articulated by a hot-shot producer: “Most small films are on DTH (Direct to Home) within days of their release. When viewers go to multiplexes and are offered a choice between SRK, Aamir and Akshay with Kareena, Kat and Priyanka and Vinay Pathak and Rajat Kapoor with Neha Dhupia and Neetu Chandra, having to shell out the same big bucks, any prizes for guessing which side is going to win, hands down?”So, at the end of the day, what gives? For one, substance and content remain key for small films to make big waves. Two, big ideas rather than big bucks, both in content and marketing focus in terms of bold, unique, unusual, or unconventional innovation have to be dreamed up and creatively leveraged. Finally — and this might be critical — can’t ticket prices for small films be rationalized to make them more realistic in confrontation with mega-crore glossies? As a perceptive Bollywood producer explained, it is the multiplexes, originally created to promote small films, that pose the biggest roadblocks to small films. Can or will that happen?This demand, from saner voices within the industry for alternative, smaller auditoriums for small films has been voiced for the last five decades. Only P.C. Sorcar or Houdini can help otherwise.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Adamson gets 2nd wins, trumps NCAA champ Arellano

first_imgAteneo snatches top spot, FEU humbles La Salle in men’s PVL E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:27Filipino 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Jema Galanza, Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson remained undefeated and ran Arellano aground in straight sets, 25-20, 25-22, 25-16, in thePremier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Falcons, who recorded their first win streak under head coach Air Padda, remained undefeated and topped Group B with a 2-0 record while the Lady Chiefs slipped to 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Padda, who started her Adamson tenure in 2016, said their win over Arellano was quite an accomplishment considering the stature of their opponents.“This could be really small for other teams but this was huge for us,” said Padda. “Arellano is the NCAA champion and when we play against higher teams the girls usually get timid but today the girls were focused.”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 shutout“I wasn’t expecting this and what I expected was that Arellano would give a better fight.”Jema Galanza reigned high for the Lady Falcons putting up 18 points while Christine Soyud added nine points.center_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Jovielyn Prado led the Lady Chiefs with 11 points. MOST READ Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Kerr credits ex-Dubs coach Jackson for team’s defensive prowess

first_img‘A dogfight’ What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Mark Jackson  AP FILE PHOTOThe Golden State Warriors are one win away from hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy and going undefeated in the 2017 NBA Finals.Much can be said about the Warriors’ offensive firepower, but the team’s prowess on the defensive end is truly something to marvel at.ADVERTISEMENT Before current head coach Stever Kerr took over the reigns in the Bay Area in 2014, Mark Jackson was the catalyst of the then up-and-coming squad.Prior to Game 3, Kerr was quick to credit his predecessor as the man responsible for instilling the team’s core defensive values.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When I was in TV, I was doing Warriors games for years; every year, they were one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Mark came in and made a focus of being a tough defensive-minded team,” Kerr said, as relayed by ESPN.“The year before I got here, the Warriors were the fourth-ranked defensive team in the league—already top-five. We knew what we had. We didn’t change one thing defensively,” he added. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games RELATED STORY:Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs for 3-0 leadSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES He said they started switching more when Draymond [Green] took over the power forward role. “But for the most part, our schemes—everything—stayed the same.”The reigning NBA coach of the year also lauded Jackson for making his transition to coaching much easier.“We already knew they had established that defensive identity. Our job was to improve the offense—to get more movement and more flow. And that was my focus,” he said.Kerr has returned to coach the Warriors in Game 2 after being sidelined most of the playoffs due to complications from his back surgery.Jackson, meanwhile, currently works as a broadcast commentator for ESPN and ABC and continues to call the finals match-up between his former team and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Saunders retains title, stays on course to face Golovkin or Alvarez

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 16: Gennady Golovkin reacts after his fight with Canelo Alvarez was called a draw during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championionship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLONDON — Billy Joe Saunders remained on course to challenge either Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez after Saunders defended his WBO middleweight title with a unanimous points decision over American Willie Monroe Jr. on Saturday.The 28-year-old Saunders, (25-0, 12 knockouts) was fighting for the first time under new trainer Dominic Ingle. He received scores of 117-111, 115-114, 117-112 from the three ringside judges.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Monroe’s record fell to 21-3, with six knockouts.Promising heavyweight Daniel Dubois had earlier earned his fifth victory from five when stopping A.J. Carter in only 48 seconds. Carter required oxygen and was immediately sent to hospital, having been knocked down three times.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Gonzales picks up emotional first win in ONE Championship Saunders had been tipped to face the winner of the Las Vegas fight, but Golovkin retained his middleweight titles Saturday night, fighting to a 12-round draw with Alvarez in a brutal battle that ended with both fighters holding their hands aloft in victory. There is already talk of a rematch.READ: Alvarez, Golovkin fight to a brutal draw; rematch to comeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn London, it was Saunders’ superior sharpness and intent as much as his skills that secured his latest victory. Leading with the jab and also succeeding to Monroe’s body, Saunders began with a typically fast pace and faced little more than jabs in return.In the third round an accurate right uppercut hurt his challenger, and it was only when a cut opened by the bridge of his nose following an accidental clash of heads in the fourth that the American temporarily fought with greater belief.last_img read more

New Sachin range of cricket gear to hit stores by October

first_imgLondon, Jul 12 (PTI) Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar today announced a new innings of his life by joining a team that will create a brand new range of cricketing gear to hit the market from October 1. The Master Blaster joined Australia-headquartered Spartan International as an investor and member of the advisory board to provide his unique expertise to enhance the safety of helmets, gloves and leg guards among other sporting gear. “In the second innings of my life, as I call it, post-retirement this is one opportunity where I am not looking at it from a business point of view but it is the passion which has taken the front seat. I want to do something for the next generations, where they are protected,” he told reporters here today. Still limping following his recent knee surgery, the 43-year-old joked about his “new walk”, adding: “A few years ago I was on the other side of the fence. Now I am part of Team Spartan, where I am determined and motivated to give something back to the sport which has given me everything in life. The safety of any individual is important and that is our prime focus. The journey has just begun for a great partnership.” On a personal note, he pointed to breaking his fingers on a number of occasions during fielding and batting and indicated a brand new idea that he has hit upon for better cricketing gloves. “That is all part and parcel of the game but something I would want to share with Team Spartan would be my experience of 25 years of international cricket and what are the areas where we can continue getting better.I feel equipment is an extension of your body. A cricket bat is an extension of your arm. Gloves is something important ? we have had a fantastic idea which will be unveiled soon, it will be unique? something which protects the fingers,” he said. The iconic Indian batsman also made specific reference to the importance of having more “solid helmets” to prevent future injuries and “keep up our pace and press the pedal as hard as possible to meet all the expectations”. “Todays players and sportsmen are expecting the equipment to get better and there is a lot of competition in the field of sports goods manufacturing and lot of innovation. So it is important to be ahead of the competition,” Tendulkar said. Spartan International dates back to 1953 when it was founded in Jalandhar as a football manufacturer. Today it claims to be an “innovative product developer” across a broad range of sports including cricket, all football disciplines, netball, basketball and a range of health & fitness products, including shoes and apparel, which are distributed around the world including India. More PTI AK AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Six-a-side football format set to grow in India: Bhutia

first_imgHyderabad, Nov 9 (PTI) Star footballer Bhaichung Bhutia, who was today roped in as the League Mentor of the Hyderabad Football League (HFL) six-a-side tournament, said the new format is set to grow in India.The third season of HFL six-a-side tournament, to be held at different venues here, will begin on November 26 and conclude on January 27, 2018. It will feature 135 matches.”Six-a-side format is a great format to play…its a sports which is really growing. I think this is a format which is going to grow in India.”Small format–small-sided-games have always been fascinating. South Americans have now picked up small-sided- games like five-a-side, six-a-side and seven-a-side games,” Bhutia told reporters here.”I think this format allows kids to get contact with the ball much more. This format has been encouraged a lot in South America. I think in India, this year onwards the All India Football Federation is trying to introduce small-sided- games,” the former captain of Indian football team said.According to Bhutia, six-a-side tournament is a fast and exciting game and keeps one always on the move. “I think not only kids but players, who have retired like me would also enjoy playing it. It is a wonderful format to play.”To a query on his role as League Mentor, Bhutia said, “I am here to mentor and advise the organisers in terms of format and towards taking it in different states to popularise it.”To another query, Bhutia said, “Six-a-side has nothing to do with the AIFF (the apex Indian football body). It is a new kind of format and a new kind of a game and I dont think federation or anybody will object to it.”advertisementHFL chairman Murad Jasani said the long-term vision of the league is to have 12 permanently registered teams and players who are on contracts with the teams by the next season and replicate similar leagues in eight more cities within the next three years. PTI VVK RSYlast_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain’s President Latest Tie to French Corruption Probe

first_imgGENEVA (AP) — The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading.Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi — who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Sports, and sits on the executive committee of European soccer body UEFA — in “active corruption.” They linked him on Thursday to payments allegedly helping Doha win hosting rights for track and field’s world championships.The IAAF, track’s governing body based in Monaco, is at the core of allegations of bribery, extortion and systematic doping.The wider case led to exposing state-backed Russian doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Suspected vote-buying in Olympic hosting contests are also part of ongoing investigations.Here’s a look at the scope of the French investigations:THE SOURCE CASERussian runner Liliya Shobukhova won three straight Chicago Marathons from 2009-11, and also won in London.She paid some prize money to athletics officials to ensure her doping stayed hidden.In 2014, when she was eventually banned, she turned whistleblower. German network ARD alleged in a landmark program about Russian doping that Shobukhova received a 300,000 euro ($336,000) refund for her cheating being exposed.The payment came from a Singapore account called Black Tidings linked to Papa Massata Diack. His father, Lamine Diack, was the IAAF president for 16 years and one of the most influential African members of the International Olympic Committee.After the German broadcast, the World Anti-Doping Agency created an investigation team to verify allegations.THE FIRST DOPING REPORTIn November 2015, a devastating first report by the WADA team detailed orchestrated doping in Russian track and field, and IAAF complicity.The IAAF’s treasurer and Russian athletics federation head, Valentin Balakhnichev, was accused of extorting athletes with the threats of bans for doping.Russia had “sabotaged” the 2012 London Olympics by sending athletes who should have been banned, wrote the investigation team, which included Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.Lamine Diack’s reputation was wrecked months after retiring. The IOC ended his honorary membership.French prosecutors put Diack under formal investigation for corruption and money-laundering. The 85-year-old Senegalese is under house arrest, and was indicted this week.The WADA report exposed the key role of Grigory Rodchenkov, the director of drug-testing laboratories in Moscow and Sochi, in the conspiracy.THE RUSSIAN SCIENTISTRodchenkov’s life choices as the scandal deepened were filmed for the Oscar-winning documentary Icarus .Fearing for his life in Russia, Rodchenkov fled to the United States and entered a witness protection program.In May 2016, he made explosive claims to the New York Times about a Russian government-backed plan for athletes using steroids to win Sochi Olympic medals. Tainted samples were swapped in Rodchenkov’s lab for pre-stored clean urine.WADA ordered a second investigation by McLaren. His interim findings led to Russia sending a track and field team of just one long jumper to the Rio Olympics.After the full McLaren Report was published, the IOC let Russian athletes compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics only after extra vetting.OLYMPIC VOTE RIGGING?Frank Fredericks was among the world’s fastest men in the 1990s. The Namibian won silver medals in the 100 and 200 meters at back-to back Olympics.In October 2009, he was an IOC member when Rio de Janeiro was voted the 2016 Olympics host. Chicago’s bid, with last-minute lobbying by President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey in Denmark, was eliminated in the first round.That day, Fredericks received a $300,000 payment, allegedly from a Brazilian businessman via Papa Massata Diack. Fredericks was charged in November 2017 by French prosecutors who suspect a vote-buying plot.The Rio Olympics organizing head, Carlos Nuzman, was arrested by Brazilian authorities working on the case with the French.“The Olympic Games were used as a big trampoline for acts of corruption,” federal prosecutor Fabiana Schneider said then.2020 TOKYO OLYMPICSTokyo also lost to Rio in 2009, then four years later won the 2020 Summer Games bid contest.Now Tokyo is tarnished by association with the Diack family. In January, it emerged French prosecutors issued a preliminary corruption charge against Japan’s top Olympic official, Tsunekazu Takeda.Takeda acknowledged approving paying $2 million from the bid to Black Tidings before the 2020 Olympic vote. He denied wrongdoing but resigned, and lost his IOC membership .The role of Japanese marketing giant Dentsu was questioned. Before retiring, Lamine Diack extended the IAAF’s long-standing commercial partnership with Dentsu through 2029.QATAR’S POINT MANA spin-off from Qatar’s win in 2010 to host soccer’s 2022 World Cup was deeper investment in sports.Soon, the gas-rich emirate’s wealth bought Paris Saint-Germain, to compete for European titles, and more broadcast rights via the sports arm of Al Jazeera, rebranded as beIN.Nasser al-Khelaifi, a former tennis professional, ran both in Paris.On Thursday, Paris prosecutors confirmed al-Khelaifi — along with beIN’s CEO in Paris — was being investigated over suspicious payments by a Qatari investment fund in 2011. They totaled $3.5 million days before the IAAF vote choose its 2017 world championships host. London beat Doha, but the 2019 edition later went to Qatar’s capital city.Al-Khelaifi’s lawyer said the money legitimately was for commercial rights, and most went on to Dentsu and the IAAF.The money passed through an agency founded by Papa Massata Diack. He is believed to be in Senegal, where he has been the subject of an Interpol order, and not cooperating with French authorities.The IOC has said it is offering whatever help French authorities need.___By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Vegas Computer’s Early Score Predictions For Week 10’s Biggest Games

first_imgA detail of a Nike official NCAA size football as it sits in the end zone while the West Virginia Mountaineers stretchon the field prior to playing against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 10 of the college football season is coming up in a few days. It is one of the biggest weekends of the season.We’ve got No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 LSU, along with Michigan-Penn State, Notre Dame-Northwestern, Georgia-Kentucky and more. This Saturday should be a lot of fun.OddsShark’s computer has released its predictions for Week 10.Here’s what it is saying for the biggest games.You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.last_img

Kalmar to Equip Melbourne’s Webb Dock

first_imgzoom Webb Dock redevelopment conceptKalmar, part of Cargotec, has won a contract to deliver container handling equipment and related automation technology worth more than EUR 40 million (USD 52.5m) to Port of Melbourne’s new container terminal, operated by Victoria International Container Terminal Ltd (VICTL). The order includes 12 automated stacking cranes and 11 automated shuttle carriers scheduled for delivery throughout 2016.The new terminal at Melbourne’s Webb Dock will introduce fully automated operations from gate to quayside and deliver an estimated capacity of 350,000 TEU in its first phase.When fully developed, the 35.4 hectare terminal will be able to handle up to 1.4 million TEU annually.Construction of the terminal superstructure and facilities is planned to commence in late 2014.Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI head of the Asia-Pacific region, said: “This is a premier project for ICTSI in Australia and the partnership with Kalmar allows us to introduce cutting edge, best-proven automated container handling equipment and technologies to Webb Dock. Kalmar’s strong track record in delivering automated terminal solutions in Australia as well as in other parts of the world will help us to put Melbourne amongst the leading ports of the world.” Press Release, September 03, 2014last_img read more

Did gangs of Delhi choose election time to settle old scores

first_imgNew Delhi: When the whole country was gripped by election fever and Delhi was speculating the result of the election after it went to polls on May 12, there was a sudden surge in the shooting spree across the capital especially in the areas like Dwarka, Najafgarh and Rohini.There have been three major shootouts in Delhi within a span of 10 days which killed 3 and injured at least two. The daring daylight shootouts threw the cops into a tizzy and left the people of the capital scared on busy Delhi roads. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe question is whether the Delhi gangs and mafias deliberately choose Election time to settle scores? Though security is at the highest level during the election time but seems like the criminals thought the cops are having busy time with the elections and counting preparations which might give them some time to hide or abscond. However, the bravery of a Delhi police constable Naresh Kumar did save some embarrassment for Delhi Police after the 56-year-old shot dead a criminal Vikas Dalal in the Dwarka Mor shootout. The shootout under the Dwarka Mor metro station created a filmy gangwar scene where gangsters opened heavy fire on a car killing one gangster in the process on a busy road on May 19. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceTwo days prior to this incident a car was intercepted at Rohini road and a man named Manish was fired upon multiple times. A business rivalry and a previous murder was said to be the motive behind the attack. Later, a gym Trainer and Tik Tok sensation Mohit Mor was shot multiple times in Delhi’s Najafgarh by three, one of them a juvenile. Mohit’s murder was related to a land dispute and money transaction between him and gangsters. A day after the Lok Sabha election counting, six men fire indiscriminately on a man in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri. The man luckily survived after he was grazed by a bullet.last_img read more

84 airports to install body scanners by March 2020

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has directed 84 airports across the country to install body scanners by March 2020, replacing existing door frame metal detectors and hand-held scanners besides pat-down searches of passengers to detect metallic objects, according to an official document. “Walk-through metal detectors and hand-held metal detectors cannot detect non-metallic weapons and explosives. Body scanners detect both metallic and non-metallic items concealed on the body,” states the circular sent by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to all airports in April this year. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The circular also states the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that 84 airports would have to follow while using body scanners. Of around 105 operational airports in the country at present, 28 are classified as hypersensitive, including those in big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and in conflict areas like Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast while 56 airports are categorized as sensitive. These 28 hypersensitive and 56 sensitive airports would have to install body scanners by March 2020 while the remaining airports can install it by March 2021, as per the circular. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations “Scanner shall provide image-free solution using a generic mannequin. Threats shall be graphically presented, the circular states, addressing the privacy concerns that these machines may generate images with full body contours. On the mannequin-like image generated by the machine, a yellow spot will highlight the area on the body that may need further screening, the circular states. Passengers would have to remove their jackets, thick clothing, shoes, belts as well as all metallic items before entering into the body scanner of an airport, according to the circular. The scanners are based on millimetre wave technology comprising non-ionising electromagnetic radiation, which means it is safe for all passengers, including pregnant women, according to the circular.last_img read more

Signed Justin Bieber CD Goes Under The Hammer For New Zealand Childrens

first_imgStarship Spring Clean is a fantastic charity auction initiative that is asking New Zealanders to clean up and sell their old items (big or small) in support of the Starship Children’s Foundation.There’s a luxury European holiday package to be auctioned on Trade Me which includes two return Air New Zealand business premiere flights to London, plus 28 nights’ accommodation staying at Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties.And if bidding on the holiday isn’t quite within the budget, there are other exciting and quirky auction items from a walk-on role on daily soap Shortland Street, a SKYCITY Breakers game day experience, CDs signed by Justin Bieber, Duffy, Florence and the Machine and Ronan Keating, a hospital bed from the set of Shortland Street, an equestrian teddy bear signed by Olympic medallist Mark Todd, Scott Dixon signed racing gear, a handsome (and huge) Steiff toy camel, a blow up remote controlled shark, an entire teddy bear collection and an original dress from the World of Wearable Arts.Starship corporate partners are involved too, including a ‘Be a Zookeeper for the Day’ experience, donated by ASB; premium economy return trip for two to either London, Hong Kong, Japan or Shanghai donated by Air New Zealand, two $1000 fuel vouchers from Chevron, loads of bean bags from Mercury Energy, and Barfoot & Thompson and SKY Television are holding garage sales throughout September.Plus, once the public starts listing their items on the Trade Me Starship Spring Clean store, there will be all sorts of weird and wonderful items to purchase in support of Starship.To buy or sell Starship Spring Clean items on Trade Me, visit www.trademe.co.nz/starship from 1-30 September and follow the prompts. Sellers who donate at least 50% of the sale price to Starship, will be refunded their success fee by Trade Me.Starship Spring Clean will help New Zealanders support their national children’s hospital. It’s a win-win: while cleaning out your cupboards, you’ll also raise money for vital equipment needed in the Starship Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.Source:Starship.org.nzlast_img read more

Sobeys in no rush to join grocery delivery wars even as race

first_imgAs Sobeys Inc.’s competitors ramp up their e-commerce efforts amid a growing grocery delivery war, the grocer’s parent company said Wednesday it’s resisting pressure to rush into the market, instead preferring to focus on the long game.“I see this as a marathon, and we’re in the first 100 meters,” Empire Co. Ltd. CEO Michael Medline told analysts on a conference call to discuss its better-than-expected third-quarter results.“I’d rather be up and running with our system today, but I don’t want to put mediocre systems across the country when there’s much more modern ways to win over the customer.”Empire is waiting for the spring of 2020 to roll out its online grocery business that will be run in partnership with British firm Ocado, even as its Canadian peers and multinational giants that are snapping up Canadian market share, such as Walmart and Costco, race to launch convenient click-and-deliver grocery options in order to fight off online behemoth Amazon.com.Walmart announced Wednesday it is expanding its same-day online grocery delivery service to more than 40 per cent of U.S. households, or 100 metro areas, by year-end. In Canada, Walmart Canada currently offers grocery pick-up services in five major markets and plans to double the number of locations this year. It is also experimenting with online grocery delivery in some Greater Toronto Area locations with plans to launch a delivery service in Vancouver this summer.And Costco is exploring ways to deliver groceries to Canadian consumers after introducing a similar service to U.S. customers last October, according to a report in the Financial Post.Rival Loblaw Companies Ltd. has launched home delivery in Toronto and Vancouver, and Metro Inc., which offers delivery in the big Quebec markets, said it is looking to expand its online grocery offerings to Ontario this year.But Empire’s chief financial officer Michael Vels kept expectations tempered by saying “the e-commerce online offering will not be immediately profitable,” adding the company anticipates it will become a “growing and vibrant channel.”Medline indicated the company’s e-commerce efforts will initially be concentrated on the Greater Toronto Area because “that’s a market we need to and will win,” but he acknowledged “there are three or four other markets in the country that we need to look at.”He wouldn’t say how fast Empire will launch in other markets, but revealed that the company has secured its first customer fulfillment centre in Vaughan, Ont., a few hundred meters from its existing automated distribution centre.The fulfillment centre will be kitted out with Ocado’s signature robotics, which U.K. reports say can put together an order of more than 50 items within five minutes.“The issue for e-commerce in this country, in Canada, is that no one has given the customers a fantastic option,” said Medline.“It makes sense for us by offering customers something that they just never have seen before. We will have the highest market share of any grocer.”Medline’s more immediate concern was the increased pressure on sales from competitor Loblaw’s “curious” $25 gift cards offered to consumers after revealing its participation in an alleged bread price-fixing scandal, in which it implicated Sobey’s.The company had better-than-expected results for its third quarter as its revenue and profits improved compared with a year ago.It earned $58.1 million, up from $30.5 million or 11 cents per diluted share in the same period a year ago.Sales totalled $6.03 billion, up from $5.89 billion, while same-store sales excluding fuel increased 1.1 per cent.On an adjusted basis, Empire says it earned 33 cents per diluted share. Analysts on average had expected Empire to report an adjusted profit of 25 cents per diluted share, according to Thomson Reuters.Companies in this story: (TSX:EMP.A)last_img read more

UN humanitarian chief to visit Sri Lanka next week

The 17 to 19 November visit will be the fourth this year for Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes, who previously travelled there in February, April and May.The UN has been closely monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka, where more than 270,000 people were staying in closed camps after hostilities between the military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in May.In recent months senior UN humanitarian and human rights officials have voiced concern over the safety of these internally displaced persons (IDPs), which according to recent estimates by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) now number about 163,000. 12 November 2009The United Nations humanitarian chief will undertake a mission to Sri Lanka next week, the world body announced today. read more

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings

This update from Environment Canada: severe thunderstorm warning updated by environment canada at 7:50pm edt friday 19 july 2013.—————————————————————–—-severe thunderstorm warning for:-new- dunnville – caledonia – haldimandcity of torontokitchener – cambridge – region of waterloovaughan – richmond hill – markhamguelph – erin – southern wellington countysarnia – petrolia – western lambton countyuxbridge – beaverton – northern durham regionkingston – odessa – frontenac islandsorillia – lagoon city – washagobarrie – collingwood – hillsdalemidland – coldwater – orr laketamworth – sydenham – south frontenaccobourg – colborne – western northumberland countypickering – oshawa – southern durham regionfenelon falls – balsam lake park – northern kawartha lakesrodney – shedden – western elgin countybelleville – quinte west – eastern northumberland countysaugeen shores – kincardine – southern bruce countylistowel – milverton – northern perth countysimcoe – delhi – norfolkgananoque – mallorytownwoodstock – tillsonburg – oxford countyst. thomas – aylmer – eastern elgin countystratford – mitchell – southern perth countypeterborough city – lakefield – southern peterborough countylondon – parkhill – eastern middlesex countynapanee – conseconlindsay – southern kawartha lakesgoderich – bluewater – southern huron countyinnisfil – new tecumseth – angusowen sound – blue mountains – northern grey countywindsor – leamington – essex countyshelburne – mansfield – northern dufferin countystrathroy – komoka – western middlesex countynewmarket – georgina – northern york regioncaledonstirling – tweed – madocwingham – blyth – northern huron countymount forest – arthur – northern wellington countyorangeville – grand valley – southern dufferin countywatford – pinery park – eastern lambton countyhanover – dundalk – southern grey countypicton – sandbanks park.severe thunderstorm warning – downgraded from a tornado warningfor:dunnville – caledonia – haldimand.—————————————————————–—-–discussion–updated or ended by 8:40 pm edt.at 7:40 pm edt, scattered thunderstorms are tracking eastsoutheastward at 60 km/h.some of these thunderstorms are capable of producing damagingwinds and large hail as well as the threat for a tornado.torrential downpours are also associated. some places could seelocal rainfall amounts of 50 mm in an hour. read more

UNbacked treaty on forced disappearance of persons drafted in Geneva

“The draft convention represents significant progress in international law for the protection of persons from enforced disappearance, in particular by defining enforced disappearance for the first time in a treaty,” the statement of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance of the UN Commission on Human Rights said.“This definition is entirely consonant with the United Nations Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance,” it added, referring to an action of the UN General Assembly taken in December 1992.The Assembly declaration states that enforced disappearance occurs when a person is deprived of liberty with the direct or indirect support or acquiescence of a government, which then refuses to disclose the fate or whereabouts of that person.The draft convention will be submitted to the Human Rights Commission, and subsequently to the General Assembly for their approval before being opened for signature and ratification next year.The Working Group on disappearances was established by the Commission in 1980 to assist the relatives of disappeared persons in ascertaining their fate and whereabouts. The panel also monitors the compliance of States with their obligations under the General Assembly declaration on the issue.In its statement, the Working Group reminds States that, pending the new convention’s entry into force, obligations under the Assembly declaration persist. “The Working Group will continue to serve as a channel for the clarification of cases of enforced disappearance in all States,” it concluded. read more

LabCorp to buy Covance in 61 billion cash and stock deal

LabCorp to buy Covance in $6.1 billion cash and stock deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 3, 2014 4:41 am MDT LabCorp will pay about $6.1 billion in cash and stock to buy Covance in a tie-up that aims to improve clinical trial research for pharmaceuticals.LabCorp said Monday that it will pay $105.12 for each share of the Princeton, New Jersey, company, representing a 32 per cent premium to Covance’s closing price Friday. Covance shareholders will receive $75.76 in cash and a portion of LabCorp stock for each share they own. They would hold a nearly 16 per cent ownership stake in the combined company.The deal totals $5.6 billion, not counting Covance debt.Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings said the new company will improve patient recruitment for trials, make the research more efficient and deliver drug data faster. LabCorp provides medical testing services through a network of laboratories, while Covance provides drug development services with a focus on nutritional analysis.LabCorp Chairman and CEO David P. King will lead the combined company while his Covance counterpart, Joe Herring, will lead its Covance division. The headquarters will be in Burlington, North Carolina, where Labcorp is based, and the Covance division will keep its headquarters in Princeton.Covance also said Monday it earned $66 million in its third quarter. Adjusted earnings came to 98 cents per share.That matched analyst expectations, according to Zacks Investment Research.Covance Inc. shareholders still need to approve the deal, which is expected to close in next year’s first quarter.Shares of Covance jumped 25 per cent, or $20.10, to $100 before the opening bell Monday. LabCorp shares closed at $109.29 on Friday and have risen nearly 20 per cent so far this year. read more

Hot Topics Provincial election is a nail biter

Jason Sykes examines the messages put out by the three major parties in this fall’s election.The official campaign for the Oct. 6 Ontario election kicked off this week. But candidates from the province’s three leading political parties have been quietly campaigning all summer long. Based on last few months of politicking, the provincial contest is shaping up to be a “real nail biter,” says a Brock instructor.Whoever does the best job of selling their narratives to the electorate will win this election, says Jason Sykes, who is teaching the third-year “Politics of Ontario” course in Political Science this semester.Sykes, a Brock alumnus in the final stages of completing his PhD at York University, says those messages boil down to Dalton McGuinty as the Tax Man, Tim Hudak as the Cuts Man and second coming of Mike Harris, and Andrea Horwath as the third alternative, something different.**What are some key issues facing the three main parties in Ontario?The challenge for the NDP is going to be to establish themselves as real contenders provincially. The question for them is, can they ride the orange wave that we’ve seen at the federal level?They also have to scare off the spectre of the Bob Rae government in Ontario, which will be a difficult hurdle for them to overcome.Horwath is doing a good job, but I’m not really sure many people know who she is. So her presence needs to go up in the minds of Ontarians if they expect to make an impact.As for both Hudak and McGuinty, they are more established politically in Ontario.Hudak also has the ghosts of the previous Harris government to contend with. For him, the challenge will be to strike a balance between distancing himself from that legacy and pandering to those loyalists who were fans of that administration.He also has divisions within his own party to deal with. Hudak recently came under fire from former provincial PC leader John Tory for stirring up the politics of division between new and long-term Ontarians. He also has to account for and make room for the right-wing fringe, like the Ontario Landowners Association, within his party.McGuinty’s biggest obstacle is going to be himself.He has been in power for eight years. And people tend to remember what they don’t like about you as opposed to what they liked. The things that people don’t agree with is what resonates with voters.His team is conscious of this. As we’ve seen in their ad spots, he’s been using the line, “I know I’m not the most popular guy…”Any sense on who’s election it is to lose?Early on, over the summer months, it looked like it was the PC’s contest to lose. But all that has recently changed. The race is now tightening up with the PCs falling back within close range of the Liberals and the NDP are making gains.There is no clear runaway leader at this point.It’s anyone’s guess how this is all going to play out. Especially since a recent poll asking voters to rate the leader they most disapprove of pegged McGuinty at 58 per cent and Hudak at 57 per cent. So neither one of them is overwhelmingly loved.What are the key issues going to be this election?Health care is still the No. 1 issue for Ontarians. And in this area, my sense is that McGuinty has the slight advantage.The economy is also going to be a real focus for voters. It’s hard to tell who is going to be able to excel in this area.Leaders from all parties are out there making big promises. Liberals are pledging a 30 per cent reduction in tuition and the PCs are promising health care spending increases.But the real question for voters is going to be “how are we going to pay for all this?”And this is what could leave Ontarians in the lurch. Everyone’s making promises and saying they’re going to get this and that done, but the reality is the economic foundations for these campaign assurances are still vague at this point. read more

Carmelo Anthony Helps Those Suffering from Sandy

Carmelo Anthony said he could not watch the trouble those in New York were enduring from Hurricane Sandy without doing something. So, the New York Knicks’ star forward did something.Anthony and others trekked to the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, where some residents remain without electricity and water, and handed out  boxes of food and housing supplies to those in need.“I wanted to step up to the forefront,” Anthony said to a small group of reporters on the scene. “We all know what Sandy did to our city, especially to Brooklyn, and to Red Hook, with us being right here on the water. It hit us pretty bad, so I feel like I’m the face of Red Hook and I wanted to come back and give back to the place I grew up.”In conjunction with the Carmelo Anthony Foundation, Feed the Children and Metro Ministries, Anthony delivered 500 boxes filled with food and cleaning supplies to a housing project on Columbia Avenue, a block away from where he lived as a child in Red Hook.Some residents of the surrounding projects say they have been without electricity or heat since the storm hit last Sunday.“Sometimes it feels like we’re the forgotten borough, the forgotten neighborhood,” said Red Hook resident Vanessa Bernard, who has been without power since last Sunday. “This is uplifting. Some families don’t have much at all, and it’s really difficult. Anything helps, and to do this is uplifting.”“We just wanted to provide a temporary relief,” Justice Anthony, Carmelo’s brother, said.Carmelo Anthony said it was a “no-brainer” to help.“I’m one of them, I was once one of them,” he said. “I grew up running around with a lot of the older guys as a little kid, so for me to come back and to help and give out house supplies and things like that, that’s the least I can do, especially at a time like this.” read more