Vitol Buys Majority Stake in LSC

first_imgzoom Vitol Netherlands has acquired 19.62% of the total voting capital of Latvian Shipping Company (LSC), LSC said citing a notification from energy and commodities company Vitol.This is equivalent to a total of 39,249,118 shares in the tanker shipping company.The sum Vitol paid for the shares was not disclosed.Since 2002, the largest shareholder of LSC has been Vitol’s subsidiary JSC Ventspils Nafta, owning 49.94% of the share capital.Given that Vitol’s existing shares in LSC amount to 99,880,361, the group’s total shareholding is now equivalent to 69.56% of the voting capital of LSC, the shipping company said in a statement.Currently, LSC’s fleet is comprised of sixteen Handy and MR ships with carrying capacities from 37,211 to 52,684 tons.last_img read more

Highway 101 Repaving Work Moves Forward

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Highway 101 Repaving Work MovesForward The old asphalt on Highway 101 is going to be like new followinga major repaving project this summer, work that will benefitresidents, tourists and the commercial trucking sector. The province has tendered for the repaving and resurfacing of 20kilometres of Highway 101, from the railway overpass atStillwater to Newport Station Road Overpass towards Windsor. “This work is overdue and it’s needed,” said Ron Russell,Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This investmentwill extend the life of an important piece of roadway in ourprovince.” The department is also tendering for the repaving of 5.6kilometres of Wentworth Road, from the Windsor town line to Trunk14 at Sweets Corner. Work was completed last year to create four lanes of Highway 101from Mount Uniacke to Ellershouse, however, part of the roadwaywas not repaved. Both tenders close June 10, and both tenders are to be completedby Sept. 30.last_img read more

Govt reshuffles IPS cadre after MCC lifts

first_imgKolkata: The state government on Sunday removed Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajesh Kumar and reappointed Anuj Sharma in his place. Gyanwant Singh was reinstated as CP of Bidhannagar City Police and Natarajan Ramesh Babu, who was holding the post, was removed. The order came after the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was lifted on Sunday. Both Sharma and Singh had been removed by the Election Commission from their post as CP Kolkata and CP Bidhannagar respectively on April 5 and Kumar and Babu were handed over the charges. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaSharma was holding the post of ADG (Operation) while Singh was posted as Director in the Economic Offence Directorate till date, as per EC’s order. Shyam Singh, Superintendent of Police of Birbhum, who was removed by the EC and given the charge of Commandant in State Armed Police, was also handed back the charge of Birbhum district. Avvaru Rabindranath, who was posted as SP Birbhum till date as per the Commission’s order, has been appointed as DC (Airport) in Bidhannagar Commissionerate. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAbhishek Gupta has also been handed over the charge of SP Cooch Behar district. He was earlier removed and appointed as commandant in Specialised India Reserve Battalion (SIRB) by the Commission. Amit Kumar Singh, who was appointed as SP of the district, has been removed. IPS Devendra Prakash Singh, who was holding the charge as DIG in Midnapore range, has been given the charge as CP of Barrackpore Police Commissionerate by removing Sunil Kumar Choudhary. A notification effecting changes in the IPS cadre was released by the state Home and Hill Affairs department on Sunday. It may be mentioned that Rajesh Kumar, Natarajan Ramesh Babu, Amit Kumar Singh and Sunil Kumar Choudhary’s postings are still awaited as per the notification.last_img read more

Congress recognises work of only Gandhi family not Narasimha Rao Manmohan Singh

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday came down heavily on the Congress for only ‘recognising the works of the Gandhi-Nehru family’, saying the Grand Old Party did not even credit the work of its own former prime ministers Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh, leave alone BJP’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “Congress did not recognise the work of others, including their party members. I challenge the government that was in power between 2004-2014 (Congress) to mention if they ever praised the work of Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Did they ever speak about good work of Narasimha Rao Ji?” Modi, who was speaking on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address in the Lower House, said. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “The same people did not even speak of Manmohan Singh Ji in Lok Sabha in this debate. On the other hand, we gave Bharat Ratna to Pranab Mukherjee,” he added. Slamming the Gandhi dynasty for ‘taking credit for national development and not giving recognition to anyone outside the family’, the PM said, “There are some people who feel only a few names contributed to national progress. They only want to hear those few names and ignore the others. We think differently, we feel each and every citizen has worked for India’s progress,” he said. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeAbout Emergency, Modi said, “A few people were constantly asking during the debate- Who did it? Who did it? I want to ask them- today is 25th June. Who imposed the Emergency? Who trampled over the spirit of the Constitution, gagged the media and bullied the judiciary? We can’t forget those dark days.” Emergency was imposed by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi on this day in 1975 and it was in effect till March 21, 1977. The Prime Minister also claimed that the saffron party was voted back to power with a bigger mandate as it “remained closer to the people at the grassroots”, unlike the Congress, that “has risen so high that they have been uprooted from the ground”. “You have risen so high that you have been uprooted from the ground. Our aim is to remain closer to the people at the grassroots and strengthen them,” he said. Responding to Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s remark on the 2G scam, PM Modi said, “Some members asked- why is Person A not in jail or Person B not in jail. I want to tell them- this is not the Emergency where Governments jailed people as they felt like. These decisions are taken by the Courts. Courts will decide on jail and bail.” On Monday, Chowdhury, while addressing the Lower House, had hit out at the BJP for alleging a scam in the sale of 2G spectrum. He said if there were any wrongdoing, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi would not be sitting in the Parliament. “Did you manage to catch anybody in 2G and coal allocation scam? Did you manage to send Sonia Gandhi ji and Rahul Gandhi ji behind the bars? You came to power by calling them thieves, then how are they sitting in the parliament?” he had asked. The Prime Minister also raked up the issue of a water crisis in the country and remembered the works of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. “Today, when we talk about water resources, I remember Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. It was Babasaheb who worked diligently on waterways and irrigation,” he said. Indian voters have proven their concern for the country by re-electing our government “on the basis of our work” and with a bigger mandate after careful consideration, Modi said. “In 2014, the nation had chosen us as an experiment. But in 2019, the people who reign supreme in democracy have reposed their faith in us after evaluating our performance. There is no greater satisfaction than being rewarded on the basis of your work,” he told the House. Asserting that polls aren’t about anyone’s gains or loss, Modi said, “I do not think about elections in terms of who won and who lost. For me, what is satisfying is the opportunity to serve 130 crore Indians and do work that has made a positive difference in the lives of our citizens,” he said.last_img read more

Nelvana Names Discovery Kids as Broadcast Partner for The ZhuZhus in Latin

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Under the new agreement, The ZhuZhus will soon be entertaining young viewers in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.The ZhuZhus will also begin airing in the following Caribbean nations this spring: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherland Antilles, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands..About 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 broadcast 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 www.nelvana.com.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus 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 includes 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 www.corusent.com..About Discovery KidsDiscovery Kids is a leading network of children’s programming in Latin America and airs 24 hours of programming dedicated to children in the home.  Through characters and captivating stories, the channel allows children to identify with real life experiences offering them an environment that nourishes their own curiosity.  Discovery Kids celebrates the joy of being a kid, welcoming all kids and celebrating their differences and uniqueness, while encouraging them to have fun exploring their world – from the smallest discoveries to those as big as their own imagination… because it is great to be a kid! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Toronto, Canada – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content, has partnered with Discovery Kids to bring 26 hilarious episodes of its hit animated series, The ZhuZhus, to kids and families throughout Latin America and the Caribbean beginning this May. In addition, Nelvana has completed a broadcast extension deal with Discovery Kids for Backyardigans, ensuring that the CGI-animated series’ 80 episodes remain on-air in Latin America and the Caribbean.“We are thrilled to work with a dynamic and world-class broadcast partner like Discovery Kids,” said Scott Dyer, President, Nelvana. “We are certain that viewers across Latin America and the Caribbean will be delighted by the uproarious adventures of The ZhuZhus, and the high-spirited adventures of the Backyardigans.”The ZhuZhus is based on the hugely-popular ZhuZhu Pets toy line from St. Louis, Mo-based Cepia, LLC, the mastermind behind the irresistible and always-entertaining lifelike robotic hamsters that became a phenomenon when they were first introduced. Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Home Capital Group reports net income of 306M in fourth quarter down

first_imgTORONTO – Home Capital Group Inc. reported net a income of $30.6 million in its most recent quarter, about 40 per cent less than it earned in the same quarter last year before it was hit with allegations it misled investors.The Toronto-based mortgage lender’s fourth-quarter income in the period ending Dec. 31 amounted to diluted earnings of 38 cents per share.That compares to a net income of $50.7 million and diluted earnings of 79 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Fourth-quarter revenue amounted to $109.5 million, down from $144.6 million in the similar quarter a year ago, but ahead of Thomson Reuters estimates of $86.5 million.CEO Yousry Bissada said in a statement late Wednesday that Home Capital is entering 2018 with positive momentum in its business and expects to grow from here.“We have demonstrated progress towards growing our residential and commercial business lines to more normal and sustainable levels and our employees delivered improved service,” he said.It’s been a tumultuous year for the Toronto-based mortgage lender after allegations it was misleading shareholders prompted a run on deposits by customers last April.By June, the company agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit and a matter before the Ontario Securities Commission concerning the allegations.But last fall the company was still facing elevated expenses because of the scrutiny, as it cut 65 jobs and sold of segments of its business amid the departure of several executives.More recently, separate lawsuits by a short seller and West Face Capital Inc. were launched against Home Capital and three former executives, both alleging the lender’s public disclosure was inaccurate and misleading.Companies in this story: (TSX:HCG)Note to readers: CORRECTS lede to say net income was 40 per cent less than last year’s fourth quarter resultslast_img read more

Closing Bell TSX tumbles amid weak US Chinese data while Fed stands

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed sharply lower Wednesday as investors sold off across most sectors and commodities tumbled as indications of slowing growth in the Chinese and American economies raised another round of concerns.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,321.29 -135.21 -1.09%S&P 500 — 1,582.70 -14.87 -0.98%Dow — 14,700.95 -138.85 -0.94%Nasdaq — 3,299.13 -29.66 -0.89%The S&P/TSX composite index fell 135.21 points to 12,321.29, led by steep declines in mining and energy stocks, amid a heavy slate of earnings reports.The Canadian dollar closed down 0.06 of a cent to 99.2 cents US.There was at least one bit of good news: the U.S. Federal Reserve announced that it will carry on with its economic stimulus measures for some time to come.That means interest rates stay near zero until the jobless rate hits 6.5% from its current level of 7.6%.And other stimulus in the form of spending US$85 billion a month on bonds to keep long-term rates low and encourage lending will stay place until the labour market markedly improves substantially.“This is a steady-as-she-goes Fed, one that won’t be much moved by small swings in the data until we get a long enough string of positive news to alter course,” said Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC World Markets.A big improvement in the U.S. labour market could be a ways off as payroll firm ADP released employment data that indicated another month of weak job creation. ADP said private sector job creation came in at 119,000 in April, much lower than expectations of 150,000.The report came out two days before the release of the U.S. government’s employment report for last month. Job growth in March widely missed expectations, coming in at 88,000.Indexes were further depressed by other data showing declining expansion in the American manufacturing sector. The Institute for Supply Management’s index stood at 50.7 in April, down from 51.3 in March.And construction spending fell 1.7% in March after rising 1.5% in February.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 138.85 points to 14,700.95, while the Nasdaq composite index fell 29.66 points to 3,299.13 and the S&P 500 index gave back 14.87 points to 1,582.7.Commodity prices also moved lower after data showed a slowdown in China’s manufacturing growth.The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, an industry group, released data Wednesday showing that manufacturing grew at a slower pace in April and that export orders had been declining steadily. The federation’s purchasing managers’ index fell to 50.6 in April from 50.9 in March.“The China number really put a damper on our market with respect to the commodities market again,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities.“Commodities, materials are not the place to be.”The metals and mining sector dropped 1.45% as July copper fell 11 cents to US$3.08 a pound. China is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal. First Quantum Minerals fell 44 cents to C$17.15.The gold sector was also down about 2.35% as June bullion in New York dropped $25.90 to US$1,446.20 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 75 cents to C$29.07.The energy sector fell two% as the weak manufacturing data sent June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropping $2.43 to US$91.03 a barrel.Prices were further depressed after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a jump in last week’s crude supplies that was more than four times higher than expected, rising last week by 6.7 million barrels.Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) lost 55 cents to C$29.Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) posted a quarterly net loss of $213 million, or 21 cents per share compared with a profit of $291 million, or 28 cents per share, a year earlier. Its shares gave back 58 cents to $11.50.The tech sector was also weak with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 61 cents to $15.89 as it launched the long-awaited Q10 smartphone with a physical keyboard.Industrials also weighed on the Toronto market with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) down $2.40 to $123.16.And the financials sector also gave back gains as Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) shed 82 cents to $62.37.Elsewhere on the earnings front, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) jumped $2, or 4.68%, to $44.75 as it reported a 40% increase in first-quarter net income to $171 million or 61 cents per share while revenue rose to $7.2 billion from $6.94 billion. The grocer also increased its quarterly dividend to 24 cents per common share from 22 cents and said it plans to compete the initial public offering of its real estate investment trust in early to mid-July.“That’s a key driver,” added Small.“The real estate alone that their buildings sit on is worth a certain amount in terms of earnings per share.”In other corporate developments, Tim Hortons Inc. (TSX:THI) shares gained $2.19 or 4% to $56.77 after a report that U.S. investment firm Highfields Capital is pushing for changes at the chain including a big buy back of stock and a spin off of its real estate holdings.Here’s the news investors were watching today:U.S. Fed stands by stimulus plan on concerns of fiscal dragCameco reports lower earnings on slower uranium salesTim Hortons shares surge as U.S. hedge fund pushes for drastic changeLoblaw shares surge after dividend hike, 40% profit leap, while ‘tragic’ Bangladesh factory collapse fails to dent salesApple fails to top Microsoft in $17-billion bond saleSuncor: More dividends expected from ‘free cash flow machine’ON DECKTHURSDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Merchandise Trade Balance (March) UNITED STATES7:30 a.m.Challenger layoff report (April) 8:30 a.m.UI claims (April 27) Productivity (Q1) Goods and Services Trade Balance (March) CORPORATE NEWSCANADAValeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect $1.23 a share Great-West Lifeco Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 55¢ a share Manulife Financial Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 34¢ a share SNC Lavalin Group Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 49¢ a share UNITED STATESKellogg Co Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.02 a share General Motors Co Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 80¢ a share Kraft Foods Group Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 78¢ a share LinkedIn Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 31¢ a share read more

Insecurity across Darfur Sudan threatens aid deliveries warns UN food agency

World Food Programme (WFP) deliveries and humanitarian operations have been suspended in the northwest section of North Darfur state since Sunday after the deaths there of two staff members of Save The Children (UK).The two humanitarian workers for the non-governmental organization (NGO), a British national and a Sudanese national, were killed when their vehicle was struck by a landmine. A third staff member was injured.At its weekly press briefing in Khartoum, the UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) reported that the northwest has been declared a no-go area for all UN humanitarian agencies since the weekend.WFP said in its statement that the closure in the northwest means about 50,000 people, mostly IDPs, will miss out on its food assistance programme – jeopardizing the agency’s target of feeding 2 million people in Darfur every month by the end of this year.About 1.45 million Sudanese live as IDPs in Darfur and another 200,000 people are refugees in Chad, driven from their homes by brutal attacks from armed militias and by fighting between Sudanese Government forces and two rebel groups.WFP said it has also faced problems in other parts of North Darfur and in South Darfur state, where armed bandits have ambushed and attacked or looted humanitarian vehicles on several occasions during the past week.More than 6,000 tons of food has been dispatched to needy people so far in October, but deliveries have been slower than expected because truck drivers are now using longer routes to avoid insecure areas.Meanwhile, UNAMIS spokesperson Radhia Achouri said the Darfur peace talks taking place in Abuja, Nigeria, are scheduled to resume on 21 October, with the African Union (AU) continuing to mediate and UN officials participating.Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, has told Khartoum and the rebel groups that they should focus on political issues and the root causes of their conflict when they resume their negotiations.The AU’s Peace and Security Commission is slated to meet on Tuesday in Addis Ababa to discuss the proposal to expand the size and mandate of its ceasefire monitoring mission in Darfur. read more

CN sells rail west of Toronto used by GO Transit to Metrolinx

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CN sells rail west of Toronto used by GO Transit to Metrolinx for $52.5 million by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2013 3:05 pm MDT TORONTO – Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR) has sold a portion of rail line west of Toronto to Metrolinx for $52.5 million.The segment of line between Oakville, Ont., and Burlington, Ont., is mainly used by commuter trains operated by GO Transit.CN says it will continue to operate freight trains over the rail line.Metrolinx, which owns GO Transit, is a provincial transportation agency that operates inter-regional public transit between Toronto and surrounding areas.Shares in CN were up $1.18 or 1.19 per cent at $100.02 in mid-afternoon trading Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Ugandas antihomosexuality bill has serious human rights implications – UNAIDS

The bill, passed by the Ugandan Parliament on 20 December, calls for a 14-year jail term for a first conviction and imprisonment for life for the offence of “aggravated homosexuality.”“I strongly urge the Ugandan authorities to reject the bill and ensure the human rights and dignity of all people in Uganda,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).“Uganda was the first country in Africa to break the conspiracy of silence on AIDS – and to give voice to the most marginalized – but now I am scared that this bill will take Uganda backwards, relinquishing its leadership role in the AIDS response,” Mr. Sidibé added. The bill also has public health implications, UNAIDS, said citing studies which show that when gay people face discrimination including abuse, incarceration and prosecution, they are less likely to seek HIV testing, prevention and treatment services.In 2012, there were 1.5 million people living with HIV in Uganda and 140,000 new HIV infections, UNAIDS reported.Globally, gay men are around 13 times more likely to become infected with HIV than the general population, emphasizing the urgent need to ensure safe access to HIV prevention and treatment services for all people everywhere.In today’s statement, the UN agency urged all Governments “to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people through repealing criminal laws against adult consensual same sex sexual conduct.”UNAIDS also called on authorities to implement laws to protect people from violence and discrimination, to promote campaigns that address homophobia and transphobia, and to ensure access to health services including HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has decried the bill, noting that it would have a detrimental effect not only on the fundamental rights of LGBT members of Ugandan society but also on the work of human rights defenders and efforts to address HIV/AIDS in the country.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed for the complete and universal decriminalization of homosexuality, still a criminal offence in some 76 countries, stressing that human rights must always trump cultural attitudes and societal strictures. read more

3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer reacts to a call on the sideline during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOn Monday, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer appeared at his weekly press conference to offer reflection on the Buckeyes’ 28-14 win over Minnesota on Saturday and the quarterback position, as well as peer ahead to his team’s forthcoming game against Illinois.Here are three notes from Meyer’s time at the podium.The quarterback spotAs many expected, Meyer quickly addressed the issues at quarterback. His explanation was simple.“(J.T. Barrett will) be the starter unless he does not have a good week of practice or something,” Meyer said.The redshirt sophomore was suspended for Saturday’s game against Minnesota after being cited for operating a motor vehicle while impaired. Redshirt junior Cardale Jones filled in and played decently, throwing for 187 yards and a score while rushing for 65 more yards and the game-clinching touchdown.Meyer didn’t discount Jones’ performance though, praising the Cleveland native for his efforts while emphasizing that through all the criticism, he still is 11-0 as a starter in scarlet and gray.But like always, the coach said determining a quarterback is a difficult thing.“It’s never an easy call because one guy had his 11th win, 250 all-purpose yards,” Meyer said. “(Jones) made some good plays for us and is invested in our program. It’s never easy.”Even with Jones’ contributions, Meyer said the almost-sure move back to Barrett is the proper decision for OSU.“I think it’s the right thing at this time,” he said.ChampionsAfter a stifling effort that held Minnesota to just 33 rushing yards, six players alongside the OSU defensive line received champion grades.Redshirt senior Joel Hale and redshirt sophomore Michael Hill, who are tasked with filling in for the injured Tommy Schutt at defensive tackle, received champion efforts. Neither player recorded a tackle, but they put pressure on the interior of Minnesota’s offensive line all night.Junior Joey Bosa graded out after registering three tackles, one of which was for a six-yard loss, and two quarterback hurries. Meyer said Bosa is as disruptive as any player he has been around.Opposite Bosa at defensive end, redshirt sophomore Tyquan Lewis had himself a day against the Golden Gophers, prompting a champion grade.The Tarboro, North Carolina, native had four tackles in OSU’s first four defensive series. Lewis finished the game with seven overall tackles and did a nice job setting an edge all game long.Redshirt freshman Sam Hubbard concluded the champion grades for the defensive line after picking up three tackles and a sack.Redshirt junior safety Vonn Bell was co-defensive player of the game along with redshirt sophomore Darron Lee. Bell had 10 tackles and arguably the game’s biggest play with his 16-yard interception return for a touchdown for the game’s first points.Lee was all over the field on Saturday, accounting for five tackles and two quarterback hurries.Offensively, it wasn’t the most electric performance from the Buckeyes, but seven players still received champion grades, including three pass catchers.Redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas had four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown, while redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall caught two passes for 56 yards, including a 44-yarder that set up OSU’s trip to the red zone.“(Marshall and Thomas) are playing a very high level for us and blocking and making plays,” Meyer said.Tight end Nick Vannett caught his first pass since the Indiana game on Oct. 3. The redshirt senior had two grabs for 12 yards, while also continuing with his strong blocking efforts.Left guard Billy Price also picked up a champion grade. The redshirt sophomore has been solid all season long in both pass protection and run blocking.Offensive players of the game were junior running back Ezekiel Elliott and redshirt junior right guard Pat Elflein. Elliott was able to extend his streak of games with over 100 yards rushing to 14 after running for 121 yards and a touchdown through the holes that Elflein opened up.Beyond the play of Price and Elflein, Meyer said the offensive line is as consistent as any offensive line he has coached in Columbus.‘Best in America’Meyer had high praise for Marshall throughout his press conference.The third-year sophomore was instrumental in setting up the Buckeyes’ first offensive touchdown after corralling a 44-yard deep pass from Jones before being brought down at the Minnesota 15-yard line.Marshall doesn’t just contribute in the passing game though. The Middletown, Ohio, native has been a major contributor on punt returns and in perimeter blocking.Meyer has long stressed this season that without elite perimeter blocking, Elliott cannot be nearly as effective in the run game. Marshall has engaged in key blocks all season long, including a crucial one on Elliott’s 15-yard touchdown on Saturday.“He’s blocking, he’s our best blocker,” Meyer said. “He’s obviously a very aggressive punt returner that’s worked very hard on that. He’s one of the best punt returners in America right now.”With injuries piling up in the receiving corps, it’s clear that OSU has found a bright spot in Marshall.“He’s one of our best players right now. He’s one of our best practice players,” Meyer said. “He’s a leader for us. He’s doing a lot of unselfish things that most people don’t see.” read more

EC 2014 Quals Macedonia travels to Portugal with three changes Georgievski left

alushevskigeorgievskimitrevskimojsovskiojlevskiristovskisundovskitemelkov ← Previous Story Road to EHF EURO 2014 – Round 1 completed! Next Story → Pero Milosevic no longer RK Lovcen coach Macedonia’s coach Zvonko Sundovski has given the shortened list of players that are travelling to Portugal for the match on Sunday against the host for the European Championship 2014 in Denmark. Borko Ristovski is back in the team after the suspension, and after a brilliant game in Skopje against Switzerland, Nikola Mitrevski is going to Portugal, which means that Petar Angelov stays in Skopje, who already has small injury problems. Stevche Alushevski and Goce Georgievski are the other two that stay in Skopje, while Goce Ojlevski and Zlatko Mojsovski will be replacing them in the team. Macedonia beat Switzerland in the first round of the qualifications with 30:24, while Portugal lost away in Spain with 20:34, and a defeat in this game might mean end of chances for the Portuguese for eventual qualification, while for Macedonia it shall mean definite qualification.Fans wonder on leaving out Georgievski?!One of the most in-form players of HC Metalurg, and who has been brilliant so far in the SEHA league and especially in the Champions League, Goce Georgievski has been left out of the squad, while Zlatko Mojsovski has been taken in. Fans justly question the choice where Temelkov and Mojsovski with 31 and 32 years respectively are taken in the team, while a magnificent in-form promising winger like 25-year old Georgievski has been left out. read more

British Soliders To Get Solar Powered Thermoelectric Uniforms

first_imgWhile the US military is developing solar powered tents, the UK is instead focusing on solar powered uniforms for soldiers.By including photovoltaic solar cells in the uniform itself, it will eliminate the need for soldiers to carry around heavy batteries. In fact, the solar cells could be up to 50 percent lighter, creating a dramatic shift in weight. This increased lightness, combined with the fact that soldiers will no longer have to return to base to recharge equipment, will allow for increased mobility.Researchers are also attempting to include thermoelectric chargers in the uniforms, which would allow them to continue to produce energy even when the sun goes down.The high-tech gear could be ready within the next two years.Via Inhabitatlast_img read more

Cyprus president asks people to accept need for sacrifices

first_imgIn his last New Year’s message as president of the Republic of Cyprus, outgoing Dimitris Christofias told the public that they will have to make sacrifices in order to avoid the worst, while expressing confidence that the Cypriot economy can be saved by creating the conditions that will set it back on a path to growth in a short period of time.Christofias said the consequences of the global economic crisis and particularly the exposure of Cypriot banks to Greek state bonds and the Greek economy in general have created a serious fiscal gap that has forced the government in Nicosia to resort to the European Stability Mechanism.He reiterated that the government has managed to safeguard a number of privileges for its citizens in the context of the tough negotiations with its prospective creditors, and went on to place most of the blame for the crisis in the local credit system on the Central Bank of Cyprus and its former governor.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Troika talks resume

first_imgGovernment officials on Monday resumed tough negotiations with troika envoys on a range of economic reforms that Athens must implement in order to secure further rescue loans, including a delayed overhaul of the civil service, with sources indicating that there was hope for some concessions although it appeared unlikely that talks would be completed in time for next Monday’s Eurogroup summit.A Finance Ministry source indicated late Monday night that the foreign envoys might be open to allowing the emergency property tax for 2013 to be paid in five installments, and not four as they had demanded originally. The source said that Greek officials had laid out the government’s proposals and that the envoys had listened to them without supporting or rejecting them. The same source did not rule out the possibility of the troika disbursing the next tranche of rescue funding, which is worth 8.1 billion euros, in installments if Greece fails to make good on reform pledges and plug a funding gap for this year estimated at 1 billion euros, chiefly attributed to the debts of the country’s main healthcare provider, EOPYY.It appeared unlikely that the talks would be completed in time for the next summit of eurozone finance ministers next Monday, with sources suggesting that some matters could be resolved this week while others would probably need to be thrashed out into next week.A key issue expected to dominate negotiations in the coming days is a delayed overhaul of the civil service. Authorities are likely to refer to the closure of the state broadcaster, ERT, last month as a sign of the government’s determination to push through difficult and politically contentious measures. But new Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to seek an extension, until September, for the induction of 12,500 civil servants into a so-called mobility scheme where staff will receive 75 percent of their wages for a year before an assessment that could lead to another job in the public sector or dismissal. Mitsotakis was locked in a meeting with troika envoys until late Monday night.The auditors are on Tuesday scheduled to meet with Health Minister Adonis Georgidis, another new cabinet member, for talks expected to focus on the EOPYY shortfall and the likely closure of state hospitals. The inspectors are also to meet with Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis, who has insisted that any further reduction to the minimum wage is not up for question.Georgiadis met on Monday with European Commission task force chief Horst Reichenbach for talks that reportedly touched on ways of boosting Greece’s absorption of EU subsidies. One scheme in the works foresees the provision of free healthcare to 200,000 Greeks who lack insurance, sources said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Most People Believe Robots Will Match Humans in 30 Years

first_img Robots are no longer a sci-fi fantasy.More than half of adult Internet users believe within 30 years; machines will advance to the point of performing most activities currently done by humans.According to a survey by the Brookings Institute, 52 percent of participants feel this scenario is “somewhat” to “very” likely; 23 percent disagree, and a quarter of respondents are not sure.There were no significant differences by demographic group or region: Folks aged 35 to 54 were ever so slightly more inclined to subscribe to the idea that those living in the south or adults younger than 35.Males and older individuals err on the side of “not very likely.”The D.C.-based think tank also asked whether the U.S. government should set up a Federal Robotics Commission to regulate robot development and usage. (Following Donald Trump’s directive to establish a “space force” to ensure America’s sovereignty among the stars, anything is possible.)Fewer people are on board with administering androids, though: Only 32 percent (a majority young people) agreed, compared to 29 percent who opposed and 39 percent who were unsure.“We asked several questions regarding people’s impressions of robots,” the Brooking Institute said, revealing that 61 percent are uncomfortable with cyborgs.Thirty-eight percent felt machines would make their lives easier in the next five years—mostly as cleaners, security guards, and child or elderly carers. Only if they come cheap, though: 42 percent said they’d pay $250 or less for a robot that handles routine chores. Three percent are willing to pay more than $1,000.But would robot colleagues be a manager’s dream or workers’ nightmare?“The problem is that installing robots often makes the jobs around them worse,” Matt Beane, a faculty member at UC Santa Barbara’s Technology Management program, said last month.“Use a robot for aerial reconnaissance, and remote pilots end up bored. Use a robot for surgery, and surgical trainees end up watching, not learning,” he wrote in a piece for Wired. “Use a robot to transport materials, and workers … can no longer interact with and learn from their customers. Use a robot to farm, and farmers end up barred from repairing their own tractors.”Use a robot for sexual intercourse, and, well, the repercussions of this are still under consideration.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on targetlast_img read more

Weve got great character – Etheridge

first_imgCardiff City goalkeeper Neal Etheridge has hailed his team’s character and desire after their hard-fought 1-0 victory against Southampton on Saturday.Callum Paterson scored and Etheridge kept a clean sheet at the other end to help Cardiff City win a vital three points.The victory lifted Cardiff to 14th place in the Premier League table, and the Philippines goalkeeper was impressed with the overall performance of the team.“It’s great to achieve our third consecutive win at home,” Etheridge told the club’s website.“I think we played really well. We were very solid at the back. It’s fantastic to get another clean-sheet, especially at this level.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“Obviously, we can now progress with this result and keep going forward. The lads are very happy with the result. Southampton was a team similar to our level so it was important to get the win.“The weather conditions weren’t the best. It really started to come down after the warm-up. The wind affected the play and it was difficult for the players. The lads had to battle extra hard but took away the deserved three points.“They put a lot of balls into the box and it was a very tricky game; especially with the weather conditions. All credit to the back four with the clean-sheet.“We’ve got a great character in the squad. In the past, we’ve had to show a response from being behind to win games.“But against Southampton, we got in front and had to stay in front. The characters in the dressing room are extremely happy.”last_img read more

Highspeed chase suspect appears in court

first_imgA Vancouver man appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court in connection with a high-speed police pursuit Wednesday from Salmon Creek to West Vancouver’s Uptown Village.Wayne A. Ross, 45, faces charges of attempting to elude police, harassment domestic violence, first-degree possession of stolen property, hit-and-run injury, third-degree theft, fourth-degree assault domestic violence, malicious mischief less than $50 and being a fugitive from justice. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges March 6.Judge David Gregerson held him on $100,000 bail because he has a fugitive warrant in Oregon and warrants out of Clark County District Court. The judge appointed Vancouver attorney Clark Fridley to defend Ross.The chase started in the Salmon Creek area and ended with a collision in Uptown Village on Wednesday. The alleged driver then fled on foot but was stopped by a police Taser and a bystander wielding a skateboard.Clark County sheriff’s deputies were called about 2:48 p.m. Wednesday to respond to a disturbance at a residence in the 2400 block of Northeast 129th St. While en route, dispatchers informed them that the suspect, Wayne Ross, had threatened his girlfriend, according to a court affidavit. Ross left the residence in a red Ford pickup just before deputies arrived, the affidavit says. The vehicle was stolen, according to the sheriff’s office.last_img read more

An Interview With IO Interactives Sven Liebold About Hitman 2

first_img Hitman was one of my favorite games from 2016. This was actually the first time I played anything from the venerated stealth franchise, and I absolutely loved it. The variety of ways to take out targets blew me away. The amount of detail developer Io Interactive put into each of the game’s different locales is something that also impressed me. It was an overall high-quality experience that exemplified what a stealth game should be. Despite all the drama that happened between Io and Square-Enix, a sequel, Hitman 2, is arriving later this year by way of publisher Warner Bros.At this year’s E3, I went hands-on with the upcoming stealth title. Afterwards, I got a chance to chat with Io Interactive’s Sven Liebold about Hitman 2. We discussed the game’s new narrative structure, how the engine handles so many on-screen NPCs, post-launch content, and how Hitman is now the torch bearer for AAA stealth games.The last Hitman game came out two years ago and the collected edition (with all chapters) released early last year. Why is this game coming out so quickly?We started development of Hitman 2 pretty much right after the previous Hitman finished. The team obviously learned a lot from our previous game. We knew we could improve a lot, so we embarked on that mission. We’re very happy to show the first results of our efforts.Hitman 2 isn’t an episodic game like the previous installment. Why did you decide to release the full game all at once this time around?This time the main game releases day and date physical and digital on November 13. What that means is we need to emphasize two aspects, primarily. First, players can basically go through the story of the main game at their own pace. They can do so with as much replay or as little replay as they want, completely in one place.When it comes to post-launch content, all the stuff that people loved like elusive targets are back. Escalation contracts, the challenge packs, contracts mode, all of that will come back in Hitman 2. With all of this live content coming on day one, we will be able to offer much more varied content simply because we already have an entire buffet, if you will. An entire palate is available.When you combine the amount of content already in the base game with all of the post-launch content, it sounds like Hitman 2 is going to last for many, many hours.I think it’s no surprise to say it’s very hard to estimate the amount of gameplay in Hitman. With the previous game, most players — depending on how they approached missions, how often they tried different approaches and how much they replayed — played for about 15 hours. We’ve also seen 500 to 600 hours. Even thousands of hours. It’s really varied depending on how you approach it.In the first Hitman, each chapter was its own self-contained story. There was a narrative thread through all of them, but for the most part, they were individual tales. Are each of the chapters in Hitman 2 also self-contained?There are six stories in the main game. Story-wise, Hitman 2 is a direct continuation of the previous Hitman so we will have an overarching story again. Of course, our assassination sandbox will stay intact.Is it hard to come up with so many different assassination scenarios in each chapter? That doesn’t sound easy.Coming up with them is actually not the hard part. Some of the guys have worked on Hitman for quite a long time. You can imagine there is already a large backlog of different ideas and approaches. We’re not going to run out of those any time soon.To that point, I want to discuss our Miami demo. It’s a completely new setting that we are bringing to Hitman. We haven’t really done anything like that; the sandbox and its complexity and its fidelity. It was tempting for us was to try this approach; to have this fully simulated race and then a target being part of the race — a mobile moving target that is part of it. The race is a timed event. It’s not a scripted event. We didn’t have that before. We are trying some new recipes and some new things that we think are super promising and that we also hope our players will enjoy.Will other chapters feature new things and surprises like the Miami level?We definitely have more surprises up our sleeves. I can promise you that.Let’s talk about the graphics. Were they enhanced in any way since the last game? Are you taking advantage of the power afforded by consoles like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X?In regards to that [mid-gen consoles], we’re still optimizing, so there is nothing specific I can get into just yet. We’ll be able to talk about that very, very soon.It’s our own engine, it’s a proprietary engine, and we have optimized it quite significantly since last time. We have very targeted, pinpointed improvements to the engine that happened [since the last game]. We are always trying to improve our underlying tech.One thing I found impressive about the last Hitman and the Miami demo is the amount of characters on screen. I never noticed any slow down or any stutter while playing. Was it difficult to achieve this?I’m happy you mentioned the crowds. Crowds in Hitman locations is an important thing for us. With the Miami location, we’re looking at almost 2000 NPCs active at the same time. We worked on crowd fidelity and crowd scale quite a lot. There’s also a new feature in the Miami demo where you can blend into crowds. You can hide in them. The crowd is a gameplay feature, which is an awesome addition to the experience, in our opinion.Can you go into more detail about post-launch content?If you go to Hitman.com, you can see the premium editions that we will offer on top of the Standard Edition. This includes all the post-launch live content that I mentioned before. All of that stuff comes in the Standard Edition as well. On top of that, we have the Silver Edition which includes one expansion, and we have the Gold Edition which includes an expansion pass.With Metal Gear and Splinter Cell no longer around, Hitman is currently the biggest AAA stealth game out there. How does it feel knowing players now look to Hitman for their stealth game fix?To that, I can only say that we are super focused on what we are doing. There is a lot of belief, a lot of passion at Io for this game. We are trying to improve the assassination sandbox one step at a time, and we’re not done doing that yet.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima last_img read more

Man woman found hanging in Digha hotel room

first_imgKolkata: A man and a woman committed suicide by hanging themselves at a hotel room in Digha on Friday morning.Police said the victims Shankar Sarkar (29) and Atasi Sarkar (26) had checked in to the hotel on Thursday and claimed themselves to be husband and wife. Investigation revealed that both of them were residents of Tarakeswar in Hooghly. Police came to know from the employees of the hotel that it was on Thursday night when they reached Digha and checked in to the room. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWhen asked by the employees whether they would take dinner on Thursday night, they informed that they already had dinner. That was the last time, the employees saw them.On Friday morning, one of them went to clean the room and knocked on the door. The employee, who went to clean the room, knocked on the door repeatedly. But there was no response.The employee informed his colleagues, who also knocked on the door. Finally, the manager of the hotel contacted police. Policemen from Digha police station went to the hotel and broke open the door only to find both of them hanging from the ceiling. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice brought both the bodies down and sent them for post-mortem.They searched the room and found identity cards in their bags. Police contacted the victims’ family members and searched if they had left any suicide note in the room.Police are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind this extreme step but suspect that some family related trouble led to the incident. They will also speak to the victims’ family members to reach the root of the incident.last_img read more