Bank takes ‘possession’of MLA’s flat over dues

first_imgA Pune-based bank has taken “symbolic possession” of a flat owned by newly elected NCP MLA Dhananjay Munde here for alleged non-payment of a loan of ₹70 lakh.The NCP leader defeated his cousin Pankaja Munde in the just-concluded Maharashtra Assembly election from Parli in Beed district of central Maharashtra.The Pune-headquartered Shivajirao Bhosale Cooperative Bank Ltd. had published an advertisement/notice related to the flat in a newspaper on October 25, the day after election results were declared.‘Symbolic takeover’“Since the respondent has failed to repay the loan amount, the bank has taken symbolic possession of the property,” the notice said.In symbolic possession, the property remains in the possession of the owner.The flat in question is located at ‘Yugai Greens’ project in Model Colony in Shivajinagar here.A bank official said if the borrower fails to repay the outstanding amount, the bank will send a proposal to the Collector to take physical possession of the property.Due to “serious irregularities” in the functioning of the cooperative lender, its board was dismissed earlier this month by the RBI, which subsequently appointed an administrator to run the bank, promoted by NCP MLC Anil Shivajirao Bhosale.last_img read more

Haider suspended by Pakistan Cricket Board

first_imgPakistan’s wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider arrives at London’s Heathrow Airport from Dubai, Monday Nov. 8, 2010, after skipping his team’s one-day match against South Africa in Dubai. Haider flew from the United Arab Emirates where he had been scheduled to play in the deciding one-day international in the series against South Africa. Team officials had reported Haider as missing to police and the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption and security unit.Zulqarnain Haider was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday for abandoning the team in the United Arab Emirates before a match and fleeing to London, reportedly to seek asylum from threats linked to match-fixers.The 24-year-old wicketkeeper quit the Pakistan team in Dubai and flew to Britain on Monday, claiming he received threats and was offered money to lose matches against South Africa. After Haider left, Pakistan lost the fifth and deciding one-day international to lose the series.Pakistan’s GEO TV reported Haider as saying he’d had his first hearing on an asylum request, and that a second one would happen next month. British authorities do not comment on specific asylum cases.ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat confirmed his organization had “met with the player and is following up with the PCB,” but wouldn’t elaborate.The PCB said Haider violated the terms and conditions of his contract. It also said the board had been unable to contact the cricketer.”We have been trying to get in touch with him but unfortunately we have not established any link yet,” PCB director of cricket operations Zakir Khan told Associated Press Television News. “What we have heard so far is from him, via press and electronic media. We will like to know what went wrong.”advertisementIn interviews with GEO on Tuesday, Haider first claimed he was retiring from cricket and seeking asylum in Britain. He later said he was prepared to return to Pakistan if the government guaranteed his safety.On Wednesday, GEO’s news-ticker quoted Haider as saying “first hearing on political asylum request in the U.K. lasted for five minutes. Questions of ordinary nature were asked. Next hearing fixed for December 10.”Usually, people seeking asylum in Britain are given a short, informal interview soon after arriving to help channel their claim within the system. A more detailed interview is then arranged for a later date.On a Facebook page apparently belonging to Haider, the cricketer wrote that he was offered $25,000 by an “Asian looking man” one day before the fourth one-day match in Dubai, but that he ignored this. On the day of the match, he said he received text messages telling him to lose the match otherwise he would be killed.The alleged threats and match-fixing allegations are the latest setback for a Pakistan team already weighed down by accusations that three players were involved in a betting scandal during a test in England in August.Lorgat denied the ICC was targeting Pakistan as part of its anti-corruption drive, saying “we are very sympathetic to the issues that Pakistan cricket is challenged by and are providing all the support we possibly can and will continue to do so.”Illegal betting on cricket matches is a multimillion dollar industry in South Asia. Betting syndicates stand to earn massive sums of money if they have “fixed” the result of the game, or moments in it, by paying players. The syndicates have also reportedly threatened players and their families who do not go along with them.Former test captain Imran Khan, an influential figure in the game and a politician, said he was disappointed with Haider.”It will be clear in the coming days what was behind this incident, but this is a shameful thing for our country,” Imran Khan told GEO news channel.- With inputs from Associated Presslast_img read more

Mariyappan Thangavelu wins gold at Rio Paralympics

first_imgIndia baggedits first gold at Rio Paralympics 2016. Mariyappan Thangavelu achievedthe feat in the Men’s high jump T-42 event with jump of 1.89 metres.In the same event, another Indian Varun Singh Bhati clinched the Bronzemedal with 1.86 metres, which is also his personal best.American Sam Grewe won the silver medal. India was able to end its dry run andopen its medal tally with 2 medals on the same day at the same event.Listed below are some facts about the gold medalist that you should know: He was born in Periavadamgatti village, 50 km away from Salem, Tamil NaduAt the tender age of 5, he suffered permanent disability in his right leg when he was run over by a bus driver while walking towards his schoolDespite the setback, he completed his secondary schoolHis school PE instructor encouraged him to take up high jumpIn his first competitive event aged 14, he got noticed when he was placed second in the event among a field of able-bodied competitors T-42 is a disability sport classification for differently-abled track andfield athletes with single ‘above the knee’ amputations or a disabilitythat is comparable.Twenty-year-old Thangavelu became the first Indian high-jumper to win a gold medal at the Games.He has become the third Indian to win a gold at Paralympics afterMurlikant Petkar (Swimming, 1972 Heidelberg) and Devendra Jhajharia(Javelin Throw, 2004 Athens).After Thangavelu and Bhati’s feat,India’s overall medal tally in all Paralympic Games has reached 10 -three golds, three silvers and four bronze.advertisementHN Girisha became the first Indian high-jumper to win a medal at the 2012 Paralympics.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt with octa-core CPU, 3000mAh battery launched at Rs 11,490

first_imgSamsung launched a new budget Galaxy J-series phone, aka the Galaxy J7 Nxt, in India on Monday at a price of Rs 11,490. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt will be available for buying from both online and offline stores in the colours: Black and Gold.The Galaxy J7 Nxt comes with an all-plastic body and a 5.5-inch HD (720p) Super AMOLED display. It is powered by a 1.6 Ghz octa-core processor (unspecified chipset) clubbed with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is also expandable. The dual-SIM phone runs Android Nougat software and supports 4G LTE connectivity.The Galaxy J7 Nxt sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. It is further backed by a 3,000mAh battery.Samsung recently launched the Galaxy On Max photography-centric mid-level phone in India at a price of Rs 16,900. The USP of the Galaxy On Max, besides its all-metal unibody design, is Samsung Pay Mini and Social camera (read a camera with filters). While Samsung Pay Mini is a lighter version of the company’s Pay mobile payments service platform, the Social camera lets users apply filters and interact with social media apps like Facebook and Instagram directly from the camera app itself.Being photography-centric, the Galaxy On Max comes with 13-megapixel cameras on the front as well as on the back. While one of the lenses has an aperture of f/1.7 the other has an aperture of f/1.9 which technically should entail in better low light photos. Both the cameras on-board the Galaxy On Max come with flash.advertisementErstwhile, the Samsung Galaxy On Max comes with a 5.7-inch 1080p screen and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 256GB via micro-SD card slot.The dual-SIM phone runs Android Nougat software and supports 4G LTE connectivity. It is further backed by a 3,300mAh battery.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy On Max quick review: Galaxy J7 Max version 2.0 for online buyerslast_img read more


first_imgKerala IPS officer accepts PM’s fitness challengeThiruvananthapuram, Jun 17 (PTI) Thrissur Commissioner ofPolice G H Yatish Chandra has accepted the fitness challengethrown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.In his facebook post, Chandra said he was honoured toaccept the fitness challenge of the Prime Minister for IPSofficers.”I am honoured to accept the #FitnessChallenge of Hon’blePM for #IPSOfficers. #HumFitTohIndiaFit #IPSFitIndiaFit#64RR,” Chandra said.The IPS officer also posted a video of his workoutsession on the social media site.Modi had passed on the fitness challenge to politicians,sports personalities and IPS officers, especially those above40 years of age.Union Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore hadlaunched the #HumFitTohIndiaFit campaign last month,underlining the importance of staying fit. PTI JRKROHROHROHlast_img read more

Abraham targeting Chelsea spot

first_imgEngland Abraham targeting Chelsea place after maiden England call Harry West Last updated 2 years ago 03:15 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) TammyAbraham - Cropped Getty Images England Premier League England v Germany England v Brazil Friendlies Swansea City Chelsea After his first senior international call-up, Swansea City’s on-loan striker has his sights set on becoming a regular for the Blues Tammy Abraham’s primary ambition remains securing a regular place in the Chelsea squad as he prepares for a potential England debut this week.Chelsea 16/1 for the titleIn July, the 20-year-old signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge on the same day he left on a season-long loan for Swansea City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Abraham has impressed in a struggling Swans side, netting four goals in 11 Premier League appearances – form that was rewarded with his maiden England call-up for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil.”My main focus is Swansea but pushing on, my main target is to be in that Chelsea squad,” he said in a media conference on Monday.”It’s not going to be easy, you look at the players that are there, but you have to keep pushing and keep working as hard as you can.”I want to show the world what I’m truly made of. Of course it will be difficult, you’re playing in one of the best leagues in the world.”In the Premier League you’re playing against some of the best defenders in the world but it’s nice for me to have that competition.”Gareth [Southgate] is a manager who likes to bring up young talent and that gives us a lot of confidence.”last_img read more

Back to School Think Safety First

first_imgDrivers, parents and students are reminded to think safety firstas schools open for another year. “Thousands of young people are returning to school this week,”said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “With a little common senseand a lot attention to the rules of safety, we can make this asafe and enjoyable school year for everyone.” With thousands of children walking to and from schools eachweekday, motorists should drive with caution, and pay particularattention in school zones. Motorists are also reminded of the laws requiring drivers to stopin both directions if they come upon a school bus with flashingred lights. Drivers should stop vehicles 20 metres away from astopped school bus with flashing lights. Failure to do so canresult in a $387.50 fine. “We have an excellent safety record in Nova Scotia, thanks to ourschool bus drivers and our safety standards,” said Mr. Muir. “However, motorists must be vigilant at all times.” Parents are also urged to remind their children about the rulesof safety. Children should know they must look both ways beforecrossing the street, always cross at a crosswalk, and always obeycrossing guards or pedestrian signals at traffic lights.last_img read more

QuickList June inflation rate for selected Canadian cities

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.0 per cent in June, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 1.6 per cent (3.0)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.1 (1.4)— Halifax: 0.5 (0.5)— Saint John, N.B.: 2.1 (2.4)— Quebec: 0.6 (0.6)— Montreal: 0.8 (0.8)— Ottawa: 1.0 (1.0)— Toronto: 2.1 (1.9)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 0.9 (0.9)— Winnipeg: 0.2 (1.1)— Regina: 0.4 (0.9)— Saskatoon: 0.7 (1.0)— Edmonton: 0.4 (1.3)— Calgary: 0.7 (1.4)— Vancouver: 1.8 (1.8)— Victoria: 1.8 (2.0)last_img

Evacuation alert lifted at 100 Mile House BC Clinton get order to

first_imgREVELSTOKE, B.C. – As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asking Canadians to donate to the Red Cross to help fire ravaged communities and families in British Columbia, the residents of a tiny Caribou community of Clinton received orders to leave their homes.Clinton, located about 120 kilometres northwest of Kamloops, received the order Saturday evening, forcing people from their homes due to fire threats.The Clinton evacuation order came following an official announcement that an evacuation alert for 100 Mile House, located about 75 kilometres north of Clinton, was rescinded, but Cariboo Regional District officials warned another alert or order remains a possibility.Trudeau, who was in Revelstoke in B.C.’s southeast, said he was preparing to travel to several B.C. communities hit by the fires this summer.“I’ll be travelling myself to some of the affected areas in the coming days to see the extent of the damage,” he said. “But mostly to thank the extraordinary first responders who work tirelessly and long, long hours, days and weeks to save our homes, to protect our communities.”Trudeau said a text message to the Red Cross will result in a $10 donation to fire relief.“Those of us who know B.C., love B.C., and we want to do what we can to help,” he said. “That’s just who we are as Canadians. We help out our neighbours. We look out for our friends. We lend a hand in tough times.”Officials fear high temperatures and a chance for lightning could increase fire activity.Environment Canada forecasts rising temperatures up to and above 30 degrees Celsius for the southern Interior in the coming week, and the BC Wildfire Service has said the forests are much more dry than normal.Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said there is no rain in the foreseeable future for the southern parts of the province and there’s a chance a sub-tropic weather system could bring lightning later in the week.“To have that lightning arrive on Thursday, which is what the forecast is indicating right now, could make for a very dangerous situation out there in terms of new fires starting,” he said.Chris Duffy with Emergency Management BC said that roughly 3,700 people remain displaced by the remaining 18 evacuation orders in the province, down significantly from the tens of thousands that were forced from their homes earlier this month.Crews are still responding to the 148 fires burning across the province, an effort Skrepnek said has become more challenging in some areas with people returning home.“We’ve had multiple incidents with folks accessing areas where we’re in the midst of fighting fire,” he said.Issues include people using off road vehicles in areas that crews are working and some people are boating on lakes that helicopters and water skimming aircraft must access.“I don’t think they’re intentionally trying to impede operations, and I think what it could be in many situations is just ignorance of how large these fires are and how expansive our operations have become,” he said, adding some fires are more than 1,000 square kilometres in size.Skrepnek said the wildfire service has the authority to close off areas near fire sites if these problems persist.Incidents of vandalism and stolen equipment such as water pumps and hoses have also been an issue and Skrepnek said the wildfire service is working with RCMP to resolve the problem.RCMP Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau said no arrests have been made for interfering with wildfire operations, although some fines have been issued to people caught breaking campfire bans and other restrictions.The province has seen 810 fires this season, costing the wildfire service $166.7 million since April 1.last_img read more

Trio of Canadian RADARSAT Constellation satellites head into orbit

first_imgMONTREAL — A trio of Canadian satellites that represent the next generation of Earth-observation technology launched successfully into orbit today and will be deployed soon.The Canadian government’s RADARSAT Constellation project blasted off aboard a SpaceX rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 10:17 a.m. ET.The launch went off without any issues, and the Canadian Space Agency says the deployment of the Constellation is expected to take place about an hour after liftoff.The $1.2-billion government-owned project will replace the RADARSAT-2 satellite, which has been in orbit since 2007.Once fully operational later this year, the evenly spaced satellites will orbit Earth every 96 minutes at an altitude of about 600 kilometres. They are expected to generate 250,000 images per year — 50 times more than the first generation RADARSAT satellite.The images are used for a wide range of purposes, including monitoring sea ice, disaster management and agricultural and forestry management.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

As Facebook faces fire heat turns up on No 2 Sandberg

first_imgNEW YORK — For the past decade, Sheryl Sandberg has been the poised, reliable second-in-command to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, helping steer Facebook’s rapid growth around the world, while also cultivating her brand in ways that hint at aspirations well beyond the social network.But with growing criticism over the company’s practices, or lack of oversight, her carefully cultivated brand as an eloquent feminist leader is showing cracks. Questions these days aren’t so much about whether she’ll run for the Senate or even president, but whether she ought to keep her job at Facebook. Though the chances of an ouster are slim, the fact that it has even come up shows the extent of Facebook’s — and Sandberg’s — troubles.“Her brand was being manicured with the same resources and care as the gardens of Tokyo,” said Scott Galloway, a New York University marketing professor. “And unfortunately a hurricane has come through the garden.”Facebook has been dealing with hurricanes for the past two years : fake news, elections interference, hate speech, a privacy scandal, the list goes on. The company’s response — namely, Zuckerberg’s and Sandberg’s — has been slow at best, misleading and obfuscating at worst, as The New York Times reported last week. That report, and one from The Wall Street Journal , underscored Sandberg’s influence at the company, even as Zuckerberg has borne much of the criticism and anger.As chief operating officer, Sandberg is in charge of Facebook’s business dealings, including the ads that make up the bulk of the company’s revenue. She steered Facebook from a rising tech startup into a viable global business expected to reap $55 billion in revenue this year. The company is second only to Google in digital advertising.But she’s also gotten the blame when things go wrong, including Facebook’s failure to spot Russian attempts to influence U.S. elections by buying U.S. political ads — in rubles. Though Sandberg has denied knowing that Facebook hired an opposition research firm to discredit activists, she created a permissive environment through what the Times called an “aggressive lobbying campaign” against critics. Facebook fired the firm, Definers, after the Times report came out.Facebook declined to comment on Sandberg or make her available for an interview. A representative instead pointed to Zuckerberg’s remarks that overall, “Sheryl is doing great work for the company. She’s been a very important partner to me and continues to be, and will continue to be. She’s leading a lot of the efforts to improve our systems in these areas.”Sandberg, 49, who was hired away from Google in 2008, has been a crucial “heat shield” for Zuckerberg, as Galloway put it, as lawmakers and the public crank up criticism of the 34-year-old founder. In September, Facebook sent Sandberg to testify before the Senate intelligence committee, eliciting a warmer response than her boss did three months before.Sandberg, former chief of staff for treasury secretary Larry Summers, appears more comfortable in Washington meeting rooms than Zuckerberg, who can seem robotic. Her profile is high enough that lawmakers don’t feel stilted when she shows up. She’s written (with help) two books, including 2013’s “Lean In” about women and leadership. Her second book, “Plan B,” is about dealing with loss and grief after her husband died unexpectedly. She was the lone chief operating officer among a who’s who of tech CEOs — including Apple’s Tim Cook and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos — to meet with Donald Trump a month after his election.“It’s both who she is and how bereft Silicon Valley is of strong, powerful female voices,” crisis management expert Richard Levick said. “She has positioned herself as one of those strong voices with ‘Lean In.’”But her high profile also makes her more susceptible to criticism.The chorus for Sandberg to leave is getting louder. CNBC commentator Jim Cramer predicted Monday that Facebook’s stock would rise if Sandberg leaves or gets fired. NYU’s Galloway believes both Sandberg and Zuckerberg should be fired for allowing Facebook to turn into an entity that harms democracy around the world.“Every day executives are fired for a fraction of infractions these two have committed,” he said.Besides elections interference, Zuckerberg and Sandberg have been criticized for their slow response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the data-mining firm accessed millions of users’ private information without their permission. The pair were silent for days after the news came out. According to the Journal, Zuckerberg told Sandberg this spring that he blamed her and her teams for the “public fallout” over Cambridge Analytica. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said Sandberg at one point wondered if she should be worried about her job (though that appears to no longer be the case, based on Zuckerberg’s public support).Because of the way Facebook is set up, firing Zuckerberg would be all but impossible. He controls the majority of the company’s voting stock, serves as its chairman and has — at least publicly — the support of its board of directors. Essentially, he’d have to fire himself.Firing Sandberg would be the next logical option to hold a high-level executive accountable, but Galloway also doesn’t see this happening. For one thing, he said, it would look bad to fire one of the only top female executives in an industry where women “face inordinately high obstacles to get to leadership positions.”Beyond that, Sandberg has also been a positive force on Facebook. She was hired to be the “adult” in the room and has filled that role well. She moves comfortably outside tech circles and in public speaking, countering Zuckerberg’s shortcomings in that area.If anything, Sandberg’s departure from Facebook would likely be on her own terms. While Zuckerberg has spent all of his adult life at Facebook, Sandberg had a career before Facebook and even tech, so it is plausible that she would have a life after Facebook, perhaps back in politics.But before she can consider running for office, she’ll probably have to address election manipulation and Facebook’s other troubles.Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

BCs tax on new natural gas investments among highest in North America

first_imgAccording to the study that even with Ottawa’s tax changes, B.C. still has the second-highest effective tax rate on new investments in the natural gas sector. The study’s calculations include everything from corporate income taxes to royalty payments to provincial sales taxes if they apply.“This is a comprehensive assessment of the tax rate that applies to businesses wishing to invest in the oil or natural gas sectors,” said Philip Bazel, associate at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and study co-author.B.C.’s tax rate on new natural gas investments in 2018 was 31.9 percent—behind only Saskatchewan (36.6) in Canada, and fifth-highest among all major energy-producing jurisdictions in North America. B.C.’s tax rate on new natural gas investments is nearly five percentage points higher than the Canadian average (27 percent) according to the study.“If the B.C. government really wants to grow and develop the province’s natural gas sector, policymakers should consider tax reforms to incentive new investments in the industry,” Mintz said. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A new study by the Fraser Institute finds B.C. has one of the highest tax rates on new investments in the natural gas sector among all major energy-producing jurisdictions in North America, which is harming the province’s competitiveness.“Developing B.C.’s natural gas resources has been a priority for successive provincial governments, and yet its tax rate on new natural gas investments is highly uncompetitive with neighbouring and competing jurisdictions,” said Jack Mintz, President’s Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.The federal government last year introduced a series of temporary measures designed to incentivize new investment. In response to recent tax changes in the U.S., which eroded Canada’s previous corporate and investment tax advantage over American states, shared the studylast_img read more

Canadian Oil Sands Q2 profits miss estimates CEO Marcel Coutu to retire

CALGARY — Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., the largest partner in the massive Syncrude Canada Ltd. oilsands mine, posted second-quarter earnings Tuesday that missed analyst expectations, and announced the retirement of its CEO.Profits during the quarter were $219 million, or 45 cents per share — well short of the 53 cents per share analysts had on average been expecting, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.But the profits were more than double the $101 million, or 21 cents per share, the Calgary-based company booked during the same period a year earlier.Sales were $921 million, up from $740 million.CEO Marcel Coutu — who is set to retire as of January 1, 2014 — attributed the higher earnings to better-than-expected oil prices and a favourable exchange rate.Also Tuesday, Canadian Oil Sands reduced its targeted 2013 production range for the second time this year.Earlier this year, it had lowered its target by five per cent to between 100 and 110 million barrels. And now, it said it is expecting production to range between 100 and 104 million barrels.Production at Syncrude averaged 273,100 barrels per day during the quarter, an improvement from 238,500 barrels per day a year earlier.Coutu has been at the helm of Syncrude since August 2001, and over his tenure grew the company from a $2-billion income trust to a corporation with a stock market value of $10 billion“I have been fortunate and proud to lead COS through the economic and commodity cycles of the past decade,” Coutu said in a release.“With this solid asset base, a talented management team and the approaching completion of Syncrude’s major sustaining projects, I believe COS is well positioned for continued success. It’s therefore a good time for me to pass the leadership of this great company on to a successor.”The company’s board has begun a search for Coutu’s successor. Coutu has agreed to stay on in a consulting role for a year after his retirement to ensure the transition goes smoothly.Canadian Oil Sands is best known for its 37 per cent stake in the large Syncrude mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta. It’s one of the oldest and largest projects of its kind.The other owners of Syncrude include Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO), Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU), Chinese firms Sinopec and CNOOC, Mocal Energy and MurphyOil.Bitumen from Syncrude is upgraded into a more valuable product called synthetic crude oil, which refineries can more easily handle. read more

CBK hits out at parliament

Kumaratunga noted that a politician involved in corruption on crime will never be a good politician. “If someone ties another person to a tree and breaks his bones that person is not a good person. People like that cannot do clean politics or represent their people in their areas,” she said.The former President said that when one looks at parliament you will find that most of the parliamentarians have not entered University or have degrees. “I’m not talking about one or two people. I’m talking about the 225 people who represent us in parliament as well as the 400 or 500 odd who represent us in provincial councils and the 3000 odd who represent us at village level. When you look at them you find that you cannot differentiate the politician from that individual,” she said at an event in Kandy. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has slammed parliament and other provincial and local council politicians in the country saying most of them are murderers, thieves and uneducated.She says any politician or individual has a right to point out wrongs or mistakes being made by the country’s rulers an they should not bow down to them and ignore those mistakes. “Parliament is being used as a business to draw money from the people,” Kumaratunga said in her hard hitting speech.She said that parliamentarians must have a clear vision for the country and work towards achieving that goal.The former President says, on her part, she can hold her head up high and walk on the street today as she knows she has not stolen anyone’s money or done any wrong to anyone. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Four judges elected to International Court of Justice

The General Assembly and Security Council on Thursday elected four judges from an initial pool of six candidates to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. After five rounds of simultaneous voting that ran into the early evening, the Assembly and the Council – which met independently of each other – re-elected three current judges, Ronny Abraham (France) and Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Somalia), and Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade (Brazil), while also choosing one new justice, Nawaf Salam (Lebanon).All four were elected in the fifth round of voting. They were elected to nine-year terms, starting on 6 February next year. The Assembly and the Council will meet independently again Monday, 13 November, to elect a fifth judge to a seat on the ICJ. The Court is composed of 15 judges, who are elected by an absolute majority in both the General Assembly (97 votes) and Security Council (8 votes). Five seats come up for election every three years. There is no bar on consecutive terms. Judges are chosen on the basis of their qualifications, not their nationality, but no two judges can be from the same country. Effort is also taken to ensure that the principal legal systems of the world are reflected in the composition of the court. There are three female judges – Xue Hanqin (China), Joan E. Donoghue (United States), Julia Sebutinde (Uganda) – out of a total of 15 seated on the Court.Established in 1945, and based in The Hague in the Netherlands, the ICJ – informally known as the ‘World Court’ – settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by other authorized UN organs. The election of the first members of the World Court took place on 6 February 1946, at the first session of the UN General Assembly and Security Council. For coverage of the General Assembly meeting and the full voting record, please see Press Release here, and for coverage of the Security Council meetings and the full voting record, please see Press Release here read more

Ohio State has 10 players named AllBig Ten

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs the ball during a game against Michigan Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorJunior quarterback Braxton Miller and nine other members of the No. 2 Ohio State football team (12-0, 8-0) received recognition when the Big Ten announced its All-Conference teams and positional award winners Monday.Miller was named the conference’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year and a first-team All-Big Ten selection.Miller, fresh off a five-touchdown performance in OSU’s 42-41 win against Michigan, went 138 for 210 passing for 1,759 yards and 21 touchdowns during the 2013 regular season. He also rushed for 891 yards on 132 carries and eight touchdowns, all despite getting injured early in OSU’s second game and missing the next two. His ranks second on the team in rushing yards, trailing only senior running back Carlos Hyde.Hyde won the conference’s Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year award, and was also named as a first-team All-Big Ten running back along with Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah. Hyde ran for 1,290 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season, and became the first running back under coach Urban Meyer to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.Three offensive linemen were also All-Big Ten selections. Redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley, redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort and senior left guard Andrew Norwell were all first-team selections by the media. The coaches chose Linsley as a first-team selection and Mewhort and Norwell as second-team selections.Senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media.Shazier led the Big Ten with 123 total tackles and 22 tackles for loss during the 2013 regular season. He recorded double digit tackles a total of six times, and tallied a season-high 19 during OSU’s 42-14 win against Indiana Nov. 23.Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by both coaches and media.Sophomore defensive end Noah Spence was a first-team All-Big Ten selection on the defensive line by the media, and a second-team selection by coaches. Junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett was a second-team selection by both coaches and media.Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton was OSU’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. read more

Im grateful to be here Florida shooting survivor thanks people who saved

first_imgWe see these type of injuries almost every other day… because of our experience we did an outstanding job… we’re here to celebrate a successful recovery.School reopensStudents and teachers have returned to a Florida school for the first time since 17 people were shot dead there, consoling each other even as they called for swift action to address gun violence.“Imagine [being] in a plane crash and then having to get on the same plane every day and fly somewhere else – it’s never going to be the same,” David Hogg, a survivor of the 14 February shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school, told ABC television’s This Week.The school held a voluntary “orientation” yesterday, with teachers and staff due back starting today and classes resuming on Wednesday – a prospect described as “daunting” and “scary”, but which is also a step for survivors to move forward after the attack.One teacher who had already been back told NPR radio that the shock of returning to a classroom left exactly as it had been during the carnage – notebooks still on desks, the calendar still set to 14 February – made her so physically ill she had to leave.But Cameron Kasky, a student who survived the slaughter, tweeted a picture of people on campus, saying: “It is GOOD TO BE HOME.”“I have all my friends here with me and it just makes me feel like I’m not alone in this situation,” student Michelle Dittmeier, who attended the orientation, told ABC.Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School also received support from alumni, with previous graduating classes making banners to decorate the school, WSVN TV news reported. Students and teachers return to the school for the first time since the shooting Source: David Santiago via APIn nearby Fort Lauderdale last night, religious leaders gathered for an interfaith vigil that left 17 chairs empty in memory of the victims, WSVN reported, after protesters gathered outside the Kalashnikov USA gun manufacturer in neighbouring Pompano Beach.“Gun reform now!” said one of the protesters’ signs, while another called for the “death factory” to be shut.With ardent demands by students like Hogg for action, President Donald Trump has said he is open to raising the minimum age for gun purchases and to banning so-called bump stocks, which can effectively convert semi-automatic weapons into automatic firearms, but which were not used in the Parkland killings.Speaking at the Governors’ Ball ahead of meetings with the top officials from all 50 states today, Trump said school safety is a top priority: “I think we’ll make that first on our list.”‘Red flag’ lawA new CNN poll, conducted a week after the Florida shooting, shows surging public support for stricter gun laws – surpassing levels seen even after other horrific shootings in recent years – and for a ban on powerful semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 used in Parkland.Overall, 70% of those surveyed said they supported stricter gun laws, up from 52% in October, and 57% favoured a ban on semi-automatic arms, an increase from 49%.The United States has more than 30,000 gun-related deaths annually.Florida Governor Rick Scott has laid out a plan to station a police officer at every public school in the state, raise the legal age for gun purchases from 18 to 21 and pass a “red flag” law for authorities to more easily remove guns from the mentally ill or people with violent histories.The age change and “red flag” law are staunchly opposed by the influential National Rifle Association, of which Scott is a member.Scott, who holds the NRA’s highest rating of A+, noted on Fox News Sunday that “there will be some that disagree. But… I want my state to be safe”.Dana Loesch, an NRA spokeswoman, told ABC that her organisation opposed most of the proposed gun measures.Instead, she placed blame on politicians, for their inaction, and on law enforcement – specifically the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, which she said had ample warning of the violent tendencies of Nikolas Cruz, aged 19, who is charged in the killings.She accused the sheriff’s office of “abdication of duty” for not arresting Cruz sooner. Students lay flowers and cards in memory of the victims of the shooting Source: David Santiago via AP‘A terrible idea’In an often-contentious interview on CNN, Sheriff Scott Israel strongly defended his officers’ work.Of the 23 calls to his department about Cruz’s erratic or threatening behaviour, nearly all were minor and had been handled appropriately, and a few others were being investigated, he said.Trump has also proposed arming some teachers, a step many educators passionately oppose.Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, told C-Span in an interview that “it’s a terrible idea, period, full stop”.Children, parents and teachers, she said, “want schools to be safe sanctuaries for teaching and learning, not armed fortresses”.Delaney Tarr, another young survivor of the Florida shooting, said she was girding herself as best she could to return to school.“It’s daunting… [and] scary because I don’t know if I’m going to be safe there,” she told Fox.“But I know that I have to.”- © AFP 2018, first published at 8am. With reporting from Gráinne Ní AodhaRead: Companies distance themselves from the NRA after latest school shootingMore: Woman sent tip to FBI last month that Florida shooting suspect ‘is going to explode’ By AFP Maddy Wilford gave a short statement today, as her classmates returned to school. Source: Sky NewsDoctors of Broward Health North said that Maddy was pale, wasn’t responsive and was in shock when she arrived. She needed chest reconstruction and three surgeries, but has recovered and was dismissed from the hospital “in less than seven days”.Her doctors said that the reason her recovery was so successful was because of the experience doctors have gained in treating people with serious gunshot wounds. 38 Comments Source: Sky NewsUpdated at 4.15pmA TEENAGER WHO suffered serious injuries during the Florida shooting said that she was “grateful to be here” and that her and her fellow students had “pulled together” following the tragedy.On Valentine’s Day, a shooter opened fire on the Florida high school Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people and injuring others.Maddy Wilford was one of those shot – she suffered serious injuries to her chest and abdomen, her doctors said, adding that Maddy had recovered due to the hospital’s experience dealing with serious shooting incidents “every other day”.Her parents said that they were grateful to the police who “pulled her out of that school” and to the medics and doctors who saved her life, as well as those that had sent the family well-wishes.“It’s hard to feel anything but gratitude and thanks that she’s here,” her father said.“It’s really quite an experience and really quite a miracle – we’ve a lot of sympathy for her classmates and parents whose children were injured and children who didn’t make it.” Feb 26th 2018, 7:59 AM Share33 Tweet Email ‘I’m grateful to be here’: Florida shooting survivor thanks people who saved her life Maddy Wilford suffered multiple gunshots to the chest and abdomen, and had lost a lot of blood when emergency responders reached her. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Short URL Source: Sky News/Twitter “I’m very grateful to be sitting here next to my daughter” – the father of Maddy Wilford, who suffered from several gunshot wounds during the Florida school shooting, thanks those who saved her life— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 26, 2018 Monday 26 Feb 2018, 4:15 PM Speaking at a press conference today, paramedics said that when they first saw Maddy, they had assumed she was already dead.She had lost a “massive” amount of blood due to severe chest wounds and her ribs had been shattered.Paramedics gave her two chest pumps and asked Maddy what age she was so that they could decide what specialist hospital would be best placed to treat her. She eventually said that she was 17-year-old and a chest seal was placed on her, two occurrences which are thought to have saved her life. 19,731 Views last_img read more

The Secret History of GI Joe and Transformers

first_imgStay on target Toy Tuesday: Yo! It’s The Best ‘G.I. Joe’ ToysScarlett’s Strike Force Cancelled: Now What? G.I. Joe and Transformers have been two of Hasbro’s biggest names, and they have long and storied histories with absurd amounts of lore in toy, comic, and cartoon form. Their worlds have collided in IDW’s newly unified… well, let’s call it the Hasbroverse (My Little Pony isn’t part of the Joes’ and Transformers’ lives yet, but IDW has books of all three, so it’s only a matter of time until Rarity gives Snake Eyes a makeover).We’re going to look at the many times in the past the two franchises have collided. And before we do that, here’s a very quick primer. Like many dives into geeky esoterica, the relevant fan wikis were very helpful in looking up references instead of digging into hundreds of comic book issues, so thanks to the dedicated fans at TFWiki and the G.I. Joe Wikia!G.I. Joe: A Real American (International) Hero (Ninja)G.I. Joe is a toy line that originally debuted in 1964 with 12-inch action figures with “Kung Fu grip” (the hands were a softer material than the plastic of the bodies so they could hold weapons), but it rose to modern pop culture prominence in 1982 with G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, a line of 3 3/4-inch action figures paired with a Marvel comic book of the same name written by Larry Hama, who built the world of Duke, Cobra Commander, and Snake Eyes that we know and love. The comic would be adapted into a wildly popular cartoon, and would also run for over 150 issues under Marvel. The latter years of the book were very ninja-heavy. Seriously, everyone turned into a ninja or turned out to have been a ninja the entire time.G.I. Joe is an elite unit of American, NATO allies, and/or international military specialists that serve as a counterterrorism force against threats the conventional military can’t address. Those threats are often made by Cobra, a global terrorist organization structurally inspired by Amway and founded by a used car salesman whose brother returned from Vietnam only to die in a car accident with Snake Eyes. Leading said salesman to hire a string of assassins culminating in Firefly, who went to Japan and killed Snakes Eyes’ and Storm Shadow’s sensei, which led to Storm Shadow eventually joining Cobra. That’s all in the Marvel comics. Also, his top scientist was an insane shirtless, suspenders-wearing dentist in a cape.Transformers: Truly a Super-God MasterforceTransformers is a toyline originally consisting of rebranded versions of Tomy Takara’s Diaclone and Microman toys, launched by Hasbro in 1984. Transformers since completely eclipsed Diaclone and Microman, partly because of the popularity of the Transformers cartoon, which launched alongside its own Marvel comic book. The premise of Transformers was developed by Marvel’s then-Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter and editor Dennis O’Neil The cartoon got multiple spin-offs and reimaginings, including Beast Wars, which was awesome, and Beast Machines, which was Transformers if the Autobots/Maximals were all giant hippies. Also, the cartoon continued in Japan as Transformers: The Headmasters and Transformers: Super-God Masterforce, which is the greatest name for anything ever.Transformers are a race of sentient, transforming cybernetic life forms from the planet Cybertron. Tens of millions of years ago, they split off into two warring factions, Autobots, and Decepticons. Despite the branding and imaging issues, the Decepticons became pretty popular. Cybertron was lost in the war, and an Ark filled with Autobots travels to Earth where it crashes in prehistoric times. They wake up in the near future of the 1980s, where they find some Decepticons, and they start fighting again because everyone needs energy in delicious cube form. Also, all Transformers were created along with Cybertron itself by the machine god Primus, presumably before his break-out album Sailing the Seas of Cheese. The Transformers were also created by the Quintessons, which were big angry floating alien heads.Now that you’re caught up, we can talk about how these worlds have crossed over repeatedly.Marvel ComicsIDW isn’t the first publisher to have both the Transformers and G.I. Joe licenses and decides to make them fight. Marvel did it 30 years ago in the G.I. Joe and the Transformers four issue mini-series. Autobots and G.I. Joe joined forces to stop the Decepticons and Cobra from getting control over a nuclear power station. It wasn’t the most interesting story, but it was the first appearance of the plane combined force Superion!Marvel had G.I. Joe and Transformers clash again in 1993 with G.I. Joe #138 through #142. Megatron was attracted to Cobra Commander’s Silent Castle base because he thought it was a Transformer because it’s a goofy mechanical castle that can transform. This arc marked the return of Transformers to comics in Transformers: Generation 2, which also marked Hasbro bringing the toys back in the 90s after not doing much with them for a few years.Cartoon SemicrossoversBlink and you’ll miss it, but Cobra Commander appeared in the Transformers cartoon’s third season episode “Only Human.” In the dark future of 2006, Cobra Commander dressed like Rorschach and went under the name “Old Snake.” He worked as a freelance terrorist, serving a crime boss who wanted Transformers technology. He was thwarted because even with decades of experience animated Cobra Commander isn’t nearly as competent as comic book Cobra Commander (not counting the deliciously brutal Cobra Commander in the Warren Ellis-written G.I. Joe: Resolute miniseries).It’s not spelled out, but the recurring character Marissa Faireborn in the Transformers cartoon is probably the daughter niece of Sgt. Flint and Lady Jaye. Flint’s name is Dashiell Faireborn, which explains why he asks people to call him Flint.If continuity isn’t weird enough, according to the G.I. Joe Wikia, Sci-Fi can be caught watching the Transformers cartoon on a TV in the second season episode “My Brother’s Keeper.”I’m Still in a Dreamwave, Snake Eyes EaterFor a short period in the early oughts, the Transformers comic book license was held by a small publisher called Dreamwave. Dreamwave published two crossover miniseries, Transformers/G.I. Joe and Transformers/G.I. Joe: Divided Front. Transformers/G.I. Joe was a really interesting concept that took place in its own continuity in the 1930s, where World War II became G.I. Joe and the Autobots versus Cobra and the Decepticons. Transformers/G.I. Joe: Divided Front would have taken place in the late 80s in the same continuity, but only one issue was published before Dreamwave went bankrupt. Also, wow, the TFWiki throws mad shade on Dreamwave and artist Pat Lee in particular.While Dreamwave had the Transformers license, Devil’s Due Publishing had G.I. Joe for most of the aughts. The Devil’s Due books continued where the Marvel G.I. Joe comics left off and were reconnected in 2010 by IDW, which also wanted to continue where the Marvel comics left off. And yet, none of the G.I. Joe comic continuities are remotely as confusing as Transformers‘ continuities. There are multiverses out there watched by ancient proto-Autobots like they’re channel surfing.Even the Toys are in on itHasbro itself isn’t above mixing G.I. Joe with Transformers, but it usually saves those toys for the die-hard fans. Most Hasbro crossover toys are convention-exclusive releases or reserved for members of collector clubs, like this two-pack of Soundwave as a H.I.S.S. tank and Powerglide as a Rattler (with both Cobra and Autobot decals, because he’s on a spy mission) with Scarlett and Zartan. Previous convention exclusive toys include Starscream as a Skystriker with Cobra Commander, Shockwave as another H.I.S.S. tank with Destroy and a Construction B.A.T., and Jetfire as a Skystriker and Hound as a V.A.M.P. with Ravage, Snake Eyes, Baroness, and a three 3/4-inch action figure version of Bludgeon.The exclusives for the G.I. Joe and Transformers Collector’s Clubs are even deeper cuts. We’re talking Old Snake and Dr. Biggles-Jones (from the second Marvel crossover) cuts. And Old Snake’s figure looks almost as cool as Destro’s leopard-print cowboy convention exclusive figure. Yes, that was a thing.The IDW Universe: OriginsIDW has been publishing Transformers comic books since 2005, and G.I. Joe books since 2010, and they’re pretty damn good. Transformers under IDW has gone pretty deep into the social and political origins of the war between Autobots and Decepticons and explored how Transformers from all sides dealt with the end of the war and actually trying to rebuild Cybertron.Transformers and G.I. Joe has had a few crossovers under IDW before the launch of Revolution and the Hasbroverse. In 2011, the Infestation event had zombies invading the Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Trek, and Ghostbusters universes. More notably, Transformers vs. G.I. Joe pitted human against Cybetronian in a two-year maxi-series that took place in its own continuity outside of IDW’s other books.Revolution: IDW Creates the HasbroverseIt’s comic book universe pseudo-reboot time, but you don’t have to groan because it’s actually going to make most of IDW’s books more cohesive. Instead of sitting in a bunch of disparate universes ready to be invaded by zombies, G.I. Joe and Transformers now live in the same comic book universe, along with Micronauts, Rom the Spaceknight, and M.A.S.K., which stands for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand and is one of the few examples of K replacing C at the start of a word not written by Ed Boon. Oh, and Action Man, which actually was the European name for G.I. Joe before it became its own franchise.Instead of a universe-resetting explosion, Revolution simply brings all the threads of the IDW’s Hasbro franchises together and establishes that they live in a shared universe and not different dimensions now. It’s the rare case of a retcon that builds continuity instead of undoes it. None of the IDW G.I. Joe or Transformers main series lore is undone, simply merged into one world where they can regularly interact.Revolution brings the world under attack by Dire Wraiths, long-time Transformers enemies with origins in the Marvel universe (they were originally Skrull offshoots). In fact, Revolution is somewhat similar to Marvel’s Secret Invasion event, but with giant robots fighting and way better villains involved.The aftermath of Revolution puts all of the pieces together, with G.I. Joe as the “Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe.” The Joes are largely the same in spirit, but now Scarlett is the leader, and ex-Decepticon Skywarp is a member. Skywarp was the teleporting taxi drivers of the Decepticons, but between being used only for transport and seeing the combiner technology Galvatron used as an affront to the ideals of Cybertronian purity, he quit. Now he’s the Vegeta of the Joes.We spoke with G.I. Joe writer Aubrey Sitterson about just what the new norm in IDW’s Hasbroverse is going to be. Come back tomorrow for an interview with the current master of the crossover!last_img read more

Randy Ortons RKO proves deadly for high school student perpetrator arrested

first_imgWikimedia Commons / Ed WebsterAn American high school student was arrested after he attempted to RKO, which is a famous wrestling move, his principal. The name of the said student is Gianny Sosa and he is a student based out of Florida. Sosa appeared before a Miami court earlier this week for attempting hit his principal with WWE wrestler Randy Orton’s signature finishing move, RKO. According to a report in Metro, the incident happened at Miami Southridge Senior High School and the principal of the school, Humberto Miret, was identified as the intended victim. A video on Twitter reveals the student attempting the finishing move on his teacher and before trying to do so, he called out the move saying “RKO”. But the teacher intercepted the move and did not allow his student to RKO him out of nowhere. The video also shows the student claiming that the teacher tried to hit him but now that he is recording, the teacher is backing off. The teacher, on his part, was asking the student to stop recording the video. Student records video after allegedly pulling wrestling ‘finishing move’ on his high school principal at Miami South Ridge Senior High School. Read about it here: #RKO #WrestlingMove #Wrestling #MiamiSouthRidgeSeniorHighSchool— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) April 11, 2019″Sosa is charged with battery on a school employee and interfering with an educational institution,” reads a report on CBS4. Meanwhile, the student’s brother and sister claimed that it was merely a joke and Gianny Sosa is not a violent person. “It feels like he’s being charged with something he does not deserve. My brother is a nice guy and all he wanted was play around and make people feel happy about themselves,” brother Mike Sosa said. “My brother is not the type of guy who goes out like this and is not a thug on the streets. He grabs my brother in a headlock and punches him in the head,” added Mike Sosa. Gianny Sosa’s sister, Camila Sosa said, “This could not have been violent move. I mean he weighs 135 pounds and there is no way he could have done this sort of move you see on WWE.” Randy Orton.Wikimedia CommonsRKO is one of the most famous signature moves in WWE at the moment. Randy Orton made the move famous and whenever he dishes it out to his opponents, the crowd becomes delirious. The sheer visual spectacle of the move makes it extremely appealing. The move involves the attacker grabbing the intended victim around the neck in mid-air and driving him into the ring floor head first, while himself landing on his back. There have been various instances of Randy Orton pulling out the RKO from a seemingly improbable situation. There have been times he has applied the finishing move on wrestlers jumping towards him from the top rope and at other times, he has suddenly leapt up from the ground to hit his opponent with the deadly move. The move was perhaps named RKO as an acronym for Orton’s full name which is Randal Keith Orton.last_img read more