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December 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe BJP on Wednesday swept a tribal council poll in Assam despite Statewide protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The party won 19 of the 28 seats in the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, where elections were held on January 19. The victory came less than two months after the BJP won 41% of the seats in the panchayat elections that were held after its alliance with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) hit turbulence over the Bill.“Assam reposes its faith in leadership of Sri @narendramodi and Sri @AmitShah. The results of North Cachar Autonomous Hills Council amply prove this… Congratulations to all my dear colleagues who won,” Assam Finance and Health Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted.The Congress bagged two seats while the AGP managed a solitary seat. The remaining six seats went to Independent candidates.The BJP had drawn a blank in the 2013 NCHAC elections while the Congress and Independent candidates won 10 seats each. But 17 elected members, including some from the Congress, defected to the BJP.The Congress received a major setback with district party president Nirmal Langthasa and former chief executive member Depolal Hojai biting the dust.last_img read more

November 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCricket Australia (CA) XI scored 356/6, trailing by two runs at the end of the third day of the only warm-up game against India here on Friday.Harry Nielsen (56) and Aaron Hardie (69) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.Resuming the day at 24/0, Cricket Australia started the day on a positive note forging 114 runs for the first wicket.Overnight batsmen D Arcy Short (74) and Max Bryant (62) played brilliantly before Bryant was out in the 19th over.Apart from the opening duo, Jake Carder (38) and Sam Whiteman (35) also contributed with the bat.The disappointments of the day were Param Uppal (5) and Jonathan Merlo (3) who failed to score big.For India, Mohammed Shami scalped three wickets while Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin chipped in with one wicket each.Earlier, on the second day, Cricket Australia (CA) XI were at 24/0 after India produced a disciplined batting performance.Promising opener Prithvi Shaw (66) along with skipper Virat Kohli (64), Ajinkya Rahane (56), Cheteshwar Pujara (54), Hanuma Vihari (53) and Rohit Sharma (40) started off positively. India were bowled out for 358 in 92 overs.The opening day was washed out due to rain.(With IANS inputs)Also Read | Prithvi Shaw ruled out of 1st Test against Australia due to ankle injuryAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw carried off the field with ankle injury in India’s Test warm-up matchAlso Read | Virat Kohli furious at run-out decision during warm-up game at SCGAlso Read | Virat Kohli steps in with the ball as India bowlers struggle in Test warm-uplast_img read more

November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA thumb injury to Shikhar Dhawan has thrown India’s 2019 WC plans in jeopardy as the opener seems set to be benched for 2-3 weeks. In his absence, KL Rahul is expected to share the responsibility of opening the innings with Rohit Sharma while another player from the squad takes the No. 4 spot in the batting line-up. India’s World Cup winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes that the change at the top of the order will put Rohit under more pressure going forward.In an exclusive chat with India Today, Bhajji said that with his regular opening partner sidelined, Rohit will feel the added pressure to perform as he might feel a little bit more ‘responsibility’ to carry the team’s batting on his shoulders.”Well I don’t know if Rohit will be too worried but I think Shikhar’s absence will just add a little more responsibility on his shoulders to do even better. We will have to wait and watch how well he gels with Rahul. But Shikhar not being there will definitely end up putting more responsibility and pressure on Rohit’s shoulders to do better,” said Harbhajan.Legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar too felt that the understanding that Rohit and Shikhar have between them, especially regarding the running between the wickets, takes a long time to develop and thus as a batsman one always prefers to open with your regular partner.”When it comes to starting the innings, I think you do prefer somebody with whom you have opened before. In Rohit-Shikhar case there is never any hesitation in running between the wickets. They also know how to take the load off each other’s shoulders. That kind of understanding takes a long time to build. But I think Rohit will enjoy batting with KL and Rahul will learn a lot from Rohit who has already scored 23 ODI hundreds on how to pace the innings. In my opinion, they might be a bit tentative at the start but once they are through the initial period, they should be fine,” concluded Gavaskar.advertisementIndia are scheduled to clash against New Zealand on June 13 at Trent Bridge.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan under observation, no replacement yetAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan injury will not affect Team India’s morale, says Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan under observation, no replacement yetAlso Read | India will dominate World Cup 2019 like Australia did in 2003, 2007: R Ashwinlast_img read more

November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSpain David Villa dropped for Spain’s final World Cup qualifiers as Mata exile continues Alex Fisher Last updated 2 years ago 21:25 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Villa Spain Getty Images Spain Spain v Albania Albania Israel v Spain Israel WC Qualification Europe The striker was recalled for the fixtures earlier in September but has been left out this time around, with Ander Herrera another that’s not selected Julen Lopetegui has decided to leave David Villa out of his latest Spain squad, while Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are again missing from the squad.Spain 7/1 to win WC Villa earned a shock recall earlier in September after impressing over the last few seasons in Major League Soccer, where he claimed the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2016.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. However, he picked up an injury on international duty last month and though he has since returned to action for New York City FC, Villa has not found the net since his recovery.As a consequence, Lopetegui felt Napoli’s Jose Callejon was more deserving of a place in his 25-man squad for the qualifiers against Albania and Israel, with Manchester United duo Mata and Herrera also missing out.”David has been left out because he is not at the same rhythm that he had when he joined us,” Lopetegui told a media conference.”The injury he picked up while with us has not allowed him to play regularly and at the same level.”I felt there were other players that were in better form. Callejon is playing well and finding the net easily.”Meanwhile, Lopetegui included Barcelona defender Pique, who on Thursday tweeted his backing for Catalan independence and called for a peaceful expression of opinions ahead of the planned referendum this weekend.Pique has long been a supporter of the region breaking away from Spain and that has occasionally seen him heckled by his own fans while on international duty.However, Lopetegui has no concerns over the 30-year-old defender’s commitment to the team.”Pique will train with us and I cannot say anything more about that,” he said.”Gerard gives his all when he comes to play with us. I have no doubt with [the commitment] of Pique.”We are not going to let anything or anyone distract our attention from these matches.”SPAIN SQUAD IN FULL Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao), David De Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli);Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Marc Bartra (Borussia Dortmund), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Nacho (Real Madrid), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid);Midfielders: Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid);Forwards: Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Jose Callejon (Napoli), Rodrigo (Valencia), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea), Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea).last_img read more

October 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMSI Gaming GF63 Thin 2019 review: Impressive gaming performance in lightweight bodyThe MSI GF63 Thin for 2019 offers updated specifications for better gaming performance. It still retains the lightweight and classy body of its predecessors.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 20:23 IST 8/10HIGHLIGHTSThe MSI GF63 Thin gaming laptop is priced at Rs 94,990.The MSI GF63 Thin offers a 9th Gen Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics card.MSI is offering this with a 512GB SSD as standard.If you are looking for a new gaming laptop under Rs 1 lakh in 2019, chances are that you will stumble upon many options with impressive specifications list and some USP of its respective brand. A couple of weeks ago, we tried out the new HP Pavilion Gaming 15 laptop and found its rugged yet minimalist design to stand out. There was Asus’ ROG Strix G that came with its flashy design with a brushed aluminium finish and cool light bar. Both of these laptops cater to the majority of gamers who prefer either of the approaches to a gaming laptop.But what if you want something that offers the best of both worlds? A laptop that looks classy, is light enough to carry around effortlessly and doesn’t compromise at all in performance – all of this under Rs 1 lakh. MSI has just come up with something that fits the bill in the form of the MSI GF63 Thin gaming laptop. Priced at Rs 94,990, it promises a lot on paper and to any casual gamer, it will make a lot of sense.Impressed with what MSI had to offer, I picked it up for a few days as my daily laptop and used it extensively for gaming. And at the end of two weeks, I was more than just being impressed.Design: Right mix of class and styleThe whole idea behind the MSI GF63 Thin is to offer a gaming laptop that’s thin enough to carry around. And I can say that MSI has achieved that with its very light overall weight of 1.8Kg. This makes carrying it around with you as easy as carrying a regular laptop. This slim chassis means it can easily slip in your daily backpack without trouble.advertisement However, this being an MSI laptop means the design part isn’t compromised in any way. The GF63 Thin gets a very smart and clean design with classy touches here and there. The top of the lid is made of metal with a brushed aluminium finish that looks gorgeous. And the red MSI logo only adds to the gamer appeal. The sides have some busy bodywork with fake grilles towards the front but real ones at the back. Most of the vents are positioned in a way to direct the heat away from your hands.You will find you a regular host of connectivity ports such as 1x Type-C USB3.2 Gen1 port, 3x Type-A USB3.2 Gen1 ports, an RJ45 Ethernet port, and two dedicated ports for headphone as well as a microphone.Open the lid and you are greeted with a neatly laid out keyboard deck. The only hint of this being a gaming laptop is the red accent of the keyboard. Rest of the space inside carries the brushed Aluminium finish with a big and highly responsive trackpad and a regular keyboard with well-spaced out big keys. I like how MSI has fused the power button in the deck. The display has thin bezels around with the top sporting a webcam and slightly thicker chin housing the display drivers.All in all, the MSI GF63 Thin is a smartly designed gaming laptop with the right mix of class and style. This is the kind of laptop that anyone would like to flaunt.Display: Just perfect for an entry-level gaming laptopRegular gaming laptops flaunt big screens with high refresh rate LCD panels but in the affordable segments, you will have to give up some of the premium features. In order to keep the costs low, MSI is offering a 15.6-inch Full HD+ display with a regular refresh rate of 60Hz. While the display seems ordinary on paper, the screen is extremely vibrant with its colour reproduction. Whether you are playing games or watching movies, the display always produces vivid colours in wide viewing angles and high brightness levels. And that’s what enhances the experience with every game on the GF63 Thin.Performance: Not the ultimate but great for its priceThe GF63 Thin is meant for casual gamers looking to play the latest games in decent graphics and high frame rates. And that’s also reflected in its spec sheet. For the base variant, you will get a 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H processor paired along with 8GB RAM and 512GB PCIe SSD storage. For graphics, MSI is offering an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with the Max Q architecture carrying 4GB VRAM.This is a solid midrange setup for a gaming laptop and considering the hardware limits, the laptop performs really well. The regular laptop stuff such as working on documents or web browsing is done effortlessly. When it comes to gaming, the GF63 doesn’t disappoint in any way. I played some of the latest titles such as F1 2019, NFS Payback, Watch Dogs 2, Wolfenstein YoungBlood, Control and Project Cars 2. And with all of these games, I managed to play them at high to ultra graphics at consistent frame rates of 50-60fps. The Core i5 processor has its shortcoming when compared to a regular Core i7 chip and that shows in the overall performance.advertisement F1 2019 is my favourite game and I keep playing it at a stretch of 3-4 hours on weekends. During my heated sessions, the laptop body warmed up but the performance never suffered, which can be attributed to the great cooling solutions.However, as with all gaming laptops, the GF63 suffers when it comes to audio performance. The audio quality from the speaker is just good enough for your occasional YouTube sessions – it’s very tinny and the volume is low. While you are gaming, you would feel the need to use your headphones or external speakers.As for battery life, under normal usage scenarios such as web browsing, typing long documents, streaming music and copy/pasting files from external drives, the laptop can manage to stay alive for up to 4 hours at max with the power saver mode switched on. This isn’t great by regular laptop standards but for a gaming laptop, it’s good given the powerful internals inside.Conclusion When you are buying a regular laptop, you know what you want and chose accordingly a PC that suits your requirements. With a gaming laptop, it’s also the same but the affordability factor comes into play. For most gaming laptops under Rs 1 lakh, you will have to put with compromises such as an average display, heavy body or slightly older internals. With the MSI GF63 Thin, these compromises are a lot lesser. You are getting the latest 9th Gen Core i5 processor, a powerful Nvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics card and a great display – all of that packaged in a classy and lightweight body that feels premium. For someone new to gaming, this is more than enough. Even if you want a premium laptop with lots of raw horsepower, the GF63 Thin is practical as an everyday laptop with its lightweight build and decent battery life.MSI GF63 Thin gaming laptop review 8/10 ProsLightweight and thinClassy looksGreat performanceConsAverage batterySpeakers could be betterGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! 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October 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Dr. Chang said the dialogue on employee engagement must include a focus on the growth of new media and how global thought trends are providing the millennial generation with options outside of the traditional workforce. Meanwhile, in her address, newly appointed Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Andrene Collins, said it is critical to invest in the vocational training of employees. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Economic Growth and Job Creation Ministry, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the active engagement of workers is critical to the overall development and growth of Jamaica’s economy.He said it is advantageous for Jamaican businesses, as well as the local economy, when employees are motivated or properly engaged according to their professional strengths and natural talents.“A conversation must be had about how we engage employees to achieve optimal business results in the workplace,” he said.He was addressing the opening session of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation’s (JBDC) inaugural Employee Engagement Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on October 31.Dr. Chang said the dialogue on employee engagement must include a focus on the growth of new media and how global thought trends are providing the millennial generation with options outside of the traditional workforce.As such, he said employers will have to adjust their recruitment strategies to present competitive options.“To offer the highest salary alone will not win over this workforce. The management of talent will have to consider corporate culture as a selling point for recruitment and retention,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, in her address, newly appointed Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Andrene Collins, said it is critical to invest in the vocational training of employees.Ms. Collins, who was delivering remarks on behalf of Portfolio Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, explained that training is imperative in order for employees to “clearly understand their roles and functions in an organisation”.“It is through training that we empower our employees and we’re able to get their engagement,” she added.She urged businesses to invest in employees, who are “our greatest assets” in much the same way that investments are made in equipment.“We have to find a way to engage, because at the end of the day, it is people and relationships that matter. Engagement is a priority,” she said.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JBDC, Valerie Veira, said the one-day conference aims to provide a transformational experience for the more than 260 participants.“What we are doing is starting a conversation that we need to start in a robust way in Jamaica… (namely) how do we enhance the most important asset in our business, and that is our employees,” she said.Guest Speaker for the opening of the conference, Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President, Professor Fritz Pinnock, noted that strong leadership is critical in engaging and stimulating others.Under the theme ‘Stimulate, Inspire, Empower and Engage’, the staging of the conference was motivated by the findings of the National Employee Engagement Report of 2016, which, among other things, indicates that 24.5 per cent or approximately one in four employees is disengaged or is just doing the bare minimum in an organistion.The objective is to strengthen the capacity of Jamaican leaders to engage the workforce towards producing optimal business results while creating a platform to showcase local research studies centred on employee engagement and workforce productivity. Minister without Portfolio in the Economic Growth and Job Creation Ministry, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the active engagement of workers is critical to the overall development and growth of Jamaica’s economy. last_img read more

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgVANCOUVER – The brother of a 15-year-old boy who was killed by gunfire when his family’s vehicle passed a brazen shooting in Vancouver says they are still in shock and the death will leave a void in their hearts.Wilfred Wong spoke about his younger brother, Alfred Wong, at a news conference Monday at the Vancouver police headquarters, telling reporters everything is still “raw” for him and his parents.“We’re all still in shock that something like this could happen to us,” he said. “The 15 years that we had with Alfred were far too short, but we know that Alfred is now in heaven with God.“My parents and I will always love him dearly and his death will leave a void in our hearts. But the years that he had with us will impact our family forever.”Vancouver police have said the boy was heading home to Coquitlam with his parents on Jan. 13 when shots were fired between at least two people. At least one bullet penetrated the vehicle, striking Wong, who died in hospital two days later.Police said the target of the attack was 23-year-old Kevin Whiteside, who was known to police and also died in hospital.Chief Const. Adam Palmer said the department deals with criminal activity every day and there are often tragic consequences, but having to deal with the death of an innocent boy has been difficult for everyone.“Alfred’s senseless murder has rocked our community. It’s had an impact on the citizens of Vancouver, people throughout Metro Vancouver and our police department,” he said.He said at least 50 officers are working on the case and the team has used specialized investigative techniques, including setting up a mobile command at the scene last Thursday to make it easier for people to come forward.Palmer said he was not in a position to discuss any potential suspects or say what gun allegedly fired the bullet that killed Wong.“I’ve stated before publicly that Kevin Whiteside was armed, and I know the answer to that question, as to who fired the bullet, but I’m not prepared to share that with you right now. We’re treating that as holdback evidence,” Palmer said.He said the current cycle of gang violence in Vancouver hasn’t been seen in about 10 years. Several groups are at odds over drugs and killing one another, he said, though he declined to name the groups.Officers have “a very good idea” of what happened the night Wong was killed after speaking to many witnesses and retrieving a significant amount of video, but police are still asking anyone with information to come forward, Palmer said.“Although we’ve made a lot of progress, we still have a long road ahead of us as we work to solve the murders of Alfred Wong and Kevin Whiteside.”Wilfred Wong said he was grateful to the officers who were with the family for the first few nights after the shooting, as well as the doctors and nurses at Vancouver General Hospital.“Everyone gave their best and we’re very thankful for that,” he said.Two scholarships have been set up in Wong’s name, one through Coquitlam School District 43 and the other through the Hyack Swim Club, where he was a member.Wong was a bright young man who excelled at his studies, said Caleb Choi, a pastor at the Coquitlam Christ Church of China, where the family are congregants.“He was enrolled in many of the honours classes at Pinetree Secondary School and was passionate about every course he took,” said Choi.Outside of school, he participated in martial arts, basketball and swimming, and had already completed many of the requirements to become a lifeguard, Choi said.Wong was preparing to join a leadership camp and had planned to pursue a career in electronic engineering, Choi said. In his free time, he loved playing video games with his friends and travelling the world with his family, he added.“He was very close to his parents and brother and was loved dearly by them,” he said. “Although he was taken from us much, much too soon, he lived his 15 years to the fullest extent.”Wong’s funeral will be held at the Coquitlam Alliance Church on Saturday.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Marrakech- The 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES-2014) wrapped up Friday night in Marrakech, after three days of intense debate on how to encourage and promote innovation and entrepreneurship.The closing ceremony of the summit, held under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, was marked by the signing of nine agreements between the Moroccan General Confederation of Enterprises (CGEM) and several SMEs, as well as between major Moroccan banks and start-ups.These agreements are aimed at strengthening partnership between large national companies and SMEs in order to support their development by granting them greater visibility and access to finance. The summit, jointly organized by Morocco and the United States and held for the first time in Africa, was marked by a dozen of plenary sessions offering a platform to various stakeholders to share their experiences and debate on important themes such as sustainable growth, business climate, exports, social responsibility, and other topics.This international event brought together a record 6,800 participants, including 35 percent of women, 40 percent of foreigners, and some 600 students.Some 194 participants took part in this meeting, covered by 405 representatives of national and international media.Some 22 million people followed the summit sessions throughout the world, including 7.5 million on Facebook and 14.5 million on Twitter.Launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, the GES has become a rendezvous of young leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. read more

October 11, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Media reports state that at least two people died after security forces opened fire at the protest in the southern town of Der’a earlier today.Syria is one of many countries in the Middle East and North Africa to face public protests this year amid widespread calls for reform in the region.In a statement issued by his spokesperson Mr. Ban urged Syrian authorities “to refrain from violence and to abide by their international commitments regarding human rights, which guarantee the freedom of opinion and expression, including the freedom of the press and the right to peaceful assembly.”The Secretary-General stressed that, “as elsewhere, it is the responsibility of the Government in Syria to listen to the legitimate aspirations of the people and address them through inclusive political dialogue and genuine reforms, not repression.”The deaths of the Syrian demonstrators have occurred on the same day that security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters in Yemen, killing more than 30 people. Protests and violent clashes have also taken place in recent weeks in Bahrain. 18 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced concern about today’s reported killing of unarmed demonstrators in a Syrian town, describing the use of lethal force against peaceful protesters as unacceptable. read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder S Ramadoss has alleged that an attempt was being made to repatriate Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in Tamil Nadu by creating an opinion that they were willing to return home.Referring to a survey being conducted among refugees by an NGO that is circulating a three-page questionnaire seeking to know their personal details and future plans, Dr. Ramadoss said the motive was to float an impression that the refugees were longing to return to Sri Lanka, The Hindu newspaper reported Pointing out that the special rehabilitation package for refugees promised by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in 2011 was not implemented, the PMK leader said the survey had infused a sense of fear in the minds of the refugees. The survey would not have been possible without the support of the Union and State governments, he said. He sought the immediate intervention of the State government to stop the ongoing survey. The government should enact a law to facilitate work permit to refugees. read more

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Referring to what appeared to be an assault on one rebel group by another in a central town near the ceasefire monitoring line, Albert Tévoédjrè, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire and chairman of the Committee, condemned the attack carried out at Gohitafla farming town and demanded an investigation to determine its causes and find those responsible. He also condemned just as profoundly the violence carried out against embassies, international agencies, including the UN peacekeeping operation, known as UNOCI, and foreign persons and communities, in contempt of diplomatic conventions and human rights observance. French and UN peacekeeping forces, under separate command, patrol a 400-kilometre-long zone separating government troops and the armed former rebels. Under the 2003 Linas-Marcoussis agreement, the government and opposition formed a transitional government, but have had several serious disagreements. read more

October 4, 2019 | | Post a Comment

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 21, 2013 12:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bombardier expects to boost dividend as revenues surge in five years Bombardier says it is positioned to nearly double its annual revenues over the next five years and generate enough cash to boost its dividend and restore its investment grade credit rating, the transportation giant told an investors conference in New York on Thursday.The Montreal-based maker of planes and trains said it expects to add US$10 billion to US$16 billion in new revenue, with up to US$12 billion coming from a recovery in demand for its existing planes and the contribution from new designs such as the CSeries.An increase in sales volumes, better pricing and lower costs should also help to improve its operating margins in both the aerospace and railway divisions, it told analysts.Chief executive Pierre Beaudoin said this year will be a turning point for the company as new products begin to be delivered and it starts to reduce the massive investment it has devoted to product development.“We are planning a significant revenue growth and we have made the investments to get that revenue growth,” he said during a webcast of the meeting.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) is expecting revenues will increase by 30 per cent to between US$22 billion and US$25 billion in 2015 mainly through the improved sales of existing products as demonstrated by its US$66.7 billion order backlog.That will be followed in subsequent years with the ramp up of sales from new business and commercial aircraft along with growth opportunities around the world for railway products and services.The company also expects the added revenues will be accompanied by profit margins increasing three to four percentage points from the five per cent level achieved last year.Beaudoin said Bombardier’s priorities are to use its increased cash flow to restore its investment grade credit rating and to increase its annual dividend beyond 10 cents per share.“We’ll keep the dividend in line with what you see for an industrial company so there are plans to raise the dividends to keep it up with the yields that you see in industrial companies.”David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said the investor day was mainly to remind investors about Bombardier’s huge potential over the next few years but said dividend hikes will likely have to wait at least until 2016.“It’s a longer term thing and I would fully expect that at that point you would see the dividends rise, but it’s so far out,” he said in an interview.Aerospace president Guy Hachey said that Bombardier will increase the production rate of its regional jets to meet its backlog demand and said it is looking at offering a cheaper Q400 to better compete against rival ATR.“I feel much better about the CRJ outlook than I did a couple of years ago. The Q400 is still a concern but we see some opportunities ahead of us,” he told investment analysts.Hachey foresees strong order potential for commercial planes in established markets like North America and emerging regions like China, and said refreshed and new business jets will help Bombardier to maintain its global leadership.“I’m trying to convince you that our strategy will deliver growth,” he said, acknowledging that he’s made the same point for several years. But new aircraft take time to get to market and deliver results, Hachey added.“We do anticipate significant growth in the next five to 10 years and it’s based on our new programs. Some of it is based obviously on the market coming back as well…but the bottom line is that most of the growth that we’re going to have is in new platforms that we’re introducing.”Hachey said this year will be a turning point for the CSeries as the aircraft is expected to have its first test flight by the end of June.Every time customers see the real plane and observes the progress changes their perception, he added about the program that is slated to deliver about US$5 billion of the annual revenue increase.Bombardier still expects to have 300 orders from 20 to 30 customers by the time it enters into service in June 2014 and has just a few production slots available in 2016. It currently plans to produce 120 aircraft per year but can expand that level.Earlier, Transportation president Andre Navarri said he expects Chinese orders will soon resume with the appointment of new leaders and still sees strong demand in Northern Europe despite financial challenges.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares lost three cents at C$4.22 in afternoon trading. read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The UN Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has also activated its contingency plan in the area, a UN spokesperson told journalists in New York.“Its peacekeepers are providing security to 1,000 civilians in and around its base,” the spokesperson said.Combatants from four armed groups exchanged fire near its base in Pinga, North Kivu province, on Monday, according to MONUSCO. Three mortar bombs landed near the base.This latest bout of violence came as Martin Kobler visited North Kivu for the first time as the new Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the country during which he pledged to do everything in my power to address the armed groups’ issue in the Kivus and in the rest of the eastern DRC. Over the past year, the M23, along with other armed groups, have clashed repeatedly with the national forces (FARDC) in the eastern DRC. The rebels briefly occupied Goma in November 2012. The fighting resumed in recent weeks, this time dragging in a group of Ugandan-based rebels, and displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating the region’s ongoing humanitarian crisis, which includes 2.6 million internally displaced people (IDPs) and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid. read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“I was very disturbed by reports on 10 March that excessive and disproportionate force had been used against students and other civilians and that 127 people were subsequently arrested,” Ms. Yanghee Lee said during the presentation of her first report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. She welcomed the release of some detainees but also called for the immediate release of all the others. Further, Ms. Lee drew attention to the pressure on human rights defenders, including prosecutions under outdated defamation and national security laws, which have a “chilling effect on civil society activities.”“I am concerned journalists are still being interrogated and arrested, and that 10 journalists were imprisoned in 2014. This needs to stop if Myanmar wants to create a meaningful democratic space,” Ms. Lee said in a news release.While noting that economic development had benefited some in the country, the expert urged the Government to ensure that “others are not left out” and called for “a human rights-based approach to development programmes.” Ms. Lee also expressed concern over the alarming escalation of fighting in the Kokang region, where over 100 civilians are reported to have died and tens of thousands have been displaced. “Even during a state of emergency, the Government has an obligation to strictly uphold fundamental human rights,” she reiterated. More needs to be done to address the underlying issues at the heart of the conflicts, including discrimination against ethnic minorities. Four bills currently before Parliament risk increasing tension, she emphasized. “During my last visit in January 2015, I witnessed how dire the situation has remained in Rakhine state. The conditions in Muslim IDP [internally displaced persons] camps are abysmal and I received heart-breaking testimonies from Rohingya people telling me they had only two options: stay and die or leave by boat,” she said.The expert cautioned against any provision in the Rakhine Action Plan that would classify Rohingyas as ‘illegal aliens’ and subject them to possible prolonged internment in camps or removal from the territory. The expiry at the end of this month of the temporary white cards held by many Rohingyas as identity documentation “further increases their vulnerability,” she said. Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. They are not UN staff, do not receive a salary for their work, and are independent from any government or organization. read more

September 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Ohio State redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon scores in the first half on a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback J.T. Barrett. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBy the time Ohio State’s slow-arriving student section filled up, the Buckeyes had already taken a 7-0 lead against UNLV as speedy H-back Parris Campbell raced 69 yards for the opening touchdown on the offense’s second play. The Scarlet and Gray extended the early lead, continued to build upon it and never allowed the Rebels to even feign a threat as Ohio State dominated, winning 54-21 Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett marched his team down the field at will against an overmatched, less-talented UNLV defense, completing 12-of-17 passes for 209 yards and five touchdowns and subbed out before halftime. “Probably the same thoughts as everybody else,” coach Urban Meyer said. “Let’s go do it against a team that’s equally matched.”Seven players — wideouts Terry McLaurin, Johnnie Dixon, K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor, Campbell and walk-on C.J. Saunders and tight end Rashod Berry — caught touchdowns for the Buckeyes, the most in a single game in Ohio State history. Barrett overthrew sophomore wideout K.J Hill on one of his first passes of the game, but settled in as the Buckeyes scored on all but one of his drives. Campbell led Ohio State with three catches for 105 yards, but fumbled near the goal line on his team’s third drive of the game.The Rebels offense stood no chance facing off against the Buckeyes’ stout defense. An aggressive, blitz-heavy defensive front pressured redshirt freshman quarterback Armani Rogers the entire game. Late in the first quarter, backed up at the 2-yard line, defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones stuffed a run and forced Ohio State’s first safety of the season.Ohio State redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Buckeyes racked up four sacks and a season-high 13 tackles for loss. Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa led the Buckeyes with three tackles behind the line of scrimmage.“It builds confidence,” Bosa said. “And it just allows you to go through your progressions and just get more used to playing out there. It’s helpful and nice.”Rogers competed 11-of-19 passes for 88 yards. The Rebels, buoyed by junior running back Lexington Thomas’ 55-yard touchdown, rushed for 41 yards on 176 carries.With 3:32 left in the second quarter while leading 37-7, redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins replaced Barrett, and first-team All-American center Billy Price subbed out of the blowout.Haskins threaded the needle to Saunders for his first touchdown of the game, a 28-yard strike across the middle. The strong-armed quarterback went 15-for-23 and 228 yards and tossed two touchdowns. He hit Berry late in the third quarter who rumbled for a 38-yard touchdown, the first of the defensive end-turned-tight end’s career.“I was just determined to get to the touchdown, get into the end zone and [I] was speechless,” Berry said.Haskins later threw an interception to linebacker/defensive back Javin White, who took it 65 yards for a touchdown, the first pick-six thrown by an Ohio State quarterback this year.“That’s inexcusable. Throw it right to the guy,” Meyer said. “Obviously it’s a young player, a freshman. And they’ve gotta go through that.”Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins took 14 carries 95 yards. Once again, redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber did not play. He has dealt with a hamstring injury since the beginning of fall camp and missed the first game of the season. Defensive tackle Robert Landers, offensive guard Matt Burrell, linebacker Chris Worley and cornerback Shaun Wade also did not play for Ohio State due to injuries.Ohio State will look for its third consecutive victory when the Buckeyes head to Piscataway, New Jersey, next Saturday to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-2) at 7:30 p.m. read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOxfam is calling on international leaders to improve international cooperation to stop tax dodging, action to encourage companies to act for the benefit of staff as well as shareholders, wealth taxes to fund healthcare, education and job creation, and improvements in opportunities for women.It also urged business chiefs to commit to paying a living wage and their fair share of tax.Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB chief executive, said: “This year’s snapshot of inequality is clearer, more accurate and more shocking than ever before.”It is beyond grotesque that a group of men who could easily fit in a single golf buggy own more than the poorest half of humanity.”While one in nine people on the planet will go to bed hungry tonight a small handful of billionaires have so much wealth they would need several lifetimes to spend it.”The fact that a super-rich elite are able to prosper at the expense of the rest of us at home and overseas shows how warped our economy has become.”Inequality is not only keeping millions of people trapped in poverty, it is fracturing our societies and poisoning our politics.”It’s just not right that top executives take home massive bonuses while workers’ wages are stagnating or that multinationals and millionaires dodge taxes while public services are being cut.” Inequality is not only keeping millions of people trapped in poverty, it is fracturing our societies and poisoning our politicsMark Goldring, Oxfam Eight billionaires have riches equivalent to the same wealth as half the world, campaigners have warned world leaders gathering for talks in Switzerland.The research by Oxfam found that the gap between rich and poor was far greater than had been feared and called for an overhaul of a “warped” economy that allowed a small group to have more wealth than they could ever spend while one in nine people went hungry.Theresa May and Philip Hammond will attend the World Economic Forum of global political and business leaders in Davos this week.The annual event, held in a luxury Swiss ski resort, is often criticised for being little more than a talking shop for the rich and powerful. Davos Oxfam said out-of-control pay ratios meant the average pay of FTSE100 chief executives was 129 times that of the average employee and works out to the equivalent of 10,000 people working in Bangladeshi garment factories.It said new and better data on the distribution of global wealth, particularly in India and China, showed the poorest had less wealth than previously thought.The charity said if the information had been available when it carried out research last year, its report would have found that nine billionaires owned the same wealth as the poorest half of the planet instead of 62.Among the eight billionaires from the latest research, Bill Gates, who tops the list, and Warren Buffett, the world’s third richest man, are known philanthropists who have pledged to give away most of their wealth.The Adam Smith Institute free market think tank accused Oxfam of putting out misleading information.Head of research Ben Southwood said the welfare of world’s poor was improving with the proportion of the global population surviving on less than 2 dollars-a-day – falling from 69% in 1981 to 43% in 2008.”Each year we are misled by Oxfam’s wealth statistics. The data is fine – it comes from Credit Suisse – but the interpretation is not,” he said.”It is not the wealth of the world’s rich that matters, but the welfare of the world’s poor – and this is improving every year.”The consumption of the world’s poor continues to rise, as does their education, healthcare, and height.” A worker arranges a seat on a stage at Davos during preparations for the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic ForumCredit:LAURENT GILLIERON/EPA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe population of the UK will be the largest in Europe by 2050, overtaking France and Germany, mainly due to an ageing population and immigration. The UK has seen more births than deaths in every year since 1976, helping drive the population to 65m, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.This figure will soar to 76m in 2045.A quarter of the population will be over 65 in three decadesIncreasing life expectancy is one of the main reasons for the population increase – with people living longer due to improved healthcare and lifestyles. Girls born in 2015 can expect to live 82.8 years from birth, while boys will live to 79.1 years. This has meant that the proportion of people aged over 65 has increased from 14.1 per cent in 1975 to 17.8 per cent in 2015 – and is projected to expand further to almost a quarter of the population by 2045. This growth will help the UK have a larger population than any European Union country by 2050, at 77 million, according to Eurostat. It is currently the third biggest country, behind Germany and France.According to the ONS, while the proportion of Britons at “traditional working age” has remained stable over the last 40 years, it is projected to fall in future years as a result of the growth of the ageing population. Immigration has increased the population by 250,000 per yearAside from natural change, immigration has also helped increase the population since the 1990s. In 2015, 631,500 people immigrated to the UK, while emigration was half its levels at 299,200. The growth of net migration has increased the population by more than 250,000 people per year on average from 2004 to 2015.This is about 50,000 more people per year than natural change for the same period. While living longer is a cause for celebration, an ageing population may result in fewer people of working age to support those of pension ageONS It is estimated that there will be an extra 10.8m over 65s in 2045 than there were in 1975 – accounting for over half of the population growth seen in that period. As well as the direct impact of people migrating to the UK, immigration also impacts the population due to past movements impacting the numbers of births and deaths in the country.What does this population growth mean?A growing population is good for the economy as it can mean that there are more people available to participate in the workforce.But an ageing population can also lead to strains on the NHS and other public services in the country. There were estimated to be 308 of a pensionable age for every 1,000 people of a working age in 2016 – and this figure is projected to increase to 365 in 2037. When releasing the data, the ONS said: “While living longer is a cause for celebration, an ageing population may result in fewer people of working age to support those of pension age.”This increase means that there will be fewer people of working age to support a larger population over State Pension age. While a larger population increases the size and productive capacity of the workforce, it also increases pressure and demand for services such as education, healthcare and housing.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, arrives at federal court for his sentencing hearing, December 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: AFP)NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen delivered a blistering attack on his former boss as he was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for multiple crimes.“It was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds,” Cohen said as he pleaded for leniency before US District Judge William H. Pauley III.Cohen, 52, said he was taking responsiblity for his crimes “including those implicating the President of the United States of America.”Cohen’s lawyers had asked for no jail time after he pleaded guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, illegal campaign contributions, and making false statements to Congress.But Judge Pauley sentenced Cohen to three years in jail.Among the charges against Cohen was making “hush money” payments to two women who had threatened to go public during the 2016 presidential election campaign with claims they had affairs with Trump.Trump this week sought to minimize the importance of the payments saying they were a “simple private transaction” and that they were “wrongly” being called campaign contributions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump denies directing lawyer to break lawDecember 13, 2018In “World”Two Trump lieutenants found guilty, president implicatedAugust 22, 2018In “World”Michael Cohen in court: Trump ex-lawyer admits lying to CongressNovember 29, 2018In “World” read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

← Previous Story GIVE UP FROM 2022: Germany wants EHF EURO 2024 Next Story → Egyptian Zamalek win African club championship for the 10th time! Denmark won tournament of Golden League convincingly beating France 27:23 (15:10) in front of 10.000 fans in JYSKEN BOX Arena in Herning. The Olympic champions beat the world’s best team, which was the third triumph in four days for the domestic team.Denmark – France 27-23 (15-10)Denmark: Mikkel Hansen 8, Peter Balling 4, Lasse Svan 3, Rene Toft Hansen 3, Magnus Landin Jacobsen 2, Hans Lindberg 2, Morten Olsen 2, Mads Mensah Larsen 1, Anders Zachariassen 1, Henrik Møllgaard Jensen 1France: Kentin Mahe 4, Nikola Karabatic 3, Nedim Remili 2, William Accambray 2, Cedric Sorhaindo 2, Nicolas Claire 2, Adrien Dipanda 2, Valentin Porte 2, Dika Mem 1, Timothey N’guessan 1, Michael Guigou 1, Luka Karabatic 1Norway beat Poland 32:27 to secure second place at the tournament.STANDINGS:Denmark 6Norway 4France 2Poland 0 read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgEpizoochorie : les sangliers et les cerfs sont utiles à nos forêtsL’INRA vient de dévoiler une étude montrant le rôle des ongulés sauvages dans la dispersion des graines.Plusieurs chercheurs de l’INRA ont mené une enquête, intitulée Diplo, sur la dispersion des graines par les ongulés. En effet, de nombreuses plantes menacées de disparition ont réussi à recoloniser certaines forêts de France. Pour découvrir comment elles se transportent, les scientifiques ont voulu étudier la piste de l’épizoochorie, la dispersion des graines par les animaux, qui est déjà utilisée depuis de nombreuses années dans d’autres pays du monde. Dans l’hexagone, jusqu’à présent, les autorités étaient focalisées sur le rôle néfaste des chevreuils, cerfs et autres sangliers, qui font des dégâts considérables en dévastant les jeunes plantations d’arbres.À lire aussiUne mystérieuse hécatombe frappe les sangliers en ArdècheCependant, l’étude de l’INRA vient de révéler que ces mêmes ongulés transportent sur leur pelage les graines de nombreuses plantes, qui ne peuvent être déplacées par le vent en raison de leur taille importante. Elles se fixent donc sur le poil et dans les pattes dans animaux, et sont redéposées des kilomètres plus loin lorsqu’ils se secouent ou se frottent contre les arbres. Cette dispersion a déjà permis la réintroduction du cynoglosse d’Allemagne, quasiment éteint, dans la forêt d’Arc-en-Barrois.Les résultats de cette étude devraient permettre à l’avenir de mieux appréhender le rôle des cervidés et des sangliers dans la végétation française.Le 5 mars 2011 à 20:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more