Am sure Sultan will be a good film: Aamir

first_imgMumbai, Feb 16 (PTI) Superstar Aamir Khan has a lot of expectations from his actor-friend Salman Khans upcoming film “Sultan” and is confident that it will turn out to be good.”Salmans films are always very good. I have a lot of expectations from Sultan. I am sure it will be a good film. Like everyone I also wait eagerly for his film,” Aamir told reporters here at the screening of “Neerja”.The Dabangg Khan plays a wrestler from Haryana in “Sultan”. Aamir also plays the role of a wrestler in his much talked-about film “Dangal”.”Sultan” is scheduled to release on Eid and “Dangal” is expected to hit the cinema houses in December.In “Dangal”, a biographical sports-drama directed by Nitesh Tiwari, Aamir plays Mahavir Singh Phogat who taught wrestling to his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat. Aamir underwent a drastic change in his looks for the film.”It will be Ghajini look again. For this film, I had to lose and gain weight. I had to gain 25 kg weight in six months and in the beginning my character is young…national level champion wrestler. I have to shoot for the young part,” the 50-year-old actor said.”Like how Sushil Kumar has muscular look…like Ghajini…I have to get that look. I am working on that, it will take six months,” he said. PTI KKP GK BK BASlast_img read more

Europe’s best backline: How Pep helped change art of defending

first_imgMaybe it was the wording of the question that provoked Pep Guardiola into giving a detailed explanation of the differences between conventional defending and how his Manchester City side do things.In a recent press conference it was put to him that he is “not just the best attacking coach, but the best defensive coach, too”.He sensed an opportunity to set a few things straight: “Normally you have the mental approach that you defend well when you defend so deep,” he explained. “The only difference is we defend so high, we defend with a lot of space in behind and that is a little bit difficult to understand when you think about defending well or not.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Guardiola quoteThis is what Guardiola was getting at in Monaco 18 months ago. Back then he confused fans, media and many of his own squad by insisting City would not be sitting on their two-goal aggregate advantage, they would be trying to increase it.It appeared counterintuitive to those of us who have become accustomed to a certain idea of what ‘defending’ actually is. Particularly in England, where many of our teams’ most iconic nights have been gritty, battling displays against Europe’s greatest clubs.Dig deep, shackle the playmakers, throw yourself in front of every shot. That’s how it’s supposed to be done.So when City went against all that in Monaco and lost, Guardiola’s approach, his game management, was branded at best “very questionable” and at worst “reckless”.One review of City’s Champions League elimination referred to a “stubborn refusal to abandon his idealist approach.”Had he abandoned that approach City may well have reached the quarter-finals that season, but would they have become what they are now?And what they are now is the best team in England. As the press conference question suggested, it is not just their attacking exploits that are enviable.City have conceded just five league goals this season, the same as Liverpool. No team in Europe’s top five leagues has conceded fewer.Paris Saint-Germain, 13 points clear in Ligue 1, have conceded seven. Juventus, the dominant force in Italy, have conceded eight, so too have the miserly Atletico Madrid. In fact, the last goal City conceded from open play was on September 1.Yet they are by no means what we would consider a “defensive” team. The idea of dropping deep and letting the opposition have the ball is anathema to Guardiola; his teams do their ‘defending’ at the other end of the pitch.“We always believe and try to convince our players here that as long as the ball is far away from our goal we are safe,” Guardiola continues. “It’s much, much better.“The moment the ball is close to our box everything can happen. Everything. You concede corners, free-kicks, you concede fouls, the talented players can put the ball in the corner.”Guardiola quoteIt sounds obvious when he says it, doesn’t it? Not that Guardiola invented all this, of course. The idea of defending from the front has been around since long before he became a coach.Yet there is still an out-dated idea of what ‘good defending’ actually constitutes, just as there is a notion that football is somehow like the NFL, that offence and defence are separate entities.And seeing as Guardiola is in the vanguard of modern coaching, and his team are top of the table, is anybody better placed to spell out a few subtle details?“You cannot talk about them as different things, just attack or just defend,” Guardiola continued. “Maybe you will realise if you see the statistics from the last 20 years, the team that scores the most is the team that conceded less. It’s a balance.”City have found that balance through hours of work on the training ground, and after the win against Brighton at the end of September Guardiola made the kind of bold statement he usually avoids.“Our positional game is so good, everybody is in the right position, everybody knows where his mate is,” he said.He started off talking about Sergio Aguero but quickly moved on to defending and positional play. Everything is connected. “The important thing of course is clean sheets,” he said as part of his explanation before the game against Southampton, with his team on a run of six consecutive league clean sheets, “we have many in the last period, but what’s more important than that is how few chances we concede during the game, and that shows our stability.”Yet after the Southampton game, one that City won 6-1, Guardiola returned to the topic of stability. Typically, he was demanding improvement.”The team shows me today that in some actions we are still not stable enough,” he said afterwards.Guardiola quoteThe Saints’ goal came from the penalty spot, but they managed six shots on target – in City’s previous five league games combined they had seen just eight in total.The Blues sharpened up for their next game and only allowed Manchester United one shot on target, but they did give away a penalty in the exact same circumstances – a ball played in from the left wing behind John Stones that the striker reached just before Ederson.That is a glitch in the matrix that Guardiola will want to put right, but it is the measure of just how well City are defending playing that we are splitting hairs over shots on target and penalties.This is defending, but not as we know it. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Oval Test: Joe Root roars back to form with 14th Test hundred

first_imgJoe Root smashed his first century of the series and 14th overall as England surged ahead on day four of the fifth and final Test against India at The Oval on Monday.Root, who has had a very mediocre series according to his standards, showed immense class to sign off from the series with a century to his name.The England captain pushed himself to No.4 in the last innings of the Southampton Test and persisted with the position in the last Test match as well and the move has worked wonders for him. Moeen Ali, who replaced Root at No.3 has seen off the new ball and taken the shine off it on all three occasions and Root has benefited immensely from that.Root’s innings was not flawless however. He was dropped twice by Ajinkya Rahane on 46 and later in his 90s by Cheteshwar Pujara, when he edged one off Mohammed Shami on 94 but he shook the nervousness aside and took a single off Ravindra Jadeja in the 80th over to reach the landmark.Also read – Alastair Cook becomes 5th player to score a century in first and last TestA special day as @root66 scores his first century since last summer!Scorecard/Videos: #ThankYouChef Cricket (@englandcricket) September 10, 2018Root’s innings might come at a time where the series is not on line but his return to form will be a welcome sign for the Englishmen, who are all set to lose one of their key players in Alastair Cook after this Test.advertisementRoot and Cook have been the backbone of the English batting for the last few years and it was this pair again, which haunted the Indian bowlers on a pitch that had little turn but nothing major to trouble the likes of Cook and Root.The pair got together when Ali fell for 20 with the score on 65 and forged a partnership over 200 to take England’s lead past 300 as the Indian bowlers struggled to get a breakthrough.Also read – Alastair Cook touched by India’s gesture in farewell Test Joe Root and Alastair Cook shared a stand of over 200 runs for the third wicket (AP Photo)While Cook had the best moments of the day after reaching his 33rd Test ton and his last ever in international cricket, Root did the majority of the scoring. Not out on 29 at the end of Day 3, Root took the onus on himself to score runs quickly from the beginning of the day.Resuming the fourth day at 114/2, both the English batsmen looked in solid control. Cook, who was not out on 46 at stumps on day three reached his fifty early on the penultimate day of the Test match while Root reached the landmark in the 57th over with a boundary of Shami.After that, Root accelerated and got quick runs and went into lunch unbeaten on 92. He resumed the second session of the day nervously and was dropped by Pujara as well but Root hung in there and reached his 14th Test ton and celebrated wildly in joy as his family watched on.This was only the second three-figure score for Root in the second innings after 180 against Australia at Lord’s in 2013.last_img read more

Sudirman Cup: Kento Momota stunned as China cruise to 11th title

first_imgChina reclaimed the Sudirman Cup mixed team tournament title on Sunday in Nanning after thrashing Japan 3-0. Shi Yuqi and Chen Yufei shone as the powerhouses of world badminton extended their dominance in the mixed team tournament by clinching their 11th title.China had not lost the biennial Sudirman Cup title since 2005 but they were stopped in the final by South Korea in 2017. However, China were unstoppable in the ongoing year as they cruised to the top step of the podium, showcasing their depth ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics.Shi Yuqi, world number two in men’s singles badminton, came up with a fantastic come-from-behind win in a crunch men’s singles rubber in the final on Sunday as he beat world number one Kento Momota in three games.Shi Yuqi completes stunning comeback over World No.1 Kento Momota to clinch China three-game sweep of Japan in TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup Finals#TOTALBWFSC2019 #Nanning2019 (@bwfmedia) May 26, 2019China had a 2-0 lead and they needed Shi Yuqi to close out the first men’s singles match of the final. However, Kento Momota, who had beaten Shi in four of their last five meetings, took the first game 21-15.Shi then staged a memorable comeback beating Momota 15-21, 21-5, 21-11 in an hour and 9 minutes to hand China the title. Japan’s search for the elusive Sudirman Cup title thus extended.Notably, Shi also snapped Kento Momota’s unbeaten run of 29 matches in team events with the superlative show on Sunday.advertisementEarlier in the day, world number three Chen Yufei of China scripted a similar come-back-from-behind, lower-ranked Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the women’s singles rubber 17-21, 21-16, 21-17.China began the final on a high when their mixed doubles pairing of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen thrashed Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 21-18, 21-10 in just 54 minutes.China reached the knockout stages of the tournament after blanking India and Malaysia in the group stages. They had beaten Denmark 3-1 in the quarter-finals before two dominant performances against Thailand and Japan in the semi-final and the final, respectively.Also Read | Himanta Biswa Sarma elected as vice president of Badminton Asia CouncilAlso See:last_img read more

Football star Sunil Chhetri to make his digital debut with Bombers

first_imgFootball star Sunil Chhetri is excited about making a cameo in a web series Bombers, a high-octane football drama.Talking about why he agreed to be part of the show, the Captain Fantastic told IANS, “It’s a story about characters who lose their focus in life and how football brings them together. This is a story of redemption, where sport gives them a chance to find their way in life.””It is a motivational story. For me, of course, it’s football that brings me here to be part of this endeavour. I just hope that a lot of people watch this and get motivated in life,” he said.Bombers features Ranvir Shorey, Varun Mitra, Aahana Kumra, Sapna Pabbi, Prince Narula, Zakir Hussain, Annup Sonii and Meiyang Chang, among others.The 10-episode show will start streaming on the OTT platform ZEE5 on June 22.The show intends to support a special programme Education With a Kick of the Oscar Foundation. The programme encourages underprivileged children to learn life skills to complete primary education.As the footballer met the children from the organisation, he said: “I enjoyed meeting such enthusiastic talents. In fact, we had a game with those kids and it was so much fun.”Watch the trailer below.Also read | Jwala Gutta to be a part of Bigg Boss Telugu 3Also read | Karisma Kapoor wraps up shooting for her digital debut Mentalhoodlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Jubilant fans rejoice Pakistan’s dominating win over South Africa

first_imgPakistan returned to winning ways in World Cup 2019 after securing a morale-boosting 49-run win over South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.Haris Sohail’s 59-ball 89 played a major role in the win as Pakistan posted a formidable 308 at a loss of 7 wickets after they opted to bat first at Lord’s.Pakistan then restricted South Africa at 259/9 to win the match by 49 runs, thanks to leg-spinner Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz who picked up 3 wickets each while Mohammad Amir contributed with 2 wickets.This win kept Pakistan’s Cricket World Cup hopes alives as they next face New Zealand in another must-win match on June 26.South Africa, with three points from their opening seven matches, were knocked out after being condemned to 5th defeat in World Cup 2019.Pakistan will face New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in their remaining matches while the Proteas have Sri Lanka and Australia remaining in their roster before they return home after a disappointing campaign.Pakistan lie 7th on the ICC World Cup points table with 5 points from 6 games.An idolatrous swarm of green-jerseyed fans had just burst into a paroxysm of happiness after Pakistan’s dominating performance against South Africa.After the defeat against arch-rivals India, Pakistani fans were crestfallen and had very little to cheer about. Yesterday, Pakistan cricket team gave them their share of happiness and jubilation.Pakistani Twitterati also took to the micro-blogging website to share their emotions regarding the win which lead to a meme fest. Some were even seen apologizing to the captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, as the latter was the prime target on social media after the loss against India.advertisementPakistan making fans happy on and off the pitch #WeHaveWeWill | #CWC19 World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019What a comeback for Pakistan after their defeat to India #CWC19 | #WeHaveWeWill | #PAKvSA World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019Congratulations team Pakistan !!Today team played with unity #PAKvSA #CWC19 Tahir (@talhatahir96) June 23, 2019This picture was some nice gesture by Pakistanis sarfaraz deserved tht apology for whatever he has gone through #PAKvSA June 23, 2019The Champion Amir is back where he belongs, ON TOPALHAMDULILLAH #PAKvSA (@iSaadAwais22) June 23, 2019High in the Air #PakvSA ul Haq (@iihtishamm) June 23, 2019Also Read | Hopefully we can just shut some people up for a while: Mickey Arthur after Pakistan’s win over South AfricaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Haris Sohail batted like Jos Buttler in last 15 overs, says Sarfaraz AhmedAlso See:last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace ace Zaha flattered by Chinese interest

first_imgCrystal Palace ace Zaha flattered by Chinese interestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha admits he’s flattered by interest from China.It’s been claimed Dalian Yifang have offered Zaha, 26, a four-year contract worth £44m.”It is flattering, but it does not distract me because I have a job here to focus on,” the Ivory Coast international told Sky Sports.”I do not involve myself in things outside the plan.”Zaha’s contract runs to 2023. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ankita Raina through to semi-finals in Luan

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 14:42 IST Ankita Raina has the chance to make it to her third final this season (Reuters Photo)India’s Ankita Raina quelled a strong challenge from lower-ranked Eudice Wong Chong to make it to the singles semifinals of the USD 60,000 ITF women’s event here Friday.The second seeded Indian, ranked 175, came back from a one-set deficit to beat her Hong Kong rival 2-6 6-4 7-5 in a nearly two-hour long quarter-final.It turned out to be a very close game, with Ankita winning 88 points, just two more than Eudice, ranked 497.They broke each other seven times in the match.”It was a tough match, happy that I pulled off this one. In first set she started well and was not missing much. When I moved her around, I started coming back, so I persisted with the strategy,” Ankita said from Luan.”She played really well. I enjoyed the match and was in control in second and third sets,” the 26-year-old added.Ankita now has a chance to make her third final of the season as she faces seventh seed Chinese Shuyue Ma.The gritty Indian had won a USD 25k event in Singapore and ended runner-up at a USD 60k tournament in Istanbul.Also Read | World number one Naomi Osaka exits Madrid OpenFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ankita RainaFollow Semi-finals Ankita Raina through to semi-finals in LuanAnkita Raina defeated Eudice Wong Chong 2-6 6-4 7-5 to book her place in the semi-final of the ITF women’s event in Luan.advertisementlast_img read more

Citizens and Police Benefit From Youth Leadership Programme

first_imgThe lives of several inner-city residents from across the country have been significantly enhanced, following their participation in the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) Youth Leadership Training Programme. The 54 persons, who successfully completed the course, were presented with certificates during the graduation ceremony for the 55th cohort of the programme held at the JCC’s offices in Kingston, on December 14. Participants were trained in: conflict management, interpersonal skills, human relations, employability skills, community leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing and family life, over a six-week period. The group also included several law enforcement members. Held in collaboration with the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), the training course is an initiative of the JCC’s Civic Affairs and Inner-city Development Committee. The aim is to improve the relationship between citizens and police, in order to reduce crime and to provide residents with the skills to contribute to the development of their communities. Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter  Bunting, who was guest speaker at the event, lauded the JCC’s unique concept of combining police officers with residents, noting that he was pleased,  based on the feedback from the participants, that relations have improved. He congratulated the graduates who he said “have made a choice that you are going to determine the outcomes of your lives and I know your communities look forward to your returning to being agents of change and catalysts towards…improving the quality of life in your communities”. President, JCC, Francis Kennedy, said the body was particularly proud of its role in equipping citizens with the necessary skills to empower themselves, and thereby contribute to the economic viability of the country. “As a Chamber, we are conscious that the types of skills and attitudes that we encourage and support in this programme, is indispensible in the process of developing a vibrant economy. If we are to attract and retain investment from both domestic and overseas sources, one major determinant is that the appropriate labour force skills are in place. Another is existence and observance of mutual respect between all parts of our society in the interest of the nation,” he said. Sixty persons participated in the programme, including 46 inner-city residents from various communities in three parishes, and eight police officers.last_img read more

Legislation Modernizes Trusts and Property Dispositions Rules

first_imgNova Scotia’s property law is being simplified to better protect families. Justice Minister Ross Landry introduced today, Nov. 21, a new Perpetuities Act which abolishes the Rule Against Perpetuities and amends the Variation of Trusts Act and the Real Property Act. “Property rights have changed over time and the law should reflect modern practices,” said Mr. Landry. The rule, which dates back to 1672, was originally intended to protect property from control after death. The rule places strict and complicated limits on the duration of certain restrictions on the use and transfer of property. Over time, the law has grown so complex that it risks people being deprived of their property interests through inadvertent errors in drafting legal documents. The changes were recommended by the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia. The Rule Against Perpetuities has been abolished or reformed in seven of 10 Canadian provinces and many other countries that use a common law legal system. “The commission consulted extensively with estate planning specialists and the public. We heard that the rule was cumbersome and complex, and was simply inappropriate for the modern Nova Scotia context,” said Angus Gibbon, executive director of the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia. “There was very little support for a reformed version of the rule to make it simpler. The overwhelming preference was for abolition, and a more flexible role for the court where needed.” In place of the strict rule, courts will be given enhanced power to vary trusts and other property disposition so that long-term conditions on the use and exchange of property can be modified or terminated where appropriate. Judges will be given criteria to consider when making these decisions and will be required to consider the intention of the person who made the trust or property disposition. The final report of the Law Reform Commission is available at read more

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong sparking backlash from China

first_imgOTTAWA — Chinese officials accused Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland of “meddling” in China’s internal affairs Sunday after her weekend statement condemning violence in Hong Kong in the wake of escalating tensions between pro-democracy protesters and police.Freeland made the remarks in a joint statement issued Saturday with her counterpart in the European Union, Federica Mogherini, urging restraint amid “a rising number of unacceptable violent incidents.”“It is crucial that restraint be exercised, violence rejected and urgent steps taken to de-escalate the situation,” the pair wrote, not explicitly assigning blame to either the government or the protestors.“Engagement in a process of broad-based and inclusive dialogue, involving all key stakeholders, is essential,” the statement said, noting that both Canada and the EU support Hong Kong’s “high degree of autonomy” within China, as well as its residents’ right to peaceful assembly.That statement prompted the spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Canada to fire back, calling for Freeland to “immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.”“The Canadian side should be cautious on its words and deeds,” when it comes to Hong Kong, the spokesperson wrote.They noted that the “one country, two systems” priciple — the framework the city has operated under since the former British colony was passed to China in 1997 — is a national policy, not international law, and suggested it wasn’t Freeland’s place to comment.The embassy also defended the actions of Hong Kong police, saying the protests “deteriorated and evolved into extreme violence.”“In face of such severe violence and offences, no government with a sense of responsibility would sit idly by,” the spokesperson wrote.There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region as some residents accuse the Communist Party-ruled Chinese government of chipping away at Hong Kong’s democratic rights.RELATED: Umbrellas flood Hong Kong streets And while the protest movement has been marked by violent clashes with police, Sunday’s march was peaceful, with no reports of violence.The movement’s demands include the resignation of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, democratic elections and an independent investigation into police use of force.The Canadian Presslast_img read more



Study Women and minority TV directors make modest gains

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Women and minority television directors made modest gains last season, but the majority of television episodes are still directed by white men, the Directors Guild of America found in a study released Tuesday.The guild’s study states that 62 per cent of nearly 4,500 television episodes reviewed during the 2016-2017 season were directed by white men. When adding in white female directors, 78 per cent of the television episodes reviewed were helmed by white directors.Non-white directors accounted for 22 per cent of all episodes directed last year, with black directors accounting for 13 per cent. Asian-Americans accounted for 5 per cent of the episodes directed, while Latinos represented 4 per cent.The numbers reflect low single-digit increases for female and minority directors from previous seasons: White women directed 16 per cent of episodes in 2016-2017 compared with 14 per cent, and minority females directed 5 per cent of episodes, up from 3 per cent in 2015-2016.Directors Guild President Thomas Schlamme wrote in a statement accompanying the report that the results show “stark disparities among the major studios that raise questions about how committed to inclusion some employers really are.”He said studios must do more to find directors from diverse backgrounds.“Frankly, it’s hard to understand why they’re not doing more,” Schlamme said. “Even if all the right reasons are not enough for them, they should at least be motivated by the bottom line — inclusion just makes good business sense.”The report also ranks studios and their subsidiaries on the racial and ethnic breakdown of its directors. The study found 20th Century Fox was the most inclusive studio, producing 553 episodes of content, with 55 per cent of episodes being directed by white men. CBS and NBC ranked second, while Netflix was last, with white men directing 77 per cent of the 88 episodes reviewed, and only 4.5 per cent of those jobs going to minority directors.ABC, which accounted for the most content with 614 episodes, ranked fifth out of 10 studios reviewed, with white men accounting for 64 per cent of the directors. Minority directors accounted for 23 per cent of ABC episodes, while female directors were in charge of 21 per cent.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,094.25, up 37.16 points).RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Up 10.5 cents, or 60 per cent, to 28 cents on 54.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 83 cents, or 10 per cent, to $9.09 on 30 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down nine cents, or 0.41 per cent, to $21.61 on 11.7 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up 71 cents, or 9.17 per cent, to $8.45 on 10.6 million shares.Orosur Mining Inc. (TSX:OMI). Base metals. Up one cent, or 13.3 per cent, to 8.5 cents on 6.3 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up 16 cents, or 4.6 per cent, to $3.65 on 6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (TSX:GOOS). Consumer discretionary. Up $2.39 or 3.16 per cent to $77.98 on 356,000 shares traded. The luxury jacket maker is expanding its Winnipeg manufacturing operations by adding a third factory that will create about 700 jobs. The Manitoba government will spend up to $1.48 million to help the $15.8-million project.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Consumer discretionary. Down 20 cents to $10.58 on 607,000 shares. The retailer struck a deal to merge its German department stores with its biggest rival in the European market. The Toronto-based retailer, which owns Galeria Kaufhof, announced an agreement with Signa Retail Holdings, the Austrian-based brand behind Karstadt, a competitor department store in the market. HBC says the $616 million earned will be funnelled into reducing debt.BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO). Consumer discretionary. Down $5.98 or 8.4 per cent to $65.13 on 416,000 shares. The recreational products company was the biggest loser of the day on TSX after it launched a marketed secondary offering for 8.7 million shares by its largest shareholders — Beaudier Group and Bain Capital — as it also filed to list its shares on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.last_img read more

Moroccan Researcher Featured on Front Page of NASAs Glenn Research Center

Casablanca – Moroccan Researcher, Dr. Othmane Benafan, receives attention from NASA’s Glenn Research Center website for the second time. Dr. Othmane Benafan, a Moroccan Materials Researcher Engineer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, was featured on the front page of NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s website that researches, designs, develops and tests innovative technology for aeronautics and spaceflight.Dr. Benafan who completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Central Florida in 2012, appears in a section of the website called, “Innovator Spotlight,” dedicated to interviewing and highlighting high achievers at NASA. The interview focuses on the use of Shape-Memory Alloys in splitting rocks. This breakthrough has great commercial possibilities and applications in different fields and industries, and is currently being developed by the Moroccan scientist.Shape Memory Alloy Rock SplittersThe Moroccan researcher explains Shape Memory Alloy as metal mixture that ‘remembers’ its original shape after being deformed, and returns to its shape after applying “an external stimulus like temperature.”The rock splitting part happens when the metal is heated and constrained from moving to its original shape. This constraint of the metal causes “a buildup of extremely large forces,” which is directed at the rock to split. This novel technology developed by Dr. Benafan can be a more efficient substitute to traditional methods used in splitting rocks and boulders, such as explosives or hydraulics-based alternatives.The technology was designed for applications pertaining to space mission such as “geologic excavation in planetary bodies such as the moon, Mars, or near-Earth asteroids.” SMA rock splinter also promises to transcend the space application to other applications involving controlled splitting of rocks. These include oil drilling, civil engineering, search-and-rescue operations and so on.Answering a question related to the weaknesses that Dr. Benafan’s effort attempt to overcome, the Tangier-native stated that previous reports have suggested the use of the technology in rock splitting. However, these reports surrendered to several challenges:“All of the reported prior work suffered from three main challenges: Activation temperature, insufficient displacement, and limited force generation dependent on commercial alloys. With this technology, our goal was to addresses these challenges.” read more

Nearly one dozen African nations sign up for UNbacked education scheme

5 December 2007Nearly one dozen African nations have joined forces to participate in a United Nations-backed programme to bolster education and training in rural areas. At the Rome headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), representatives from 11 countries – Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Niger, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania – last week agreed to identify areas of cooperation. Rural people comprise approximately 70 per cent of Africa’s total population and are expected to remain the majority over the next three decades. Education and training for rural people is key in sub-Saharan Africa’s fight against poverty, hunger, malnutrition and illiteracy. But for every 100 urban children who have access to primary education, only 68 do in rural areas, and for every 100 children who complete primary school in urban areas, only 46 of their rural counterparts do. The participating nations’ ministries of education, agriculture and rural development, among others, were asked to work together to design programmes reflecting local cultural and social values, as well as to collect and analyze statistics. Agencies such as the FAO and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) were requested to boost their support for capacity-building and institutional strengthening of rural education. The two-day Rome meeting was a follow-up to a ministerial seminar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, held in September 2005. read more

Homebuilders real estate board says new BC property tax hurts province

Homebuilders, real estate board says new B.C. property tax hurts province by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 27, 2016 3:12 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Premier Christy Clark and Finance Minister Michael de Jong, discuss amendments regarding housing issues in Greater Vancouver from the South lawn during a press conference at the Legislature in Victoria on July 25, 2016. British Columbia’s real estate and home building industries say property buyers and sellers fear collapsed deals and financial losses after the province announced plans to bring in a new property transfer tax on foreign buyers next week.Bob de Wit, the chief executive of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, says there is panic among foreign buyers who signed pre-sale properties agreements and are now trying to avoid paying the tax before it comes into effect on Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito VICTORIA – British Columbia’s plans to dampen the influence of foreign investment in Metro Vancouver’s scorching housing market with a new tax on foreign buyers is causing widespread panic and confusion, say industry insiders.Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals are poised to adopt legislation that includes an additional 15 per cent property transfer tax on foreign nationals who buy residential real estate in Metro Vancouver. The tax, which takes effect next Tuesday, would add $300,000 to the price of a $2 million home.Bob de Wit, the chief executive of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, said Wednesday there is much concern among foreign buyers who signed pre-sale properties agreements and are now trying to avoid paying the tax before it becomes law on Aug. 2.“So far, in the first two days it’s sort of mass panic of buyers worried about whether they can close and wanting to sign (before Aug. 2), which may or may not be available in the contract they’ve signed,” he said. “There’s basically a lot of panic out there and we’re trying to keep people calm.”De Wit estimated there are 2,300 pre-sale properties in Metro Vancouver connected to foreign buyers.Dan Morrison, president of the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board, said the 15-per-cent tax is aimed at foreign buyers but it could impact British Columbians if foreigners walk away from their deals because of the tax.He described situations where B.C. residents are fearing property nightmares because they sold to foreign buyers who may now balk at paying the new tax, which in turn threatens to kill the real estate purchases of B.C. buyers.“So, it can get quite messy and there’s a domino effect that could affect a lot of B.C. residents,” Morrison said.Morrison and de Wit said the government should exempt property agreements already in the works before Tuesday’s implementation of the tax.“Any contract that had all the subjects removed and was a firm and binding contract prior to the date of the announcement, should be exempt from the tax,” said Morrison.Premier Christy Clark was steadfast on Wednesday, saying her government will not amend its proposed property transfer tax plan.“The foreign buyer tax is intended to make sure we can keep home ownership within the reach of the middle class,” she said at a news conference in Vancouver. “I make no apologies for that.”All purchasers in the province already have to pay a one-per-cent tax on the first $200,000 of their purchase, two per cent on the remaining value up to $2 million, and three per cent on the portion above that.In a report Wednesday, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. rang alarm bells about Vancouver’s real estate sector, increasing its risk rating for Vancouver to its highest level for the first time since it began releasing the reports last year. read more

UN chief condemns terrorist attack in Turkish capital

“The Secretary-General sends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesman, noting that the UN continues to support and stand in solidarity with the people and the Government of Turkey at this trying time.According to media reports, a car bomb tore through a crowded transport hub in the Kizilay district.

AK47 M70 rifles found in home of WCD businessman

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMajor Crimes Unit operation unearths more high powered weaponsMarch 10, 2017In “Crime”Corporal implicated in AK-47 interception at Police HQ on the runMarch 9, 2017In “Crime”Smuggled AK-47 not Police property- BlanhumMarch 7, 2017In “Crime” Two high powered rifles, an AK-47 and an M-70 rifle, were on Thursday afternoon discovered in the Meten-Meer-Zorg home of a 33-year-old businessman who operates a restaurant in that West Coast Demerara (WCD) community.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has confirmed that the high powered rifles were found, but he could not confirm the calibers. He has, however, said that members of the Major Crime Unit have travelled to the area and are questioning the occupant of the house. He also said the weapons have been lodged at the CID Headquarters in Georgetown as investigations continue.This publication understands that, acting on information received, the police swooped down on the businessman’s house and conducted a search, unearthing the weapons inside a duffer bag, hidden under a commercial gas stove. A source has disclosed that from the condition of the weapons, they probably had not been used in a while.Based on reports gathered, the suspect might have been keeping the weapons for a known drug dealer.Meanwhile, the young man who was arrested on Thursday following the discovery of the high profile weapons will be interrogated and ultimately charged for illegal possession of firearms. read more

Indonesian coal exports to slow

first_imgIndonesia’s coal mining association expects coal output in 2008 to rise by 6% to 218 Mt from an estimated 205 Mt this year, reports Macquarie Research. The country produced 193.5 Mt in 2006. However, the news for exports is not good. With domestic demand expected to rise by 18.4% to 58 Mt, exports are forecast by the association to increase by only 2% to 160 Mt in 2008. Such an increase from one of the world’s largest thermal coal exporter falls well short of the forecast rise of 4.8% to 361.5 Mt for Asian thermal coal demand in 2008. Coal export opportunites would seem to abound for any country that can get its coal out to fill these gaps in demand.last_img read more