3 Jaish men killed in Pulwama

first_imgAn Army Major and three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists were among the nine persons killed in an 18-hour gun battle in Pulwama’s Pinglena area on Monday, just four days after 40 CRPF jawans lost their lives in a suicide car-bomb attack in the region. The dead included three other Army personnel, a policeman and a civilian.A brigadier and a Deputy Inspector-General were among nine injured.Among the three slain JeM terrorists was Kamran, a Pakistani, who took over as operational commander of Jaish after the killing of Mufti Waqas last year. Police said he might have played a role in the February 14 suicide blast at Pulwama’s Lethpora. “Kamran’s role is being probed,” said a police officer. The other two slain terrorists were identified as Hilal Ahmad from Pulwama, who joined the JeM in 2017, and a Pakistani, whose identity could not be ascertained immediately.Four weapons and ammunition were recovered from the site. Four houses, including one in which the terrorists were holed up, caught fire in the operation and were damaged.The Army personnel, including Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal of 55 Rashtriya Rifles, were killed in “indiscriminate fire” from the terrorists at the beginning of the pre-dawn operation. The others were havildar Sheo Ram, sepoy Ajay Kumar and sepoy Hari Singh.Policeman Abdul Rasheed, a personal security officer of DIG Amit Kumar, sustained bullet injuries and later died of the wounds in a hospital. A civilian, Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat, died of bullet wounds at the encounter site, said the police.DIG Kumar, Brigadier Harbir Singh, another Army officer and a police sub-inspector were among the injured. “They were shifted to Army’s 92 Base Hospital with bullet injuries. They are undergoing treatment for bullet wounds,” an official said.The Monday operation was the first joint exercise of security agencies against the JeM, which is recruiting locals. The encounter site was less than 15 km from Lethpora, where a suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden vehicle into a CRPF convoy on Thursday.Major Dhoundiyal (33) killed in Monday’s operation joined the Army in 2011 and was from Dangwal in Dehradun, Uttrakhand. He is survived by his wife. Havildar Sheo Ram (36) joined the Army in 2000 and hailed from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. He is survived by his wife and a son.Sepoy Hari Singh (26) hailed from Rajgarh of Rewari, Haryana and joined the Army in 2011. He is survived by his wife and a son.Sepoy Ajay Kumar (27) was from Bastikri in Meerut, U.P. and joined the Army in 2012. He is survived by his wife and a son.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar’s Back: The Problem and Beyond

first_imgIn my opinion, all this fuss about Sachin Tendulkar’s ailment is quite unnecessary (“The Problem’s Back”, September 20). For practitioners of the traditional “varma” therapy, it is a trivial matter. Unlike allopathic physicians who are unable to successfully treat lumbar spondylosis most of the time,”varma” doctors have treated many sports,In my opinion, all this fuss about Sachin Tendulkar’s ailment is quite unnecessary (“The Problem’s Back”, September 20). For practitioners of the traditional “varma” therapy, it is a trivial matter. Unlike allopathic physicians who are unable to successfully treat lumbar spondylosis most of the time,”varma” doctors have treated many sports personalities and film stars with similar problems.Dr Veluthamby, ChennaiInstead of going round the world for a check-up, what Tendulkar needs is a good counsellor who will tell him how to get rid of his burden.The country expects too much from him and the pressure is bound to tell on his performance. Sachin, just be yourself, motivate your teammates and do your best without thinking of the result of the match.Dr Anand Galagali, BangaloreSachin’s health problems apart, the performance of the team has been on the downslide ever since Anshuman Gaekwad, the talk-specialist, took over as its coach. In World Cup ’99 India put up one of its most unsatisfactory performances. In the recently concluded triangular series in Sri Lanka, the team was at its disappointing best. It is time Gaekwad quit as the team’s coach.Anil K. Sharma, Katiharlast_img read more

In the mood for Megu: The Leela Palace Hotel, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

first_imgMegu puts you in a happy space the moment you step in. The zen vibe is punctuated by thoughtful unobtrusive service and truly blessed food. Much of the detailing is lost by night, but now, with the restaurant opening its doors for lunch, your dining experience gets a facelift. There are a couple of reasons why the restaurant is worth visiting by day: the lunch menu has been crafted keeping both the busy business executive and the lazy lunch goer in mind. There are a number of new vegetarian options on the lunch menu which are frankly quite delicious; also, kids who enjoy sushi but are kept out of Megu by night can enjoy platter after platter over an extended family lunch; and you can enjoy a vivid green view by day which eludes you after dark. Enough reasons to tuck into the goodness of the new lunch menu we would say.In there for a quickie? The menu sports an efficient three-course lunch where you can pick from a selection of appetisers, entrees and desserts. While there are ample vegetarian appetiser options to choose from, the veg entrees are restricted but the chef is happy to accommodate anything special you might like created for your meal.Going a la carte? You must try the shira ae even if you are a die-hard non-vegetarian. The textural concoction redefines flavours that are clean and new. The sesame crunch breaks through the dip-like consistency and is a surprisingly good addition. The wasabi fried prawns with mango sauce is not an inventive dish but relies on recreating familiar tastes in a modern context. If sushi is your calling then Megu’s platters are a no brainer. There are many ways of doing sushi; while some places get the roll filling right others rely on the rice roll to create an impact. At Megu, the chef has got both right and the sushi is fresh, crunchy and wholesome. While many diners are intrigued by the fresh wasabi being grated in front of them, if you like a strong wasabi hit stay with the old version as it is a couple of degrees more pungent. A sorbet is served between courses and is the perfect palate cleanser. For mains, choose the crispy tofu with oroshi steak sauce (vegetarian) as it delivers on its promise of plenty; there are at least half a dozen vegetarian sushi options as well. The signature silver cod with yuzu miso is recommended for sea food fans as the gorgeous fish is lightly flavoured and is smooth on the tongue. The pork chops, cooked to perfection and cut into half-inch slivers retain much of the flavours they are cooked in and if the fish-prawn combine is getting too much, order this. None of the mains are overpowering in flavour and that perhaps is the beauty of the food plated up at Megu.The manager, Rajat Kalia, is a powerhouse of information and helps you pick dishes that work best for your palate if it is unfamiliar with Japanese cuisine. Pair your meal with a bottle of champagne and book a table close to the deck where just for an hour or two, you forget that you are in the heart of Delhi. The Megu lunch is many things but above all it caters to those who love simple flavours in a relaxed setting, far from the madness that is so Delhi.Meal for two: Rs 5000 (Without alcohol and taxes)Must try: Megu signature river stone grill (wagyu steak) flambed and served with daikon radish oroshi ponzu Shira AeReservations: +91 (11) 39331360Email: megu.newdelhi@theleela.comWhere: Megu, The Leela Palace Hotel, Chanakyapuri, New Delhiadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Steven Smith, Ashok Dinda star as Rising Pune Supergiants end losing streak against Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgRising Pune Supergiants ended their four-match losing streak in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a 34-run win via Duckworth/Lewis method over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Tuesday. (Scorecard)The foundation of the big win for Pune in the rain-marred contest was set up by medium pacers Ashok Dinda (3/23) and Mitchell Marsh (2/14) as Sunrisers Hyderabad were restricted to 118/8 in 20 overs.In a match marred by delayed start, half of the Hyderabad team was back in the dug-out by the ninth over with only 32 runs on the board. But a 47-run stand between Shikhar Dhawan (56 not out) and Naman Ojha (18) came to Hyderabad’s rescue as it ensured that the team crossed the 100-run mark. (Full IPL Coverage)Dhawan was the only bright spot for Hyderbad as the left-hander scored his second consecutive fifty. With the help of two fours and a six, he made 56 off 53 deliveries.At the fag end, Bhuvneshawar Kumar’s brisk cameo of eight-ball 21 lifted them to 118/8. (This is how Dinda, Smith put an end to Pune’s losing streak)In reply, Steve Smith (46 not out) and Faf du Plessis (30 off 21 deliveries) put Pune in strong position to overhaul the target. Pune lost Ajnikya Rahane (0) early – dismissed by Bhuvneshwar. But South African du Plessis and Australian Smith forged an 80-run stand for the second wicket to put the chase in commanding position.They were cruising at 94/3 in 11 overs when rain halted play, forcing the umpires to decide the match D/L method through which Pune were declared winners by 34 runs.advertisementThis was Pune’s second win – having won the opening match, while Hyderabad suffered a loss after hat-trick of wins and overall, third defeat in six outings.Earlier, put into bat by Pune captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hyderabad batsmen were undone by reckless batting and poor shot selection. It started with the very first over when in-form David Warner hit a wide ball from right-armer Dinda straight to Ajnikya Rahane at backward point in the first over. The wicket of the Australian left-hander, who had scored four fifties in five games before Tuesday, for a duck gave a big relief to Pune.Dinda removed Aditya Tare (8) when the right-hander top-edged a wide delivery to Thisara Perera at cover as Hyderabad lost their second wicket at 26 runs in five overs.Medium pacer Mitchell Marsh reduced Hyderabad to 27/3 in the next over as England left-hander Eoin Morgan’s drive found an edge to wicket-keeper Dhoni.After a quiet seventh over bowled by Perera, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin gave further joy to Pune camp as he dismissed Deepak Hooda (0), who edged it to Dhoni.Marsh continued the flow of wickets as he got rid of compatriot all-rounder Moises Henriques (1), who managed to find an edge to a ball outside the leg stump to Dhoni.At this stage, Hyderabad were reeling at 32/5 in 8.1 overs and were in desperate need of a partnership. Dhawan found support from Ojha as the duo tried to resurrect the innings, with ones and twos.The gentle medium pace bowling from Rajat Bhatia also allowed them to score occasional boundaries as they stitched a 47-run stand for the sixth wicket.Dinda broke the stand when he rattled Ojha’s stumps as the right-hander batsman missed the line.Later, Hyderabad were propped up by Bhuveshwar’s three hits to the fence and one over it to recover a bit from ignominy.Brief scores: Hyderabad: 118/8 (Shikhar Dhawan not out 56; Ashok Dinda 3/23, Mitchell Marsh 2/14). Pune: 94/3 in 11 overs (Steve Smith 46 not out; bhuvneshawar Kumar 1/17). Pune won by 34 runs via D/L method.last_img read more

Mission XI Million picks Chandigarh girl

first_imgNew Delhi, May 28 (PTI) An eighth standard student from Chandigarh has been selected to represent India as a young journalist at the global Football For Friendship (F4F) social programme in Russia. Ananya Kamboj, from Vivek High School, Mohali, has been selected to represent India. The F4F programme, supported by Gazprom and FIFA, focuses on the development of childrens football, fostering tolerance and respect for different cultures and nationalities among children from different countries. India joins the programme for the first time and will participate alongside 60 other countries. Ananya was shortlisted as the F4F young journalist from India after participating in a contest conducted by F4F supported by Mission XI Million, programme of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 that has a vision of making football the sport of choice among the youth by bringing football to 11 million kids. The contest saw entries from over 20 cities. Ananyas winning entry spoke of the role of football in enabling conversations, which could help soothe tensions and foster engagement between countries and people across the globe. Ananya will join young journalists from around the world in St. Petersburg, Russia in July 2017. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

Tommy Fleetwood vows to continue taking risks for major Augusta reward

first_imgTommy Fleetwood cites a moment when others raised eyebrows as being typical of an approach he will not change. The Englishman took dead aim at the pin on the famous 17th at Sawgrass as the Players Championship rumbled towards its conclusion last month but the bold move, as he sought to reel in Rory McIlroy, failed; Fleetwood’s ball found water. Yet as he prepares for his latest tilt at a major championship, this time the 83rd Masters, he made it clear he would never alter his style. Share on LinkedIn Read more Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger The Masters … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Thank you. features Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Golf Reuse this contentcenter_img A quirk of the world ranking system means Justin Rose returned to No 1 on Monday without having played in last week’s Texas Open. Rose is seeking to break with convention; the top-ranked player at the start of the Masters has won the Green Jacket only four times. On two of those occasions the person in question was Tiger Woods, the last of them in 2002. History, then, does not particularly favour Rose. “I feel like I haven’t had my run yet where I’ve sort of separated myself as the No 1 player in the world,” said Rose. “That’s a goal of mine, still.”Woods and Couples partnered Justin Thomas for practice holes on Monday. Afterwards Thomas suggested the four-time winner’s competitive edge remains as formidable as ever when it comes to imparting wisdom about Augusta. “Tiger probably isn’t as – I mean I’m not trying to be mean – but isn’t as helpful I would say as Freddie,” Thomas said. “At this point he doesn’t quite give as much information. I’ve picked Tiger’s brain enough around this place that he’s probably told me everything he’s going to tell me.” US sports Share via Email “I didn’t think anything of it really,” Fleetwood said. “I was two behind with two to play and there was only one way I was ever going to get close. That was to go for it. It didn’t come off but I didn’t really think anything of it. People’s reaction was great really. I don’t know why people would expect me to play for the middle of the green if I had a chance of catching Rory.“Maybe that’s my difference [from] some other people but I’m always going to play to win. Not that golf will ever define me as a person but I’m never going to look back on my career and say: ‘Oh, I finished third at the Players, that was a good week,’ or: ‘Oh, I finished top five at the Masters, I made a couple of nice pars to finish top five.’ That’s probably something I’ll never say to my kids or grandkids. That’s not something to be that proud of.“Winning is what it’s all about, not for anything than to win tournaments and big tournaments. I want to win them, not from a financial standpoint of anything. It would just be nice to have on my résumé. Second or sixth or seventh makes a difference to your bank account but it won’t make a difference to how you see anything else.”Fleetwood missed the cut here when making his debut in 2017. A share of 17th a year ago, plus continually impressive performances on both sides of the Atlantic, means he is widely tipped to feature come the closing stages on Sunday. “Overall, everything’s in really good shape,” the 28-year-old from Southport said. “I feel great being here this week. You really get a sense of the difference in how you feel from year one to year two to year three.“Year one, it’s all so new, there’s so much to take in and it’s your first time here. Year two, you’ve been here already so you’re more comfortable with it and it just kind of progresses to the point where, I’m not at the Freddie Couples stage or anything like that but I’m getting a better understanding and feeling of the tournament and the course and what that involves.” Share on Twitter Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Jordan Spieth must seize chance to arrest an alarming slide at Augusta Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp European Tour PGA Tourlast_img read more

Queensland break 26-year record but at a cost

first_imgBy BEN HARRISQueensland will have a chance to defend their women’s open crown from 2012 as they won the second State of Origin match against New South Wales on Saturday morning at Sunshine Coast Stadium.However, the 8-3 win has come at a cost with key player Kim Sue See injuring herself after she had scored Queensland’s fifth touchdown.Sue See was escorted off the field by medical staff and did not return to the field.Although it seemed to not have mattered that she was missing as Queensland hammered the southern neighbours by five touchdowns.It was Queensland’s biggest winning margin in the women’s open division, beating a 26-year record that was set in their 5-1 victory on the Gold Coast.Queensland got out to a 2-0 lead with touchdowns to Catherine Sargent and Jemma Mi Mi.New South Wales fought back with back-to-back touchdowns in two minutes to level the scores at half-time.The visitors hit the lead for the first time when Louise Winchester scored her third touchdown of the series.However that was the last joy for New South Wales as Queensland’s Peta Rogerson, Brooke Walker and Sue See stepped up.Walker was the first to score then Sarah Spacie put Queensland back in front at 4-3.Sue See scored then was taken off before the job was finished off by Spacie, Hayley Maddick and Kate McCarthy as they scored touchdowns.The third game will be played at 4.15pm today.QUEENSLAND 8 (Sarah Spacie 2, Brooke Walker, Catherine Sargent, Hayley Maddick, Kim Sue See, Jemma Mi Mi, Kate McCarthy touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Samantha Rodgers, Kristin Boss, Louise Winchester touchdowns). HT: 2-2; Division tied 1-1.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – LinksSOO Women’s open 2last_img read more

Western Bulk Broadens Its Services

first_imgzoom Western Bulk, a leading global operator of dry bulk vessels, has decided to strengthen its Panamax team by employing a team of 9 persons previously employed by K2 Shipping in Oslo.In addition, K2 Shipping will be re-letting some cargo contracts and chartered-in vessels to Western Bulk. The team from K2 Shipping is very experienced and has a wide network of relationships to continue the development of Western Bulk’s Panamax business unit.“This addition to our Panamax team enhances our reach in this part of the market and is a strong strategic fit with our business model as we see good opportunities to broaden our service for existing and new cargo clients“, says Jens Ismar, CEO of Western Bulk.Mr Knut Lind has been appointed as the business unit manager for the Panamax unit. westernbulk, March 18, 2014last_img read more

Stena Imagination Joins Stena Bulk’s Fleet

first_imgzoom Sweden’s tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has taken delivery of an MR tanker Stena Imagination from the Chinese shipyard Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI). Jointly owned on a 50-50 basis by Stena Bulk and Indonesian Golden Agri Resources (GAR), the vessel is the seventh of a total of thirteen IMOIIMAX tankers ordered by Stena Bulk.Featuring a length of 183 metres and a beam of 32 metres, the tanker will be operated by Stena Weco and sail in the company’s global logistics system, which currently employs about 60 vessels.The 50,000 dwt vessel is the third tanker to be delivered in 2016. Stena Bulk earlier took delivery of Stena Imperative and Stenaweco Impulse.The remaining six vessels will be delivered every third month and the last vessel in 2018, the company said.Three of the 13 IMOIIMAX tankers are wholly owned by Stena Bulk, six together with GAR (Golden Agri Resources), two by Stena Bulk’s sister company Concordia Maritime and two by Stena Weco.During 2015, the company expanded its fleet with Stena Impression, Stena Image, Stena Imperial and Stena Important.last_img read more

Panama Canal Talks Gas Shipping Growth with Asian Majors

first_imgzoom Panama Canal Authority is looking into development opportunities in the gas shipping market now that it has introduced transit for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.Namely, a Panama Canal delegation has embarked on a data collection mission to Asia where it met with shipping companies and maritime organizations from Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan.According to the canal authority, Asian stakeholders are a primary driver of traffic through the canal.The Asian tour is said to be aimed at gathering information needed for future planning of the canal’s development and making projections for various shipping segments. To that end, a particular spotlight has been put on the shipping needs for natural gas, which is a new addition to the expanded canal, as considerable meetings were held with gas shipping majors.In July 2016, the canal welcomed its first-ever LNG carrier, the Shell-chartered Maran Gas Apollonia, through the expanded locks.The expanded canal can accommodate 90 percent of the world’s LNG tankers, allowing ships departing the U.S. East and Gulf Coast for Asia to cut voyage times to 22.8 days roundtrip.The delegation, comprised of Administrator Jorge L. Quijano and a Planning and Commercial Development team, met with representatives of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, to discuss Japan’s energy policies and the country’s interest in importing natural gas and propane from the Gulf of Mexico.The delegation also spoke with shipping industry executives from several shipping companies including Mitsui O.S.K. Line (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line), along with those specializing in shipping of gas such as Astomos, Tokyo Gas.In South Korea, the representatives visited Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS)—an importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG)—and SK Gas—an importer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). They also visited the shipyard of Samsung in Geoje, South Korea, to view the construction of Neopanamax LNG vessels and met with representatives of Hyundai Merchant Marine and PanOcean.Furthermore, the Panama Canal delegation spoke with COSCO Shipping Lines, representatives of the shipping companies Yang Ming and Evergreen to analyze aspects of the maritime industry and the service provided by the Panama Canal.“I’m very enthusiastic about the productive meetings that took place with various maritime organizations and Canal customers in a very important region to the global shipping industry,” said Quijano.“The Canal connects 144 maritime routes, reaching 1,700 ports in 160 countries, and in order for us to continue delivering exceptional service, we must maintain an open dialogue with our customers and with leading industry experts.”last_img read more

Changes to Liquor Licensing Regulations

first_imgAdministrative changes to the province’s liquor licensing regulations will cut red tape and ensure the regulations better meet the needs of business owners. The changes involve the setting of maximum occupancy numbers and more flexibility in converting restaurant space to lounge space. Previously liquor licences required two maximum occupancy numbers, one set by the Office of the Fire Marshal and the other set by the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco division of Service Nova Scotia. From now on only the number assigned by the fire marshal will be required. The second change will allow restaurants to convert restaurant space to lounge space at the time of their choosing (with approval from the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco division). Minors will still not be permitted inside a lounge past 9 p.m. This law remains unchanged. There are about 1,660 licensed establishments in Nova Scotia. The maximum occupancy change will only impact a small number. About 415 of these licensees operate an eating establishment with a lounge space.last_img read more

NS reports another online privacy breach this time at Halifax school board

first_imgHALIFAX – There’s been another online privacy breach in Nova Scotia, this time involving an internet-based registration system used by Halifax’s school board.The board, now known as the Halifax Regional Centre for Education, called in the province’s privacy commissioner on Monday after the board shut down registration for its Excel after-school program for elementary students.The move came after some users reported they could see other people’s personal information, including medical data.The board issued a statement saying registration opened at 8 a.m., and the website was shut down 37 minutes later when the breach was reported. In all, about 3,200 parents or guardians received access codes during that time period, and all of them have been notified of the potential breach.Meanwhile, Nova Scotia’s auditor general agreed Monday to investigate an earlier privacy breach.On April 11, Halifax police arrested a 19-year-old man after the government confirmed about 7,000 documents were inappropriately accessed through the province’s freedom-of-information internet portal between March 3 and March 5.The unnamed teenager faces the seldom-laid charge of unauthorized use of a computer.About 250 documents contained sensitive personal information, including social insurance numbers and government services’ client information.The breach was first noticed on April 5, but the government did not alert the public until April 11.Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab says she views the auditor general’s role as “supportive and complementary” to an investigation already announced by Catherine Tully, the province’s information and privacy commissioner.As for Monday’s breach, Dartmouth resident Kevin Dolan told Global News that when he was finished with the board’s registration process, a different student’s name appeared, and then lists appeared showing other people’s family members, caregivers, as well as their phone numbers and information about potential allergies.The province’s opposition New Democrats issued a statement saying the Liberal government owes Nova Scotians an explanation.“Today’s breach is another upsetting sign that the Liberal government is not doing enough to ensure the public’s private information is secure when accessing government services,” said NDP critic Claudia Chender.“Nova Scotians trust the government with a great deal of personal information. We need to know that information is being protected in the most secure way possible.”The Excel program, which also offers before-school care for elementary student, is available in 62 elementary schools.last_img read more

Green party targets use of tax money for political attack billboards

first_imgPochynok said the Liberals see Horgan as responsible because he hasn’t provided tax relief on gasoline. Expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline, which Horgan has opposed, could also have increased the flow of gas in British Columbia, she added.Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston said Horgan has appointed his deputy minister to explore regulatory options for relief, but he also noted the government’s carbon tax increase this year only added one cent per litre to the cost of gas.Offering tax relief may just give oil companies an opportunity to increase prices and eat up the difference, he said.Ralston acknowledged that the NDP has used its caucus fund for political purposes.“We do some political advertising with the same money but we tend to focus on the good things the government is doing,” he said.He said it would be up to an internal committee to determine if the practice should be reviewed. “The whole is worse than the sum of the parts. You have taxpayer money being used and you have incorrect information,” Weaver says.“Taxpayer money is being used to spread partisan rhetoric that’s clearly wrong. I find it disgraceful.”Liberal caucus spokeswoman Carlie Pochynok defended the ads, adding that the NDP used its own caucus fund for radio ads attacking Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson in March.“Every caucus is provided a budget to use as they see fit,” she said. “Our (ads) are basically opposition work that are more public because they’re giant billboards. Our job is to criticize government and hold them to account.” VANCOUVER, B.C. – Green party Leader Andrew Weaver is calling for a ban on the use of taxpayer money for political attack ads after the B.C. Liberals bought billboards blaming Premier John Horgan for a spike in gas prices.The digital billboards along commuter routes on the Lower Mainland say “Gas prices?” and “Spending more to commute?” followed by “Blame John Horgan.”It’s not the first time a provincial political party has used its caucus funding for partisan purposes and Weaver says that needs to change.center_img Green party house leader Sonia Furstenau will bring the issue to the multi-party Legislative Assembly Management Committee to “ensure it considers that a policy be brought in that would no longer allow taxpayer funding of partisan ads.”What that policy would look like, such as whether it would apply only to caucus funds or to any taxpayer money, would be determined by the committee if it approves the idea.There’s no law or regulation explicitly prohibiting a party caucus from using its fund for political purposes, Weaver says.“There should be, but there’s not,” he says.Weaver took aim at the billboards not only over how they were paid for but also for portraying information that’s “blatantly false.”It’s misleading to suggest the NDP government is solely responsibly for gas prices that have reached heights of $1.70 per litre on the Lower Mainland when restricted capacity at Washington state refineries is a major factor, he says.last_img read more

Under intensive UN mediation Nigeria and Cameroon sign accord ending border dispute

“The signing ceremony which has brought us together crowns a remarkable experiment in conflict prevention by Cameroon and Nigeria,” Mr. Annan said of the agreement which provides for the withdrawal of Nigerian troops within 60 days, with a possible 30 day extension, from Bakassi, which the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN’s Supreme judicial body, awarded to Cameroon in 2002.“With today’s agreement on the Bakassi Peninsula, a comprehensive resolution of the dispute is within our grasp,” he added at the ceremony at the Greentree Estate in Manhasset outside New York City. “The momentum achieved must be sustained.”Under the agreement transitional arrangements will be completed in two years for the Peninsula, which was the last of four areas to be demarcated in accordance with the ICJ decision.Before Mr. Annan spoke, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, President Paul Biya of Cameroon and the Secretary General signed and exchanged the agreements and shook hands to the applause of those assembled in the wood-panelled room. Behind them the blue UN flag was flanked by Nigeria’s green and white banner and the green, red and gold colours of Cameroon.Mr. Annan has been closely involved in the issue ever since the ICJ decision on the 1,600 kilometres border stretching from Lake Chad in the north to Bakassi in the south.The UN-sponsored Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC), chaired by his Special Representative for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has been working over the past several years to finally resolve all issues of the dispute, which has its origin in the colonial borders established in the early 20th century by Britain and Germany. Located on the Gulf of Guinea, the Peninsula had been the subject of intense, at times violent disputes between the two countries for dozens of years when Cameroon referred the matter to the ICJ in 1994. In 2002 the World Court, as it is also known, in a binding decision awarded it to Cameroon, citing a 1913 agreement between Britain and Germany.But the modalities of Nigeria’s final withdrawal had defied the efforts of the CNMC until Mr. Annan on Friday began days of intensive mediation with the two presidents.As late as last year the dispute was still claiming victims – two Cameroonian soldiers killed and another wounded.Also attending the ceremony as witnesses were the Permanent Representatives of France, Germany, United Kingdom and the United States, who will help implement the agreement.“Our agreement today is a great achievement in conflict prevention, which practically reflects its cost effectiveness when compared to the alternative of conflict resolution,” President Obasanjo said. “Its significance therefore goes much beyond Nigeria and Cameroon. It should represent a model for the resolution of similar conflicts in Africa, and I dare say, in the world at large.”“Reason and wisdom have been our main guides,” Cameroon’s President Biya added. “By signing the present agreement we have armed ourselves with an efficient instrument to implement the court’s decision bringing a definitive conclusion to our border dispute.”Mr. Annan noted the “stunning” cost effectiveness of the CNMC, which has no peacekeeping element and costs about $5 million dollars a year compared with the $200 million dollars a year annually needed for the UN’s Ethiopia and Eritrea mission.Previous agreements to finalize the ICJ’s decision have fallen through, including one which was to have seen the final transfer of authority from Nigeria to Cameroon take place between 15 June and 15 September 2004. read more

UK van sector delivers £56 billion paypacket to British workers finds new

One in 10 workers in the UK uses or depends on a van for their work, a total of 3.4 million people.New report finds vans contribute annual £56 billion to economy from wages alone – 11% of UK GDP.1UK average new van CO2 down -10.4% since 2013, highlighting the important role new vans play in reducing emissions.Industry highlights vital role Britain’s 4.6 million vans play in driving our economy and society as UK’s biggest commercial vehicle show opens.The extent British businesses depend on vans is revealed today by new research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and management and technology consultancy, BearingPoint.2 Without a van, 3.4 million people – 10% of the UK’s workforce – would not be able to do their jobs, with an estimated 500,000 driving one as their main role.The report, Light Commercial Vehicles: Delivering for the UK Economy, highlights for the first time the vast economic and social contribution made by the 3.4 million UK van users and employees of businesses that depend on them, with a combined wage bill of at least £56 billion, equating to 11% of GDP. However, this figure only accounts for part of the contribution vans make to the economy. The UK is home to two major van manufacturing plants, as well as a thriving sub-economy of van conversion companies and a strong aftermarket sector. Around 900,000 used vans change hands every year, while the annual new light commercials market is estimated to be worth nearly £10 billion.3The UK van parc has experienced significant growth in recent years, up 59% since 2000 – almost double the growth seen in cars. The boom in online shopping, in particular, has seen a surge in demand for delivery vans. The UK is now the EU’s biggest online retail market, with 83% of consumers here buying goods and services online, compared with the EU average of 60%.4 Meanwhile, the rapid rise in the number of self-employed people, up from 3.3 million in 2001 to 4.8 million in 2017, has also been a key driver of van growth, with the trend to vehicle downsizing another factor.5As well as the vehicles registered to businesses, the report suggests that the majority of privately owned vans are operated by a booming sole trader and SME sector. The van is an essential tool of the trade for these owner-operators, who depend on them for their livelihood. The report also suggests that, despite additional costs, vans operated by sole traders and SMEs tend to be at a higher specification. Small businesses are now taking advantage of the latest innovations in safety and comfort, often as a reflection of their professionalism. New vans now offer a variety of features, including advanced driver assistance, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking systems, all of which help to improve the sector’s already strong safety record.The report highlights the vital role vans play in delivering for society and for the economy. Almost all (96%) of these vehicles are powered by diesel, which delivers the high levels of efficiency and performance needed to transport goods over long distances. The commercial vehicle sector has invested heavily to ensure that the Euro 6 diesel vans on sale today are the cleanest in history. The development of the latest low emission technology has resulted in new vehicles that have virtually eliminated particulates and have vastly reduced NOx. Furthermore, UK average new van CO2 fell to 166.93g/km last year, down -10.4% since 2013, highlighting the important role new diesel vans play, and will continue to play, in reducing emissions.6Manufacturers are investing heavily to bring an exciting range of ultra-low and zero emission vans to market. While there is an increasing appetite for these vehicles, demand remains low, accounting for just 0.3% of the market in 2018. To increase uptake, a number of barriers must be removed, including tackling range and payload anxiety and addressing the sector’s specific charging needs.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The UK’s van fleet is the backbone of our society, driving our economy and allowing millions of workers to carry out jobs that our country relies on. Industry is supporting these businesses by responding to a changing society, developing and delivering the cleanest and safest vehicles in history. To continue to thrive, this vital sector needs policies and incentives that encourage businesses to invest in the latest technology that best suit their needs to help them deliver for Britain.James Rodger, Partner and UK&I Lead, BearingPoint, said,The data analysis and interviews that we have conducted highlight the key role that the LCV sector plays in the UK economy. The report brings the data and the qualitative insights together to paint a picture of a diverse and vibrant sector which touches all our lives on a daily basis. Advancements in technology in the sector will ensure that the LCV continues to play a pivotal role in the years to come. We hope that this report contributes to the better understanding and appreciation of the LCV sector in the UK.Around 21,000 people are expected to attend the Commercial Vehicle Show, which opens its doors today at the NEC in Birmingham. Now in its 20th year, CV Show 2019 will see 460 companies exhibiting, including some of the biggest van and truck names on the market. The show runs from 30 April to 2 May and entry is free. Find out more at www.cvshow.comNotes to editors1. Based on national minimum wage of workers who directly use a van and employees of van-dependent businesses2. Light Commercial Vehicles: Delivering for the UK Economy3. SMMT data4. Eurostat: eCommerce statistics (2018)5. Trends in Self-Employment in the UK Office for National Statistics6. UK average new van CO2 was 186.39g/km in 2013Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

UK weather Britain to enjoy miniheatwave as temperatures set to beat August

first_imgBut the warm conditions are likely to be confined to England and Wales, with Scotland and Ireland still affected by weather fronts making conditions more unsettled. But the return to summer weather won’t last for long – forecasters said there would be a return to cooler conditions by the second half of the week. North SeaIt is going to be mainly cloudy in the morning. Sunny periods later, but an isolated shower is possible too. Light north-easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).Northern ScotlandIt will be mostly cloudy in the morning. Brighter spells later, but with isolated showers too. A rather cloudy but dry evening. Gentle easterly winds. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F), but cooler along much of the coast.Argyll & ButeIt is going to be overcast and wet with persistent heavy rain for much of the day. Staying wet through the evening too but the rain will ease. Gentle easterly winds. Max temp 14-17C (57-63F).West Scotland/Western IslesIt is expected to be bright for a while, but with a few showers. Cloudier later with a chance of patchy light rain in places. Gentle easterly winds. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F).OrkneyA generally fine day, as it will be dry and bright with sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud. Gentle easterly winds. Max temp 13-16C (55-61F).ShetlandIt is expected to be dry with spells of hazy sunshine, as well as variable cloud. Light westerly winds. Max temp 12-15C (54-59F).Northern IrelandIt looks set to be very unsettled and thundery through the day with frequent heavy showers or more persistent rain. Staying wet during the evening too with further thundery downpours. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F). This August has been cooler and wetter than average, with temperatures so far peaking at around 25 degrees. Weather over the Bank Holiday is set to be unpredictable, but it could be a washout, with rain forecast for much of the country.The forecast suggests that August temperatures are unlikely to break the records seen earlier this year, with a temperature of 34.5 degrees making June 21 the hottest June day for 40 years. Here’s a closer look at the weather in key regions across Britain.LondonDrizzle at first. It will then be mostly cloudy with grey skies and the small chance of a shower too. A dry but still rather cloudy evening. Light westerly winds. Humid. Max temp 21-24C (70-75F).KentIt is expected to be rather wet with rain and drizzle for a time. Becoming mainly dry during the afternoon. A dry but still rather cloudy evening. Gentle south-westerly winds. Muggy. Max temp 19-22C (66-72F). East AngliaFollowing early drizzle, it will be dry but mainly cloudy, although one or two sunny periods are likely for a time. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F).Berkshire/Surrey/HampshireIt is expected to be dry but cloudy and overcast with little, if any, brightness expected. Warmer and humid with just a gentle south-westerly breeze. Max temp 21-24C (70-75F).EssexIt looks set to be wet and cloudy with rain from time to time, particularly in the morning. A possible isolated shower during the evening. Light south-westerly winds. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F).LincolnshireIt will be cloudy and in places wet with a chance of patchy light rain or drizzle at times. A drier but still quite cloudy evening. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).Herefordshire/Staffordshire/ShropshireIt is going to be wet and cloudy with rain from time to time, particularly in the morning. The odd shower through the evening. Light south-westerly winds. Max temp 19-22C (66-72F).Channel IslandsIsolated showers at first. Then dry with bright or sunny periods developing during the course of the afternoon. A dry evening with spells of late sunshine. Gentle westerly winds. Humid. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F).Somerset/Dorset/Devon/Cornwall Following a clear start, it will be dry with a lot of cloud, although spells of hazy sunshine are quite likely. Warm and humid with a light to moderate south-westerly wind. Max temp 21-24C (70-75F), but cooler along much of the coast due to an onshore wind. South WalesIt is expected to be mainly dry but overcast with the small chance of a few spots of rain or drizzle later. Gentle south-westerly winds. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F).North WalesIt will be wet and cloudy with rain from time to time, particularly in the morning. Moderate south-westerly winds. Humid. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F).Lancashire/MerseysideIt is expected to be cloudy and wet with patchy rain or drizzle. Most of the rain will be light, but a heavier burst is possible. A drier evening but still cloudy. Moderate south-easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).CumbriaIt looks set to be rather unsettled and wet throughout the day with plenty of cloud and spells of rain, some heavy during the afternoon. A wet evening too. Moderate south-easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).Isle of Man/Irish SeaIt will be a very unsettled day with showers or longer spells of rain, often heavy with thunder possible. The rain should begin to ease during the evening. Moderate south-easterly winds. Max temp 15-18C (59-64F).East MidlandsIt is going to be mainly cloudy with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle, particularly after midday. A drier evening but still cloudy. Light southerly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F). “On Tuesday temperatures could climb to 27 degrees, and that looks like it will probably be the peak so far this month.”The low pressure also means warm winds from the continent are reaching the UK, allowing temperatures to climb. center_img Britain will enjoy a mini-heatwave this week as temperatures reach their highest levels since the start of this month. Tropical air from Hurricane Gert and an area of low pressure mean that the south of England and East Anglia could see temperatures stretch into the high 20s, the Met Office said. Today, a grey, it will be a misty and damp start in many places but the north-east of both Scotland and England will be bright and dry for a time.There will be heavy rain in Northern Ireland which will spread to much of Scotland through the day. Any light rain in central England will slowly die out. Turning warm and bright in the south later after a damp, grey start.While it is set to be warm, it won’t be too sunny – conditions are instead inspected to be humid and cloudy.A spokesman said: “Monday and Tuesday will see a lot of warm and humid areas, with temperatures of around 23 to 25 degrees.  Yorkshire/Humberside/NorthumberlandIt will be mostly dry for a time, but thickening cloud will bring heavy rain during the afternoon. The rain will ease by the end of the day. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).Scottish BordersIt is going to be mainly cloudy with scattered light showers, mostly during the afternoon. More persistent rain by evening. Gentle easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).Central/Edinburgh/Fife/TaysideIt is expected to be dry for a time, but mostly cloudy with the chance of patchy light rain during the afternoon. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F).GrampianIt will be generally dry but rather cloudy. There is the small chance of a light shower. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 14-17C (57-63F).Dumfries & Galloway/Ayrshire & LanarkshireIt is expected to be mostly cloudy with the chance of a little rain during the morning and heavier rain later. The rain will ease by the end of the day. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F).GlasgowIt looks set to be mainly dry during the morning, but dull with light rain later. Rain becoming heavy during the evening. Light easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).HighlandsIt will be mostly cloudy with grey skies and the chance of a shower during the afternoon too. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F). 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. Republic of IrelandFor eastern Ireland, following rain for a while early on, it will be overcast with thundery showers for a period during the morning. The chance of patchy drizzle in places during the afternoon. There will be a moderate south-westerly breeze. Meanwhile, across western Ireland, it is going to be unsettled and wet for much of the day with showers or more persistent rain, heavy at times with thunderstorms likely. Further evening rain. A warmer, humid day, despite the showers and a moderate southerly wind. Max temp 19-22C (66-72F), but cooler along the west coast.What will the weather be like tomorrow?Tomorrow will have showery rain in the north with heavy thundery rain possible later on in Northern Ireland. Southern areas will have sunny spells but there may be a few showers.last_img read more

Safety deposit boxes are no more at Bank of Ireland

first_imgThe majority have wills, legal documents and jewelry. Many would have stored gold in there because of the upsurge in burglaries associated with these dodgy cash for gold shops.GoldCore has launched a replacement service with partner Sentinal Vaults in a former AIB vault in Ballsbridge.Company sets-up safety deposit vault as burglaries rise and people fear banks>AIB loses money on ATM withdrawals> BANK OF IRELAND will withdraw its safekeeping facilities from its branch network, the bank confirmed today.The safety deposit boxes are “causing an unacceptable health, safety and security risk in some branches”, the bank said in a statement.The service has, until now, been provided on an ad-hoc basis throughout the branch network to customers free of charge.Bank of Ireland said that the removal will not affect customers with long-term items in storage, but those who “regularly visit the branch to view items”.Customers will have thirty days to remove the items from storage before the banks place them into archive.Precious metal broker Mark O’Byrne of Goldcore said that the boxes were often used by elderly people to store valuables and legal documents.“Bank of Ireland is removing this valuable service from their clients which it has almost certainly offered since the bank’s foundation in 1783, as safekeeping was always an important part of banking.”“This is a very important service, still used by the elderly today.”last_img read more

Debt surge daunts country

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Surging national debt levels in Greece and other vulnerable eurozone countries is piling pressure on negotiators in Athens to push through rescue deals before the country’s next major bond repayment in March. New Eurostat figures released this week show Greek debt rising even faster than expected, hitting 159.1 percent of gross domestic product by the end of the third-quarter in 2011, confirming fears that the national debt would not be sustainable without a the major new loan and debt-cancellation agreements. Greek debt rose to 347.2 billion euros, or 159.1 per cent of GDP, up from 138.8 per cent a year earlier. The European Union’s total government debt increased to 82.2 per cent of economic output in the third quarter of 2011, lower than the United States but still a burden that could take decades to pay down. For the eurozone, government debt fell slightly to 87.4 per cent of GDP, compared with the 87.7 per cent level at the end of the second quarter of last year. The 27-nation’s EU’s debt stood at 81.7 per cent in the second quarter, Eurostat said in the first release of such data, as the bloc steps up the monitoring of its debts and tries to prevent any recurrence of the two-year sovereign debt crisis. Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

ASA Biodiesel Partners Urge Trump to Ensure Rigorous Review of Argentine Biodiesel

first_imgASA joined the National Biodiesel Board and the National Renderers Association on a letter to President Trump to express concern that the U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated “changed circumstances” reviews of U.S. trade duties on Argentine biodiesel companies. The letter urged the president to ensure that Commerce undertake a rigorous, comprehensive and transparent review before considering any adjustment to the duty rates it established just this year.  The U.S. Commerce Department imposed antidumping and countervailing duty orders in January and April 2018, following investigations in which the government found that biodiesel imports from Argentina were massively subsidized and dumped, injuring U.S. biodiesel producers.last_img

BG Episcopal priest was seminary student in NY on 911

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — On his first day as a seminary student, Jeremy Lucas wrestled with God in a way he never expected.“I was struck with such a desire for revenge, I was even surprised at myself,” said the Episcopal priest. “I just wanted somebody to pay.”Lucas, the incoming priest at Battle Ground’s Church of the Holy Spirit on Northwest Ninth Avenue, was attending his first seminary class in lower Manhattan. Discussion was just starting up about a book called “Resurrection” and a section focusing on faith and forgiveness of terrorists — loving your enemies and turning the other cheek — when the whole world seemed to explode.“Resurrection” is about Irish terrorists and the occupation of Northern Ireland; when Lucas emerged from class he learned that al-Qaida terrorists had flown two airplanes into the World Trade Center buildings a few blocks away.“We didn’t know, when we were sitting in class, we were about to relive those words and questions on an intimate level,” Lucas said. He and some friends, new arrivals in the Big Apple, had visited the World Trade Center site a week earlier but decided not to bother riding the elevator to the top. They figured they’d have years to make that particular pilgrimage, Lucas said.last_img read more