Virat Kohli, who swept the ICC awards on Thursday to win the ODI Player of the Year, Cricketer of the Year and named captain of the ICC’s ODI and Test teams, became the second Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to reach 900 Test ranking points.Kohli moved back to No.2 in the rankings for ICC Test batsmen following his 153 during India’s defeat to South Africa in the Centurion Test. The India captain, who had started the series at No.2, had slipped down to No.3 after his twin failures of the Cape Town Test.Australian captain Steve Smith, who won the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award, continues to sit at top with 947 points.WATCHEngland captain Joe Root is third in the list with 881 points followed by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who has 855 points.An ICC press release said Gavaskar had reached the milestone of 900 ranking points during his 50th Test. Kohli got there in his 65th Test.BREAKING: On the day he was named ICC Cricketer of the Year, @imVkohli has become the second India batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to reach 900 points in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Batting Rankings!https://t.co/Q9fT3BLIos pic.twitter.com/SEdczeqKDm— ICC (@ICC) January 18, 2018″Gavaskar had achieved the milestone in his 50th Test when he scored 13 and 221 at The Oval in 1979 to jump from 887 points to 916 points, which remained his career-best.”Kohli, who recorded his 21st century at Centurion, got to the rare feat in his 65th Test after vaulting from 880 points to 900 points.advertisement”Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid are the other two India batsmen who came close to the 900-point mark, but were unable to break the barrier. Tendulkar peaked to 898 points in 2002, while Dravid achieved 892 points in 2005,” the release said.Kohli has joined a rare club of batsmen. Before him, only 30 other batsmen had reached 900 points in Test cricket.Australian great Don Bradman sits on top of the table with 961 points, followed by Smith (947).Len Hutton (945), Ricky Ponting and Jack Hobbs (both 942 points) are at numbers three and four.ALSO WATCH:
World Cup Maduro’s Mutko claims dismissed by FIFA Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 03:06 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup FIFA has issued a response after a former official claimed the organization tried to influence decisions made by his governance committee FIFA has accused former official Miguel Maduro of making false allegations about attempts from the organisation to interfere in his work.Maduro, who was chairman of the organisation’s governance committee until April, claimed that senior FIFA executives tried to influence decisions he made during his 11 months in office.Foremost among the allegations made to the UK government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee was that president Gianni Infantino tried to intervene in his decision to block Vitaly Mutko from standing for a place on the FIFA Council. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Maduro accused Infantino and secretary general Fatma Samoura of warning him that the 2018 World Cup could be at risk if Russia’s deputy prime minister was barred from running for office.Mutko was successfully blocked in March as becoming part of the council was deemed to be in conflict with FIFA’s regulations on the non-interference of government officials.Maduro alleged Infantino expressed “great concern” about the decision on Mutko and said of FIFA: “There is a culture in the institution itself that is extremely resistant to accountability.”In response, FIFA has denied ever attempting to influence committee members and says it considers its responsibility to introduce reform to be greater than ever.”FIFA has noted the comments, interpretations and opinions made by Mr Miguel Maduro at the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons,” it began in a statement.”In this respect, FIFA has never put the competencies of previous committee members into question and has always respected their decisions.”For Miguel Maduro to be in regular contact with the FIFA administration, sometimes under his own initiative and in order to seek advice, was normal in the course of his work. Exchange between the administration and FIFA’s committees, which in the end all defend FIFA’s interests, are logical and even desirable, so for these exchanges to be portrayed as undue influence is factually incorrect.”Today, the people in charge of FIFA’s different committees bear even more of a responsibility to bring about reform than those who preceded them. The independence of FIFA’s committees and the success of FIFA’s reform process will only be measured by the decisions taken in the future and not by personal opinions.”
16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable In fashion there have been many instances where trend turns to staple. The watch world is no exception. One prime example of a genre of watches turning from gimmick to necessity is the all black watch. Watches are technology driven. In the case of the all black watch, popularity and new technology ran parallel to turn the all black trend into a collection necessity.There are many different processes used to create an all black watch. Mostly with material coatings such as DLC (diamond like coating), PVD (physical vapor disposition) and Forged Carbon , the challenge was clearly to make the blackest and most durable coating available. One brand that is known for its cutting edge technology and unique in-house designed complications is Ulysse Nardin. It is no surprise they have released a new coating that boasts all the desired qualities necessary for a premier all black watch. With the release of its latest limited edition, the Blacktop Maxi Marine Chronometer, Ulysse Nardin debuts their new process as well as delivers an ascetically pleasing black option.The canvas for this piece is their traditional 45mm Maxi Marine Chronometer Manufacture. This piece houses their in-house caliber 118 which incorporates a power reserve indicator and their patented DiamonSil escapement with silicium hairspring. The dial has been blacked out aside from a few accents and and the roman numerals are done in SuperLuminova so the watch is still readable at night. The case is where the “new” comes in. This Blacktop coating, which is anti-allergenic and scratch resistant, is a layer on the steel case that is made of amorphous carbon. Scratch resistant is the key here as a lot of the previously mentioned coatings can scratch off the case for not only a costly repair but a very bad look. Paired with a black rubber strap with Blacktop coated titanium elements, this piece still holds to the classic Ulysse Nardin appearance.Here is an example of in-house technologies coming together, both movement and material, to bring the consumer a high quality all black offering. Unfortunately you will have to head down to their New York City boutique in the Ritz Carlton to attain one of the only 99 pieces they will produce exclusively for their boutiques.See more from Ulysse Nardin here. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional
The Government has announced plans to establish a National Museum of the Jamaican People, with branches in Kingston and Montego Bay.Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, who provided details during her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 18, said the museum will be created as part of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ).“It will be a space where our children will be able to learn the glorious history of this nation and register pride in our achievement and so develop new confidence and self-worth,” she stated.Ms. Hanna informed that it will contain, among other exhibits, the artefacts from “our African Heritage now being stored in the IOJ, hidden from the eyes of the Jamaican people”.The museum project will begin in July this year with the first major exhibition ever to be held in Jamaica on the Rastafari Movement.“Every year, our national museum will consider and address another defining part of our history to strengthen our shared understanding of who we are and the national mission we are embarked on,” Ms. Hanna informed.The Culture Minister said the IOJ’s Museums Division has been cataloguing and storing artifacts and memorabilia that tell the remarkable story of the Jamaican people.The national collection now has more than 17,000 objects, many of which are in storage in the basement of the IOJ building on East Street, downtown Kingston.“As we build the economic structure of Jamaica we must also build our national cultural identity in order to give every citizen of this country and every curious visitor to our island the opportunity to trace our history and cultural roots through National Museum,” she said.Ms. Hanna said in the first instance the National Museum will open in Kingston and will give new life to the capital city as the historical, cultural and artistic centre of Jamaica.Contact: Chris Patterson
zoom STX Pan Ocean, restructuring shipowner listed in Singapore and Korea, has axed $225m worth of newbudiling orders as part of its rehabilitation plan.The company announced today, in a regulatory filing, that the size of investment amount has been reduced from approximately $1 billion to $0.8 billion in respect of the shipbuilding orders for open hatch general cargo carriers and Kamsarmax bulkers because some portion of the investment plan has been changed as the company has been under rehabilitation proceedings since 17 June 2013.Also, the shipowner announced that a contract for the construction of two container vessels at a price of around $50 million has been changed to one vessel for a price of approx $25 million.STX Pan Ocean, October 10, 2013;
zoomImage Courtesy: AIDA Cruises Carnival Corporation’s cruise ship AIDAnova has been bunkered with LNG during a maiden call at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife terminal.The cruise ship, that can be powered at port and at sea with LNG, arrived in Tenerife on the afternoon of December 18, 2018. Once there, the Shell LNG tanker Cardissa supplied AIDAnova with LNG for the first time for its premiere season.A day later, AIDAnova welcomed its first guests for its initial cruise around the Canary Islands and Madeira.With the cruise ship’s maiden call in Tenerife, the Carnival group also celebrated the official start of operations of its cruise terminal in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The company recently announced an agreement with the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to be the first concession-holder to operate the Canary Islands’ and Mid Atlantic’s newest cruise terminal.AIDAnova features four dual-fuel engines and three gas tanks on board, making it the first cruise ship in the world that can be powered at port and at sea with LNG. With this fuel, emissions of particulate matter and sulfur oxides are almost completely eliminated, while nitrogen oxides and CO2 emissions are sustainably reduced.In 2021 and 2023, two additional ships from this new AIDA generation will join the AIDA fleet. In total, following AIDAnova, Carnival Corporation has an additional 10 next-generation “green” cruise ships on order that will be powered by LNG in port and at sea, with expected delivery dates between 2019 and 2025.
Kolkata: Various social security schemes introduced by the state Labour department have received an impetus this year, with around 1,63,835 workers from various unorganised sectors registering themselves with the Samajik Suraksha Yojana, a flagship project by the Mamata Banerjee government.The state government has allotted a fund of Rs 87.58 crore for disbursement among the various beneficiaries who have been working in different sectors. According to a financial statement issued by the Labour department, the amount had been distributed among 86,988 beneficiaries working in three categories – un-organised, construction and transport workers, during the Shramik Mela early this year by the Labour department. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe scheme comes under the Samajik Suraksha Yojana (SSY). SSY has been implemented to cover the all the workers in the unorganised sectors who are in need of social security. According to the Labour department, Rs 52.36 crore had been disbursed against 51,089 claims, out of a total registration of 94,029 in the un-organised category. Rs 31.51 crore had been distributed among 33,474 construction labourers, while the department received a total of 66,524 enrollments in the same category. The department also disbursed a fund of Rs 3.69 crore among 2,425 transport workers, while the total enrollments in this category remained at 3,282 in the current financial year. After coming to power, Banerjee had introduced a host of new schemes to ensure the financial security of unorganised and contractual labourers working in different spheres across the state. Her main objective was to extend the benefits of various social schemes to the labourers in different fields. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe programme had received a tremendous response with a large number of people coming forward to get themselves registered under the ongoing schemes. During the programme, the department officials conducted an extensive campaign and disseminated important information among the workers from various fields. One of the main purposes of such a platform was to make the workers aware about their social rights, the activities of the department and the social schemes. Spot registration of workers under the SSY was also conducted during the Shramik Mela. It may be mentioned that the state government has started organising Shramik Mela at various locations in the state since 2014.
For animal lovers and star gazers, it’s television’s biggest night of the year….and it’s coming soon. Following nearly a million votes by the American public, the nation’s most courageous canines of the year will be revealed on the American Humane Hero Dog Awards, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc. and broadcast nationwide on Hallmark Channel October 25 at 8 pm/7 CT.The “Oscars for Dogs” features a veritable galaxy of two-legged stars, including hosts James Denton and Beth Stern, Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Vivica A. Fox, Alison Sweeney, Bailee Madison, Danica McKellar, Daisy Fuentes, Carrie Ann Inaba, Barbara Niven, Brandon McMillan, Lacey Chabert, Danielle Fishel, Wells Adams, Josie Bissett, Kellie Martin, Debbie Matenopolous, Mark Steines, Cameron Mathison, Alexa and Carlos Penavega, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and Alicia Witt during the annual gala at the Beverly Hilton. Richard Marx provides the lead musical performance.A VIP panel of judges for the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards includes: Jennifer Arnold, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, Philippe and Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, Carolyn Hennesy, Joanne Horowitz, Blake Koch, Bailee Madison, Adrienne Maloof, Agent Jerry Means, Laura Nativo, Shara Strand, Lisa Vanderpump, and Lou Wegner.The four-legged stars and category winners who are competing to be named the one-and-only top “American Hero Dog” for 2017 include: Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs category (sponsored by K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis)Ice (Olympia, WA) – In the early hours of July 21, 2016, a team of officers from the U.S. Forest Service and deputies from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office were investigating an illegal marijuana garden on public lands within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Two suspects attempted to flee and Ice was deployed to capture one of the suspects. As Ice was apprehending the suspect, the suspect used a large knife to stab Ice twice in the chest as well as in the face and muzzle. Despite Ice’s serious wounds, Ice continued to apprehend the suspect until the suspect was taken into custody. Ice’s bravery likely saved the other officers from being stabbed or injured. Despite his trauma, Ice didn’t let out a whine or whimper. Ice’s handler and the team immediately bandaged and dressed his wounds. As the area was extremely rugged and remote, a California Highway Patrol helicopter was dispatched. Ice’s handler and other team members then took turns carrying Ice approximately three-quarters of a mile over rough terrain and through dense vegetation to a suitable landing location. Ice was airlifted to VCA Asher Animal Hospital in Redding, CA and taken immediately into surgery where the doctors and staff were able to repair his wounds. Ice has since made a full recovery and has returned to duty. This wasn’t Ice’s first scrape, and though he is a tough-as-nails working dog, Ice also has an extraordinary ability to interact and socialize with people. Both of these amazing abilities make Ice a truly special dog and partner. Emerging Hero Dogs category (sponsored by the maker of NexGard (afoxolaner) Chewables)Abigail (Lehigh Acres, FL) – Abigail is a gal that did not ask for the life she was forced to live. Abigail and her bonnets have changed the world. Abigail is a HERO because of the lesson she teaches about forgiveness and dog fighting. Abigail and her Bonnets have brought awareness to the importance of ending dog fighting. A 1-year-old pit mix, she was found as a stray in Miami FL. Brockton drove to Miami to bring her to LIFE Rescue. Upon her arrival and after further examinations we suspected she suffered from a life of dog fighting. She was anemic, she was infested with ticks, and scars covered her bloody head, neck, back legs, and half her face was missing. She smelled so bad because of infections, and was covered in dried mud. One side of her face was missing and her skin had been ripped off right down to the ear drum. Abigail had only spent a day at the shelter before she was brought to the rescue’s vet clinic. Her injuries were at least a week old and she almost lost her life. Abigail had weeks of hospitalization and daily bandage changes. How would she live a normal life? Would she need rehab? She had several major surgeries with extensive skin grafts. Day Two of her journey is when her “mission” began.TJ, her vet and her vet tech Destiny were changing her bandages. The way they held the gauze looked like a bow. Since then we called her bandages “her bonnets.” People started sending bonnets from all over the world. Abigail is on Facebook at “Bonnets for Abigail” with over 12,000 followers who love her. Abigail didn’t need therapy. Abigail is the therapy. She loves people and dogs. She has a mission to continue to teach forgiveness and end dog fighting. Guide/Hearing Dogs categoryPierce (Palm Bay, FL) – While serving with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division during the first Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm), Don sustained an injury that eventually claimed his vision. In the more than two decades that followed, Don navigated through life with his white cane, along with the support of his wife, Peggy, and two children. As an experienced cane traveler who moved about the world quite well, Don had not seriously considered getting a guide dog until one day he now remembers as a turning point in his journey. Last year, on a family vacation, Don and his son, Jordan, set out to explore historical monuments together. At the conclusion of the trip, Don asked Jordan to describe his favorite part of the tour to which the twelve-year-old responded, “Dad, I wasn’t paying much attention…I wanted to make sure you didn’t fall.” Heartbroken at this admission, Don knew Jordan needed the freedom to be a kid and not a sighted guide. And the payoff in having his guide dog, “Pierce,” has been even greater than relieving this burden from his son; Don is experiencing life with refreshed independence and freedom. His wife, Peggy, shares, “I have seen a new confidence in Don and I can’t thank Fidelco enough for their part in it. Don’s guide dog is a very loving companion and dedicated to his work. We have all fallen in love.” Military Dogs category (sponsored by K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis)Adak (St. Cloud, MN) – Adak is a 13-year-old German Shepherd. His longevity and accomplishments as an explosive detection dog are unmatched. During his career he has provided support to dignitaries and celebrities, and at events across more than 10 states and three countries. He was a Contract Working Dog (CWD) for the U.S. State Department in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army, Ft. McCoy and for a private business, Dogs for Defense Inc. (D4D). Adak’s first assignment was in Iraq in 2006. Adak was assigned to support the U.S. embassy and dignitaries. Adak performed a sweep of the Baghdad Central Station prior to the arrival of a dignitary. While performing the sweep, Adak alerted to a vehicle in the area, canceling the event. On January 14, 2008, the Kabul Serena Hotel was subjected to a complex terror attack. During the attack numerous guests were trapped in the hotel. Adak’s was the first K-9 team to arrive, with terrorists still inside the hotel. Adak led a team of Americans who went room to room inside while terrorists were still active. Adak came across dismembered, deceased victims during his search and performed flawlessly. Over 20 people were evacuated, and a total of six people died, including one American. In 2009 Adak was conducting a sweep of the Ministry of Agriculture when he had an alert. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit arrived and identified the threat as a mortar shell. Working for D4D gave Adak constant opportunities to do unique detection work across the U.S. until he was 13. His transition from war to family member was incredible. Sadly, Adak recently passed away. Search and Rescue Dogs category (sponsored by Compassion-First Pet Hospitals)Luca (Grand Prairie, TX) – On March 15, 2016, Fort Worth Police were dispatched to a missing endangered male. Two elderly men visited a large salvage yard when one suddenly realized that his elderly friend with Alzheimer’s was missing. After a brief search, he realized he needed help and called police. Many officers responded due to the age/medical condition of the missing man. After an extensive search, Sgt. Medrano asked Officer Brock if Luca would be of any help. Luca is Officer Brock’s retired Search-and-Rescue (SAR) German Shepherd, who was 10 years old at the time of this call. Luca excelled in area, water, avalanche and forest/desert searches. Officer Brock believed Luca excelled in this and it meant a helicopter ride, which Luca loved. Officer Brock picked Luca up from his home and Luca fell back into his training and used his SAR skills to search for the missing man. Luca alerted at an opening of brush at the Trinity River, which led to a very steep hill followed by a steep drop-off. Due to terrain, a PD helicopter responded and immediately observed the lost man in the river, stuck in waist-high mud on the opposite bank of the river where Luca alerted. Officers shed their gear, swam across the river, rescued the man and brought him to safety. Had Luca not tracked the man’s trail and located him, the man would have drowned in the river, which still had very cold, high, fast-paced water or succumbed to the temperature. Luca’s love and dedication to SAR shows the resilience of older dogs and how training doesn’t go away just because they retire. Service Dogs category (sponsored by Modern Dog)Atlas the Wonder Dog (Dayton, OH) – After coming home from Iraq, struggling with PTSD and dealing with the effects of a TBI from a roadside bomb, I was virtually lost, locked in my own personal prison. I began getting treatment while still Active Duty, which consisted of talk therapy and a single prescription. After getting out of the Marines, I continued treatment with the VA system, and nearly a decade later, the “treatment” consisted of more than eight different prescriptions totaling more than 33 pills a day….my life felt very sad, hazy, and hopeless……I was lost. Until I found Atlas. Atlas is not only my service dog but my lifesaver. Atlas is a grounding and solid presence when flashbacks, hypervigilance, and the lingering effects of war begin again to creep up my spine. Atlas has been trained to sense these changes in me and then acts to redirect my attention and focus during these overwhelming instances. Whether it is to nudge my hand if I am getting anxious, wake me up in the throes of a nightmare or just stand behind me so I know someone has my back. With his presence, I am able to take an active, positive role in my children’s lives. Atlas has not only completely changed my life, but as the “face” of, and inspiration behind the creation of The Battle Buddy Foundation, he is also a beacon of hope for so many others struggling to cope. A regal reminder that there is hope, that there IS a way to find yourself again after combat and trauma, and that your pains and struggles have value. Therapy Dogs category (sponsored by Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food)Aladdin (Haddonfield, NJ) – Aladdin was found severely emaciated in 2013. He was missing 12 teeth and had open wounds. I foster emaciated dogs and he came to me. From the moment I met him, his little tail never stopped wagging, despite his horrific condition. Aladdin had a rough recovery but he overcame the obstacles put before him. He greeted every person with a lot of hope and despite the abuse he suffered he trusted enough to learn that no one would hurt him again. Within the year he was a certified therapy dog bringing love to everyone he meets. Aladdin is a Ronald McDonald House Ambassador dog, his favorite duty! He visits schools doing a humane education, anti-bullying program. He is a trained crisis response dog and spent a week in Orlando last year after the shooting doing therapy visits and fundraising for the Victims Fund. He works with the Philadelphia Police fundraising for the Fallen Officers Fund and attending the events they do with special needs children. He is an ambassador dog for Tito’s Vodka for Dog People Campaign and together they have raised over 300,000 for rescues and shelters all over. He also works with veterans and PACT for Animals. Most importantly he is a model/ambassador for Show Your Soft Side, a nationwide animal abuse campaign and he is the spokesdog for the rescue I work with, Lilo’s Promise. Lilo’s takes in medical needs dogs like Aladdin. Heroes come in all shapes & sizes, Aladdin has taught me that each time I watch him work.“The American Humane Hero Dog Awards were created to honor some of the most extraordinary heroes the world has ever known, and we are pleased that we have so much top-tier talent assembled to celebrate their work,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization. “Dogs play a starring role in so many of our lives and these courageous canines have gone above and beyond the call of duty, protecting our troops on the battlefield, comforting the ill, aged and afflicted, bringing hope to those who have lost it, and reminding us of the powerful, age-old bond between animals and people. We thank all seven category winners and the celebrity animal lovers who have come together from all over the country to recognize and honor how much our canine companions do for us every day.”Be sure to break out the popcorn, dog treats (and maybe a box of tissues), pull up a chair for yourself and your best friend, and tune in to this year’s American Humane Hero Dog Awards on Hallmark Channel Thursday, October 25 at 8 pm/7 Central!
The Mohawk flag flies over the Six Nations community in this undated photo. (APTN file)The Canadian PressTwo men and a woman from a southern Ontario First Nation are facing second-degree murder charges in the deaths of three people from the same community, provincial police said Thursday.The development came after months of public pleas for information on the deaths of a group of close friends from the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation – a case one officer said has caused deep wounds within the community.“It saddens me to know that people who call this area home have been charged with ending the lives of three fellow community members in such a tragic way,” said Darren Montour, the acting deputy chief of the Six Nations Police Service, which assisted the provincial force with the investigation.Officers began their probe on Nov. 4 after the bodies of 37-year-old Melissa Miller, 33-year-old Alan Porter and 32-year-old Michael Jamieson were found, along with an abandoned pickup truck, in a privately owned field in Middlesex Centre, Ont., 120 kilometres west of their home community.Police said Miller was seven months pregnant at the time of her death. Officers said they have identified the cause of death, but they declined to share details on that or any other aspect of the investigation.The announcement of the charges on Thursday came hours after the last of the three people accused in the case, Jamie Beaver, was taken into custody.She faces one count of second-degree murder, while Nicholas Shipman faces three counts of the same charge and Thomas Bomberry faces two. Police did not explain the breakdown of charges and said the decision to lay second-degree murder charges is now part of the evidence that will soon go before court.They also declined to comment on the timeline surrounding the deaths, a component of the case complicated by the fact that Shipman has been in police custody on an unrelated matter since Nov. 3.Investigators would not comment on the relationships among the accused or between them and the homicide victims. Nor would they expand on the connection between the suspects and Kirsten Bomberry, a 36-year-old Six Nations woman arrested three weeks after the bodies were found and charged with three counts of accessory after the fact to murder.Investigators had previously revealed that Miller and Porter were cousins, while Porter and Jamieson were “inseparable friends.”Police said the investigation into the slayings remains active, with Montour saying there are other crimes in the community that need to be solved, but officers at the news conference declined to provide any details.Montour said the joint investigation between the local force and the OPP has been essential, as the scope of the investigation and associated crimes has taxed the 34 officers currently working in Six Nations.“With all of the violence that has gone on in this community in the last several years, us as a police service … are not capable to handle all of that on our own,” he said, adding OPP members have worked hard to overcome historical distrust between local residents and outside investigators.Family members, who had been present at previous police updates into the case, were not on-hand Thursday and requested privacy in the wake of the arrests.Bereaved relatives had consistently been issuing public pleas for information into the case, describing the pain of both losing loved ones and suspecting members of their home community were withholding information about the deaths.“It’s tough going on without them, but it’s tougher knowing there’s killers in our community,” Alan Porter’s sister, Linda, said in a tearful video message released by provincial police last month.“That’s what’s scary, because we’ve got kids out there. Who’s next?”She said all three victims had children who are now growing up without their parents.
Mumbai: A special court for CBI cases here has sentenced a 38-year-old man to life imprisonment for fraudulently obtaining loans of over Rs 2.80 crore from the Andhra Bank in 2008.Then manager of the bank’s Ghodbunder branch in neighbouring Thane was awarded 10 years’ jail term, while three others were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for conspiracy on Thursday. Besides awarding him life imprisonment, CBI Judge S R Tamboli also imposed a fine of Rs 3.13 crore on prime accused Rajendra Patil. Bandlamudi Mahipal, the former branch manager, was ordered to pay Rs 3.40 lakh. The accused were held guilty under IPC Sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) as well as under the Prevention of Corruption Act. According to the prosecution, Patil approached Andhra Bank’s Ghodbunder Road branch for a vehicle loan and a loan against property in 2008. Initially, he had applied for a loan of Rs 2.03 crore to purchase 15 high-end luxury cars, claiming that the vehicles were to be given on lease to Kent Cars Private Limited at a monthly rent of Rs 11.25 lakh. Later, probe revealed that Patil had submitted fake documents such as bogus car registration cards, and had not bought cars with the loan he obtained. He was also disbursed a loan of Rs 80 lakh against a flat in Thane. Later it came to light that Patil had tried to obtain another loan using the same flat as collateral from the Abhyudaya Co-operative Bank. Upon verification, the co-operative bank found that the flat ownership documents he had submitted were fake. The probe revealed that Patil obtained loans fraudulently from the Andhra Bank in connivance with Mahipal and others. The prosecution examined 50 witnesses during the trial, said public prosecutor Jitendra Kumar Sharma. Patil has two more similar cases pending against him in the same court, an official said.
NEW DELHI: To begin from Model Town at 4 pm on May 1, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will conduct road shows in all 7 Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi from May 1-8. The party will not hold any big rally but only focus on road shows.”Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to lead the third phase of campaigns of the AAP in Delhi. He will hold seven roadshows across Delhi. This will start from Model Town on May 1 and complete on May 8 with a roadshow at Moti Nagar,” said AAP Delhi convenor Gopal Rai. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe also said in the second phase of the campaign the AAP did door to door campaign. This started from March 10 and continued till April 25. “We have received a good response from the people and also we have reached out to nearly 35 lakh voters through this campaign,” said Rai. Similarly, the party has assigned different leaders to different constituencies. Rai said that Gopal Rai himself will look into the North East Delhi, Manish Sisodia will look after East Delhi, Chandi Chowk will be looked after by Satyendar Jain and Imran Hussain, Rajendra Pal Gautam will look after North West Delhi, Sanjay Singh will handle the campaigns in South Delhi and in New Delhi N D Gupta will look after the campaigns. The campaigns will also take place at the Vidhan Sabha level. led by the MLAs where the tag line would be “Jhadu Chalao Purna Rajya Banao”. on 9 and 10 of May the final level of the campaign will take place which is yet to decide by the party. However, the sources said that national leaders like West Bengal chief Mamata Banerjee and Andhra Chief Chandra Babu Naidu are likely to campaign for the AAP.
TORONTO — Weakness in the key financial sector weighed on Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading as U.S. stock markets edged higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 25.85 points at 16,320.81.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 38.20 at 25,623.89. The S&P 500 index was up 3.14 points at 2,829.20, while the Nasdaq composite was up 21.79 points at 7,658.80.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.26 cents US compared with an average of 74.39 cents US on Monday.The July crude contract was up 30 cents at US$58.93 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was down 2.7 cents at US$2.58 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was down US$6.10 at US$1,277.50 an ounce and the July copper contract was up 0.05 of a cent at US$2.70 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A coalition of industry associations says Bill Morneau must make more changes to the controversial tax proposals he first unveiled last summer to ensure he addresses deep, persistent concerns in the small-business community.The group, which came together in recent months as a vocal opponent of the finance minister’s tax-reform plan, is urging him to go further — beyond the adjustments he made to calm an uproar that dogged him for months.The message was delivered to Morneau on Monday as part of the coalition’s first official response since the government announced several amendments last month.Ontario cuts small business taxes to ease transition to higher minimum wageSmall business owners are facing a ‘triple whammy’ that could wipe out the value of their life’s work. Here’s an example“While we thank you for making progress … we remain very concerned by the remaining proposals that appear to be moving ahead,” said a letter sent to Morneau’s office from the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness, which represents about 80 associations.The changes to Morneau’s plan followed an onslaught of complaints from doctors, lawyers, accountants, shop owners, farmers, premiers and even some Liberal backbenchers. They denounced the proposals, contending they would hurt the very middle class the Trudeau government claimed to be trying to help.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Morneau argued the reforms were designed to ensure they targeted wealthy individuals who have used the incorporation of small businesses to gain what the government maintained was an unfair tax advantage.But following a consultation period, Morneau took steps last month to quiet the backlash by tweaking two of the three proposals and abandoning the third one altogether.Amid the outrage, the government also announced it would resurrect a 2015 campaign promise to cut taxes for small businesses. Trudeau promised to gradually trim the small-business tax rate to nine per cent by 2019, down from its current level of 10.5 per cent.The coalition acknowledged the progress but, after digesting and assessing the adjustments, it insisted the government has yet to go far enough.“I’d say the level of alarm is still very high with respect to the package of changes as a whole,” said Dan Kelly, a coalition member and president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.“I think that this is still very, very tender. … The business community has really only pressed pause here, it certainly hasn’t warmed up to the overall package.”Morneau ditched one of the proposals last month related to converting income into capital gains. The change, he said at the time, came in response to concerns the measure could have negative tax implications for small businesses following a death and create challenges for owners who hoped to pass their family businesses to the next generation.The government also announced it would move ahead with its proposal to limit the ability of owners of private corporations from unfairly lowering their personal income taxes by sprinkling their earnings to family members who do not contribute to their companies.However, the Liberals vowed to simplify the proposal, which is set to come into effect Jan. 1, in response to concerns about its complexity. It also removed an element that would have limited access to the lifetime capital gains exemption as a way to avoid negative impacts on the intergenerational transfer of family businesses, like farms.Morneau also scaled back what some believe is the most-contentious piece of the tax-reform plan — its proposal on passive-investment income. The change, the government says, will create a threshold of $50,000 on passive income per year to ensure only three per cent of the most wealthy private corporations will have to pay higher taxes.The coalition’s letter urges Morneau to postpone the income-sprinkling proposal until Jan. 1, 2019, provide more clarity on how it will work and, at minimum, consider making spouses exempt. Members are concerned that the change is supposed to come into effect at the beginning of January 2018, which is only weeks away, Kelly said.He added that the coalition also wants the government to abandon the passive-income proposal.The letter also argues that the $50,000 annual income threshold is too low and would prevent small businesses from making investments to help them grow. It also insists business owners would be stuck with added costs from the additional red tape.The government plans to release draft legislation on the passive-income change in the lead up to next year’s budget.Daniel Lauzon, a spokesman for Morneau, wrote in an email that the public and parliamentarians will still get an opportunity to comment on detailed proposals before they are legislated, even though the formal consultation period has ended.He said the government has already acted on some of the recommendations.“From the beginning we said we would listen in order to get this right,” Lauzon wrote in response to questions about the coalition’s letter.“We are always open to input and ideas, and I think we’ve shown our willingness to listen carefully, and to act on what we hear. What we won’t do is move away from our core objective of ensuring the middle class is treated fairly.”
The bridge has cost about $20bn (£15.3bn) and seen several delays. Chinese President Xi Jinping has officially opened the world’s longest sea crossing bridge, nine years after construction first began.Including its access roads, the bridge spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. The area is currently home to 68 million people.In the past, travelling between Zhuhai and Hong Kong would take up to four hours – the new bridge cuts this down to 30 minutes.Environmental groups say the project may have caused serious harm to marine life in the area, including the critically rare Chinese white dolphin. The crossing connects three key coastal cities in southern China – Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai.The bridge, designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons, was built using 400,000 tonnes of steel, enough to build 60 Eiffel TowersThe remaining sections are link roads, viaducts and land tunnels connecting Zhuhai and Hong Kong to the main bridge Construction has been dogged by safety issues – at least 18 workers have died on the project, officials say. Xi attended the opening ceremony of the bridge which took place in Zhuhai along with the leaders of Hong Kong and Macau on Tuesday.The bridge will open to regular traffic on Wednesday. The number of dolphins seen in Hong Kong waters has decreased from 148 to 47 in the past 10 years, and they are now absent from the waters near the bridge, according to the Hong Kong branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). (Courtesy BBC) It is part of China’s plan to create a Greater Bay Area, including Hong Kong, Macau and nine other cities in southern China.
A UN spokesman said this weekend, around 1,000 unidentified militants, travelling in motor vehicles and on camels and horses, reportedly attacked a village and killed eight people and stole livestock.Meanwhile, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, met yesterday with the head of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) now deployed in Darfur to discuss a possible transition to a UN force there.They agreed on the need for a joint approach and have decided to meet once a week, a spokesman for the world body said.In a report to the Council released yesterday, Mr. Annan said planning for a transition from AMIS to a UN peacekeeping operation must take into consideration “the ongoing violence and consistent violation of human rights in the region, the displacement of more than 3 million people and increasing instability near the border with Chad.” International efforts in Darfur should aim to “contribute to the protection of civilians at risk with a view to creating an environment conducive to national reconciliation in a country where human rights are respected and internally displaced persons and refugees can return home in safety and dignity,” he stressed.
by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2016 10:08 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Facebook programs computers to describe photos for the blind MENLO PARK, Calif. – Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world’s largest online social network.The feature rolling out Tuesday on Facebook’s iPhone and iPad apps interprets what’s in a picture using a form of artificial intelligence that recognizes faces and objects. VoiceOver, a screen reader built into the software powering the iPhone and iPad, must be turned on for Facebook’s photo descriptions to be read. For now, the feature will only be available in English.Until now, people relying on screen readers on Facebook would only hear that a person had shared a photo without any elaboration.The photo descriptions initially will be confined to a vocabulary of 100 words in a restriction that will prevent the computer from providing a lot of details. For instance, the automated voice may only tell a user that a photo features three people smiling outdoors without adding that the trio also has drinks in their hands. Or it may say the photo is of pizza without adding that there’s pepperoni and olives on top of it.Facebook is being careful with the technology, called “automatic alternative text,” in an attempt to avoid making a mistake that offends its audience. Google learned the risks of automation last year when an image recognition feature in its Photos app labeled a black couple as gorillas, prompting the company to issue an apology.Eventually, though, Facebook hopes to refine the technology so it provides more precise descriptions and even answers questions that a user might pose about a picture.The vocabulary of Facebook’s photo-recognition program includes “car,” ”sky,” ”dessert,” ”baby,” ”shoes,” and, of course, “selfie.”Facebook also plans to turn on the technology for its Android app and make it available through Web browsers visiting its site.The Menlo Park, California, company is trying to ensure the world’s nearly 300 million blind and visually impaired people remain interested in its social network as a steadily increasing number of photos appear on its service. On an average day, Facebook says more than 2 billion photos are posted on its social network and other apps that it owns, a list that includes Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.In a Tuesday post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hailed the photo description tool as “an important step towards making sure everyone has equal access to information and is included in the conversation.”___Online:Facebook’s post: https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/04/using-artificial-intelligence-to-help-blind-people-see-facebook/ FILE – This Feb. 19, 2014, file photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York. A feature rolling out Tuesday, April 5, 2016, on Facebook’s iPhone app interprets what’s in a photo using a form of artificial intelligence to recognize faces and objects for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world’s largest online social network (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File)
Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 5, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:Mining for money: The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada holds its annual convention in Toronto from Sunday until Wednesday. The get-together is the biggest gathering in the world for the mining industry, a sector that is on the rebound from a slump in commodity prices.Trade up: Trade figures have become more important as of late. On Tuesday, Statistics Canada will report on the January trade data. In December, the country posted back-to-back monthly trade surpluses for the first time since September 2014. Will that continue?Economic outlook: The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development releases its interim outlook for the global economy on Tuesday. In November, the OECD forecast global growth of 3.3 per cent and Canadian growth of 2.1 per cent.Politics and power: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will head Thursday to Houston, where he will deliver a keynote speech at an international gathering of leaders from the energy sector. Oil prices, Keystone XL and energy security are just a few of the topics likely to generate discussion at CERAWeek by IHS Markit.Get a job: Another widely watched barometer of the economy comes out Friday when Statistics Canada releases the job figures for February. The labour market has been pumping up recently. In January, 48,300 new net jobs were added.
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) and redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) wait for a snap in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 9 Ohio State (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) will play its final game in Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Illinois (2-8, 0-7 Big Ten). It will also celebrate Senior Day, with players like quarterback J.T. Barrett, center Billy Price and linebacker Chris Worley competing in their final game in the Horseshoe. The Buckeyes have a chance to clinch the Big Ten East title Saturday with a win if No. 24 Michigan loses at No. 5 Wisconsin. Ohio State offense vs. Illinois defenseOhio State comes in heavily favored to throttle the Fighting Illini, and the lopsided matchup between the Buckeyes’ offense and Illinois’ defense is a major factor in that. The Fighting Illini have allowed 28.4 points per game, the 76th most in the nation, and 403.2 yards per game. Ohio State will bring an offense that averages the third-most yards per game at 546.5 and fifth-most points at 44.2.The greatest disparity between the Buckeye offense and Fighting Illini defense comes in the ground game. Illinois has allowed the 105th-fewest rush yards per game at 199.1 and 80th-fewest yards per carry at 4.5. Meanwhile, Ohio State comes in with the 16th-most rushing yards per game (245.3) and fourth-most yards per carry (6.1).The Buckeyes also are coming off their most dominating rushing game of the season, recording a season-high 335 yards on 42 carries and scored four touchdowns. Both freshman J.K. Dobbins and redshirt sophomore Mike Weber recorded more than 120 rushing yards.As for the passing game, Ohio State still holds a statistical advantage over the Illini. Ohio State has averaged 301.2 passing yards per game, 17th-most in the nation, and 8.5 yards per attempt, which is tied for 18th. Illinois has been sound defending against opposing aerial attacks, holding opponents to the 42nd-fewest pass yards per game (204.1) and 57th-fewest yards per attempt (7.1). The Fighting Illini have a pair of safeties who have put together strong seasons and helped the pass defense remain solid for the team. Stanley Green and Bennett Williams are second and third, respectively, in total tackles on the team despite playing in the defensive backfield. Green has picked off one pass this season, forced two fumbles and recovered one. Williams has 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, two passes defended and one forced fumble.The defense for Illinois has been comparatively solid when examining it as a whole. It has done a far better job keeping opponents from scoring than the Illinois offense has done itself in trying to score. However, given the struggles of the Fighting Illini offense, the defense might be on the field for extended time Saturday. Ohio State defense vs. Illinois offenseThe Buckeyes held then-No. 12 Michigan State to just three points in their most recent game in Ohio Stadium. There’s a chance Illinois might not even be able to muster up that much. The Fighting Illini offense comes into this game having averaged 16.4 points per game, 124th in the nation, and squares off against a defense that has allowed the 25th-fewest points at just 20.4.The only aspect of Illinois’ offense that has found any semblance of success this season has been its passing game. Two quarterbacks — the pocket-passing Jeff George Jr. and the mobile Chayce Crouch — have regularly split time under center for Illinois in its attempt to provide unique looks to opposing defenses.Unfortunately for the team, neither quarterback has found much of anything. George has 1,273 passing yards with a 51.9 percent completion rating and seven touchdown passes to 10 interceptions.Crouch has only 427 passing yards with a 53.2 percent completion rating with a touchdown and four picks. On the ground, Crouch has 93 total yards on 46 carries and one touchdown. Overall, the offense has the 92nd-most pass yards per game. It is completing just 51 percent of passes and has thrown eight touchdown passes to 17 interceptions. Part of the problem for the quarterbacks has been the inconsistency of the offensive line. The line has allowed the fourth-most sacks per game at 3.6 and the 117th-most tackles for loss per game at 7.3.The offensive line’s struggles has contributed to the inability for Illinois to gets its run game going. The Fighting Illini have the 121st-fewest rush yards per attempt at 3.32 and the 122nd-fewest rush yards per game at 107.8. Only Mike Epstein and Cam Thomas are averaging more than 4.5 yards per carry, and the former is out for the year and the latter is questionable for Saturday.This Fighting Illini offense plays right into the hands of the Ohio State defense. Though the passing defense for Ohio State has struggled at times, it seemingly only has issues when the defensive line is not applying enough pressure on the quarterbacks. Ohio State’s defensive line has the ninth-most tackles for loss per game (8.3) and 23rd-most sacks per game (2.7). But perhaps most importantly, it is coming off one of its strongest game of the season in which it had nine tackles for loss and six sacks against the Spartans.The Fighting Illini quarterbacks could struggle to receive sufficient pass protection, and it is unlikely the rushing offense will produce much against a rush defense that has allowed the 14th-fewest yards per game (116.5) and ninth-fewest yards per carry (3.16). This figures to be a tough game for the Fighting Illini. Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 63-3Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 58-3
Engineering company SKF has announced the availability of a new SKF Idler Sound Monitor Kit. According to SKF, this is an easy to use, rugged and handheld monitoring device for early detection of faults in conveyor belt idlers in mines. Conveyor idlers support the length of conveyor belts and are a common cause of belt damage and mine production downtime. The SKF Idler Sound Monitor Kit will enable early detection of faulty idlers and prevent costly belt repairs, lost production and risk to workers.Equipped with acoustic enveloping technology, the SKF Idler Sound Monitor Kit distinguishes between the sounds of a good idler and a faulty one even in high ambient noise environments. The device detects faulty idlers earlier and more reliably and safer than if a manual operation was conducted by listening or observing for faulty idlers. It has a simple visual display, headphones and audible condition alarm. The unit’s ease of use gives even inexperienced workers the ability to detect faults with minimal training. The unit also allows for easy data download for subsequent review.Robert Collyer, Principal Engineer at SKF commented, “Along with uncovering idler faults quickly and reliably, the SKF Idler Sound Monitor Kit provides maintenance workers with an objective tool for idler inspection that is safe to use. This is a significant improvement to the alternative of subjectively walking around and relying on the skill of the worker to listen and recognise faulty idlers.” The device can be operated with one hand and therefore enables the operator to maintain three-point contact as dictated by safety requirements. It can be also be integrated into an Operator Driven Reliability maintenance programme.