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first_imgThe Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested a key accused from Hyderabad in the illegal telephone exchange racket that was busted last month. The ATS seized over 2,000 SIM cards and other equipment indicating that the scope of the racket was much larger than previously estimated. The racket was busted on August 9 with the arrest of seven people from various locations in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. As many as 513 SIM cards and nine SIM boxes were seized from them. A preliminary estimate of the loss to the exchequer due to calls routed through such exchanges was put at ₹37.50 crore. A senior ATS officer said, “During the course of our investigation, we found that a prime accused in the racket had fled the city along with a large quantity of equipment. We had been tracking this person for the past month. On Wednesday, we traced him to Hyderabad, from where he was arrested.” The accused, identified as Rafiq Allatur, had in his possession 2,126 SIM cards purchased from various service providers, 46 SIM boxes and six SIM pool machines, which were used for routing many calls at the same time. The officer said, “We also seized four desktop computers, eight laptops and eight routers. The sheer quantity of the equipment indicates that the racket was much more organised and widespread than we had initially thought. Investigations so far have established that the racket was active for at least an year, during which time, we believe that the loss to the national exchequer amounted to ₹150 crore.” The ATS has also found that Mr. Allatur was wanted by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch in a similar case registered in 2017. The officer said, “The scale of the racket can also be gauged from the fact that the accused used 2000 PRI lines in the racket. A single PRI line enables a small call centre to route a large number of calls at the same time through the internet.” According to investigating officers, the accused would route calls made by Indians staying in the Middle East to their kin staying in India to avoid paying the high international tariff. As calls made through the SIM box technology cannot be tracked or traced, the bigger concern for law enforcement agencies is the possibility of this technology being used by criminal or terrorist elements, officers said.last_img read more

first_imgBollywood is once again ready to add colour to the lucrative Indian Premier League this season. IPL 2016 will have a grand opening ceremony featuring top stars from Bollywood and an all-girl English pop band TBC on April 8.Show-stealers Ranveer Singh and Katrina Kaif along with Jacqueline Fernandez and Yo Yo Honey Singh are expected to set the stage on fire on the eve of the opener between MS Dhoni’s Rising Pune Supergiants and defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.TBC, who have never performed in India before, will also add glitz to the opening ceremony, said a media release from Ferriswheel Entertainment which has bagged the rights to stage the ceremony on April 8.”Ferriswheel is all set to put together a mad cricket party which will enliven the spirit of cricket. For the first time ever, India will see a 360 degree experience of seamless graphics and projection and state of the art technology – all in one show,” according to the release.The ceremony would also see 200 dancers and mass cast performers and a huge number of folk artists and percussionists, the release added.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) Rajya Sabha today condemned “senseless and barbaric” acts of violence in various parts of the world, including France and Bangladesh, and called upon the global community to unitedly combat terrorism. Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari referred to terror attacks in various parts of globe in June and July, which claimed several lives and left several others maimed and injured. Manifestation of terror in the form of gunfights and bomb explosions in Istanbul, suicide bomber attacks in Kabul and Baghdad, terror attacks in Nice, Dhaka, Jeddah, Qatif and the holy city of Madinah have stunned the world, he said. “These senseless and barbaric acts of violence across the world have shaken the conscience of humanity at large and are a grim reminder that the tentacles of terrorism are slowly spreading all over the globe. These growing terror acts are deplorable and deserve to be condemned,” Ansari said. He said such acts only re-affirm “our resolve to fight terrorism with determination and to reiterate our call to the global community to unitedly combat and eliminate the scourge of terrorism from the world”. The loss of innocent lives and injury to hapless people in all these tragic incidents is indeed outrageous and condemnable, the Chairman said. “This House joins me in expressing our deep sorrow and sympathy and heartfelt condolences on the losses suffered by the friendly people of Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and France and reiterate Indias stand of solidarity with the government and the people of these countries in their hour of grief,” he said. The House also expressed grief over several deaths due to natural calamities like cloudbursts, floods and lightning strikes in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and some other parts of the country during June and July. The members rose in their places and observed silence as mark of respect to the memory of those who lost their lives in these tragedies. PTI NKD ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

first_img John Stones looks for answers after losing Matthijs de Ligt for the Netherlands equaliser. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA “It’s difficult to know why individual errors like that could happen,” Southgate said. “I can only say that to play the way we want to play takes courage and, when it doesn’t work, it’s very difficult for the players. It’s easy to turn round and kill them. But we have some defenders who are prepared to take the ball in areas where many defenders in the world aren’t. It’s been the bedrock of how we have progressed and we have to continue it, but of course we can’t make the mistakes we did.”Southgate was not just referring to Stones when Ross Barkley, dropping back from his midfield role, was also culpable for the third Netherlands goal. Yet the manager made the point that the nervousness spread once Stones had presented the ball to Memphis Depay in the buildup to England going 2-1 behind. Stones also lost De Ligt at the corner from which the Ajax centre-half headed in the equaliser and that, for Southgate, was another disappointment.“I’d have to go back through the footage but they were too strong for us from set plays all night,” he said. “We had others cleared off the line and in [Virgil] van Dijk and De Ligt we knew they had two players who attack the ball really well. We weren’t able to cope.” Pinterest Share via Email Read more Share on Messenger Read more Twitter Share on WhatsApp Topics That sounded like fair comment, for the most part, other than the perception that Stones is still at an age when people should be talking about his “potential” and, therefore, excused the occasional lapse in concentration. The same used to be said of Rio Ferdinand in his younger years and Matthijs de Ligt’s mistake to give away the penalty for England’s goal was another case in point. Yet the issue here is that Stones is 25, six years older than De Ligt, but still worrying a selection of different managers because of his tendency to overelaborate, to lose the ball in dangerous areas and endanger his team. John Stones Frenkie de Jong writes Netherlands script while Stones fluffs his lines Hodgson agreed very matter-of-factly that, yes, it was time for Stones to buck up his ideas Stones did start 20 league games for City last season, compared with Vincent Kompany’s 13 or Nicolás Otamendi’s 14, and there was only Aymeric Laporte, with 34, from Guardiola’s list of centre-halves who began more. Yet Stones did not play a single minute of City’s four knockout ties in the Champions League, as if Guardiola did not fully trust him in the key assignments. He was a 79th-minute substitute in the FA Cup final and was not even in their squad, uninjured, on a few occasions, at a time in his career when he must have hoped he would be a mandatory pick in City’s defence.Southgate’s hope is there will be more opportunities for Stones next season, particularly with Kompany leaving the club to become Anderlecht’s player-manager. Yet there is also the strong probability City will go back into the transfer market to sign a replacement for their captain.“I think we have to wait and see how that emerges,” Southgate said. “At the beginning of the season he [Stones] was playing in all the big games. That hasn’t been the case towards the end. But I still think Stones and [Harry] Maguire are our best two and I have to be there to support them in their difficult moments.” Gareth Southgate There was a time, early in Gareth Southgate’s reign as England manager, when he made a point of telling his players that if they were not appearing for their club sides they could not expect to hold down their positions in the national team either.Over time, that policy has clearly been abandoned as Southgate, like many of his predecessors, has realised it sounds good in theory but is not so easy in reality when he, for example, is an admirer of Fabian Delph, whose contribution for Manchester City in the Premier League since Boxing Day amounted to a 10-minute substitute appearance during a 3-0 win at bottom-of-the-league Huddersfield. Share on Facebook To play the way we want to play takes courage. It’s easy to turn round and kill the playersGareth Southgate Share on LinkedIn features Facebook England England look to Harry Winks to transform midfield exposed by De Jong Southgate was unwilling to add to the criticisms but perhaps he was also unaware, when asked whether the time had been and gone since Stones should have grown out of these kind of errors, that the previous two England managers, Sam Allardyce and Roy Hodgson, had faced the same question during their time in charge. In Hodgson’s case, more than once – to the point he agreed very matter-of-factly that, yes, it was time for Stones to buck up his ideas.The current manager put it more sympathetically. “He knows that I am here to support him,” Southgate said. “I know he is going to get criticism, and he’s had a difficult end to the season in that he was not playing regularly at his club. We still think he has been our best centre-back, that he has huge qualities and huge potential to be a top player, but he had so little football at the end of the season that the sharpness and fatigue as the game wore on were definitely factors.” Share on Pinterest On that basis, perhaps there can be a little empathy for John Stones on the back of his accident-prone performance in England’s defeat by the Netherlands in their Nations League semi-final. If those mistakes were a symptom of rustiness, who can really be surprised when Stones has started only three league fixtures for the champions since 10 February? If his confidence is low – or, at least, not as high as it could be – is that such a shock when his longest run of 90-minute league performances under Pep Guardiola last season amounted to a three-match sequence against Liverpool, Burnley and Spurs in October? Stones has just finished the season with winner’s medals from an unprecedented domestic treble but, in another sense, his vulnerability in Guimarães summed up what has been a difficult season for him personally, particularly since the turn of the year. Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_img ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, west of Exit 22 for about nine kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, patching and paving until Saturday, July 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Larry Uteck Interchange Detour ramps are open for traffic on Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) at the Larry Uteck Interchange. The detour provides two lanes in each direction around the construction site. Speed limit on the detour is 80 km/h. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge Repairs to the Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive are now expected to continue until the end of June. Traffic on the bridge will continue to be one lane until repairs are completed. Residents of Coxheath and Westmount are encouraged to use the interchange on Coxheath Road to get to Highway 125 during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-563-2245 QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Broad River Bridge to Saint Catherine’s Road, about 10.8 kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching and culvert installation until Friday, May 21. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 and Plains Road Trunk 2 – Belmont Road to Putnam Road – will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, gravelling and paving until Tuesday, June 15. Plains Road – McElmond Road to Belmont Road – will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacements, patching and repaving from Monday, April 19, until Tuesday, June 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-843-5785 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Exit 24 Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Foord Street and Exit 24 until Tuesday, Aug. 31. The first phase of work will consist of replacement of sanitary sewer and installation of catch basin. North Foord Street, south of the Trans Canada Highway by the ramps, will be restricted to a single lane. Traffic control will be on site. Expect delays and use alternative route. Local Area Office: 902-752-2946 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Highway 111 for about 500 metres, below the Highfield-Burnside Drive Overpass, will have single lane closures in each direction for paving from Monday, May 3 until Monday May 24. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Corsen Bridge, two kilometres before Ingonish, continues to be reduced to one lane. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Traffic on Joseph Howe Drive under the Fairview Overpass will have periodic lane closures from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. Traffic control people will be onsite, but delays are expected. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 – Mill Village Road Trunk 2 from Gibb Road to 244 Interchange, about 2 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Saturday, July 31. Traffic control persons will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure The Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is open to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Canso Causeway Highway 104, at Canso Causeway, will have night work for placement of armor rock along a 1.2 kilometre section from the canal bridge, westerly to the scale house, Sunday to Friday. The work will occur from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., until Friday, May 21. Traffic control people and signs will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771center_img CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until further notice for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 31 to Exit 32 will be reduced to one lane for repaving and shoulder work from Monday, May 3 until Thursday, July 15. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Route 254 in Kennetcook to Route 236 Northfield Road will be reduced to one lane for about 7.5 kilometres for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Seven sections of Highway 105 between Exit 6 and Exit 8 are reduced to one lane for construction and repaving. It is estimated the work will last until Saturday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 The weight restriction for trucks on Trunk 2, Springhill Junction, will be reduced to 20 tonnes for CNR mainline repairs until Wednesday, May 5. Local Area Office: 902-667-8294 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 A 7.2 kilometre section of Highway 106, from Highway 104 north to Exit 2 (including westbound Ramps on Highway 104 and ramps at Exit 1A and Exit 2 on Highway 106), will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, installation of rumble strips, patching and repaving until Saturday, July 31. Traffic delays are expected and motorists should use caution when traveling through the construction zone. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 VICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry Torquil MacLean Ferry on Route 312 at Englishtown will be out of service for regular maintenance. The ferry is expected to be back in service on Monday, May 3. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 -30-last_img read more

first_imgParis: Jil Teichmann has jumped 28 places to 54th on the strength of her win in Palermo in the latest WTA rankings published Monday with the top 10 led by Ashleigh Barty unchanged. Switzerland’s Teichmann stunned top seed Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 to clinch the Palermo WTA title on Sunday, a result which catapulted the left-hander to 54th. It was a first top 10 win for 22-year-old who started 2019 ranked outside the world’s top 140. 1. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 6605 pts Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh2. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6257 3. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6055 4. Simona Halep (ROM) 5933 5. Kiki Bertens (NED) 5130 6. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4785 7. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 4638 8. Sloane Stephens (USA) 3802 9. Serena Williams (USA) 3411 10. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 3365 11. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 3356 12. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 2963 13. Angelique Kerber (GER) 2875 14. Johanna Konta (GBR) 2790 (+1) 15. Mark?ta Vondrousova (CZE) 2652 (+1) 16. Qiang Wang (CHN) 2647 (-2) 17. Madison Keys (USA) 2555 18. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 2478 19. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 2335 20. Elise Mertens (BEL) 2305.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — A new survey conducted by Leger for The Canadian Press suggests the Trudeau Liberals will have to work harder to convince Canadians the country is doing better under their stewardship.In all 46 per cent of respondents say Canada is doing worse since Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government was elected in 2015, while only 22 per cent believe the country is doing better and 27 per cent say things are the same.The poll also suggests the most important issues to Canadians are economic growth and jobs, followed by taxes and finances.Leger’s executive vice-president Christian Bourque says the numbers indicate the jury is still out about whether Canadians believe the Trudeau government’s deficit-financing approach to managing the public purse is making the economy better.The internet-based poll conducted from Feb. 15 to 19 involved 1,500 Canadian eligible voters who are 18 or older, randomly recruited through the firm’s online panel.The polling firm says no margin of error can be associated with a web panel but for comparative purposes, a probability sample of this size would have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have busted a gang of cheats who were duping people on the pretext of giving handsome bonus and returns on insurance policies. The investigation further revealed that they have erected a Call Centre in Vasundhara in Ghaziabad and duped more than two hundred people all over India.Police identified the accused as Vikas Tyagi (31), Rahul Tyagi (34) and Sonu Kumar (30). They were nabbed from the fake call centre. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that the complainant in the case was duped of Rs. 77,20,216 during the years from 2014 to 2017. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”They procured fake IDs to get SIM cards and to open bank accounts. They have cheated a large number of people of different states of India,” said DCP Central. He further added that hey induced the innocent people by impersonating themselves as employee/agent of insurance companies/IRDA and promised handsome bonus/returns on the insurance policies and then they get deposited certain amounts in their bank accounts from the innocent people and after withdrawing the money, they switched off their mobile phones.last_img read more

LONDON — Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has accused adults of stealing young people’s future as she met senior British politicians at Parliament.The 16-year-old Swede, who has sparked a global wave of youth environment protests, met Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and other lawmakers Tuesday.She told a meeting in the House of Commons that “we probably don’t even have a future any more. That future has been sold so that a small number of people can make unimaginable amounts of money.”Environment Secretary Michael Gove also met Thunberg and acknowledged: “We have not done nearly enough.”As Thunberg spoke, environmental protesters demonstrated outside Parliament, with some hanging hammocks in trees.The group Extinction Rebellion has brought parts of London to a standstill over the past week by blocking roads.The Associated Press read more

“The foundation for a much safer and efficient air transport system throughout Africa has been laid,” ICAO Council President Roberto Kobeh González told 281 participants from 19 African States and four international organizations at a two-week seminar in Addis Ababa.“With completion of this first seminar and workshop, participating African States are in a much better position to successfully meet the very serious safety challenges that confront the region.”The ICAO State Safety Programme/Safety Management Systems Seminar and Workshop from 22 September to 3 October marks the first in a planned series of safety-related activities for Africa under the Africa-Indian Ocean (AFI) Comprehensive Implementation Programme.The overall objective of the programme is to enhance aviation safety through increased cooperative efforts by government and global industry stakeholders, under the leadership of ICAO, to effectively address deficiencies identified through ICAO’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme.Conference participants were introduced to the recognized safety management concept – with its supporting programmes for service providers, including airlines, air traffic services and airports, and for civil aviation authorities – as a predictive approach to safety. ICAO analysis indicates that traditional safety strategies and initiatives focused on the outcomes of accidents and regulatory solutions to specific technical problems have begun to stall.In a related move, ICAO has halved the minimum vertical distance between aircraft in AFI airspace, resulting in more efficient flight operations and related benefits for airlines, passengers and the environment. The reduction from 2000 to 1000 feet between 29,000 and 41,000 feet, provides access to more efficient cruising levels, leading to less fuel burn with related annual savings for the AFI region of an estimated $85 million.It should also result in an annual reduction of 250,000 tons of global warming carbon dioxide and create six additional flight levels, increasing overall efficiency of airspace management, better on-time performance, and fewer delays on the major air traffic routes between Africa and other regions. 14 October 2008The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is seeking to boost air safety in Africa, organizing workshops and fine-tuning in-air flight separation regulations. read more

6 July 2010The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has chosen the Armenian city of Yerevan as the 2012 World Book Capital as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to promote books and reading. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has chosen the Armenian city of Yerevan as the 2012 World Book Capital as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to promote books and reading. Armenia’s capital and largest city was chosen for the quality and variety of the programme it presented to the selection committee, which met at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on 2 July.The selection committee brings together representatives of UNESCO and some of the main professional associations in the book industry – the International Publishers Association, the International Booksellers Federation and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.“I congratulate the city of Yerevan, which has presented a particularly interesting programme with many different themes, including the freedom of expression, as well as several activities for children, who will be the readers and authors of tomorrow,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.“Mobilizing the entire world of books and reading, from authors to printers and publishers, will undoubtedly help to make the Yerevan programme a major success, with a sustainable impact,” she added. The city chosen as World Book Capital holds the distinction for one year, beginning on World Book and Copyright Day, which is observed on 23 April.Yerevan is the 12th city to be designated World Book Capital, after Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogotá (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010) and Buenos Aires (2011). read more

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed with a modest advance Monday with gains spread out across almost all sectors despite disappointing economic news from the world’s third-largest economy.The S&P/TSX composite index added to last week’s one per cent advance, up 39.4 points to 14,882.5 as Japan’s economy unexpectedly slipped back into recession in the third quarter, contracting at a 1.6 per cent annual pace following a sales tax hike.But traders preferred to concentrate on the positive, including a wave of merger and acquisition activity. American Botox maker Allergan reached a friendly deal to be acquired by Irish drug company Actavis in a deal valued at US$66 billion, which trumps a hostile offer by Quebec-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals (TSX:VRX). Allergan shareholders will receive about US$219 in cash and stock.Valeant’s most recent bid was valued at US$53 billion and the company said Monday it couldn’t justify matching the Actavis offer. Valeant shares rose $2.93 to $154.40.Analysts note that conditions — particularly inexpensive financing — are currently very favourable for M&A activity.“Money is cheap, growth opportunities inside of a relatively slow growth economic environment are a little harder to come by and so we’re seeing companies pursue growth opportunities outside of the organic kind,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. (TSX:OR) and Virginia Mines Inc. (TSX:VGQ) plan to combine their businesses to create a royalty company with revenue from two Quebec operating gold mines. The friendly deal values Virginia Mines of Quebec City at about $479 million, about 41 per cent above its closing stock price on Friday. Osisko shares slipped 56 cents to $14.86 while Virginia Mines jumped 35.65 per cent to $13.66.Also, two of the world’s biggest oilfield services companies are combining. Halliburton will buy Baker Hughes in a deal worth more US$34.6 billion.The Canadian dollar fell back 0.15 of a cent to 88.53 cents US.U.S. indexes were mixed as the Dow Jones industrials gained 13.01 points to 17,647.75, the Nasdaq was 17.54 points lower at 4,671 and the S&P 500 index advanced 1.5 points at 2,041.32.Reaction was muted to the Japanese data since the country has been afflicted with stagnation for the past two decades.“Not shock, I would just call it disappointment to some degree,” Fehr said.The gold sector was the leading percentage advancer on the Toronto market, up about 1.85 per cent even as December gold ticked $2.10 lower to US$1,184 an ounce.The base metals component was ahead 0.3 per cent while December copper was a cent lower at US$3.04. Telecoms were also supportive, ahead 1.4 per cent with additional strong lift coming from the industrials and consumer staples sectors.The TSX energy sector was the major decliner, down 0.65 per cent as the December contract in New York was down 18 cents to US$75.64. Concerns about demand and global oversupply last week pushed crude to below US$75 for the first time in four years.Also, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation in favour of building TransCanada’s (TSX:TRP) Keystone XL pipeline on Friday. And supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it this week. However, President Barack Obama could veto the bill and it is highly uncertain if the Senate or House would have the two-thirds majorities that would be needed to override a veto. TransCanada was up 77 cents to C$56.57. read more

first_imgFollowing the keen baker’s win, eagle-eyed fans spotted a ring on the third finger of her left hand in a recent picture on Instagram and suggested she might be engaged to her long-term boyfriend Liam.He featured in the episode, hugging and kissing her as he congratulated her, but she was not wearing an engagement ring during filming.After the winner was announced at a celebration attended by the family and friends of the three finalists, as well as the other nine bakers knocked out in previous rounds, Brown admitted: “When they said my name that means more to me than anyone will ever realise. She added: “I love baking and this has increased my love of baking. If I can get my little vintage shop selling tea and cakes with random antiques that would be my ultimate dream.”Let’s wait and see what will come my way but I will be grabbing it with both hands and running with it, that’s for sure. It would be crazy not to, wouldn’t it?” To fit in with the royal theme of the week, to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, the bakers were tasked with creating a picnic fit for the monarch – one chocolate celebration cake, 12 puff pastry sausage rolls, 12 mini quiches, 12 savoury scones and 12 fruit and custard tarts.Brown’s picnic was universally praised, with even her bacon, mushroom and black pudding sausage rolls getting a seal of approval, and her chocolate cake was also deemed delicious.After the final Brown revealed she had hidden her winner’s trophy in an antique chest. The popular programme peaked with an audience 14.8 million in overnight figures, although numbers are set to rise as people watch later on catch-up services.Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said: “BBC One brought over half of the British viewing public together to watch the final of The Great British Bake Off, delivering the highest ever ratings!”She congratulated the Bake Off team and thanked the “loyal fans over the last seven series” before adding that there will be two Bake Off specials at Christmas ahead of its move to Channel 4 next year.The final marked the last time Mary Berry will serve as a judge and Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins as hosts before judge Paul Hollywood switches channel with the programme, apart from the forthcoming festive specials.PE teacher Brown, 31, took the coveted title ahead of rivals Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth. Paul Hollywood will move with the show to Channel 4 while Mary, Mel and Sue stay with the BBCCredit:BBC Brown won viewers over after a difficult startCredit:BBC The 2016 Bake Off team Brown won viewers over after a difficult start Candice Brown picks up the Bake Off trophyCredit:BBC The final of the Great British Bake Off was watched by a peak of 14.8 million people, in its last BBC outing before moving to Channel 4. More than half of all people watching television at 8pm on Wednesday night tuned into GBBO, as the final episode of the seventh series scored its highest viewing figures ever.An average of 14 million TV fans tuned in to watch as Candice Brown was named Bake Off champion, compared with the overnight average of 13.4 million who watched Nadiya Hussain take the crown last year. Candice Brown picks up the Bake Off trophy “I have low self-belief, even though my friends and family constantly build my confidence up. So it was a big moment in my life, probably the biggest so far.”I felt that everything happens for a reason, and I did it, and that makes me smile so much. In fact, I can’t stop smiling.”Brown, Rolls-Royce aerospace engineer Smyth and garden designer Beedle appeared to be neck and neck throughout the final, during which they tackled a showstopper challenge hailed by the hosts as “the biggest ever final challenge in Bake Off history”. The 2016 Bake Off teamCredit:BBC Paul Hollywood will move with the show to Channel 4 while Mary, Mel and Sue stay with the BBC Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

← Previous Story Junior WCh 2013 TOP 16: Germany VS France, Hungary against Spain! Next Story → Mariusz Jurkiewicz to Wisla Plock! In the first two matches of the Junior WCh 2013 TOP 16 stage, two best teams from Preliminary Round, Slovenia and Germany are defeated! Brazil showed TOP class with 4-2 defense and stop Slovenia 25:20 (12:9)  STATISTICS with great Franzini (18 saves) between the posts. Germans lost chance to defend world’s title from Greece 2011 after defeat against France 20:21 (12:13). The crucial were goals of Quentin Minel (7) and saves of Remi Desbonnet (11 saves). STATISTICSphoto: IGOR BOZIC read more

first_imgSomething happened the day the Droid X came out. The popularity of the device, and the trend in market towards larger screened devices, lead their design team to the conclusion that they needed to push this design as far as possible. So, it began a rapid evolutionary path across their development. The Droid X2 tried to keep the exact same form factor with more juice. The Droid Bionic added the impressive speeds of Verizon Wireless’ LTE network and modified the design just a bit. It was sleeker and certainly faster, but it still didn’t stand out in the crowd of Android phones on the market.So, Motorola went back to their roots. They needed a design that was reminiscent of their last truly iconic smartphone. So now, the hope is that by combining old school design concepts and new smartphone tech, the Motorola Droid RAZR will become the smartphone to buy this holiday season.A Worthy UpgradeAs a user of the original Droid X, the X2, the Bionic, and now this, I can tell you that the Droid RAZR is a step above all of its predecessors. It’s very light, yet manages to feel extremely solid. For the most part, it’s smartly designed too. The power and micro HDMI ports are on the top of the device. This is a great move for charging the device, but actually makes poor choice for the media dock, which is actually pretty awkward considering how it docks in such a potentially fragile setup. The microSD card and LTE SIM card are seated right next to each other on the bottom left hand side of the device behind a door. The door is somewhat flimsy, and if you press too hard on it by accident you will trigger the eject mechanism on the microSD card and force the door open.All of these design mechanisms are a result of the decision to seat the battery in the device so as to make it inaccessible. While many people may still complain that this is a bad move on behalf of an Android manufacturer, it’s hard to argue with the results.Most people don’t like the fact that the battery isn’t replaceable because it means you can’t add a larger battery. Fortunately, Motorola has done quite a bit to make sure the battery in the RAZR is capable of lasting throughout the day. The Droid RAZR has the best battery life of an LTE device to date. While most LTE handsets will get you 6-8 hours of steady use on the LTE radio, the Droid RAZR was able to get me to 10 hours on a constant day, and nearly 24 hours with the LTE radio off.Of the more impressive add-ons to the Droid RAZR was a power adapter that comes with two USB sockets instead of the standard single. This is great, especially for anyone interested in coupling this with MotoACTV, as you will not need two power adapters.The Motorola ExperienceThe original user interface with Motorola phones running Android didn’t get the best reception. For the first year of its existence, MotoBlur was often mocked as the dim bulb of the Android ecosystem. When Motorola decided to revamp their design, the end result was much better. Coupled by the UI update, The Motorola Experience comes with some significant increases in functionality for the apps they overhauled. The launcher has been replaced by a new, customizable setup where you can place whatever apps you like on the dock.All of the menus and settings have a flat color scheme with a dark offset of those colors. The end result makes the text in those areas much easier to read in any light. The screen on RAZR, a 960 x 540 resolution Super AMOLED display, falls just short of being as impressive on paper as the HTC Rezound or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but it is nothing short of impressive. Put the screen quality and the flat color design together and the end result is impressive, even in broad daylight.Of the many apps that Motorola has “improved” in their UI overhaul, the Camera app is probably the most impressive. While the camera has an 8MP camera, the RAZR only takes widescreen shots in 6MP mode. When you take an 8MP shot, the shot is taken in 4×3. The default white balance generated by the Auto settings on the Droid RAZR makes a lot of images come out a little cold, almost washed out looking. Fortunately, that is resolved with a few settings tweaks in the app. The Camera App doesn’t allow you to manually adjust the white balance, but any of the settings options like sunset or portrait do a much better job taking pictures.The RAZR’s camera app also comes with a really impressive panorama mode. Motorola makes it easy for you to stitch six shots back together just like any other panoramic shot, but this app allows you to direct those shots up, down, left, or right.Final ThoughtsI am not convinced that the Droid RAZR is the best phone on Verizon Wireless as was claimed at the launch of this device. Between the HTC Rezound and the upcoming Galaxy Nexus, the Droid RAZR certainly has some competition on Big Red. The impressive thing, however, is that the phone has more than enough power to compete with the other handsets, even without Android 4.0 (or even a potential release date).I’m somewhat disappointed that Motorola has, yet again, released a brand new lapdock just for this model, but it seems they will be heading in that direction of any issues users might have with it.Read’s comparison of the Droid RAZR, Galaxy Nexus and the Droid 4last_img read more

first_imgThe number of people crossing illegally into Greece via the Evros border has dropped by 84 per cent since the government launched a massive crackdown on clandestine migrants this summer, police said Wednesday.According to official figures, some 1,121 unregistered immigrants have been arrested in Evros since the start of the Xenios Zeus sweep on August 4 compared to 6,991 in the same period last year. Illegal arrivals this month have dwindled drastically compared to last year. In 2011, border guards detained 403 illegal immigrants on September 1 while on the same day this year none was intercepted.But although the problem in Evros has eased, to the relief of local authorities and residents, a renewed influx via the islands of the eastern Aegean suggest that people smugglers are one step ahead of the authorities.The mayor of Symi, Lefteris Papakalodoukas, told Kathimerini that the past two weeks have seen a surge of would-be migrants from the neighboring Turkish coast.“It’s terrible, some 120 to 130 immigrants gather in front of the main police precinct every day and there are only five officers on duty to deal with them,” Papakalodoukas said.Meanwhile, sources said that as many as 6,000 would-be immigrants are currently gathered in neighboring Turkey, waiting their turn to board smuggling ships to bring them to Greece. Papakalodoukas told Kathimerini that two coast guard vessels have been patrolling the sea between Symi and the Turkish coast this week and arrested two suspected smugglers on Tuesday.In a related development, sources pointed to an increase in the number of would-be migrants entering Greece via sections of its border with Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).Back in Athens, a police crackdown on illegal immigrants living in the city center is continuing despite objections by rights groups that have described the raids as a pogrom.Police said a total of 16,836 people were being temporarily detained in the broader Athens area, out of whom 2,144 have been arrested since the start of the operation for lacking residence papers.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFormer federal Liberal frontbencher Sophie Mirabella has ended months of speculation by announcing she will seek preselection in her old Victorian seat of Indi.The Liberal preselection nomination period ends on May 22 and a candidate for Indi will be chosen next month.Mrs Mirabella lost the seat she held for 12 years in the last federal election to independent Cathy McGowan.Ms McGowan would not be drawn on the possibility of contesting Indi against her predecessor.“I welcome all candidates and I’m looking forward to an election where there’s a diversity of people and positions,” she said.“And the whole campaign will be based on policy, so that’s what I’m really looking forward to.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgAlzheimer : “Les structures d’accueil encore trop saupoudrées”Aujourd’hui en France, près de 850.000 personnes souffrent de la maladie d’Alzheimer. En 2008, un projet de cinq ans baptisé Plan Alzheimer a été lancé afin de mieux connaitre, mieux diagnostiquer et mieux prendre en charge la maladie. Après trois ans de mise en œuvre, un premier bilan a été réalisé en février dernier réunissant plus de 700 personnes. Marie-Odile Desana, présidente de l’association France Alzheimer a accepté de répondre aux questions de Maxisciences pour revenir sur les avancées observées jusqu’ici.Maxisciences – Quel est le bilan temporaire du Plan, trois ans après son lancement ?Marie-Odile Desana – Globalement, nous sommes assez satisfaits, mais ces trois premières années ne représentaient qu’une phase d’expérimentation des différents dispositifs. Désormais, il faut passer à la vitesse supérieure avec des actions plus concrètes et un réel développement des mesures, en particulier en ce qui concerne la prise en charge et l’accueil des malades. Deux domaines auxquels nous sommes très vigilants. Nous avons lutté plusieurs années pour promouvoir l’accueil de jour et l’hébergement des patients dans des structures spécialisées et par des équipes pluridisciplinaires. Un besoin qui a enfin été reconnu grâce au Plan mais qui a jusqu’ici été difficile à mettre en place. En trois ans, il y a eu des avancées certaines, par exemple la formation des aidants qui est aujourd’hui bien mieux adaptée aux difficultés rencontrées par les familles. Ou encore, les travaux effectués en partenariat avec l’EREMA (Espace national de réflexion éthique sur la maladie d’Alzheimer) qui ont beaucoup apporté quant à l’éthique, le respect des malades et le regard de la société. Quelles sont les enjeux majeurs des deux prochaines années ?Sans aucun doute, les structures d’accueil des patients. Aujourd’hui, celles-ci sont encore trop “saupoudrées” ou concentrées dans des zones urbaines. Même si la qualité de la prise en soin s’est considérablement améliorée, elle reste encore insuffisante. Aujourd’hui, beaucoup de structures sont supprimées pour favoriser la création de nouvelles. Mais tout ceci demande un développement et une restructuration totale. De plus, nous revenons régulièrement à la charge sur les conditions de l’accueil. Par exemple, dans les Etablissements d’hébergement pour personnes âgées dépendantes (EHPAD). Actuellement, dans ces structures, 70 à 80% des patients sont atteints de maladies neurodégénératives mais la gravité des symptômes varient : tous ne souffrent pas de troubles comportementaux. Il est donc important selon nous, que l’hébergement soit réservé et adapté aux malades d’Alzheimer, comme le vise la mesure n°16 du Plan qui n’est pour l’instant pas mise en place.L’association a récemment dénoncé le coût de la prise en charge pour les familles. Où en est le Plan sur ce point ? Grâce à une étude, nous avons évalué à environ 1.050 euros par mois les dépenses des familles, toutes aides déduites. Un coût qui augmente avec l’aggravation de la maladie et qui peut facilement atteindre les 3.000 euros en prenant en compte les frais médicaux. Selon nous, la participation à ces coûts est l’autre enjeu majeur de ces prochaines années. Il faudrait mettre en place une aide basée sur la solidarité nationale et sur des complémentaires santé. La population étant de plus en plus vieillissante, le nombre de malades augmente, il serait donc logique de créer une participation d’une telle envergure.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le 22 février dernier, le président Nicolas Sarkozy a déclaré qu’un second plan pourrait prendre la relève en 2012. Quelles seraient vos attentes ? 
Ce serait évidemment une très bonne chose que le Plan se poursuive après 2012. C’est d’ailleurs une de nos inquiétudes : la fin du Plan ne doit pas constituer de relâchement dans les mesures. Il faut que les efforts se poursuivent au delà pour aller jusqu’au bout de la démarche et surtout que ceux-ci soient maintenus après. Aucun nouveau traitement n’apparaitra avant au moins 10 ou 15 ans, le développement des structures d’accueil reste donc par exemple un point très important.Justement, où en est la recherche médicale ? 
Les projets de recherche se multiplient ces dernières années. Pour l’instant, les travaux dans ce domaine n’ont pas apporté de résultats décisifs, même si la recherche a permis d’améliorer considérablement le diagnostic de la maladie. Aujourd’hui, il peut se faire de plus en plus tôt ce qui favorise une prise en soin précoce. Mais, récemment les traitements contre la maladie ont été remis en cause et une évaluation vient d’être lancée pour déterminer s’ils pouvaient être nocifs pour les patients. Nous restons donc attentifs à tout ce qui se passe.Cette cause est aujourd’hui assez médiatisée. Que pensez vous du regard porté sur la maladie ?Nous ne sommes pas du tout satisfaits : l’image véhiculée est très négative. Pour le grand public, la maladie se caractérise essentiellement par une perte de mémoire et des troubles du comportement alors que tous les patients ne souffrent pas des mêmes symptômes. On parle beaucoup de la dépendance des malades, une notion qui effraie les familles et favorise l’isolement des personnes atteintes. Au contraire, il faudrait dédramatiser en montrant que des compétences restent, que les patients sont encore capables d’exprimer leur désir et de prendre des décisions. Le coût de la maladie pour la société est régulièrement évoqué alors que la prise en charge permet aussi de créer des emplois. Aujourd’hui, la maladie d’Alzheimer reste clairement aux yeux du public quelque chose de terrible car incurable. Mais il est essentiel de ne pas réduire les personnes à leur maladie. Pour cela, nous organisons toute l’année de nombreuses manifestations et événements, en particulier le 21 septembre, journée mondiale de la maladie d’Alzheimer.Le 4 mars 2011 à 18:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgUSB-RGB3/D: la première carte graphique USB 3.0I-O Data a dévoilé la première carte graphique USB 3.0 : l’USB-RGB3/D pour Windows uniquement.I-O Data a mis au point la première carte graphique USB 3.0. L’USB-RGB3/D avait déjà été présentée il y a deux mois à l’Intel Developer Forum (sous forme de prototype). Cet accessoire offre la possibilité d’ajouter une sortie vidéo à tout ordinateur équipé du système d’exploitation Windows.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?La carte graphique qui sera finalement commercialisée par I-O Data sera équipée d’une puce DisplayLink DL-3100 ce qui n’était pas le cas du prototype dévoilé lors de l’Intel Developer Forum. Finalement, l’USB-RGB3/D proposera une sortie DVI et non HDMI.La définition maximale supportée sera donc de 1920 x 1200 pixels en 16:10 ou de 2048 x 1152 pixels en 16:9. Le débit maximum sera augmenté grâce à l’USB 3.0, les vidéos HD et les jeux 3D s’affichent sans saccade. Le boîtier est par ailleurs rétrocompatible avec l’USB 2.0.L’I-O Data USB-RGB3/D sera commercialisé au Japon pour 137 dollars (une centaine d’euros). Mais il n’est cependant pas compatible Mac ou Linux. En Europe, l’appareil n’est pas officiellement annoncé.Le 27 novembre 2011 à 13:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more