first_imgBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State president Vinay Tendulkar on Friday justified the party’s decision to induct two MLAs from the regional party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), claiming the MGP was on the verge of toppling the BJP-led coalition government by withdrawing its support. Speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters in the city, Mr.Tendulkar rejected criticism from senior BJP State leaders over the induction of non-BJP MLAs into the party, saying the plan to induct the two MGP MLAs was cleared by top leaders like BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari. When asked about why the MLAs had to be inducted at 1.45 a.m. on Wednesday, Mr. Tendulkar said that the decision had to be taken in a hurry because the MGP was likely to withdraw support to the BJP-led coalition government within 24 hours. He also spoke of the formalities involved in completing the “split and merger procedure”. Contrary to the MGP’s stand, the two MLAs, Manohar Ajgaonkar and Deepak Pauskar, did not want a Congress-led government in the State, Mr. Tendulkar said. “They contacted us and at that time, the movement [to withdraw support] had started,” he said. Mr. Tendulkar also said that the MGP’s insistence to contest the forthcoming bypoll in the Shiroda constituency, despite assuring Mr. Gadkari that they would not, led to dropping of Deputy Chief Minister and MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar from the Cabinet. MGP State president Deepak Dhavalikar, however, on Friday denied the BJP president’s claim and said, “Contesting or not contesting the Shiroda bypoll was never part of the alliance agenda.”Last year’s induction of two Congress MLAs and the latest induction of two MGP MLAs, has been criticised by local BJP leaders like former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and former Speaker of the Goa Assembly Rajendra Arlekar.last_img read more

first_imgHeavy rain coupled with thunder and lightning on Wednesday played a dampner to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray’s first public meeting in Pune to kick-off the party’s poll campaign. The rain, which began around 6 p.m. and lasted about an half-hour, was enough to cause the first MNS rally to be cancelled, much to the despair of party workers who were seeing taking refuge from the downpour by clutching chairs over their heads.According to an MNS leader, some 200-odd MNS workers had reached the grounds of the Saraswati Vidya Mandir.“However, the strong gale which preceded the showers all but ruined the arrangements, while the rain left behind rows of sticky mud on the grounds,” he said.All eyes were on Mr. Thackeray’s eagerly anticipated address as the MNS chief had lately gone silent following his nine-hour interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in August.Mr. Thackeray’s address was also expected to give a boost to the chances of Kishore Shinde, the party candidate in the high-stakes Kothrud Assembly segment.Mr. Shinde, who has the covert support of other opposition parties including the NCP, is pitted against BJP State unit president Chandrakant Patil.The MNS was hunting for a venue for Mr. Thackeray’s public meetings since the beginning of this month.The party’s Pune unit chief Ajay Shinde, himself a candidate from Kasba Peth, had even accused the State government of deliberately trying to prevent Mr. Thackeray’s rallies as they were a huge draw in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections. Mr. Thackeray is scheduled to hold two public meetings in Mumbai tomorrow.last_img read more

first_imgMarch 18, 2011: Enjoy a special World Cup menu and beer buckets at Svenska Design Hotels, Oberoi Complex, Lokhandvala, Andheri. March 19, 2011: Take part in a music workshop by percussionist Taufiq Qureshi at Blue Frog, 6 pm onwards.March 20, 2011: Attend a photography exhibition for children (9 to 14 years) by Dr PKM Pillai. At Piramal Art Gallery , opposite Narian Bhawan.March 21, 2011: Get ready for Foster’s chill out loud nights by stand-up comedian Rohan Joshi at Rude Lounge from 8:30 pm to 10 pm.March 22, 2011: Attend a project management workshop titled Prince 2 at Hotel Lotus Suites, 9 pm onwards. March 23, 2011: Savour an Italian treat by Chef Daniele Capobianco at Trident Hotel, C-56, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex.March 25, 2011: Attend a special screening of the movie City of God by Enlighten Film Society at NCPA, Godrej theatre. March 27, 2011: Enjoy the screening of the movie Dharavi, followed by a discussion with Sudhir Mishra at Cinemax, 12 pm onwards.March 30, 2011: Get ready for an orchestra performance by Maggio Musicale Florentino and Zubin Mehta at NCPA, Jamshed Bhabha Theatre.March 31, 2011: Enjoy a rocking performance by Les Boukakes at the Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg.April 1, 2011: Be part of the Art and Design Trade Fair organised by Times at Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli.April 2, 2011: Watch the big game-ICC World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium, 2:30 pm onwards.April 4, 2011: Enjoy a solo exhibition of recent art works by Maya Burman at Art Musings, Admiralty Bldg, Colaba.cApril 5, 2011: Enjoy a seafood extravaganza at Intercontinental , The Lalit Hotel, Airport Rd, Vile Parle, 7 pm onwards.April 7, 2011: Celebrate Ravindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Syani Road.April 10, 2011: Indulge in the liquor chocolate fest at Pure Sin Chocolates, G-5, Pil Court, Maharishi Karve Road from 10:30 am to 6 pm.April 12, 2011: Attend a solo show by Poonam K Rangan representing Indian life at the Southern Art Gallery, Maxus Mall.April 13, 2011: Watch IPL league 2011-Pune Warriors vs Indi Commandos at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, 4 pm onwards.April 15, 2011: Get your name and your favourite player’s number printed on your Manchester United jersey at Manchester United Cafe Bar, Mulund.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAli Abbas Zafar landed a coup when he managed to sign Salman Khan as a wrestler in sports-drama Sultan. The choice of the leading lady was a tough one, as Salman’s love interest had to play a wrestler as well. After much deliberation, Anushka Sharma was cast and the director has not looked back since.Zafar said how Anushka’s single-minded dedication towards looking the part impressed him a lot. He added, “As the female wrestler on set, armed with an accurate accent, Anushka bowled me over.”Anushka trained for six weeks with three trainers: the first who taught her wrestling, the second one who worked on her strength training and the third was a physiotherapist who helped relax her muscles. Being a vegeterian, the PK star had a tough time adhering to a high-protein diet for muscle toning.”To be honest, I was a little concerned on how much would she be able to manage in just six weeks. But I have faith in Anushka’s complete commitment to her work. She has coped with a tough training schedule without a break with no complaints,” said Ali Abbas Zafar as reported by IANS.The film follows the story of Sultan Ali Khan, a wrestler who wins glories for India. And then later tries to make a comeback as an MMA fighter.Anuskha Sharma will return to Punjab after the release of the film, to complete the schedule of her home production ‘Phillauri’. Sultan hits the screens on Eid, July 6.last_img read more

first_imgCHICAGO — Matt Harvey refused to let a hard-luck loss get him down.Despite being letdown by both his offense and his bullpen, the New York Mets ace kept his comments upbeat and centered on the team — not himself — on May 13.Chris Coghlan drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Mets, wasting seven shutout innings from Harvey.The Cubs, who have won three straight, scored twice in the final two innings as Carlos Torres (1-2) suffered the loss.The Mets still are in first place in the NL East, but have lost three straight and have dropped six of eight on the road.“After the last couple of weeks, we really needed that,” Harvey said. “We’re gonna be ready to play (Thursday). We’ve got a long stretch of games and we’re all gonna stay positive and go out there.”The right-hander allowed only three hits and struck out nine by blended a blistering fastball with a heavy dose of off-speed pitches. But that was only good enough for a no decision — especially with the offense struggling.“We’re gonna put up runs,” he said. “We’re in a little bit of a rut right now, but, obviously, everybody goes through that. Tomorrow’s the first day to come out of it.”The Cubs tied the score in the bottom of the eighth. Addison Russell had a one-out single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Dexter Fowler.With New York’s bullpen short, Torres stayed in to start the ninth and gave up back-to-back hits to Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro before intentionally walking Miguel Montero. After Mets Manager Terry Collins brought in Jeurys Familia with the bases loaded and no one out, Coghlan drew a walk to give the Cubs the win.“It’s always tough to lose a tough game like that, especially when you’ve had the outing. Matt pitched a great game,” Collins said. “We’re just not giving any of our guys any room to wiggle, but he was outstanding.”Hector Rondon (2-0) earned the win for the Cubs after pitching a scoreless ninth.Cubs starter Jason Hammel allowed only two hits until the fifth inning when the Mets broke a scoreless tie.A single by Curtis Granderson and a Daniel Murphy double in the sixth inning gave the Mets runners on second and third with nobody out. Michael Cuddyer grounded out to score Granderson before Hammel pitched out of trouble to limit the damage to one run.New York’s only other threat came in the first inning when they loaded the bases with one out, but failed to score as Hammel got Wilmer Flores top pop out to short left field and then struck out Kevin Plawecki.“That was a big moment because you don’t want to give up several runs and then have to face (Harvey),” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. “Once he got by that moment, he really settled in and pitched wonderfully.”(JOHN JACKSON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 22:26 IST Michael Clarke at Salaam Cricket 2019.HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni is the coolest character in the world: Nasser HussainGanguly transformed India from a nice cricketing nation to a ruthless one: Nasser HussainLove Virat Kohli’s aggression, says the former England captain at Salaam Cricket 2019World Cup 2015-winning Australia captain Michael Clarke and former England captain Nasser Hussain today heaped praise on India’s own 2011 WC winning skipper MS Dhoni. While Hussain described Dhoni as ‘the coolest character in the world’, for Clarke Dhoni is right up there with Sourav Ganguly on the list of greatest Indian captains.When India Today Sports Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar asked the duo what the World Cup 2019 win might mean for Team India, Hussain harked back to the final of the WC held 8 years ago, that India won.”MS Dhoni is the coolest character in the world. If you think about the final of the 2011 World Cup it was just a cool, calm guy delivering at the right moment and cooly hitting a six to win the final,” Nasser Hussain said.Michael Clarke added: “I think the Indian captains that stand out for me are Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni. Virat continues to grow as a captain. As a batsman, there is no one close to him in ODIs.”Meanwhile, both the former cricketers didn’t hold back their admiration for Virat Kohli, who will lead India’s challenge for a third World Cup title from Wednesday. India play their opener of World Cup 2019 against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.”Virat Kohli is not worried about anything else other than winning games for the country. That is his greatest asset as a captain. I thought there never will be someone to replace Sachin Tendulkar, but Kohli is going to break them all, a phenomenal achievement and player,” Nasser Hussain said.advertisement”I watched Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara rule ODI cricket but at the moment Virat in ODIs is better than anyone else to stand up to the 1 billion pressure and going on to score day after day is something that stands out. Sunny [Sunil Gavaskar] also deserves a lot of credit for making them believe,” Clarke added.Nasser Hussain also said he loves Virat Kohli’s on-field aggression and credited Ganguly’s role in transforming Team India into a team with “winning” mentality.”I love it to be honest. Indian cricket changed because of Ganguly. Sourav was never bothered about being friends with people. Ganguly transformed them from a nice cricketing nation to a ruthless one that was only interested in winning.”Nasser Hussain added that he sees a bit of MS Dhoni in Eoin Morgan, hosts England’s captain at 2019 World Cup.”One of the things that are against them [England at 2019 World Cup] is pressure and not talent. The England fans seem to be getting ahead of themselves but Morgan is the coolest and calmest person and the right man to lead the side. A bit of MS Dhoni in him. It’s about delivering under pressure for the side which will win the tournament.”ALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: When Shoaib Akhtar asked Harbhajan for World Cup 2011 final ticketsALSO READ | R Ashwin was relieved when he was told he would not play World Cup semis vs PakistanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow Cricket World Cup 2019 Salaam Cricket 2019: MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly standout Indian captains, says Michael ClarkeFormer England captain Nasser Hussain also said he sees a bit of MS Dhoni in Eoin Morgan’s captaincy. England are being considered firm favourites to lift their maiden World Cup trophy at home.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgzoom Women seem to be blazing a new trail in marine engineering education in Oman, and the Middle East as more female students opt for this highly coveted profession.Mir and Hajar are graduates from the International Maritime College Oman (IMCO) in the Omani city of Sohar. They became friends after enrolling on a four-year bachelor’s degree programme in marine engineering.“Even in western countries there are not so many women engineers, so I feel privileged to have this opportunity. I enjoy the freedom it gives me and I want other women to follow in my footsteps,” says Mir, who like Hajar, is one of a hundreds of women to have graduate from the college earlier this year.Oman ratified the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women Treaty in 2006, though there are some remaining issues surrounding the adoption of the treaty and conformity with Islamic Law. However, while 29 percent of the Gulf state’s 1.3 million women are employed, securing a career in engineering is still far from straightforward.Namely, Oman Labour Law has put restrictions in place to avoid ‘problems’ and ‘complications’ when it comes to hiring women in certain industries and locations.In the case of female engineers, it remains the responsibility of the prospective employer to convince the Ministry of Manpower of the necessity of appointing a female engineer. Only when the ministry is convinced, will it issue clearances, and even then there is no guarantee of appointment.Despite these obstacles, Mir and Hajar have already secured placements in the industry – a testament to their fine standing within their cohort and the strong networks that the college has built over nine highly successful years.With students able to choose from courses in Marine Engineering, Process Operational Technology, Port Shipment and Transport Management, and Maritime Studies, they are also part of a generation of women who are slowly turning the tables in terms of tertiary education in the Gulf.The same can be said of Oman, where female literacy rates are in line with the global average, and where school life expectancy for women is at least 11 years. Yet, while 28 percent enrolment in tertiary education is respectable for the Middle East, Mir and Hajar are still in the minority, although this is something Head of Maritime Department at IMCO, Patrick Wells, said is definitely changing.“We have around 1,700 students at the moment and we fully expect that to grow to 2,000 when our new students join us in September. An increasing number of them will be young women who aspire to become leaders, and just like in other countries they are often among our best achievers,” he explains.“Unlike Mir and Hajar, most of these women will choose to study process operational technology, port, shipping and transport management, or maritime studies. Regardless of what they study, our aim will be to nurture them and ensure they get the support they need to survive in a highly demanding industry.“It can be quite a culture shock for some of our students, but our drop-out rate is very low,” he adds.As the only education and training institute in the GCC region to offer diplomas, degree programmes, and short courses to both male and female students seeking to gain entry into maritime, shipping, port, transport, and petrochemical industries, IMCO receives fee paying and government sponsored students.IMCO Head Mr. Wells says: “Whether male or female, when I send someone to sea, they need to be able to do a job. If they can’t they put their own safety and that of their peers in jeopardy, and so we treat everyone equally. We are the only school in the Gulf to send our trainees to sea so they can gain sufficient experience, and each year we help 85 percent of our students to secure industry leading training programmes. This has been one of the keys to our success, and is why my inbox is full of new enquiries for our graduates.”IMCO is owned by the Government of Oman and the STC Group in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.Press Releaselast_img read more

first_imgzoom A Brittany Ferries steward that was found dead on board a cross-Channel ferry last October bound for South Devon died from cocaine abuse, according to results of an inquiry.The 26-year old Thomas Holt was found face down in his cabin after he failed to report for his shift and, after unsuccessful resuscitation attempts, was pronounced dead by the ferry nurse, writes the Plymouth Herald.The ferry services the route from Roscoff to Plymouth.The coroner confirmed that the death was drug related.Brittany Ferries has not replied to emails sent by World Maritime News seeking comment.The French ferry company runs ships between France and England, France and Ireland, France and Spain, and England and Spain.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

first_img Coastal development Working waterfronts Public coastal access Sea level rise and storm events Coastal ecosystems and habitats Coastal water quality Governance For each of these issues, the strategy establishes goals, objectives and actions. “We know Nova Scotians value their coast line and want to ensure it is there for their children and grandchildren to enjoy in the future,” said Mr. Belliveau. “This is an opportunity for those people to share their thoughts on the draft strategy and we welcome their feedback.” “We are pleased to see this provincial coastal management initiative moving forward, and appreciate having the opportunity to provide our input on the draft coastal strategy,” said Port Hawkesbury Mayor Billy Joe MacLean, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. The draft coastal strategy and feedback form are available at or by calling 902-424-5830. The feedback form will be available until Nov. 30. The draft strategy is only available in English but the final strategy will be bilingual. Nova Scotia is another step closer to having a new strategy that will protect the coastline, while supporting sustainable coastal development. The draft of the province’s first coastal strategy was released for public review and feedback today, Oct. 13. “The coast is where Nova Scotians live, work and play, and it is one of our greatest natural assets,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Taking care of our coastal areas and resources is critical to the long-term sustainability of our province and will contribute to the creation of meaningful and durable jobs in our rural communities.” The draft strategy focuses on seven issues that are crucial to effective coastal management:last_img read more

first_img Facebook VANCOUVER—Award-winning novelist Nancy Richler has died in Vancouver at the age of 60 following a long battle with cancer.HarperCollins Canada said in a news release that Richler died Thursday in hospital.The Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in British Columbia, where she wrote short fiction and novels. Advertisement Advertisement Richler’s short stories were published in several American and Canadian literary journals.She also wrote three novels, the most recent being The Imposter Bride, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2012.HarperCollins said the jury described the book as a “wonderfully nuanced work of fiction by a master of the craft.”Richler’s agent, Dean Cooke, said he will never forget the moment he called her to tell her she’d been shortlisted for the prize.“She was washing her floor and acknowledged the call but told me she really had to get back to the cleaning. It was only later that she fully understood the import of that moment,” he said in a statement.“Nancy’s work was crucial to the development and success of my agency in the early years, but more importantly, I valued her friendship beyond measure. She was a beautiful writer and a more beautiful person.”Richler won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction for her book Your Mouth Is Lovely, and the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for the crime novel Throwaway Angels.She is survived by her partner Vicki Trerise, her sister, and a brother. Iris Tupholme, senior vice-president and executive publisher at HarperCollins, said Richler was an elegant writer whose work resonated with readers in Canada and abroad.“She had an extraordinary ability to see into the human heart to create complex characters who survived war, displacement and loss but who also cherished beauty and kindness and searched for happiness,” Tupholme said in a statement. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nancy Richler has died at the age of 60 following a long battle with cancer. (FRANK GUNN / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Twitterlast_img read more

first_img(Mi’kmaq chiefs gather for Nova Scotia Treaty Day. Photo: Trina Roache/APTN) Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsA legal brief submitted on behalf of the province of Nova Scotia denies treaty rights and labels the Mi’kmaq as conquered peoples.“To suggest that we are ‘conquered’ is a racist taunt,” wrote Millbrook Chief Bob Gloade in a media release. “At its worst, it has been used against Indigenous Canadians to perpetuate or justify a state of inferior legal, social or socio-economic conditions.”The brief is part of a court case centred on consultation with the Sipekne’Katik Band over a natural gas storage project. The band asked for a judicial review of the provincial permits that approved the Alton Gas project.But a court case about whether the Crown meaningfully consulted with one band over a particular project, has brought up what many are calling offensive arguments about treaty rights that extend to all Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia.Alex Cameron, legal counsel for the province’s Department of Justice spent several pages of the submission arguing that the Treaty of 1752 is void, as it was “terminated by subsequent hostilities.” Cameron goes on to point out that the Supreme Court of Canada “wrongly decided” the Marshall Decision, which upheld the Mi’kmaq Treaty right to hunt, fish and gather.“Is this the best the Crown can offer? His position is a betrayal of the province’s commitment to reconciliation,” said Gloade.Cheryl Maloney, a former band councillor for Sipekne’Katik, led the fight against Alton Gas and sat in court, listening to Cameron’s arguments.“I think it’s dishonourable not only to Aboriginal people,” said Maloney, “but it’s a real dishonour to Nova Scotians when we’re in an era of trying to reconcile our past.”Every October 1, for 30 years, the Mi’kmaq have gathered with provincial leaders in Halifax to celebrate and honour the Treaty of 1752.Walking out of the courtroom on the Alton Gas case, however, Maloney was left wondering if the province even thinks the treaty exists.“We now know what kind of province, what kind of government we’re dealing with,” she said. “They showed their true colours.”In 2009 Cameron wrote a book, Power without Law, which was highly critical of the Marshall decision. At the time, the Nova Scotia chiefs asked the province to prohibit Cameron from working on cases tied to Mi’kmaq issues. That didn’t happen.Mi’kmaq lawyer Naiomi Metallic said Cameron is “clearly biased. He has a very particular agenda and this is the question I wonder; is it more him that’s driving this bus?”She pointed out that there had to be oversight on a document filed in a court of law on behalf of the attorney general of Nova Scotia. And that has her asking what it says about the province and what that might mean for relations with the Mi’kmaq.“Why is he making an argument about Mi’kmaq being conquered?” she asks. “No one is going to accept that and it just really shatters the relationship or has the potential to.”The Nova Scotia Chiefs have been at the negotiating table since 2002, working out how to implement the treaties in a modern context.Eric Zscheile is a lawyer for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Chief’s negotiating body, Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative, or as it’s called in Mi’kmaq, Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn. He was also the legal counsel for the Mi’kmaq when Donald Marshall was charged with catching and selling eels; the case that was victorious at the Supreme Court in 1999.Hearing Cameron’s arguments around treaty rights in 2016, Zscheile shakes his head.“How do you react to that? And do you get pulled down the rabbit hole of getting involved in that dynamic again? I argued with all of those things decades ago,” said Zscheile. “As far I’m concerned the Supreme Court has already answered it.”He said the legal argument seems at odds with the political point of view he sees at the negotiation and tripartite tables.“Unlike what Alex Cameron says, we have two governments that are willing to sit down and say yes, we need to recognize those treaties, we need to recognize them as valid. We need to recognize them as legal and constitutional,” said Zscheile.And the premier of Nova Scotia agrees.On Thursday, Stephen McNeil sat down for an interview with APTN wanting to clarify the government position.“Mi’kmaq have traditional rights in this province, determined by treaties and we have an obligation and a duty to consult,” said McNeil.The premier, who is also minister for Aboriginal Affairs, said he had not read the brief before it was presented in court, and then it was too late to take it back.McNeil called the arguments questioning the validity of treaty rights “unacceptable” and said he understands the angry reaction from Mi’kmaq.“I’m not happy, not just as the minister, but as the premier that that position was put forward in the court,” said McNeil.“Disappointed would be a huge understatement. To say that I was furious would probably be more accurate.”The premier is putting distance between Cameron’s take on the treaties and his own.But he acknowledges, “I’m going to wear this. We as a government are wearing this. No matter who put it forward, somebody in government should’ve been signing off on this.”McNeil is already looking into how that happened. In the meantime, he’s doing damage control.“My hope is that the chiefs and the Mi’kmaq community will understand it is not a reflection of who I am, and who our government is,” said McNeil.The premier said he has not read Cameron’s book. He can’t say whether Alex Cameron will be removed from cases involving the Mi’kmaq.“I take this issue very seriously and we will be looking into it to see what is the proper course of correction,” he said.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

Couche-Tard Canadian operations get boost in fourth-quarter from Esso stores MONTREAL – Alimentation Couche-Tard capped its fiscal year with a strong fourth quarter as its Canadian operations got a boost from the full impact of its acquisition of Esso convenience stores, which helped to offset industry struggles in appealing to Hispanic and low-income Americans.The Quebec-based convenience store and gas bar operator, whose banners include Mac’s and Circle K, said its Canadian sales increased by 81 per cent from a year ago while gross profit was up 54 per cent.Couche-Tard purchased 278 Esso-brand retail gas stations in Ontario and Quebec from Imperial Oil Canada for $1.7 billion. The deal closed in October but the full impact from the acquisition was realized in the company’s fourth quarter, ended April 30.Canada accounted for 14 per cent of Couche-Tard’s global sales in the quarter, up from 10 per cent a year earlier.Couche-Tard followed the Esso deal by adding nearly 1,300 CST Brands stores in Canada and the U.S. in a deal that closed June 28 after the company agreed to sell about 420 locations to satisfy Competition Bureau requirements.It also acquired 53 Cracker Barrel sites in Louisiana in May and agreed this week to buy a 522-store network in the U.S. Midwest run by Holiday Stationstores in a deal valued at US$1.5 billion to US$2 billion, according to analysts.Store traffic in the U.S. grew in the spring quarter but was not as robust as it has been in the past because the improving economy, which has helped the stock market, has not trickled down to two key convenience store shoppers, Couche-Tard CEO Brian Hannasch told investors during a conference call.“The lower-income consumer and the Hispanic consumer is where we’ve, as an industry, seen a drop in traffic,” he said.“On the Hispanic side, I’m not sure if that’s political uncertainty related to the election or not, but nonetheless our focus is on, again surgical promotional activity that attract that consumer.”Same-site fuel and merchandise sales grew in the U.S. at half the pace of last year and declined in Canada due to ongoing economic challenges in Western Canada.“Canada has been soft in traffic led by the western half of the country, particularly Alberta, which has been exposed to the oil industry softness there,” Hannasch said.Overall, the company earned US$277.6-million for its fourth quarter as total revenue soared 30.1 per cent from last year to US$9.6 billion.After excluding the impact of foreign exchange and various expense items, the company earned 52 cents per share in the 13-week quarter — up 36.8 per cent from last year, which had only 12 weeks.Analysts had estimated US$9.4 billion of revenue and 46 cents per share of adjusted earnings, according to data from Thomson Reuters.Couche-Tard is in the process of rebranding its stores to Circle K outside of Quebec. More than 1,300 stores in North America and 1,200 locations in Europe have changed banners so far.For the full year, the company earned US$1.21 billion on US$37.9 billion of revenues, compared to US$1.19 billion on US$34.1 billion a year earlier.Couche-Tard’s shares (TSX:ATD.B) closed at $62.40 in Wednesday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, up $2.25 or 3.7 per cent. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2017 7:29 am MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

first_imgDeadline broke that Orange Is The New Black guard Michael Chernus had joined the Spider-Man: Homecoming cast as Phineas Mason, also known as The Tinkerer. A tech-based Vulture and a Spider-Man villain that is good with technology sounds like quite the pair of villains for Peter to take on as Spider-Man while navigating the stresses of also being a high school student.Michael ChernusIn the most controversial report from Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Wrap made a bold claim that Zendaya, who had been cast early on as a character named Michelle (who some thought was a younger version of the Amazing Spider-Man comic book character Michelle Gonzales) is actually playing Mary Jane Watson. She would be the third actress cast to portray the character on screen, after Kirsten Dunst and Shailene Woodley (although Woodley was cut from Amazing Spider-Man 2 entirely). This has ruffled some feathers because Mary Jane Watson from the comics is a white skinned redhead and Zendaya is not.James Gunn, director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Tweeted out the news while denying having any official knowledge about if the report was true. The response his tweets received prompted him to write a Facebook post that summed up his opinion on the controversy:I got a thousand or so responses to my tweet. Most of them were positive. Some folks disagreed – they thought the character should look like what she looks like in the comics – but were thoughtful. And a handful were flat out racist.I can’t respond to the racists – I’m not ever going to change their minds. But for the thoughtful majority of you out there:For me, if a character’s primary attribute – the thing that makes them iconic – is the color of their skin, or their hair color, frankly, that character is shallow and sucks. That may be the most controversial Spider-Man: Homecoming news, but the title of craziest Spider-Man: Homecoming rumor goes to a leaked call sheet that appeared on Twitter before quickly being deleted. There were, of course, multiple screen shots of the tweet that began to be circulated soon after and now it’s everywhere. Probably because the contents are too good to be true for a Spider-Man fan.The alleged Spider-Man call sheet.Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Laura Harrier as Liz Allen, and Tony Revolori as Flash were all confirmed by Jon Watts at Comic-Con this year. Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys) as Betty “Brandt” would be news, as the comic character Betty Brant was an early love interest for Peter Parker in the comics, but the additional “d” in the character’s last name makes this supposed call sheet suspicious.What also makes it suspicious is how full of other Spider-Man easter eggs it is. Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo, season 2) appearing as Spider-Man villain the Shocker would mean a third villain would be appearing in this movie. Cuban American actress Selenis Leyva is “Ms. Warren,” and in the Spider-Man Clone Saga of the comic books, a villain called The Jackyl was once Miles Warren, scientist. Could this be a character that returns in the MCU?Kenneth Choi played a character named Morita in Captain America: The First Avenger. Obviously this is supposed to be a descendant of his who became a high school principal in Queens. Tunde Adebimpe is listed as “Mr. Cobwell,” the name of the teacher who introduces Peter Parker to The Tinkerer in the comics.It feels like this “call sheet” is just giving us exactly what we want…except that Zendaya is listed as “Michelle” and not Mary Jane. This could be because the character is so super secret according to Sony that everywhere “Mary Jane” should appear the word “Michelle” is taking its place, even on call sheets which could theoretically leak like this.Everything after Betty “Brandt” seems suspect, not that Bokeem Woodbine wouldn’t make a great Shocker (he would!).Finally, debuting on Instagram was what appears to be the first look at the poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming. It was at a Las Vegas marketing expo, so it could be legit, and – dang – still gotta love that suit.First Spider-Man: Homecoming poster. Can you feel that we are less than a year away from the third cinematic reboot of a Spider-Man franchise? Get hype, because this time just might be the charm if the character’s introduction in this year’s Captain America: Civil War is anything to go by. After a little bit of fan fare at this year’s Comic-Con, the production has been officially silent on the details of the film. Instead, we have a bevy of rumors, some of which have already caused some strife in the Spider-Fandom.First, the solid facts recapped:Director Jon Watts (Cop Car) is spinning off Tom Holland’s younger version of Peter Parker into Spider-Man: Homecoming just next year.The movie will be a co-production with Marvel Studios and Sony, who still owns the Spider-Man property.The collaboration means that Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark will make a cameo appearance in the film.Recent revelations at San Diego Comic-Con have revealed that The Vulture is indeed Spider-Man: Homecoming’s villain, and we suspect he’ll be played by Michael Keaton.The concept art that was revealed shows this Vulture is a tech-based villain and his face isn’t visible.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, NOVEMBER 18, 2013- The Deputy Governor, Anya Williams has encouraged Captive Insurance companies to grow their sector. In her welcome address to some 70 delegates at the Captive Insurance Conference held at the Regent Palms over the weekend, the deputy governor challenges the group to grow this unique sector of their industry as it may mean growth as well for the Turks and Caicos’ economy. The Turks and Caicos is home to 5800 captive insurance groups out of a global total of around 8000; accounting for about 12% of the country’s revenue, the sector is the second largest contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img


first_imgRajasekhar in KalkiTwitterJeevitha has revealed that director Prashanth Varma’s upcoming Telugu film Kalki, which is slated for release on June 28, is a different mass entertainer which suits the image of her husband Rajasekhar.Kalki is produced by C Kalyan under his banner Happy Movies and presented by Shivani and Shivatmika. The maker, who recently completed its shoot, held a press meet on Monday to announce its release date. Addressing the media, Kalyan said, “Kalki is an out and out commercial potboiler. The trailer has received a tremendous response and the same will happen with the film once it releases.”Producer C Kalyan added, “Very soon, we will release the songs and also announce the pre-release event’s date. Music Director Shravan Bhardwaj has given good tunes and is composing a terrific background score. The post-production is on in full swing and Kalki will release on June 28.” Jeevitha with C Kalyan and Prashanth VarmaPR HandoutTalking about it, Jeevitha said, “Kalki is a different mass entertainer which suits the image of Rajasekhar perfectly. The film has created a superb buzz in social media and the trailer is already trending on YouTube. Director Prashanth Varma has showcased the film and Rajasekhar in a new style which all the fans and audience will love. Prashanth Varma’s stylish narration will be the highlight of the film.”Prashanth Varma is confident about its success. The director of Awe fame said, “Kalki is a superb thriller. The audience will love the film and enjoy it like an India-Pakistan cricket match. The thrills are an edge of the seat and C Kalyan has given me free hand on the budget which will show on the screen in a grand manner. The song “Horn Ok Please” sung by Lalitha Kavya will be out on Wednesday.” Kalki song Ok horn please posterPR HandoutBesides Dr Rajasekhar, Kalki features Adah Sharma, Nadhitha Shwetha, Poojita Ponnada, Scarlet Wilson, Rahul Ramakrishna, Nasser, Ashutosh Rana, Shiddu Jonnalagadda, Charan Deep in the important roles. The film has Dasaradhi Sivendra’s camera, Shravan Bhardwaj’s music, Nagendra’s art, Gautam Berusu’s editing and Naga Venkat and Robin-Subbu’s fights.last_img read more

first_imgTravis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaTexas Coastal Exchange says preserving coastal marshland could be key to battling climate change.Texas pumps more carbon emissions into the atmosphere than any other state, according to the Energy Information Administration. But a tiny non-profit on the Texas Gulf Coast says private landowners could be making money off those emissions, while helping to offset them.The group says that the concept of a “market” for carbon — where carbon-producing businesses or individuals would pay landowners to preserve coastal marshes — is a promising business solution in the fight against climate change. Share Between the Green New Deal, proposals for a national “carbon tax” and so-called “clean” coal plants, there’s no shortage of ideas out there for how to curb carbon emissions. But environmental lawyer Jim Blackburn said he’s got the Texas answer. “So much of the conversation at the national level is punitive,” Blackburn said. “It’s negative about carbon, period, and it turns a lot of people in Texas and, I would say, the central United States, off.”Blackburn recently made his pitch at a coastal nature preserve near the city of Galveston, where the patchy islands of dark green marsh grass open up into a nearby bay, and the horizon is filled with vacation homes and oil refineries.Blackburn’s system, the Texas Coastal Exchange, allows businesses and people to offset their carbon emissions by paying landowners to keep marshes in their natural state.Why marshes? “They basically take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and put it into the root system and vegetation that you see in front of us out here in the marsh and, over time, that builds up in the soil,” Blackburn said. “That’s just what they do.”The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there are more than 380,000 acres of saltwater marsh in Texas. According to Anna Armitage, a marine biologist at Texas A&M University at Galveston, studies have shown marshes are better at sucking up carbon on a per-area basis than forests.“People think about tropical forests as storing lots of carbon because they have huge trees, and that’s true, but they don’t have as much carbon below-ground, which is really where it’s stored for decades,” she said.Azure Bevington, a coastal ecologist working as a science consultant for the project, called the ability of coastal lands to suck carbon out of the air a “service.” “These types of wetlands don’t have an income stream. You conserve them because you want to conserve the services,” she said.Bevington says that a “marketplace” like Texas Coastal Exchange’s gives landowners a financial incentive to keep marshland natural. The plan is premised on the idea that people are willing to pay for their impact on the planet.A local sustainability-minded firm, Kirksey Architecture, was the first to buy into the exchange. “We’re in the business of developing and designing buildings. That, in and of itself, is going to create a certain, you know, carbon offput,” said Wes Good, the company’s president.Kirksey is paying a local conservation group, the Galveston Bay Foundation, about $14,000 for a year to preserve roughly 200 acres of marsh the foundation already owns. The entities estimate that offsets about a year’s worth of Kirksey’s carbon footprint. Texas Coastal Exchange gets a cut of the money, about 15 percent, for facilitating the deal.The exchange’s first carbon offset deal is informal — there’s no contract involved and the groups are working together to promote the idea. One of the architecture firm’s executives even sits on the exchange board. There is a risk that programs like these can allow a person or company to feel better about their carbon emissions, without actually trying to lower them. “You know, say a refinery just pays for an offset rather than reducing its own pollution,” said Luke Metzger, head of the advocacy group Environment Texas. “We need the markets, but we also need to make sure those major local emitters also are doing as much as they can to reduce pollution on-site.”Metzger said the exchange won’t be able to replace the many other climate solutions that scientists say are needed to reach net zero emissions by about 2050, a target that, if achieved, could avoid the worst impacts of climate change. X center_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:26last_img read more

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: wake of the backlash against him after seemingly fawning over Donald Trump, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank has written an open letter to the city of Baltimore. We’ll examine the substance of the letter with a man who knows Plank well, former Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes. Plus, the Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report from Annapolis on the efforts at bail reform.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

first_imgUPDATE: Pre-orders for the PlayStation 4 Pro are now available at Amazon.ORIGINAL STORY: Shortly after Microsoft revealed its plans to release iterative editions of the Xbox One, leaks suggested that Sony was working on an upgraded version of the PlayStation 4. The existence of the PS4 Neo was announced by Sony a few days before this year’s E3, though that reveal didn’t provide much information beyond what was already leaked. Things have been quiet on the PS4 Neo front since then, but if a recent rumor is true, it appears we may learn more about Sony’s upcoming console as early as next month.A French site is reporting that Sony will hold an event in New York City on September 7 that is centered around the PS4 Neo. If you recall, the reveal event for the PlayStation 4 also happened in The Big Apple in February of 2013. This date would be several days before the start of this year’s Tokyo Game Show which kicks off on September 15. As we reported in June, Sony will be showing the PS4 Neo at this event along with a PS4 slim. Having these two announcements back to back for both the North American and Asian markets would certainly be a smart move by Sony.Rumors have previously suggested that the PS4 Neo would be released as early as October to coincide with the launch of the PlayStation VR — a peripheral that will be helped by the extra horsepower of the PS4 Neo. Yet another rumor says that the PS4 Neo will be released in Spring of 2017.Right now, we can’t say for sure when the console will actually launch. Hopefully, this reveal event, if true, will provide answers. If this is just a rumor, then we still have TGS to fall back on. Either way, we’ll know more about the PS4 Neo in September.last_img read more