Illegal Tobacco Seizure

first_imgClose to 300,000 illegal cigarettes destined for streets in the province were seized this week by Service Nova Scotia, working in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The tobacco has a tax value of $79,808 in provincial taxes and $60,900 in federal taxes. The seizure was made on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Lower Sackville. A 53-year-old male from Dartmouth was arrested and will appear in court today, Dec. 22, to face charges under the Nova Scotia Revenue Act, the Excise Act, and the Criminal Code. The Service Nova Scotia Compliance and Special Investigations Unit was the lead investigator working in partnership with the Nova Scotia RCMP Serious and Organized Crime unit. The Lower Sackville RCMP detachment assisted with the arrest. “Decreasing the sale and consumption of illegal tobacco is a core part of our work,” said Minister of Service Nova Scotia Mark Furey. “Contraband tobacco takes tobacco tax revenue away from public services Nova Scotians rely on, compromises public safety through links to organized crime and undermines provincial health objectives. “Each seizure we make with our law enforcement partners helps keep our communities safe from this serious crime.” Service Nova Scotia, through its Audit and Enforcement section, is responsible for reducing illegal tobacco in the province by working with its law enforcement partners, and through education and enforcement. Since 2006-07, the amount of illegal tobacco present in the province has decreased from 30 per cent of all tobacco consumed to between five to 10 per cent. Anyone with information regarding the sale and manufacturing of illegal tobacco is asked to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced. If police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash reward between $50 to $2,500.last_img read more

NAFTA glossary Talk trade like a boss with these negotiating terms

first_imgWASHINGTON – Negotiations start Wednesday for an update to the quarter-century-old North American Free Trade Agreement. This glossary of negotiating terms helps explain understand some of the underlying dynamics of these talks.Demandeur: The party requesting a negotiation. In this case, it’s the U.S. The demandeur is generally considered to have weaker leverage, but that weakness is mitigated here by the U.S.’s economic might, and by President Donald Trump’s efforts to re-establish leverage with the ultimate threat: ripping up the deal.Zone of possible agreement: Exactly what it sounds like. For example, say the U.S. wants Canada’s dairy industry opened 100 per cent to free-market competition, but would secretly settle for two per cent. And suppose Canada wants a zero per cent change, but would eventually settle for four per cent. That leaves an eventual zone of agreement between two and four per cent.Non-agreement alternative: Your power at the negotiating table is tied to what happens if you walk away. If your Best Alternative To A Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) is the status quo, and you’re happy with it, you have power. This is Canada and Mexico’s position. Trump has moved to scramble that rosy scenario by threatening the end of NAFTA.Fast track: Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress has power over international agreements. Because no country wants to negotiate with 535 amendment-adding American lawmakers, the U.S. political system has devised a compromise. It’s formally called Trade Promotion Authority — better known as “fast track.” Under a fast-track law, the White House handles negotiations with the foreigners. In exchange, lawmakers are guaranteed a role in shaping U.S. strategy, with regular consultations.Supply management: A system that protects a sector shielded from free trade, with import limits and price controls. Canada has such a system for dairy and poultry. The U.S. hates it. Recent trade deals have seen Canada open up the system slightly. Canada agreed to a 3.25 per cent opening in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, for fear of a scary BATNA there: being shut out of a new global trade zone. It will now likely argue that, like the TPP, and like old milk, that offer is expired.Diafiltered milk: Supply management isn’t the main irritant listed by the U.S. dairy industry. It’s especially unhappy that Canadian producers get to profit from price controls, and then can sell skimmed-off diafiltered components for cheese-making at (lower) market prices, squeezing Americans out of this growing market. The Canadian government created a new category of dairy product for this purpose, Class 7. It became internationally famous when President Donald Trump complained about it.Rules of origin: Will be a big issue. It involves what percentage of a product is really North American, and therefore deserving of being traded without tariffs. Under NAFTA, a 62.5 per cent of car components must be North American to count as a domestic tariff-free product. The Trump team wants that raised. But key details still aren’t clear — including whether it will be designed to target Asia, or Canada and Mexico; how it will affect supply chains; and whether it will be calculated on the basis of where a piece gets assembled, or where its sub-components come from.De minimis: This old phrase from Latin, meaning “of minimal” concern, is now relevant in regard to an ultra-modern retail giant: EBay, too. The question is how much Canadians can spend on an online purchase from abroad, without paying a duty. Canada has one of the strictest de minimis thresholds in the world — it’s $20. The U.S. has it set at $800, and wants Canada to move that way. On the other side, bricks-and-mortar retailers in Canada are pleading with the Canadian government to keep a low threshold, arguing that the hunt for bargains abroad will damage jobs and businesses at home.Two-level bargaining: The idea that national negotiators are working on two levels: with the other country, and with domestic parties. These domestic actors can be silent allies: think good cop, bad cop. The good cop (the negotiator) says he or she can’t move, because the bad cops at home will fight any concession. The U.S. has notoriously powerful domestic actors — big business donors to Congress, and a Congress itself that can, in the end, block whatever deal it wants. The renowned academic who developed two-level theory, Robert Putnam, says this sometimes benefits the U.S., and sometimes hurts it: “(It’s) an unhappy and unique feature of our democracy,” he once wrote. “(It) increases the bargaining power of American negotiators, but it also reduces the scope for international co-operation.” Canada’s domestic actors include the provinces. At TPP talks, Canadian officials printed up a news story about provinces complaining about supply management changes to distribute it, and made sure other parties were aware the provinces were unhappy.last_img read more


first_imgMuch like Kailyn Archer last week, there was nothing Chelsea could say to alleviate peoples’ fears. She was made the scapegoat, and everyone was happy enough to play along. In a way, she only has herself to blame after not taking a shot at the boys during her own HOH reign. Mama K warned her and could have been a powerful tool against the patriarchal power-trip. Instead, Chelsea pushed for Mama K’s eviction and lost a potential ally. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched the latest episode of “Big Brother Canada” on Global, then STOP READING NOW! Spoilers lie ahead….Ever since that tense tied vote in Week 2, the gameplay in the “Big Brother Canada” house has become very one-sided. Tonight’s surprise double eviction attempts to spice things up but results in two plain old unanimous votes as Chelsea Bird and Eddie Lin are kicked out the door.Chelsea was a dead woman walking ever since Dane Rupert won his second Head of Household competition of the season. The Radio Host had started to tune into to the Pretty Boys alliance – and that essentially signed her eviction notice. Dane did everything he could to drag her name through the mud; even pitting her against her best friend Kyra Shenker by throwing them up on the block together. Advertisementlast_img read more

Talks between UN and Ivorian officials focus on food security rural poor

Achieving national food security in Côte d’Ivoire and addressing the needs of the smallholder farmers and the rural poor were among the topics discussed during a visit by the head of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) that wrapped up today. Talks between Kanayo F. Nwanze and Ivorian Prime Minister Guillaume Soro and other senior officials also focused on IFAD’s support to the Government in dealing with high food prices and the country’s post-conflict situation, as well as investment in agricultural development programmes. Among the projects that IFAD is helping to finance in the West African nation is the Small Horticultural Producer Support Project, which seeks to boost rice production. Begun in 2001, the initiative is IFAD’s first thematic project focusing on small-scale irrigation related mostly to vegetable production and marketing in the region. The Rome-based agency is also working with the Government on devising a project to strengthen rice, cassava and yam production among rural groups made vulnerable by the global food crisis. During the two-day visit to Abidjan, Mr. Nwanze – who took up his post this past February – also looked at how to speed up the preparation of a country strategic opportunities programme (COSOP), a tool used to ensure that IFAD country operations produce a positive impact on poverty. Designed through a process of wide consultations with a number of stakeholders, the COSOP reviews the specific rural poverty situation in a country, and is used for making strategic choices about IFAD operations in a country as well as identifying opportunities for IFAD financing. Since 1984 IFAD has invested $66.7 million in seven programmes and projects in Côte d’Ivoire. 20 August 2009Achieving national food security in Côte d’Ivoire and addressing the needs of the smallholder farmers and the rural poor were among the topics discussed during a visit by the head of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) that wrapped up today. read more

US Commander says Lanka must reconcile

The US Commander also said that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which was responsible for the Mumbai terrorist attack and other high-profile terrorist attacks in India over the past several years, remains one of the most potent terror group in South Asia, the Press Trust of India reported. “Elsewhere, South Asia is mostly free from direct conflict, but various, mostly internal, challenges remain. For instance, Bangladesh may struggle to contain political violence and turmoil as they face national elections early next year. Sri Lanka needs to work to move past its recent history and reconcile a nation divided by many years of civil war,” the PACOM Commander said. “Both sides maintain modern, trained militaries underpinned by demonstrated nuclear capabilities. A major war on the subcontinent is not likely, but could be catastrophic to both sides, as well as the region,” Locklear said.In addition, while India has seen its bilateral economic ties with China expanded in recent years, its unresolved border disputes with China have remained a source of friction, the US official said.“We do not think war between India and China is inevitable or likely, but unresolved territorial issues and regional competition could fuel incidents,” Locklear said. India’s relationship with Pakistan has gradually improved in recent years, thanks to a series of confidence building measures, growing economic ties and the absence of large-scale destabilising incidents, the PACOM Commander said.“However, we remain concerned that the progress could be quickly undone by a major terrorist attack,” he said. Observing that demand for water, food, and energy will only grow in coming years in the region, Locklear said the friction caused by water availability and use is evident among the Asian countries, including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. “Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) remains one, if not the most operationally capable terrorist groups through all of South Asia,” Admiral Locklear said. Admiral Samuel Locklear, Commander of the US Pacific Command (PACOM), told US lawmakers during a Congressional hearing yesterday that Sri Lanka must reconcile with the end of the war.He said that Sri Lanka needs to work to move past its recent history and reconcile a nation divided by many years of civil war. read more

Elephant shot dead while being rescued in Vavuniya

A wildlife official in the backhoe panicked and opened fire on the elephant and killed the beast. (Colombo Gazette) In all, four elephants fell into the well and two elephants were rescued last night. An attempt was made by the Vavuniya wildlife officials to rescue the two other elephants today. In the attempt to rescue the two elephants using a backhoe one elephant got out but came face to face with the vehicle.Television footage showed that the elephant was trying to make its way back into the jungle but the backhoe was in its way. A wild elephant was killed while being rescued by officials in Vavuniya today.The elephant was stuck in an agrarian well in Omanthai Vavuniya since yesterday.

US retail sales increased 06 per cent in May led by biggest

WASHINGTON – Americans stepped up purchases at retail businesses in May, spending more on cars, home improvements and sporting goods. The gain shows consumers remain resilient despite higher taxes and could drive faster growth later this year.The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail sales increased 0.6 per cent in May from April. That’s up from a 0.1 per cent gain the previous month and the fastest pace since February.The April gain was led by a 1.8 per cent jump in auto sales, the biggest increase in six months. Excluding volatile autos, gas and building supplies, core retail sales rose 0.3 per cent. That’s slightly higher than the 0.2 per cent April increase.Sales increased at hardware and general merchandise stores, but fell at furniture and appliance stores.Separately, the Labor Department said the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 334,000. The decline suggests steady job gains will endure.The retail sales report is the government’s first look each month at consumer spending, which drives 70 per cent of economic activity.Solid job growth and rising home prices have allowed consumers to withstand an increase this year in Social Security taxes, which has lowered take-home pay for most Americans.Consumer spending from January through March grew at the fastest pace in more than two years. That helped the economy expand at a solid annual rate of 2.4 per cent. Most economists predict that growth is slowing in the April-June quarter to an annual rate of 2 per cent or less. But many say growth will likely pick up in the second half of the year.Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said the May increase in retail spending was stronger than anticipated. Lower gas prices may have helped, he noted.Even with the gain, he believes consumer spending is slowing from the first quarter’s 3.4 per cent annual pace, down to around 2.5 per cent or less in the current quarter.“Households may … be getting over the tax hikes and spending some of the savings from the recent fall in gasoline prices,” Dales said.There are signs that spending could strengthen in the second half of the year. Consumer confidence rose to five-year high in May. And steady gains in home sales and construction are providing support for the economy even as manufacturing weakens.At Judy Schumacher Tilton’s two New Jersey Chevrolet dealerships, customers seem more confident than they’ve been in the past few years.The combination of low interest rates and more fuel-efficient vehicles has lifted May sales well above year-ago levels.“I feel that auto sales are truly on the upswing,” she said. “It’s like everything’s coming together.”The gains in home sales and auto sales have been supported by the Federal Reserve’s low interest rate policies. The central bank is buying $85 billion per month in bonds to keep downward pressure on long-term rates. Fed policymakers hold a two-day meeting next week that will be closely watched for signals that the Fed might scale back its bond purchases.The economy created 175,000 jobs in May, a solid month of hiring in line with the average increase over the previous 12 months.Excluding autos, retail sales rose 0.3 per cent in May. Sales at hardware stores increased 0.9 per cent, and sales at sporting goods and general merchandise stores also increased.Sales fell 0.8 per cent at furniture stores and 0.4 per cent at electronics and appliance stores.___AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher in Detroit contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US retail sales increased 0.6 per cent in May, led by biggest jump in auto sales in 6 months by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2013 8:35 am MDT read more

Top UN officials strongly condemn attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today strongly condemned the attacks carried out against the Myanmar security forces in northern areas of Rakhine state, expressing concern about escalating tensions in the region. In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General called the attacks “unacceptable” and said he hoped those responsible would be brought to justice.Mr. Guterres “reiterates the importance of addressing the root causes of violence, in particular issues related to identity and citizenship, and reducing inter-communal tensions,” his spokesperson said. “He strongly urges all the communities in Rakhine state to choose the path of peace.” The statement also noted, however, that while taking the necessary measures to curb attacks by criminal elements in the region, forces much protect civilians at all times, in line with international humanitarian and human rights law. Also today, Resident Coordinator Renata Lok-Dessallien – the top UN humanitarian official in Myanmar – condemned in the strongest terms the series of coordinated attacks. The Resident Coordinator urged all parties to refrain from violence, protect civilians, restore law and order and resolve issues through dialogue and peaceful means, according to a spokesperson from the UN Office in Geneva. “The grave events confirmed the significance of the government’s commitment to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine state for the betterment of all communities,” spokesperson Alessandra Vellucci said. Yesterday, the Advisory Commission, led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, released a report outlining recommendations for how to overcome political, socio-economic and humanitarian challenges. read more

Service and Sacrifice Ugandan Blue Helmets support UN efforts to bring peace

UN Photo/Ilyas AhmedA female Ugandan soldier serving under the United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU) in Somalia, searches a vehicles at a checkpoint in Mogadishu. UN Photo/Ilyas AhmedThe Commander of the United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU) in Somalia, Colonel Stuart Agaba speaks during an interview in Mogadishu. The job does not come without risks.  An attack on the United Nations compound in Somalia in January this year is “still fresh in our minds” according to the commander of Ugandan peacekeepers who are tasked with protecting the base and its personnel. Seven mortars landed inside the compound in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on New Year’s Day, injuring two UN staff members and one contractor. The group, Al-Shabaab, reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. This was a “notable indirect mortar attack shelling of United Nations compound within Mogadishu International Airport,” said Colonel Stuart R. Agaba, the commander of the UNGU.  “UNGU responded immediately by adopting a counter infiltration – defensive posture and was more than ready to fend off any follow-up attack,” added Colonel Agaba. “Female soldiers, both rank and file,” are a key element of the UNGU as they “give hope to women and children of the host country” Colonel Agaba, UNGUThat includes deterring and protecting UN personnel and infrastructure against armed attack including patrolling inside and in the immediate vicinity of UN compounds. The Ugandan peacekeepers are also trained to provide a “rapid extraction and evacuation capability for UN personnel.”  Perilous The UN describes the security situation in Somalia as “volatile” and recently in Mogadishu there has been “a spike in reported activities,” by terrorist organizations.  According to Colonel Agaba, the Ugandan peacekeepers are working in a “in perilous operational environment,” that “oscillates between medium to high risk.” The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has been providing troops for the UNGU since 2015; this is the fifth rotation of forces who serve for one year. This is a “new experience for men and women of the UPDF,” said Colonel Agaba. “They have a myriad of experiences, they learn endurance, how to manage stress and get to understand how the UN works,” he added. Women  Currently, there are 63 women serving in the contingent. “Female soldiers, both rank and file,” are a key element of the UNGU as they “give hope to women and children of the host country,” said Colonel Agaba. The female officers are deployed in a range of roles including commanding troops, search and security and other guard duties and play a key role in the Security Information and Operations Centre (SIOC).  Pan-Africanist ideology Somalia is a near neighbour of Uganda’s in East Africa and according to Colonel Agaba, his country’s contribution to peacekeeping “stems from a pan-Africanist ideology in which Uganda has made and continues to make sacrifices for Somalia’s quest for peace, prosperity and stability.” And as the commanding officer Colonel Agaba believes that “ensuring that UNGU officers, men and women, effectively carry out mandated operations with utmost compliance to UN principles, makes our contribution to UN global peace efforts a gratifying experience.” read more

These Players Crash the Wimbledon Party the Hard Way

Jimmy Wang doesn’t have Roger Federer’s seven Wimbledon titles; Wang doesn’t even have five wins in the Wimbledon main draw. But the Taiwanese tennis player has accomplished something Federer won’t ever touch: Five times over the past decade, Wang has qualified for Wimbledon.The four Grand Slam tournaments are the tentpoles of the tennis calendar, the times when casual fans notice the sport and its stars. Before each Grand Slam, there is another tournament, giving players whose ranking isn’t high enough to make it directly into the draw another way in. They play before tens or hundreds of spectators who usually get in free, not thousands of paying fans. Wimbledon’s qualifying tournament isn’t even at Wimbledon; it’s at the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton, another southwest London neighborhood 3 miles away.Most young players see qualifiers as a necessary but not fun rite of passage until they rise in the rankings and don’t need to get in the hard way. But some players, like Wang, find that injuries or other setbacks keep them on the sport’s periphery for most or all of their careers. Few keep coming back to qualifying tournaments for a decade. Still fewer are as successful as Wang at this second tier of Grand Slam tennis. They are the statistical outliers, the best strivers in major tennis. And they don’t all love the distinction.“This year, it feels great” to qualify, said Gilles Muller, a 31-year-old from Luxembourg, in an interview last week at Roehampton after qualifying for Wimbeldon, the fifth Grand Slam of his career, more than 10 years after the first time. Muller had to go through qualifying because he missed the last seven months of last year with an elbow injury, and his ranking slipped. “I hope it will be my last qualies,” he said.Repeatedly qualifying for Grand Slam tournaments, as Wang and a handful of others have done, is so rare because players who are good enough to qualify typically either don’t have to or are too good to have to keep doing it. Federer never qualified for a Grand Slam tournament. Neither did Rafael Nadal. Andy Murray did, once, and Novak Djokovic did three times. They last qualified in 2005, soon after each turned 18.Grand Slam qualifiers have to win three matches in a 128-player draw. The 16 who do usually are the ones whose rankings — based on the last 52 weeks of play — understate how good they are, perhaps because they missed time to injury or are too young to have played many events. Generally, their rankings will catch up with their level and they won’t need to qualify anymore.When it doesn’t, injury often is the reason. Wang had two surgeries after suffering an injury to his right wrist in 2006. He ended up missing three years at an age when most of his peers were climbing the rankings. “I almost stopped,” Wang said in an interview last week. “I realized life is short.”At age 29, he’s back to a level good enough to qualify, as he’s done for the past three years at Wimbledon. Wang has qualified for majors seven times overall, tied for 10th in the Open era, according to data provided by Jeff Sackmann of Tennis Abstract.After Wang’s win, well-wishers posed with him for dozens of photos — many of them next to the scoreboard, many selfies. One woman had been watching Wang try to qualify for Wimbledon since his very first successful attempt, in 2004. Wang said he was “very excited.” He had no idea this was No. 7 for him, but sees no shame in it. “One thousand players try to get into the top 100,” Wang said of pro tennis. “They have the same goal. They have the same dream.”Denis Kudla, one of the thousand, qualified later on Thursday, the fifth time he’d done so at a major. He is just 21 years old. “I’m proud of that,” Kudla said — it meant he’d earned his place. (He went on to win his first-round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday against Marsel Ilhan.)Kudla’s fellow American, Ryan Harrison, qualified with a win on the adjacent court. Harrison was proud, too. He said he enjoyed the “fantastic” feeling of qualifying and going into a tournament on a three-match winning streak. However, he added, “I’m very determined for this to be my last qualifying.” Three years ago, he got his ranking high enough to enter Grand Slams directly. Since then, his ranking has slipped. “To say I can’t do it at 22, when I did it at 19, is kind of crazy,” he said.Harrison admires players like Wang but sets himself apart from them. “You have a ton of respect for those guys. I’ve always believed success is relative to your God-given ability,” Harrison said. On the other hand, he added, “I’ve always had a ton of belief in my ability.” (Harrison lost in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday, after getting his usual tough draw.)He has a point about the top of the qualifying leaderboard. None of the nine Open-era players who qualified for more majors than Wang ever reached the top 25 in the rankings or played in a Grand Slam semifinal.If Wang doesn’t ever qualify for a Grand Slam again, he’ll hope it’s because he got his ranking into the top 100 and didn’t need to. He took the first step Monday: The five-time co-champion of Wimbledon’s annual pre-tournament tournament won just his fourth career main-draw match, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 over Alejandro Gonzalez. read more

Why Are There So Many Bats At Spurs Games

Still, the team’s proximity to the real-life Batcave alone doesn’t explain how the bats are working their way inside the venue.There are a couple of potential factors at play. First, the San Antonio arena — a few miles outside of the city’s downtown area and adjacent to a golf course — is perhaps the closest thing to a suburban venue in the entire NBA. The massive, brightly illuminated presence that attracts moths and other insects in an otherwise quiet area might be appealing to bats2Primarily males, since bachelor bat colonies often separate from maternal ones overnight. that are looking for food on a given night, according to Judit Green, who has worked as an urban wildlife biologist for 30 years with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.Beyond that, experts suggest that the 750,000 square-foot stadium almost certainly had — or potentially still has — a tiny crevice somewhere, releasing just enough warmth outside to entice bats and birds that are looking to escape the area’s colder-than-usual temperatures for a night. (The Spurs declined to comment or to make a facilities specialist available to be interviewed for this story.)“I’d guess there’s a small vent or other opening to the outside that’s attracting the attention of migratory bats,” said Merlin Tuttle, an Austin-based ecologist who has studied bats for 60 years and founded Bat Conservation International in the 1980s. “When cold fronts hit, sometimes that’ll drive the bats wintering in San Antonio to look for a place that gets them out of the cold.”Once a bat does make it into the arena, we’ve seen time and time again what type of hilarity may ensue. It was nearly a decade ago in 2009 — on Halloween, fittingly enough — that future Hall of Famer Manu Ginobili endeared himself to Spurs’ fans even more by swatting a disruptive bat out of the air with his bare hand.To be clear, the AT&T Center isn’t alone in producing odd animal-related headlines. It’s nothing new for pro sports, particularly ones played outdoors, to be interrupted by uninvited animals like squirrels, cats, birds, bugs, dogs and rabbits, just to name a few. And bats have also popped up once each this year at NBA games in Utah and Indiana, respectively.But the San Antonio arena has developed a reputation for general weirdness over the years. Aside from a pigeon that flew overhead at the arena in early January, a snake was found in the visiting locker room before a playoff game between the Blazers and Spurs in May 2014. A month later, during Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the air conditioning stopped working — a development that became controversial after visiting star LeBron James cramped, shifting the momentum of the contest away from Miami and toward San Antonio. The Spurs went on to dominate the series, and James left the Heat the following month in free agency.While the team did hire a designated pest-control expert following the Ginobli incident, the little-desired task of removing the bats usually falls to arena staffers who just happen to be on the court — and needless to say, it doesn’t always go so well. A handful of Spurs’ employees often give unsuccessful chase to bats, usually armed with nothing more than towels. Even Coyote, the team mascot, has gotten in on it — and, in a few cases, has actually been the one to round up the bats, illustrating just how much of an all-hands-on-deck process it can be.Rob Wicall, who served as the mascot for nearly two decades before stepping down in 2016, sounded almost envious of all the bat run-ins there have been lately. For years, well before Ginobili’s bat-swat back in 2009, Wicall kept a fishing net he’d bought and the mascot’s Batman costume accessories nearby,3Underneath the stands, by the visiting team’s tunnel to and from the locker room. Wicall referred to the area as the “Coyote’s Den.” just in case a bat ever got loose in the arena.Ginobili took care of the problem just before Wicall could suit-up and come to the rescue back in 2009. But during his farewell season, Wicall got another chance to be the hero before a game in December 2015, and he made it count. He couldn’t see that well — the costume allows little to no peripheral vision — but he tracked the bat into the painted area before somehow nabbing it with his net. When he realized he’d succeeded, Wicall — in Coyote’s full Batman attire, with the PA announcer playing the old-school Batman theme song over the speakers — lifted his arms triumphantly.“It was one of those bucket-list things for a mascot, because you’ve not only solved a problem in the arena, but you’ve also brought entertainment,” said Wicall, adding that it took him less than 45 seconds total to dash into his changing area and throw on Coyote’s Batman accessories.But not everyone relishes these run-ins. Spurs forward Rudy Gay sought shelter from a bat by hiding behind ref Zach Zarba last month. And Nets All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell, who has now had two separate bat experiences at AT&T Center the past three seasons, took refuge in the tunnel leading to the locker room as four bats circled over the court.Bucks center Brook Lopez, on the other hand, would activate a Bat Signal if he could. As a comic-book aficionado, Lopez told SB Nation early in February that he’d welcome being bitten by a bat in hopes that it might make him a superhero.“I’m just going to make myself available [to the bat],” Lopez said. “At that point, it’s up to the bat. A lot of it is up to fate in these superhero stories. But I want to give myself a shot.”Fate seemed to be listening. A bat flew past Lopez on Saturday in San Antonio. Fortunately — or perhaps unfortunately, given Lopez’s hope of becoming a superhero — he wasn’t bitten. There are a few things we’ve come to expect over the years from San Antonio Spurs basketball. The team will always find a way to make the playoffs, no matter how much talent and pedigree it loses during the offseason. Coach Gregg Popovich will generally deliver grumpy end-of-quarter interviews no matter how well his team is playing. And once in a while, we can expect a furry, winged menace to descend from the rafters and terrorize their home court.The local bats of San Antonio have long held a reputation as unruly Spurs fans, occasionally crashing games and disrupting play. In recent weeks, though, the bats have claimed season-ticket holder status with the red-hot team, which has won six-straight contests. In three of the team’s past six home games, including this past Sunday, one of the flying mammals has brought a Spurs’ game to a screeching halt for minutes at a time, as various team staffers furiously scrambled to apprehend the flapping intruders.All of which raises the obvious question: Why is the arena plagued with bats so often?After spending many sleepless nights investigating the matter — in truth, I just called a couple of local specialists — the answer actually makes pretty good sense. The AT&T Center is 25 miles southwest of Bracken Cave, which is home to more than 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats, making it the largest summer bat colony in the world.1Additionally, the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin — which is the world’s largest urban bat colony, and home to about 1.5 million bats — is only about 75 miles away.What’s more, it’s logical that bats would fly past the arena, particularly during the winter months. The stadium is almost directly in the bats’ migration path from Central America and Mexico back to Bracken Cave, where maternal colonies fly to have and nurse their newborns (nearly doubling in number). read more

David Moyes apologises after telling reporter she still might get a slap

first_imgDavid Moyes apologises after telling reporter she ‘still might get a slap even though you’re a woman’ The Sunderland boss was unhappy with Vicki Sparks’ line of questioning. David Moyes has since apologised to Vickie Sparks. SUNDERLAND MANAGER DAVID Moyes has apologised to Vicki Sparks after telling the BBC reporter she “might get a slap.”Moyes was unhappy with Sparks’ line of questioning following Sunderland’s 0-0 draw with Burnley last month and made the comments when he thought she had stopped recording their interview.The former Manchester United manager was furious following a question about whether the presence of Sunderland owner Ellis Short at the game meant his job with the Black Cats was under threat.“It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there so just watch yourself,” Moyes said to Sparks after he believed she had stopped recording.“You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman. Careful the next time you come in.”However, the threat was picked up by her recording equipment and though Sparks herself did not initiate a complaint, her BBC bosses were reported to be furious when they heard the audio.The Telegraph says that Moyes has since phoned Sparks to apologise and that both she and her employers have accepted the Scot’s apology.A BBC spokesperson said:“Mr Moyes has apologised to our reporter and she has accepted his apology”.In his press conference today, Moyes said:“It was in the heat of the moment, and I deeply regret the comments that I made. It’s certainly not who I am.”He also added that he was disappointed with himself but hinted he will not face any further discipline over the incident as he informed Short of what happened two weeks ago.With just nine games remaining, Sunderland are rooted at the foot of the Premier League table and will almost certainly be playing Championship football next season.‘You look back and think ‘F**k it, I underachieved a small bit – I don’t have the medals I should have”Oops! Remarkable Milan teenager Gigi Donnarumma had a moment to forget today Apr 3rd 2017, 10:48 AM 38 Comments By Steve O’Rourke Share9 Tweet Email center_img David Moyes has since apologised to Vickie Sparks. Image: Mike Egerton/PA Images Monday 3 Apr 2017, 10:48 AM Image: Mike Egerton/PA Images Short URL 23,735 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Poll Should conscientiously objecting GPs be compelled to refer for abortions

first_img 253 Comments Image: Shutterstock Don’t know / Not sure (413) Image: Shutterstock Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 9:55 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 13th 2018, 9:55 AM YesNoDon’t know / Not sureVote Poll: Should conscientiously objecting GPs be compelled to refer for abortions? 85% of the country’s GPs do not believe that abortion should be part of routine general practice, according to the NAGP.center_img Poll Results: 69,936 Views No (13358) Yes (6161) Share1023 Tweet Email10 By Cianan Brennan Short URL IN THE WAKE of the vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment, much of the focus has turned to how abortion services will be provided, and referred for, in Ireland in practice.Simon Harris, Minister for Health, recently stated that the position of the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP), which has voted for an ‘opt-in’ provision for doctors so they can elect whether or not to provide abortion referrals, ‘flies in the face of care and compassion’.He further stated that while conscientious objection will be allowed, a refusal to refer will not be tolerated.Meanwhile, writing on this morning, president of the NAGP Maitiú Ó Tuathail argues that 85% of Irish GPs are of the opinion that abortion is not, and should not be, part of routine general practice. He says that “we must respect the right of the remaining 80% who do not want to provide this service, the vast majority of whom will facilitate their patients through onwards referral to those who will”.But what if a doctor does not wish to refer? Should that stance be respected?We’re asking: Should conscientiously objecting GPs be compelled to refer for abortions?last_img read more

Messi and Rojo magic helps nervy Argentina reach World Cup last 16

first_imgMessi and Rojo magic helps nervy Argentina reach World Cup last 16 The Barcelona star scored a brilliant goal tonight. By AFP Banega’s brilliant pass over the top of the Nigerian defence picked out Messi’s run perfectly and, after cushioning the ball on his thigh, the five-time world player of the year erased the frustrations of his World Cup so far with an arrowed right-foot finish into the far corner.Modric claimed Croatia “cut off Messi” in Nizhny Novgorod five nights ago, but he was back to close to his Barcelona best at the heart of all Argentina’s best moves in a positive first 45 minutes.Nigeria 1-1 Argentina – Victor Moses levels from the penalty spot for Nigeria #rtesoccer #worldcup #NGA #ARG— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 26, 2018 Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 8:53 PM Image: DPA/PA Images Higuain just couldn’t flick the ball beyond the onrushing Francis Uzoho from a defence splitting pass before Uzoho then tipped a Messi free-kick onto the post.Argentina escaped just before the break when no penalty was given for Rojo’s high challenge on Kelechi Iheanacho.Nigeria felt that injustice was rectified just five minutes after the break, though, when this time Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir did point to the spot when Javier Mascherano tangled with Oghenekaro Etebo at a corner.Moses confidently stepped up to send Franco Armani the wrong way on his international debut and Argentina back to square one.Nigeria 1-2 Argentina – Marcus Rojo put Argentina back in front with a wonderful volley #rtesoccer #WorldCup #NGA #ISL— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 26, 2018 24,939 Views Share11 Tweet Email 48 Comments center_img Southampton sign Celtic midfielder for €8 million>Striker who had drugs ban lifted fires Peru to World Cup victory and sends Socceroos packing> Jun 26th 2018, 8:53 PM Image: DPA/PA Images Short URL Follow us: MARCOS ROJO’S STUNNING finish four minutes from time kept Lionel Messi and Argentina’s World Cup hopes alive to see off Nigeria 2-1 on Tuesday and set up a last 16 meeting with France.Messi’s first goal of the tournament got the two-time winners off to a perfect start in Saint Petersburg, but Victor Moses’s 51st minute penalty had Jorge Sampaoli’s men headed for a humiliating group stage exit until Rojo’s late intervention.The Manchester United defender, who had escaped conceding a second Nigerian penalty moments earlier after a controversial VAR review, thundered home Gabriel Mercado’s cross to send the under-fire Sampaoli running down the sidelines amid wild scenes of celebration.Messi missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Iceland and was largely bypassed in a 3-0 thrashing by Croatia that saw calls for Sampaoli to be sacked before their final group game.However, Argentina avoided the abyss by the skin of their teeth to fight another day against the highly-fancied French in Kazan on Saturday.Sampaoli made five changes from the Croatia game, with veterans of the Albiceleste’s run to the final four years ago Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria returning, but it was the recall of Ever Banega in midfield that provided the launchpad for Messi.The Sevilla playmaker was restored to bring some order to an Argentine midfield overrun by Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric and proved his worth inside 15 minutes.Nigeria 0-1 Argentina – Did you ever doubt him? Lionel Messi puts Argentina in front with a wonderful goal. #rtesoccer #WorldCup #NGA #ARG— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 26, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Messi produced a magical performance in Argentina’s final qualifier with a hat-trick in Ecuador just to get his country to Russia.But he couldn’t recreate those heroics as Nigerian defenders swarmed around him everytime he was hopefully shovelled the ball by Argentine team-mates.There was further VAR controversy when Nigeria were denied a second penalty when Rojo headed onto his own arm before substitute Odion Ighalo fired wide.Ighalo missed another glorious chance when he shot too close to Armani and Nigeria were made to pay for their profligacy from the most unlikely source.Sergio Aguero had been thrown on from the bench to join Messi and Higuain in attack, but it was Rojo who produced a striker’s finish on his weaker right foot to spark delirious scenes of celebration among the tens of thousands of Argentines in the stands.Chief among them was legendary 1986 World Cup winning captain Diego Maradona who reacted by raising the middle finger of both hands in just his latest controversial moment as a spectator in Russia.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!last_img read more

Epidémie de varicelle en France enfants et adultes sont concernés

first_imgEpidémie de varicelle en France : enfants et adultes sont concernésFièvre, petits boutons qui démangent… L’été commence mal dans 10 régions de France où des foyers épidémiques ont été référencés par le réseau Sentinelles. De forte à modérée, la varicelle sévit particulièrement en Bourgogne-Franche-Comté et en Bretagne. Si les enfants sont les plus touchés, les adultes qui n’ont pas été immunisés sont également à risques Par ordre décroissant d’activité, la Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, la Bretagne, l’Occitanie, les Pays de la Loire, la Normandie, l’Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, la Corse, la Nouvelle Aquitaine, la Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur et l’Ile de France sont les régions touchées actuellement par le virus de la varicelle. Mais avec l’approche des grandes vacances et les nombreux déplacements, il y a fort à craindre que d’autres foyers seront bientôt déterminés. Des symptômes à retardement Cette maladie éruptive et virale est causée par le VZV, le virus de la varicelle-zona. Il faut compter, en moyenne, 14 jours d’incubation après la transmission. Cette dernière se fait par voies respiratoires. Autant dire que la varicelle est très contagieuse. Si pendant la période d’incubation aucun symptôme n’apparait, il n’en demeure pas moins que l’individu touché est contagieux.Durant ce  laps de temps, le virus s’installe dans le système respiratoire pour se démultiplier dans la zone des ganglions lymphatiques. Quelques jours plus tard, les particules migrent dans le sang et rejoignent la peau. Une fièvre, des maux de têtepeuvent apparaître pendant cette période. L’éruption des affreux petits boutons qui démangent et créent des croûtes intervient ensuite et elle, seule, pourra permettre un diagnostic précis de varicelle.En cas de suspicion de la maladie, une visite chez le médecin s’impose ainsi qu’un repos à la maison. Il convient également de prévenir la crèche, l’école et/ou son employeur. Une maladie plus risquée chez les adultesÀ lire aussiDes chercheurs mettent au point un vaccin capable de s’attaquer au cancer dans tout l’organismeCette « maladie qui gratte » est la plupart du temps fréquente et bénigne chez les enfants mais peut être plus sérieuse chez les adultes. Chaque année, en France, 32.000 adultes sont contaminés. Comme le rapporte dans un article du France TV Info, Valérie Pourcher, infectiologue à l’hôpital La Pitié-Salpêtrière (Paris), la varicelle chez l’adulte peut prendre une forme plus sévère avec des conséquences graves, voire fatales, puisqu’elle peut atteindre les poumons, le foie et le système nerveux. Les personnes souffrant d’immunodépression et les femmes à risques sont les plus à risques. 20 décès (de malades de plus 10 ans) des suites d’une varicelle sont à déplorer chaque année. Il existe un vaccin qui peut être administré dès l’âge de 12 ans et qui se déroulera en deux injections, espacées de quelques semaines.  Le 27 juin 2018 à 15:25 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

Hyundai Launches First Car With a Solar Roof

first_imgStay on target EV Platform Shoves Everything But the Battery Inside the WheelAdditive Breakthrough Makes EV Batteries Suck Less in the Cold Hyundai first made the jump to hybrids back in 2009. Today the company has more than a half dozen hybrid and electric vehicles in their line-up.The next step in Hyundai’s evolution: adding solar to the mix. It’s not a full-blown solar-powered car, mind you, but the all-new Sonata Hybrid does feature an integrated solar panel on its roof.According to Hyundai, the panel can recharge 30 to 60% of the car’s battery in a day. Hyundai also estimates that the panel is capable of adding an extra 1,300km of range over the course of a year with 6 hours of daily charging.AdChoices广告(Photo Credit: Hyundai)While the first-gen solar roof isn’t a major game-changing, it will still provide a nice boost to the Sonata Hybrid’s already solid 40/46MPG. Perhaps more importantly, it will help to further reduce the car’s emissions.Looking to the future, Hyundai says the solar roof “opens up perspectives for vehicles no longer need fossil fuel to operate.” The solar-enhanced Sonata Hybrid is on sale now in Korea and is expected to hit North American shores soon.Other markets won’t see this model on dealer lots, but you can count on seeing other Hyundai hybrids and EVs adding solar roofs in the coming years. Hyundai announced plans to integrate solar late last year and originally said the roof panels wouldn’t make their debut until after this year.It looks like they might be a little ahead of schedule, and that’s good news. Older, dirtier vehicles that are still on the road are a bigger environmental concern, but it’s important that any new vehicles that roll out are as eco-friendly as possible.Hyundai isn’t the only automaker turning to solar for a boost. Toyota recently re-introduced rooftop panels as an option on the Prius Prime. It’s their second time using the panels, and this time they actually supply charge to the car’s battery. The first time around they could only power the climate controls.Watch: Tesla Delivers 95,200 cars in Q2, Breaking RecordMore on $170,000 You Can Buy Your Very Own Solar CarNew EV Platform Shoves Everything But the Battery Inside the WheelWatch: YouTuber Turns Tesla Model 3 Into Cool Pickup Trucklast_img read more

Gov Inslee signs Boeing incentive bills

first_imgSEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee gave final approval Monday to a package of tax breaks for Boeing Co. in hopes of landing the company’s new 777X, signing legislation at Seattle’s Museum of Flight at Boeing Field. Now attention is focused on a contract vote later this week by the Machinists union.Boeing has sought the tax benefits — valued at $9 billion through 2040 — and a broad new contract with machinists as part of a long-term deal to build the 777X in the Puget Sound. In unusual swiftness, lawmakers returned to Olympia last week for a special session dedicated to Boeing, approving the legislation ahead of the union vote.Some machinists have indicated opposition to the contract because it includes concessions. Political leaders, including many Democrats who are closely aligned with unionized workers, have declined to encourage machinists how to vote but have asked them to consider the broader impact on jobs and future generations.“I do know that the competition is very tough and that there are a lot of people rooting for our failure,” said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., when asked about the union vote.Asked whether the machinists could get another chance if they reject the current contract proposal, Murray said Boeing was moving quickly on its decisions: “We have the opportunity to build this plane here. I hope we take it.”last_img read more

Pedestrian fatally struck by car in NE MiamiDade

first_imgPlease check back on and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car in Northeast Miami-Dade.Florida Highway Patrol troopers along with Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene, located in the area of 15th Avenue and Miami Gardens Drive, just after 12:15 p.m., Thursday.FHP officials said the man was trying to cross the street when he was struck by a car driving eastbound.He was pronounced dead on the scene by rescue crews.7SkyForce flew over the scene where troopers could be seen around the body covered by a yellow tarp.A tan colored Chevy sedan could also be seen with a shattered windshield and missing headlight.The driver behind the wheel stayed at the scene. last_img read more

Sensex Nifty end with losses in muhurat trading RBL Bank ICICI Prudential

first_imgInfosys1,0121,370Angel Broking ScripCMP (Rs)*Target Price (Rs)Remarks Ashok Leyland87116Geojit BNP Paribas KEC International127157Geojit BNP Paribas Mahindra & Mahindra1,327**1,541Kotak Securities HCL Tech7921,000Angel Broking Axis Bank487630Angel Broking Dish TV India95**110Kotak Securities Equitas Holdings176235Angel Brokingcenter_img Stock markets began special Diwali (muhurat) trading on the first day of Samvat 2073 but ended with losses. The BSE Sensex closed 11 points lower at 27,930 while the NSE Nifty ended at 8,626, down 12 points, though the 30-scrip index opened with a 125-point gain at 28,066.Lupin bucked the trend and was the top Sensex gainer to end 1.85 percent higher at Rs 1,517.90. NSE Nifty losers included Dr Reddy’s, NTPC, Tata Motors and HDFC while Nifty gainers included Lupin and Tech Mahindra. Non-index shares that gained on the BSE included RBL Bank (4.42 percent at Rs 391.10), Advanced Enzyme (4.91 percent at Rs 2,230) and Narayana Hrudayalaya, or NH(3.85 percent at Rs 356).ICICI Prudential Life Insurance gained 1.36 percent to end at Rs 312.80, still below the issue price of Rs 334. Ashok Leyland ended 1.22 percent higher at Rs 91.35; the company will be declaring its September quarter results on November 8, 2016.SpiceJet gained 1.87 percent to close at Rs 73.70. State Bank of India will be declaring its Q2 results on November 11, 2016.7.02pm IST: Top BSE gainers include RBL Bank, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Advanced Enzymes and Narayana Hrudayalaya (NH).6.58pm IST: RBL Bank is among the top gainers, up more than 6 percent at Rs 397.30. Other shares that hit the primary market with IPOs also trade in the green.6.45pm IST: ICICI Prudential gains 1.33 percent at Rs 312.70; SpiceJet up 0.69 percent at Rs 72.85, HDFC twins trade lower.6.38pm IST: Sensex at 27,985, up 44 points; NSE Nifty trading 8 points higher at 8,646. On NSE, 32 advances and 19 declines. 6.35pm IST: Benchmark indices give up initial gains, trade lower. 6.30pm IST: Sensex, Nifty rise around 0.40 percent; top gainers are Cipla, Lupin, Tata Steel, Wipro and Infosys.6.20pm IST: The action on the markets is all set to begin in about 10 minutes. Investors would be watching all the recos by brokerages.5.05pm IST: Over the past few days, some stocks have been newsmakers (other than Tata Group). One of them is the GMR Group for its bid for a new airport in Greece, winning $270 million compensation for cancellation of Male airport by Maldives government. Besides, car makers such as Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) can also see brisk buying on the back of higher volume sales this Dhanteras.5.00pm IST: Here are some of the top picks by brokerages Angel Broking, DynamicLevels and Geojit BNP Paribas.ScripScripCMP (Rs)*CMP (Rs)*Target Price (Rs)Target Price (Rs)RemarksRemarksScripAxis BankCMP (Rs)*487Target Price (Rs)630RemarksAngel BrokingScripAxis BankCMP (Rs)*487Target Price (Rs)650RemarksGeojit BNP ParibasScripHCL TechCMP (Rs)*792Target Price (Rs)1,000RemarksAngel BrokingScripAshok LeylandCMP (Rs)*87Target Price (Rs)116RemarksGeojit BNP ParibasScripEquitas HoldingsCMP (Rs)*176Target Price (Rs)235RemarksAngel BrokingScripHero MotocorpCMP (Rs)*3,408Target Price (Rs)3,960RemarksGeojit BNP ParibasScripInfosysCMP (Rs)*1,012Target Price (Rs)1,370RemarksAngel BrokingScripKEC InternationalCMP (Rs)*127Target Price (Rs)157RemarksGeojit BNP ParibasScripDewan HousingCMP (Rs)*316Target Price (Rs)350RemarksAngel BrokingScripLarsen & ToubroCMP (Rs)*1,504**Target Price (Rs)1,636RemarksKotak SecuritiesScripMahindra & MahindraCMP (Rs)*1,327**Target Price (Rs)1,541RemarksKotak SecuritiesScripAllcargo LogisticsCMP (Rs)*181**Target Price (Rs)215RemarksKotak SecuritiesScripDish TV IndiaCMP (Rs)*95**Target Price (Rs)110RemarksKotak Securities Hero Motocorp3,4083,960Geojit BNP Paribas Dewan Housing316350Angel Broking Allcargo Logistics181**215Kotak Securities Larsen & Toubro1,504**1,636Kotak Securities Axis Bank487650Geojit BNP Paribas *CMP at around 2.45 pm on Wednesday (October 26).**Share price as of October 20.It is important to mention here that the recommendations were made on Tuesday (October 25) by Geojit BNP Paribas and on Monday (October 24) by Angel Broking. Therefore, the current market price (CMP) as reckoned by them is different from the CMP shown in the above chart.4.45pm IST: The Tata Group is having a not-so-happy Diwali this year. The latest development to hit the $125 billion (market capitalisation as of October 6, 2016) seems to be in fresh trouble as the union finance ministry’s enforcement directorate (ED) has decided to look at the allegations made by Cyrus Mistry, the ousted chairman of Tata Sons. One of the many allegations made by Mistry is a Rs 22 crore “fraud” committed by AirAsia, the low-cost aviation company with which the Tatas have a joint venture.”Board members are also aware that in the case of AirAsia, ethical concerns have been raised with respect to certain transactions as well as the overall prevailing culture within the organisation. A recent forensic investigation revealed fraudulent transactions of Rs 22 crore involving non-existent parties in India and Singapore,” Mistry had alleged in his letter addressed to Tata Sons board of directors.3.00pm IST: Religare’s top picks include Kotak Mahindra Bank, with a target price of Rs 890.With the special ‘Muhurat’ trading session scheduled on 30th October, here are a few stock suggestions:— Religare Online (@religareonline) October 30, 20162.25pm IST: Top picks by Edelweiss Securities include private sector lender ICICI Bank and Cromption Greaves Consumer Electricals.”ICICI is India’s second largest bank and largest private bank and will be the biggest beneficiary of buoyant economic outlook, pick up in corporate credit, continued retail credit growth, given its extensive reach and client relationships. Around 44 percent of its deposits comprise low-cost current account and savings account (CASA) deposits, which collectively enable the bank to contain its deposit costs and generate best in class NIMS of 3.3 percent,” the brokerage says in a note. The stock had closed at Rs 277 on Friday, down 2.41 percent from its previous close.Samvat 2073 muhurat trading on stock exchanges will start in a few hours from now. The one-hour, traditional trading session will be keenly watched by investors for possible cues. Last year’s muhurat trading saw the 30-scrip Sensex gain 124 points to close at 25,866 while the broader, 50-scrip NSE Nifty ended 42 points higher at 7,825.The bullish mood this year is most evident in two sectors — civil aviation and automobiles — while gold has largely been a dampener. Gold prices actually fell Rs 110 on Dhanteras (Friday, October 28) but gained Rs 160 the next day to close at Rs 30,750 per 10 gm.Sentiments are upbeat in the automobile sector this year, with Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) and Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) reporting higher sales this Dhanteras. The two carmakers claim to have sold 45,000 cars this year, marking a double-digit growth over last year.The consistent growth in volume sales for the carmakers is being attributed to a good monsoon this year and higher disposable income in the hands of Central government employees as a result of the partial recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.A PTI report quoted an MSIL executive as saying that at 30,000 cars this Dhanteras, the company has sold 20 percent more as compared to last year’s Dhanteras sales.A Hyundai Motor executive told the agency that it sold 15,163 cars this Dhanteras, marking a growth of significant growth over last year. “This Dhanteras, the customers have done heightened purchases with deliveries of 15,153 Hyundai cars, a growth of 26 percent over last year,” Rakesh Srivastava, HMIL Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, told PTI.The civil aviation sector has also posted growth of around 20 percent over the past few months, driven by falling ticket prices that in turn have been made possible due to falling fuel aviation (ATF) prices.Stocks to watch out for on Sunday would be MSIL, SpiceJet, Indigo-owner Interglobe Aviation, ICICI Bank, Infosys, Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Mahindra, HDFC Bank, HDFC, SBI and others, though it would be anybody’s guess as to what will happen during the trading hours.last_img read more

John Cornyn Defends FBI And Department Of Justice

first_img Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneU.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaks at the Texas State Rifle Association general meeting in Round Rock on Feb. 25, 2017.U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas is standing up in defense of the Department of Justice and the FBI. And as Trey Shaar reports, it’s after criticism from people, including the President of the United States.On the Senate floor, John Cornyn said he was at his home in Austin during and after the series of bombings last month that killed two people and injured four others. He said the widespread sense of fear reminded him of the sniper attacks in the Washington DC area in 2002.Cornyn said he talked to Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, who told him how thankful he was for the hundreds of federal agents assisting with the investigation. And Cornyn said he understands the frustration people can feel as a result of the tight-lipped nature of investigative work.“Critics say investigations are taking too long or shouldn’t be going on at all, but that’s how the agency is supposed to operate: on its own, according to the standardized legal process, step by painstaking step,” Cornyn explained.Cornyn said some of the criticism of former FBI Director James Comey and former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is deserved, but that it should not detract from the work of the rank and file agents fighting crime.last_img read more