No Foreign Love For HDFC Bank May Be Bad News For Indian Stocks

first_imgEven with a prime opportunity to buy shares of HDFC Bank Ltd. foreign investors aren’t biting, and that may signal that sentiment on Indian equities has turned sour, according to Arihant Capital Ltd.Read it at Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img

India avenge Tests rout with 3-1 ODI series win against England

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Sandesh Jhingan Ruled Out of Bangladesh 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

first_imgIndia played out a 1-1 draw against NorthEast United (NEUFC) in a friendly match on Wednesday at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.Jhingan limped off around the 10th-minute mark after he went down holding his ankle. Owing to an injury sustained in friendly game against @NEUtdFC, @SandeshJhingan has been ruled out from the forthcoming @FIFAWorldCup qualifier against Bangladesh 🇧🇩 on October 1️⃣5️⃣.We wish him a speedy recovery 🙏#BackTheBlue 💙 #IndianFootball ⚽ #BlueTigers 🐯 pic.twitter.com/HGx8gqBbbX Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. — Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 10, 2019center_img Kolkata: India defender Sandesh Jhingan was on Thursday ruled out of their Bangladesh Group E FIFA World Cup qualifier after he picked up an injury in a friendly game.”Owing to an injury sustained in friendly game against @NEUtdFC, @SandeshJhingan has been ruled out from the forthcoming @FIFAWorldCup qualifier against Bangladesh on October 15. We wish him a speedy recovery,” the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said in a tweet. 2022 FIFA World Cup QualifierbangladeshIndiaindia vs bangladesh First Published: October 10, 2019, 10:10 PM ISTlast_img read more

Legends bemoan West Indies’ woes as ‘a cricketing tragedy’

first_imgThe gradual decline of West Indian cricket is hardly a new phenomenon but the latest capitulation of a once-dominant Test match power has brought genuine expressions of sadness throughout the sport.The defeat by an innings and 209 runs in the first day-night Test in England at Edgbaston at the weekend left both Caribbean legends and old international foes alike bemoaning what they saw as Windies cricket crashing to rock bottom.With a callow visiting team looking helpless in the absence of their best players and losing 19 wickets in one woeful day on Saturday, the overwhelming feeling was summed up by former England captain Michael Vaughan, who worries about yet more humiliation for the visitors.”I really fear that this series could be one of the saddest for Test cricket,” Vaughan told the BBC, before the second Test that starts in Leeds on Friday.According to another former captain Geoff Boycott in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, there could be no room for English gloating because the Windies surrender at Edgbaston had been so “painful to watch.””This West Indies lot are the worst Test match team I have seen in more than 50 years of watching, playing and commentating on cricket,” Boycott wrote.”They can’t bat and can’t bowl. I take no pleasure out of saying this as I played against some of the greaTest players the world has ever seen wearing the maroon cap of the West Indies.”It is a cricketing tragedy to see the West Indies like this… It is just sad to see a once-proud cricket Test team lower than any I have ever seen before.”advertisementThe sadness was felt much closer to home, too, with the great Antiguan fast bowler Curtly Ambrose telling the Daily Mail newspaper: “It does hurt. And it has reached a point where it is very embarrassing.”For now, I’m just hoping West Indies can compete at Headingley and Lord’s (in the third Test) because what we have seen so far has been pathetic.”INTERNAL PROBLEMSIt is now 17 years since a West Indies side won a Test in England and, as Vaughan suggested, “every time they have arrived here, they seem to have got worse.”The halcyon days of those thrilling 1980s and early 1990s teams, when Ambrose and his fellow pace demons inspired fear and batting blasters like Viv Richards looked so imperious on English tours, have never felt more like pre-history.The problems that have beset the sport in the Caribbean for so long were highlighted brutally in the Edgbaston debacle.The West Indies may be the Twenty20 world champions but the mainstays of that triumph – like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy – now play lucrative T20 tournaments around the world rather than representing the West Indies after constant pay disputes with Cricket West Indies.The world T20 win and the under-19 team’s world championship victory last year tell of talent and potential that can still be harnessed in the Caribbean game.Yet at Test level, the internal conflicts have led to serial under-performing with the Windies having not won a Test series away from home, other than against the ‘minnows’ Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, for 22 years.Without senior players to guide them, it was the way the young team folded so meekly at Edgbaston that upset Ambrose.”I talked with Sir Viv Richards and Sir Andy Roberts at length before and during the Test about how we used to dominate world cricket, about our pride and passion. That’s what’s lacking,” wrote Ambrose.”What concerns me is that I do not think these players know what West Indies cricket means to West Indians and followers of the global game. People feel sad for us and that’s just not right.Ambrose was desperate to see an improvement at Headingley. “Come back with aggression, confidence and commitment,” he commanded the class of 2017. “Our history and the pride we once had in our cricket demands it.”last_img read more

England manager Gareth Southgate banking on youth to bring future glory

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has said that he will continue to select younger players to bring glory in the future.Southgate, under whom, England reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia earlier this year, said that he will select players who can adapt to his tactics and preferred formations.The England side in Russia was a relatively unknown side and Southgate told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Nations League match against Spain that he plans to retain the policy of promoting youth players.”We looked through different players over the last couple of years and decided, because of the way we want to play and the type of players we want to work with, that there are some guys who didn’t fit that model,” Southgate told Sky Sports.”We’re into a fresh cycle of probably not going back to players who have been in before and that we’ve had a good look at,” the former England under-21s coach added.”So the next group that we’re looking at are probably coming through our younger age groups.” England will face Spain in the UEFA Nation’s League on Saturday (Reuters Photo)Southgate has also been forced to look for fresher options after the experienced duo of defender Gary Cahill and striker Jamie Vardy ended their international careers last week.England won the Under-20 World Cup, the Under-17 World Cup and the Under-19 European Championship last year and Southgate has continually pushed for regular game time for some of those players in the Premier League.advertisementEngland will be without the injured Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling for the Spain clash as well as the friendly against Switzerland at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on Tuesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Tennis Australia refuse to gift Bernard Tomic Australian Open wildcard spot

first_imgAustralia sport Share on LinkedIn Australian Open Since you’re here… Hewitt said Tomic was unsure of his plans for the summer when he spoke to him a few weeks ago, although his management said he would enter into qualifying for Brisbane and the Open.“He’s had a tough year and he needs matches and he’s got to put himself out there on the line to have a crack at making the Open,” said Hewitt. “We all know the kind of tennis he can play but he has to get back to that level and he also needs to commit to the sport as well and we won’t be making any more wildcard decisions until we see what happens in the playoffs.”Hewitt said Tomic playing a Challenger event, which was a second round loss in Slovakia, in his last tournament of the year was a step in the right direction for the 25-year-old.Tomic has progressed to the fourth round three times at Melbourne Park and suffered a third-round loss this year. Should he fail to win the playoff event, Tennis Australia still has four other remaining wildcards.Hewitt said the Australian Open men’s title was wide open, with some of the regular contenders such as veterans Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray sidelined for much of the year through injury. He said he’d been impressed by Australia’s No1 Nick Kyrgios through the Davis Cup campaign and felt he had matured.“Coming in a lot of the top guys from the previous years are going to be seeded a lot lower because they haven’t played really for the last six months so there’s going to be a question mark on how they come in and how their bodies are holding up,” Hewitt said.“[Roger] Federer is going to go in as favourite as age 36 but there’s going to some opportunities for some young guys to stand up and maybe win a grand slam.” Tomic turns to underarm serve as bizarre form slump continues Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp newscenter_img Topics Support The Guardian Read more Bernard Tomic will have to fight for an Australian Open wildcard, with Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt saying he needs to see more from the controversial player. Injury-plagued Thanasi Kokkinakis was this week awarded a discretionary wildcard but Tomic will not be given the same guaranteed start.Plummeting to 143 from a career high world No17 in 2016, Tomic has been invited to compete in a 16-man field in the wildcard playoff in Melbourne in December, although is yet to accept the invitation. Share via Email Bernard Tomic Tennis Share on Pinterest Australian Open 2017 Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Bentley Flying Spur third-gen global reveal on June 11

first_img Next Varun Singh New DelhiMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 17:44 IST Third-gen Bentley Flying Spur will have many new features and technologies.HIGHLIGHTSThe new Flying Spur will combine the delight of both sports sedan and luxury limousine.Third-gen Flying Spur’s cabin will feature a three-dimensional, textured leather upholstery.Bentley Motors produces four models — Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne.With Bentley Motors celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, the luxury carmaker is all set unveil globally the third-generation Flying Spur grand touring sedan on June 11. At present, Bentley Flying Spur range has four variants — Flying Spur, Flying Spur W12 S, Flying Spur V8 S and Flying Spur V8.The all-new Flying Spur will combine the delight of both sports sedan and luxury limousine and will deliver an unparalleled touring experience for the driver and passengers alike, Bentley Motors said in a statement.Third-generation Bentley Flying Spur will feature all-wheel steering. During high-speed manoeuvres, the electronic system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels. Bentley customers and enthusiasts can visit www.NewFlyingSpur.com to register their interest in the upcoming Flying Spur. Three-dimensional, textured leather upholstery in third-gen Bentley Flying Spur.The new Flying Spur is a ground-up development and its cabin will feature a three-dimensional, textured leather upholstery that has been developed by a team of craftsmen and women based in Crewe, England. According to the company, the new material is just one of many new features and technologies that Bentley will introduce with the third-generation grand touring sedan.Currently, Flying Spur and Flying Spur W12 S are powered by a 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine. This powertrain makes 616 bhp and 800 Nm of torque in Flying Spur and 626 bhp and 820 Nm of torque in Flying Spur W12 S. The other two variants — Flying Spur V8 S and Flying Spur V8 — get the same 4.0-litre V8 S twin-turbocharged engine. In Flying Spur V8 S, the engine produces 521 bhp and 680 Nm of torque, while it churns out 500 bhp and 660 Nm of torque in Flying Spur V8. The engines are mated to an 8-speed transmission. Bentley Flying Spur gets an all-wheel-drive powertrain.advertisementHeadquartered in Crewe, England, Bentley Motors produces four models — Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne.ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: First drive reviewALSO READ | MG Hector bookings to start on June 4ALSO READ | Toyota Glanza pre-bookings start, launch on June 6Get 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow BentleyFollow Flying SpurFollow Bentley Flying SpurFollow Bentley Flying Spur unveilFollow Flying Spur global unveil Bentley Flying Spur third-gen global reveal on June 11New Bentley Flying Spur will feature all-wheel steering. During high-speed manoeuvres, the electronic system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels. Bentley customers and enthusiasts can visit www.NewFlyingSpur.com to register their interest in the upcoming Flying Spur.advertisementlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers is marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . NEW WORK YARMOUTH COUNTY: Gavelton Bridge Gavelton Bridge on Gavel Road will be closed again for repairs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily starting Tuesday, April 22, and lasting about three weeks. It had been closed last month and this is a continuation of that work. During the closure hours, use of the bridge will be restricted to emergency vehicles and school buses. All other traffic should use the detour route marked on Lake Vaughn Road and Raynardton Road. The bridge will be open on weekends. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CONTINUING WORKcenter_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road, and Ward Road. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction.last_img read more

Bargari sacrilege case key accuseds murder Security tightened across Punjab

first_imgChandigarh: Tight security measures have been put in place across Punjab to prevent any untoward incident, a day after key accused in the 2015 Bargari sacrilege case was killed allegedly by two inmates in high-security Nabha prison. Officials Sunday said that checking of vehicles has been intensified at various places while paramilitary along with state police force has been deployed in Kotkapura town in Faridkot, where body of Mahinderpal Bittu was brought from Nabha in the morning. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Bittu, a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda sect, was allegedly attacked by two inmates Saturday evening after which he was rushed to Nabha civil hospital near Patiala, where he was declared brought dead. Earlier, police had said that preliminary investigations revealed that Bittu (49), a resident of Faridkot, was allegedly attacked by Gursewak Singh and Maninder Singh, who were lodged in the Nabha prison in a murder case. According to an official, Bittu was allegedly attacked by these inmates with iron rods which they picked up from a construction site inside the jail. The deceased had suffered serious head injuries in the incident. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize A panel of three doctors conducted postmortem in the early hours of Sunday in the presence of duty magistrate after which Bittu’s body was handed over to his kin and sent to native town Kotkapura where last rites were expected to be conducted later in the day. Bittu’s body was kept in ‘Naam Charcha Ghar’ (congregation/prayer centre) of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect at Kotkapura. A large number of Dera followers started gathering there after the body reached there in the morning. Kotkapura and many of its adjoining towns in Punjab have sizeable presence of Dera followers. Security has also been stepped up in ‘Naam Charcha Ghars’ at other places in the state. Inspector General of Police, Ferozepur Range, M S Chhina told reporters in Kotkapura that sufficient paramilitary and state police force has been deployed in the town. “Sufficient paramilitary, state armed police in my (Ferozepur) range has been deployed. We will maintain peace,” Chhina said. Punjab’s Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa Sunday said a magisterial probe has been marked into the attack. “The Bargari accused were kept in separate cell so that such incident does not take place. Unfortunately, such a thing happened. Three jail officials have been suspended,” the Minister said. He said under what circumstances Mahinderpal come out of his cell and attacked will be known once probe is held. Bittu’s son Parminder told reporters in Kotkapura that family used to meet him in jail every Saturday. “Every Saturday we used to meet him. As soon as we left yesterday, minutes later we were informed that he has been attacked my father has been killed under a conspiracy,” he alleged on Sunday. Notably, after the incident Saturday evening, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had ordered an inquiry into the attack. Additional Director General of Prisons Rohit Chaudhary will head a fact-finding committee, which has been asked to submit the report within three days, the statement had said Saturday. “The inquiry will be in addition to the mandatory judicial inquest into the murder of the accused, Mahinderpal Bittu, who was arrested last year,” the statement said earlier. The chief minister has ordered beefing up of security in the state in the wake of the attack on Bittu, while appealing to all communities to maintain peace and “not give in to rumours.” Those involved in the attack would face punishment, he asserted. A special investigation team (SIT) of the Punjab Police, probing the four-year-old sacrilege incident and other similar events, had named Bittu as the key accused. He was booked for various charges including allegedly hurting religious sentiments of the Sikhs and being involved in unlawful activities. He was nabbed by Punjab police from Palampur in Himachal Pradesh a year ago. In 2016, the maximum security Nabha jail was in the news when a group of armed men in police uniform had stormed the prison and managed to free six prisoners including two terrorists.last_img read more

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard meets Emmanuel Macron to begin France trip

first_imgPARIS – Defending the French language does not mean refusing to speak other languages, French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday, alongside Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.The two leaders met for the first time since Macron’s election in May 2017, at the Elysee Palace, the president’s official residence in Paris.Macron, who has been criticized in the past for speaking English in public, was asked by a reporter whether he was doing enough to defend the status of the French language around the world.The president said he was inspired by what he called the “North American example.”“I never hesitate to express myself at times in French or in the language of the host country or equally in English while on the international scene or in front of business groups because I think that reinforces the francophonie,” he said.Macron added he wants to show that French is not an isolated language, but an integral part of multilingualism.Couillard said most Quebecers agreed with Macron’s statement. They want to defend French, he said, but Quebecers also want to learn other languages.The premier announced Macron would address the provincial legislature in Quebec City in June when the French leader in the province for the G7 meeting.Couillard also discussed the controversy surrounding the office of Michaelle Jean, the former Governor General of Canada who is head of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, the body that represents the world’s French-speaking countries.Jean has lead the organization since 2015.The Quebecor media company reported last year Jean spent $500,000 in public funds to renovate the official residence she rents in Paris, and that she spent $20,000 to buy a piano.Couillard said he was proud to see a Quebecer at the head of the francophone organization and that he wanted her mandate to be successful, but he called for better accounting and transparency in the use of public money.The premier visited Jean at her office Monday and met with personnel.Journalists covering Couillard’s trip asked for a meeting with Jean, but a spokesperson said she was busy.One of the main themes of Couillard’s trip is aerospace and on Tuesday, Couillard is scheduled to tour the Airbus factory in Toulouse and meet with management.Last October, the European aircraft manufacturer acquired a majority stake in the C Series, the flagship aircraft of Bombardier.last_img read more

Hunter Hayes Wants Child Hunger To End Here

first_imgMore than one in five of all children and more than one in four Latino children in the USmay not know where their next meal is coming from. ConAgra Foods and P&G are building a community of people to make a difference and help donate up to 7 million meals in 2014 through the Child Hunger Ends Here program.Look for the red pushpin and locate the code found on specially marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products. For each 8-digit code entered at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com or Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere from March through August 2014, ConAgra Foods or P&G, respectively, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization.The 2014 Child Hunger Ends Here campaign is supported by Hunter Hayes, who will lend his voice to spread awareness for child hunger while asking consumers to take action by entering a code found on participating ConAgra Foods and P&G products. In his new hit single, “Invisible,” Hayes brings visibility to the nearly 16 million children who are living in food insecure households in the United States.For every download of “Invisible” on iTunes, Child Hunger Ends Here will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to 1 million meals. As a presenting sponsor of Hayes’ “We’re Not Invisible” tour, kicking off March 20, Child Hunger Ends Here will be activating efforts across the country encouraging consumers to take action in the fight against child hunger. The campaign will also be supported with retail promotions, national TV integrations and a social media campaign.“I’m proud to partner with ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here program to share the message of hope in the fight against child hunger,” says Hayes. “My new single ‘Invisible’ speaks to anyone who has ever felt outcast, alone, or invisible, including children who suffer from food insecurity. Hungry kids are in our schools, our neighborhoods and even right next door.”Consumers can easily participate by going to their local grocery stores and looking for the red pushpin and code on specially marked packages of 42 select ConAgra Foods and P&G brands, including Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, Hunt’s, Pampers, Bounty, Tide and Pantene, then visiting www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com or Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere to enter the eight-digit code found on the package. For each code entered, the equivalent of one meal will be donated to Feeding America. Codes can be entered through June 2014 for P&G brands and August 2014 for ConAgra Foods brands. While entering codes, consumers will be able to submit their zip codes to support the local Feeding America food bank serving their community. Up to ten local food banks with the highest number of zip codes entered within their service area will receive the monetary equivalent of a 100,000-meal donation ($11,111).“For more than 20 years, ConAgra Foods has provided funds, expertise and food to fight child hunger, and while there’s been progress, child hunger continues to be a problem across America. We created the Child Hunger Ends Here program in 2010 to raise more awareness of this serious issue, and we’ve made it simple for consumers to get involved by starting with a code – one code equals one meal,” says Gary Rodkin, CEO of ConAgra Foods. “Now, by partnering with P&G, we hope to have an even bigger impact and encourage more consumers to help us end child hunger in the U.S.”By partnering with P&G, participating Child Hunger Ends Here brands are doubled, making it easier for consumers to join the fight against child hunger.“We are incredibly grateful for ConAgra Foods’ ongoing commitment to fight domestic child hunger, and we are delighted that this year our longtime partner P&G will join the robust Child Hunger Ends Here program,” says Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America, “Through our national network of food banks, we help feed 14 million children each year, which we could not accomplish without the support of our partners and the engagement of their consumers.”In addition to partnering with celebrity talent, ConAgra Foods enlists its own talent for the company’s Month of Service in April. Employees at locations nationwide will volunteer at local Feeding America food banks, pack boxes of food and serve meals. The company hopes to exceed the more than 7,000 hours employees volunteered during last year’s Week of Service.Since 1993, through their partnerships with Feeding America, ConAgra Foods and ConAgra Foods Foundation have provided more than 325 million pounds of food and invested more than $37 million in capacity building, child hunger programs and groundbreaking research. The Foundation, a separate 501c3 nonprofit entity primarily funded by the company, has a $10 million, 5-year commitment to Feeding America, the largest donation ever made to Feeding America specifically to fight child hunger.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

GIVE THE GIFT OF DOCUMENTARY FILM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH EXCITING TICKET

first_imgAdvertisement Toronto, November 21, 2017 – Share the magic of documentary film this holiday season with a special gift for your loved ones from Hot Docs! Offering the best in documentary cinema, Hot Docs has something for everyone on your list this year including ticket packages and all-access passes to this year’s 25th anniversary Festival, Hot Docs memberships, merchandise and more – perfect for anyone who is as passionate about doc film as we are!For the doc-lover on your list, stuff their stocking with an all-access pass to this year’s 25th anniversary Festival (April 26-May 6)! These passes allow entry to all screenings during Hot Docs’ 11-day Festival in the spring. Don’t worry about ordering tickets in advance, seats are reserved for pass-holders; patrons just need to show their pass at the box office to be granted admission.Enjoy the brilliance of documentary film with friends and family with shareable ticket packages. Available in quantities of six, 10 or 20, these packages can be used towards, and divided amongst, any film during the Festival. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Hot Docs memberships make great gifts too! Whether your loved ones see a few, or a few dozen films each year, memberships at the Bronze, Silver, Gold or the Membership Plus level all include savings, exclusive invitations, free popcorn and a subscription to our special member newsletter.Let your friends know you care with a holiday gift certificate from Hot Docs, so they can choose which film they’d like to see from our extensive list of screenings. Include some one-of-a-kind Hot Docs merchandise, too, and browse the online cinema store for goodies like DVDs, limited edition t-shirts and more!Spread the love this holiday season by supporting documentary film through a donation to Hot Docs. A non-profit organization, Hot Docs relies on donations to help bring documentary film to wide audiences and assist filmmakers with production and distribution..Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 25th annual edition from April 26-May 6, 2018. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop. Hot Docs owns the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Opposition hammers Harper government on First Nation issues

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was “opposition day” in the House of Commons Thursday.And that means the opposition parties stepped up efforts to force the Stephen Harper government to act on solutions echoed by the grassroots of Idle No More and Aboriginal leaders.APTN National News reporter Nancy Pine has the story.last_img

Death threats brandished weapons forcible confinement triggered raid RCMP

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe RCMP moved in on the anti-shale gas protest near Elsipogtog First Nation after some individuals at the site issued death threats, brandished weapons and forcibly confined security guards in a compound holding vehicles belonging to a Houston-based energy company, according to the force’s superintendent of national Aboriginal policing.The RCMP has faced criticism from First Nations leaders across the country over last Thursday’s raid last which led to 40 arrests, the seizure of three rifles and improvised explosive devices and intense clashes between Elsipogtog residents and RCMP officers.Supt. Tyler Bates said he didn’t agree with the criticism his force used heavy handed tactics to try and break the protest encampment which was blocking the entrance to a compound holding vehicles belonging to SWN Resources Canada. The company had been conducting shale gas exploration work in the region.“If my life was in jeopardy and I had been threatened with harm I would expect the police to take some action to protect me,” said Bates. “There was a criminal element there that escalated matters.”Bates did not provide details on how long the guards were trapped in the compound, what types of death threats were issued or what types of weapons were brandished. He said it was up to the RCMP’s J-Division in New Brunswick to release those details.“We were left with no option but to intervene to protect those under threat,” said Bates.The security guards at the compound were employed by Industrial Securities Ltd. The security company is owned by the Irving family. The Irvings, through Irving Oil, have an interest in seeing shale gas deposits developed in the province. The New Brunswick-based company sees shale gas as a cheap energy source to expand its refining capacity. Irving Oil is eyeing Alberta bitumen which could soon flow to the province if TransCanada gets approval for its proposed Energy East pipeline.Two members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society, who were arrested during the raid, were released on bail Friday. The two men, Jason Augustine and David Mazerolle, face several charges including unlawful confinement, obstructing a peace officer and assaulting a peace officer.Another member of the Warrior Society was denied bail Thursday and two others remain behind bars awaiting bail hearings including James Pictou, one of the lead spokesmen for the Warrior Society, who is also facing a charge of unlawful confinement.The Mi’kmaq Warrior Society was in charge of security at the encampment, which still sits on Route 134, at the time of the raid. Video taken from the morning of the raid depicted RCMP officers walking into the site unencumbered. The encampment, which is in Rexton, NB, is about 15 kilometres northeast of Elsipogtog First Nation and 80 km north of Moncton.The RCMP raid freed SWN’s vehicles.The encampment was the latest incarnation of long-running protests, lead by Elsipogtog residents, against shale gas exploration in the region. This past summer saw nearly 30 arrests related to protests, including on June 21, Aboriginal Day.Grassroots activists in the Mi’kmaq community fear the discovery of shale gas would lead to fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which they believe threatens the environment.SWN, however, has been courting First Nations leaders in the province for over a year. Last October, members of the Assembly of First Nations of New Brunswick Chiefs’ consultation committee visited the company’s operations in Arkansas. It remains unclear who paid for the trip.Bates said the raid had reverberations across the country and impacted the RCMP’s ongoing relationship with First Nation communities. The RCMP is the main police force in many First Nation communities.“Sometimes, depending on the perspective of what people choose to believe as the reality of the situation is concerned, it takes a long protracted effort to rebuild trust,” he said. “There is a level of trust that exists that we can build upon. It is unfortunate when these types of outcomes occur and there is a residual impact. The rebuilding of trust has to occur.”Bates said the RCMP has no intention of preventing protests, but, in this circumstance, he said it was forced to act.“There has been misinformation to suggest we would react differently to Aboriginal protests,” he said. “The response to demonstrations will continue to be a measured response. We would just encourage that things remain peaceful and that there be no unlawful activity that transpires.”Bates said the injunction obtained by SWN against the protest played a minimal role in the RCMP’s decision to move.“When there are injunctions by the court that prohibit protest activities, the RCMP is in a position where we apply police discretion in terms of a resolution,” he said. “We don’t unilaterally move in and executive an injunction because an injunction is issued. Our interest was not to enforce an injunction but to get parties at the table.”Bates said the RCMP was trying to negotiate a resolution before the raid.“There was an injunction in place for quite an extended period of time. There were negotiations and mediation and an effort to get people to the table that needed to get to the table,” he said.First Nations protests, which have overtly historical and political elements to them, always put the RCMP in an awkward spot.“It is not my place to point fingers at any particular party. There are differences of opinion in terms of a variety of issues, whether environmental or resource extraction. We are sometimes caught in the middle of opposing interests,” said Bates. “Unfortunately, in this instance, clearly there is progress yet to be made.”Bates said the RCMP’s national Aboriginal policing branch was no involved in the operational details of Thursday’s raid which were handled by the commander of the RCMP’s J-Division in New Brunswick.He stressed there was “no military involvement” during the raid.Bates said he couldn’t comment on whether Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams (INSET) were used in Thursday’s raid, describing the issue as an “operational” detail.INSET teams include RCMP officers along with agents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Canada Border Services Agency and other federal departments.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Five things to know about the merger of PC Points and Shoppers

first_imgTwo of Canada’s better-known rewards programs merge today as Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus become PC Optimum.Loblaw says they’ve had some “bumps” during the merger, with some members complaining online about troubles with the new app and points conversions. However, the company says it’s seeing massive interest in the program and will continue to focus on making the conversion process as smooth as possible.Here are five things to know:1. PC Optimum means a single card for both stores, with the dollar value of existing points from both programs converted to the new card. Current PC Plus cardholders will have points converted on a one-to-one basis, while the company is converting Shoppers Optimum points at varying rates to maintain the same dollar value of the points.2. To convert current points to the new system, customers can go to one of the almost 2,500 stores the system covers to swap existing PC Plus or Shoppers Optimum cards for a PC Optimum card. Customers can also download the PC Optimum mobile app, or create an account online at www.pcoptimum.ca.3. Under PC Optimum, each 1,000 points is worth a dollar, with 10,000 points the minimum redemption value. At Shoppers almost every dollar spent will earn you 15 points, while at Loblaw-owned grocery stores rewards vary based on promotions on specific products.4. For PC Financial Mastercard holders, the card automatically switches to PC Optimum and is the only card necessary with points earned varying depending on the type of card.5. In Quebec, where Shoppers Drug Mart operates under the Pharmaprix name, the Pharmaprix Optimum program ended Jan. 31, 2018 and members will have until May 2 that year to redeem their points or convert them at equal value to the new program.last_img read more

TSX closes flat on pessimism surrounding fiscal cliff talks

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Thursday as traders continued to assess the chances of the United States going over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”A double-whammy of tax increases and spending cuts, which threaten to erode the already weak U.S. economy, is set to click in on Jan. 1.The S&P/TSX composite index added 2.97 points to 12,373.77 while the TSX Venture Exchange gained 11.15 points to 1,196.75.The Canadian dollar was off 0.37 of a cent to 100.51 cents U.S.Markets hit their worst levels of the session after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the U.S. government appears headed over the fiscal cliff because of a lack of progress in negotiations between Republicans who control the House of Representatives and Democrats who control the Senate and White House.But indexes recovered most of the losses late in the day on word that the House will be back in session Sunday evening. It is unclear what legislation the House might consider Sunday, since Speaker John Boehner is publicly insisting that the Senate must make the next move to avert the cliff.“At the end of the day, this prevailing will-they-or-won’t they in Washington is causing a dip,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“But it’s tough to read too much into anything given that volumes are exceptionally low. All the players aren’t in the game so to speak.”The Dow Jones industrials lost 18.28 points to 13,096.31, as data showed fiscal cliff worries are spreading to consumers.The U.S. Conference Board said that its consumer confidence index fell this month to 65.1, down from 71.5 in November, the second straight decline and the lowest level since August.The survey showed consumers were slightly more optimistic about current business conditions and hiring, but their outlook for the next six months deteriorated to its lowest level since 2011The Nasdaq composite index fell 4.25 points to 2,985.91 and the S&P 500 index declined 1.74 points to 1,418.09.Other data showed that the average number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits over the past month fell last week to the lowest level since March 2008.The U.S. Labour Department said Thursday that weekly applications dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 in the week ended Dec. 22. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to a nearly five-year low of 356,750.On the Toronto market, losses were led by a 0.5% decline in the financials subgroup as Sun Life Financial moved down 26 cents to $26.35. TD Bank declined 72 cents to $83.27.Commodities were mixed with February bullion up $3 to US$1,663.70 an ounce. The gold sector led advancers, up about 1.8% with Barrick Gold Corp. ahead 73 cents to C$34.24 while Goldcorp Inc. advanced 46 cents to $35.98.Support also came from the base metals sector, which rose 0.75% while March copper was unchanged at US$3.60 a pound after rising five cents Wednesday. The gain, the largest in four weeks, came after workers rejected a wage proposal at BHP Billiton’s Escondida mine in Chile. Turquoise Hill Resources gained 21 cents to C$7.26.The February crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged down 11 cents to US$90.87 a barrel. The energy sector was slightly higher while Canadian Natural Resources fell 40 cents to C$28.49 and Niko Resources jumped $1.05 to $10.50.A major TSX loser was Poseidon Concepts Corp., which plunged more than 50% after the oilfield service company suspended its dividend, replaced its CEO and initiated a board review of the management and business processes. Poseidon shares were down $1.83 at $1.48 after the company said it has established a special committee of the board to review the recent writeoff of certain accounts owing to it.The tech sector also provided lift with Research In Motion Ltd. up $1.20 or 11.43% to $11.70, mirroring an 11% gain on U.S. markets on Wednesday. RIM stock plunged about 25% last week as analysts raised concerns about less revenue from the lucrative service fees charged by the company to use its secure network. The stock had been on a roll earlier in December on rising optimism about the new BlackBerry 10 lineup, which is being launched at the end of January.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Bombardier Aerospace has received a new order for six Learjet 75 business jets. Bombardier shares added a penny to $3.76.The Canadian Press read more

Jayalalithaa demands immediate release of Indian fishermen in Lankan custody

It was painful that Sri Lanka “is now adopting a strategy of detaining boats for long periods of time,” causing immense loss to fishermen, she said.Ms Jayalalithaa wrote to PM Modi on May 31 after seven fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by Sri Lankan Naval personnel and had asked him to take steps for their release.She again wrote to him on June 6 stating that the situation at sea remains “precarious” due to “offensive acts” of the Sri Lankan Navy despite repeated appeals to the Centre to ensure safety of Indian fishermen. Taking up the latest detention of three Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today appealed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to secure the release of all 24 fishermen and 93 boats under Sri Lankan custody at the earliest, the Press Trust of India reported.She also requested the Prime Minister to evolve a “permanent” and “pragmatic” solution” to end their woes. Three fishermen in their mechanised fishing boat from Pudukottai District were apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy on Wednesday and taken to Kankesanthurai there, she said in a letter to PM Modi. “I again request the Government of India to initiate immediate efforts to find a permanent and pragmatic workable solution to this livelihood issue of our fishermen.”She said Sri Lankan authorities “adamantly refuse” to recognise the “traditional and historic rights of our Tamil Nadu fishermen” to eke out their livelihood by fishing in Palk Bay, she said. “I request your personal intervention and request you to direct the External Affairs Ministry to secure the immediate release of the 24 fishermen and 93 fishing boats, including three fishermen and their one mechanised fishing boat apprehended on June 15 at the earliest”, she said. read more

Essequibo without electricity 1 day after commissioning of 18B power plant

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEssequibians promised “continuous and reliable supply of electricity” when new plant is completedSeptember 4, 2018In “latest news”GPL’s CEO apologises for prolonged power outages in Region 2September 10, 2018In “latest news”GPL to restore full power to Essequibo, after residents suffer 20 hour outageDecember 11, 2013In “Local News” Residents on the Essequibo Coast are faced once again with constant power outages just one day after the commissioning of a $1.8 billion power plant at Anna Regina.The multi billion dollars plant was commissioned by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and other government officials who boasted that with the new power plant, there will be stable and reliable flow of electricity.The $1.8 Billion power plant that was commissioned on SaturdayHowever, mere hours after the launch, the entire coast was plunged into darkness.  At that time, resident thought it was just a changeover but they remained without electricity. Today, the situation worsened with the current fluctuating all day.Minister Patterson at the opening ceremony told the gathering that the three generators that were installed are new and have a lifespan of over 20 years. read more

Injunction sought against HousetoHouse Registration

…Christopher Ram seeks order compelling GECOM to hold elections by Sept 18A court challenge has been mounted against the House-to-House Registration being carried out by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), this time by anti-corruption advocate and Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram.The Notice of Application (NOA) and Fixed Date Application (FDA) challenging the House-to-House exercise was filed in the High Court on Monday, by the law office of former Attorney General Anil Nandlall. The hearing will come up today before Chief Justice Roxanne George.According to the particulars of the fixed date affidavit, Ram is seeking declarations from the court that House-to-House Registration is a breach of Article 106 (6 and 7) of the Constitution of Guyana. Ram is also seeking a declaration that the exercise is in breach of the recent Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rulings.Attorney-at-law, Christopher RamIn view of this, Ram is seeking a conservatory order from the court, prohibiting GECOM from lawfully continuing the exercise. He is also seeking an order compelling GECOM and the Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield, to take steps to hold elections by September 18 of this year.To support his case, Ram noted the fact that GECOM’s lawyer, Stanley Marcus, had told the CCJ that if House-to-House Registration was carried out, the earliest it would be completed would be Christmas. At the time, CCJ Judges Jacob Witt and Adrian Saunders had noted that such an exercise would, therefore, violate the Constitution of Guyana.“When Mr Marcus persisted with the same line of argument, Saunders reminded him that the No-Confidence Motion was passed since the 21st of December, 2018, and, therefore, elections should have been held in March 2019, and with obvious exasperation, President Saunders held up the Constitution in his hand and said that the Court has a clear duty to uphold this document and enquired rhetorically, whether Mr Marcus wants the Court to ignore it, to reject it or to rewrite it” Ram’s application states.Ram also pointed to the fact that GECOM’s own in house counsel, Excellence Dazzell, had advised against the exercise since it would delay elections by months. Her advice was disregarded.Acting Chief Justice Roxane GeorgeIt noted that many experts in electoral matters and even three GECOM Commissioners have pointed out that the exercise cannot be properly carried out in three months and will have grave implications for the validity of the electoral list it produces.“The Applicant fears that in order to complete this House-to-House Registration within an impossible timeframe, it will result in thousands of Guyanese being unlawfully deregistered and will omit to register thousands of qualified registrants, thereby resulting in their loss in their right to vote at the next elections,” Ram stated in his application. It is understood that the case will come up in the High Court today.House-to-HouseThe House-to-House exercise, which was last conducted in 2008, will see enumerators in teams of two to three, going from door to door in various communities across Guyana. The enumerators will present forms to registrants to complete, as well as take fingerprints and pictures.In an advertisement by GECOM, it is stated that these enumerators work from 15:30h to 18:30h during the week and from 09:00h to 16:00h on weekends and holidays. The exercise is intended to produce a new National Register of Registrants database and Official List of Electors.This means that everyone, regardless of whether they were registered before or not, must register anew at their place of residence between July 20 and October of this year.DisenfranchisedThe requirement for proof of residency has alarmed overseas-based Guyanese to the point where a court case was filed by an overseas-based Guyanese against House-to-House Registration on the basis that it would disenfranchise her.In her court filings, Bibi Zeenatoun, a retired teacher and citizen of Guyana, had sought writs of prohibition and injunction and a conservatory order against GECOM.Her fixed date application explained that she worked in the United Kingdom from 1980 until her retirement in 2014. She then acquired property and maintained a residence in that country. Besides her citizenship, however, she has family ties to Guyana that include an adult son and his two children.According to the application, Zeenatoun “fears that she will be excluded from the proposed exercise of House-to-House Registration and thereby, in effect, be de-registered and in consequence thereof, and she will be unlawfully denied her statutory and constitutional right to be registered and to vote”.“The applicant’s right to vote will and can be protected if the respondents were to engage in Continuous Registration as provided for in Section 6 (1) of the National Registration Act, Cap 19:08,” the application advised.OrderThere has also been much debate on whether the exercise can go forward since the former Chairman who signed the order, Retired Justice Patterson, was found by the CCJ to have been unconstitutionally appointed.Additionally, GECOM has said that House-to-House Registration will take 90 days, further delaying elections that should have been held since March 21. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChief Justice sets August 14 to rule on H2H Registration challenge casesAugust 5, 2019In “Court”Overseas-based Guyanese takes GECOM to court to block house-to-house registrationApril 17, 2019In “latest news”High Court denies application for interim order blocking H2H RegistrationJuly 23, 2019In “latest news” read more

High velocity comminution VeRo Liberator® success at Anglo Platinum Fresnillo Penoles operations

first_imgReviewed by Gregor Borg from manufacturer PMS GmbH at MEI’s Physical Separation conference in Falmouth, UK, the innovative VeRo Liberator® applies a mechanical high‐velocity comminution principle, where numerous hammer tools rotate clockwise and anti‐clockwise on three levels around a vertical shaft‐inshaft (hollow shaft) system. The resulting high‐frequency, high‐velocity impacts cause a highly turbulent particle flow and trigger fracture nucleation and fracture propagation preferentially at and along mineral boundaries. Breakage of coarser particles occurs from the high‐velocity stimulation of bulk ore particles, where the elasticity and compressibility modules control differential particle behaviour.The improved breakage behaviour results in a drastically reduced energy consumption of only 3 to 13 kWh/t and very high degrees of particle liberation in the relatively coarse fraction of the product. On an industrial scale, Anglo American has already applied two customised VeRo Liberators® in its South African platinum operations and has ordered a third which is due to be shipped. All three are specially designed to be used in industrial‐scale pilot tests at their operations. Anglo refers to the approach as “shock-break technology” and has mentioned it in several investor presentation as well as showing graphics of the high-velocity comminution inside the VeRo machine.Elsewhere, Penoles and Fresnillo in Mexico have carried out advanced test‐comminution of ores from several of their gold‐silver‐zinc‐lead mines in Mexico. All of the mentioned installations have been around the 100 t/h throughput level.The 2019 MEI paper described results from test‐comminution by VeRo Liberator® of ores from Fresnillo’s Cienega mine, Durango Province, Mexico, in comparison to Cienega’s conventional comminution by SAG milling and ball milling. The results show that the VeRo Liberator® achieves a similarly high degree of particle liberation compared to the SAG mill, but at a drastically coarser particle size. This is achieved at significantly lower energy consumption and thus energy costs and allows for more efficient dewatering of comminuted waste material and, consequently, for potentially more stable slimes dams. The mechanical high‐velocity impact comminution by VeRo Liberator® hence overcomes the notorious problems of inefficient breakage in conventional ball and SAG mills.last_img read more