Honda to introduce more SUVs in Indian market

first_imgJapanese auto major Honda Cars are evaluating the Indian market to introduce more SUV models going ahead, a top company official said Tuesday. The company, which is set to bolster its sport utility vehicle (SUV) portfolio by introducing the next generation CR-V next month, has already committed to launching six models in the country over the next three years.The company, which plans to launch three new products during the current fiscal, has already introduced new Amaze earlier this year.”The Indian market is diversifying, not only hatchbacks but sedans also. The SUV market is growing, so of course, as Honda philosophy, we always try to study from the customer… what kind of vehicle will be appreciated,” Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) President and CEO Gaku Nakanishi told, replying to a query about company’s plans to launch more SUV models.Elaborating further, HCIL Senior Vice President and Director (Sales and Marketing) Rajesh Goel said the shift towards SUVs is a global phenomenon.”India also has a similar trend and going forward one has to keep looking at the most optimum product which can be launched… to deliver maximum value to the customer, and that is what we intend to do,” he said.The company is studying the market very carefully, he added.When asked if the Honda has set a sales target for the all-new CR-V, which would now also come with a diesel powertrain, Nakanishi said Honda has “very high aspirations” from the model.”We are looking at many many more numbers as compared to the outgoing model,” he said without sharing any sales target.advertisementThe company has sold over 17,500 units of petrol powered CR-V units till date in the country.With the majority of sales in the premium segment coming from diesel variants, Honda is set to benefit by introducing a diesel version, Goel said.Currently, the premium SUV segment in the country is dominated by the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.Honda will assemble the new CR-V at its Greater Noida facility. Both petrol and diesel versions of the model will feature automatic transmissions only.While the petrol variants would deliver a power output of 154 PS, the nine-speed diesel automatic versions would come with 120 PS of power.The company, which plans to launch three new products during the current fiscal, has already introduced new Amaze earlier this year.When asked about sales growth expectations for the current fiscal, Goel said, “Until now the market growth has been around nine per cent and Honda has grown similarly. We aspire to grow better than the industry”.Last fiscal the company sold a total of 1.72 lakh units, a growth of 8 per cent over 2016-17.In the current fiscal, (April-August) period, HCIL has sold 79,599 units, up 9 per cent from 73,012 units in the corresponding period of previous fiscal.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

India vs West Indies, 1st Test: Ajinkya Rahane hits 1st international hundred in 2 years

first_imgIndia vs West Indies, 1st Test: Ajinkya Rahane hits 1st international hundred in 2 yearsWorld Test Championship: There was more relief than joy for Ajinkya Rahane as the India vice-captain ended his hundred-less drought that extended to 17 Test matches. Rahane followed up his first innings 81 with a determined hundred in the second innings that has given India a potential match-winning lead. 29 (26.5) Match Ended India in West Indies, 2 Test Series, 2019 Point (74.2) b Mohammed Shami 32 (56) & 93 (128) fine Leg vs 343/7 d India beat West Indies by 318 runs Mid on 343/7 d (112.3) 0 covers 50/8 ( R. Chase 19.2 Overs) , Point (26.5) Mid off Mid off third Man 13/4 ( S. Hetmyer 7 Overs) , Mid Wicket 1 covers 0 fine Leg third Man fine Leg Point 81 (163) & 102 (242) 7 R Shimron Hetmyer S. Hetmyer c Ajinkya Rahane b Ishant Sharma India Today Web Desk North SoundAugust 25, 2019UPDATED: August 25, 2019 22:13 IST Ajinkya Rahane got to his 10th Test hundred on Sunday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSAjinkya Rahane hit his 10th Test hundred on SundayRahane had gone 17 Tests without a 3-figure scoreRahane has followed up his 1st innings 81 with a patient hundredAjinkya Rahane has roared back to form with his 10th Test hundred in India’s World Test Championship campaign opener against West Indies in Antigua.Ajinkya Rahane had gone hundred-less for 29 innings in Test cricket and more than 2 years in international cricket. However, the India vice-captain ended the unwanted phase of his international career with a stroke-filled hundred against West Indies on Day 4 of the ongoing 1st Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.India vs West Indies, 1st Test Day 4: Live Cricket ScoreAjinkya Rahane came close to ending the hundred drought in the 1st innings but he was dismissed for 81 by Shannon Gabriel. Rahane rode his luck in the 2nd innings as he survived an LBW appeal and a drop catch to get to the 3-figure mark in the post-Lunch session on Sunday.Rahane added 106 runs for the 4th wicket along with captain Virat Kohli as the duo put India in the driver’s seat at Stumps on Day 3. However, West Indies began Sunday’s play on a high removing captain Virat Kohli off the very first ball he faced in the first session.Rahane though managed to restart and refocus and went on to grind down the West Indies bowlers on a hot day in Antigua. Rahane has added a 100-plus stand with Hanuma Vihari who has looked spottless during his knock of 71 and counting.The 100-plus stand for the 5th wicket has taken Inida’s lead close to 400 runs as India are looking set to clinch 60 points in their first match of the World Test Championship.advertisementOpener Mayank Agarwal (16) was the first wicket to fall for India in the second innings, trapped by Chase in the 14th over although TV replays showed the ball was missing the leg stump but the batsman didn’t go for review ion Saturday.After Agarwal’s departure, KL Rahul (38) and Chesteshwar Pujara (25) added 43 runs for the second wicket to take India forward.Rahul, however, gave away his wicket, bowled by Chase. He went across his stumps while going for a sweep, only to expose all the three stumps and the West Indian spinner stuck as the batsman failed to connect the ball.An over later, Roach went through Pujara’s defence to reduce India to 81 for three.Before that, India bowled out West Indies for 222 in 74.2 overs in their first innings in reply to 297 with Ishant Sharma returning with best figures of 5 for 43.Besides Ishant, Mohammed Shami (2/48) and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2/64) scalped two wickets a piece.Also Read | I never gave up: Ben Stokes on heroic 135 not out vs Australia in 3rd Ashes TestAlso Read | Will name my 1st child after you: Fans react to Ben Stokes’s Ashes heroicsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow 1st TestFollow India VS West IndiesFollow Hanuma VihariFollow World Test Championship 27/6 ( S. Hope 11.1 Overs) , Ishant Sharma (IND) I. Sharma (IND) West Indies batting WI batting Jasprit Bumrah (IND) J. Bumrah (IND) 0 100/10 ( K. Roach 26.5 Overs) , Miguel Cummins M. Cummins not out graphs Mid on (96.4) & 222 Mid on Mid off 0 Mid off nb 0 0 0 Mid Wicket Fall of Wickets 5 4 122.58 0 1 11 Point Mid Wicket Jason Holder (c) J. Holder (c) b Jasprit Bumrah covers third Man S/R 5/43 (17) & 3/31 (9.5) West Indies Square Leg b Jasprit Bumrah 0.87 0 West Indies WI 2nd Inns Jasprit Bumrah J. Bumrah India Point India Bowling IND Bowling 3 Square Leg 100 1 0 lbw b Ishant Sharma 1 Shamarh Brooks S. Brooks lbw b Ishant Sharma 222 Mid on Mid Wicket (26.5) 1 18.18 All batsmen are considered right handed 5 0 8 third Man 7/1 ( K. Brathwaite 1.4 Overs) , All batsmen are considered right handed Shannon Gabriel S. Gabriel c Rishabh Pant b Mohammed Shami Point Square Leg b Jasprit Bumrah 1 Kraigg Brathwaite K. Brathwaite c Rishabh Pant b Jasprit Bumrah b Jasprit Bumrah 2 19 not out 7 Mid on Scorecard Mid Wicket 46.66 Ravindra Jadeja R. Jadeja covers West Indies WI India IND 0 0 12 b Jasprit Bumrah Point covers All batsmen are considered right handed 297 Mid off view full scorecard fine Leg fine Leg Mid off Darren Bravo D. Bravo b Jasprit Bumrah r 4 (74.2) & 12 41.37 100 40 Mohammed Shami M. Shami 15/5 ( D. Bravo 7.3 Overs) , 3 Super Over Square Leg Mid Wicket 10.5 third Man 8 o Shai Hope (wk) S. Hope (wk) b Jasprit Bumrah 25 0 19 0 Mid on Hanuma Vihari (IND) H. Vihari (IND) All batsmen are considered right handed third Man 10/2 ( J. Campbell 3.5 Overs) , 8.33 All batsmen are considered right handed All batsmen are considered right handed 4s Mid Wicket c Rishabh Pant b Jasprit Bumrah c Rishabh Pant b Mohammed Shami covers No data available! 13 0 3.15 All batsmen are considered right handed Mid Wicket third Man West Indies WI 1st Inns Square Leg third Man Mid on fine Leg John Campbell J. Campbell b Jasprit Bumrah Point fine Leg c Rishabh Pant b Ishant Sharma 38 31 42.10 5 6s Mid on fine Leg (96.4) w Mid Wicket Point Mid off 1/55 (18) & 5/7 (8) Point 2 22 Next Toss: WI elected to field Mid off Square Leg Referee: David Boon (AUS) Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG), Rod Tucker (AUS) and Paul Reiffel (AUS) 0 15 c Ajinkya Rahane b Ishant Sharma commentary 2 1 86.36 10/3 ( S. Brooks 4.1 Overs) , 297 0 50/9 ( S. Gabriel 20 Overs) , 0 India in West Indies, 2 Test Series, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 19:00 (Local Time) 10 Square Leg covers fine Leg Mid on India IND 1st Inns (112.3) 2 third Man All batsmen are considered right handed 2 Mid off Match Ended Square Leg Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 0 0 1 Ishant Sharma I. Sharma 9.5 All batsmen are considered right handed 42 covers wd e/r Roston Chase R. Chase b Mohammed Shami 0 1 third Man Square Leg All batsmen are considered right handed – advertisement Series Status: India lead the 2 Test series 1-0 Player Of The Match: Ajinkya Rahane 20 4 Mid on 4 5 31 Kemar Roach K. Roach c Rishabh Pant b Ishant Sharma Mid off Mid Wicket Extras: 8 runs (B: 0, LB: 7, WD: 0, NB: 1, P: 0) B covers covers fine Leg Ajinkya Rahane (IND) A. Rahane (IND) India IND 2nd Inns 0 0 37/7 ( J. Holder 15.2 Overs) , Square Leg 100 m 2.6 0 view more view less Top Batsmen Top Batsmen India in West Indies, 2 Test Series, 2019, 1st Test 0last_img read more

Record settlement for NS boy who suffered brain damage at birth

first_imgHALIFAX – A seven-year-old Nova Scotia boy who suffered brain damage at birth has received a $6 million settlement — the largest of its kind in the province’s history.The lawsuit said Cullen Chisholm suffered oxygen deprivation during his delivery which caused severe cerebral palsy.Lawyer John McKiggan says Cullen requires constant care.“He is unable to care for himself in any way and will require 24 hour attendant care for the rest of his life,” McKiggan said Monday.Half the money — $3 million — was used to purchase an annuity that will provide monthly payments “to pay for his care for the rest of his life,” the lawyer says.Obstetrician Dr. Allison Ball and the former Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority have agreed to the settlement, which had to be approved by the court because it involved a child.Cullen was born at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., on July 31, 2010, with his umbilical cord around his neck. He was later airlifted to the IWK-Grace Health Sciences Centre.The statement of claim, filed in 2012, alleged that the defendants failed to act when the electronic heart monitor showed evidence that Cullen was in distress. It says if the defendants had performed a C-section then Cullen’s injuries could have been prevented.McKiggan says there was no admission or finding of fault.The settlement also compensates parents Monique Chisholm and Wade Chisholm for the care they’ve provided over and above the expected care that any parent provides, McKiggan says.The statement of claim says the parents have “provided nursing, housekeeping and other services to Cullen.”It said that Monique Chisholm has been unable to return to work because she has to care for Cullen, and as a result she has and will continue to suffer consequential past and future income loss.“There are funds to purchase all the rehabilitation care needs he will require (wheelchair, accessible van, etc.) and money to buy a wheelchair accessible home,” McKiggan said.The court approved almost $1.6 million in legal fees.McKiggan said the highest previous settlement for birth injury in the province was $4.5 million.“The value of this ($6 million) claim is similar to what catastrophically injured children have received in other provinces. The exception is Ontario where it is not unusual for claims of this nature to result in settlements/awards in the range of $10 million or more,” he said.Cullen lives in Antigonish with his parents and younger brother.last_img read more

Alan Cumming Honored With PETAs Humanitarian Award

first_imgAlan Cumming was presented with PETA’s Humanitarian Award at a special bash on Sunday at South Florida’s gourmet vegan eatery, Sublime Restaurant & Bar.The Cabaret and Good Wife star was recognized for his efforts to help animals, including by calling on the controversial Miami Seaquarium to free the marine park’s lone orca, Lolita, just last week; starring in PETA’s Not a Dairy Queen pride poster campaign advocating for plant-based treats; and appearing in the group’s vegetarian icon postage stamp series, among other compassionate actions.“Alan Cumming is more than living proof of the energy and youthfulness that come from going vegan — he’s a tireless advocate for animals,” says PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews. “As his cheeky PETA campaigns show, he’s not afraid to turn heads if it means inspiring others to make kind choices.”Earlier last week, PETA selected the Top 10 Vegan Sweet Treats from restaurants and bakeries across the U.S., and Sublime landed the top spot, winning the Best Vegan Sweet Treat Award, thanks to its decadent Chocolate Nirvana cake.last_img read more

Danny Glover Pays Tribute To Nelson Mandela

first_imgMarking what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 99th birthday, the United Nations yesterday honoured his lifetime of service and dedication to justice and equality.“The best tribute we can pay this great man is not words or in ceremonies, but actions that improve our world,” Secretary-General António Guterres told a meeting of the General Assembly on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day.Observed annually on 18 July, the Day is meant to inspire people all over the world to make a positive difference in their communities by volunteering at least 67 minutes of their time in recognition of Mr. Mandela’s 67 years of public service.“Each of us can make a difference in promoting peace, human rights, sustainable development, and lives of dignity for all,” Mr. Guterres said.The UN chief said that he had met Mr. Mandela, also known as “Madiba”, and was struck by his wisdom, compassion, and humility.Known as prisoner 46664 for 18 years on Robben Island, Mr. Mandela did not succumb to bitterness or personal animosity, but rose above it all to lead his country, Mr. Guterres said.“One of the most important lessons we can learn from Nelson Mandela is that to make progress, we must look forward, however difficult that may be,” he said.Also addressing the General Assembly, the UN body’s current president, Peter Thomson, noted that Mr. Mandela’s fight for a world that is just and fair “remains as relevant today as it was during his lifetime.”With conflicts raging, human rights and democratic values eroded, widening inequality and over-exploitation of the environment, “today’s world is one in desperate need of President Mandela’s values of empathy, kindness, and respect for our common humanity.”His values, Mr. Thomson continued, urge the international community to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which envisions the world that Mr. Mandela wanted.Delivering his keynote address, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover called Mr. Mandela a “beacon of humanity triumphing over inhumanity through the force of his love for all people.”Mr. Glover invited everyone to look to his legacy not as admirers, but rather in the spirit of “ubuntu” or humanity towards others, which Mr. Mandela embodied.“Mandela led us on a path of justice, democracy and equity… in the process he showed the world that non-violence resistance, when combined with sustained activism, is the key to transforming a potential dead-end into a new beginning,” he said.As part of the commemoration, the UN partnered with the New York City Mayor’s office on projects, including a clean-up of a public section of New York City.last_img read more

Provincial permits dont consider Species at Risk Act Environment Canada

first_imgA spokesperson for the Manitoba government said it considers the Species at Risk Act when reviewing development proposals and will have caribou range action plans by 2020.Eric Hebert-Daly of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society said the report emphasizes what groups like his have been saying for years.“At the provincial level, we have a lot of work to do”’ he said. “Provincial laws are either missing or their flexibility is too flexible.”The latest assessment of woodland caribou suggest 81 per cent of Canada’s herds are in decline. Loss of another one-third of the population is expected “in the near term.”The main threat to their numbers is alteration of habitat, which reduces its productivity and allows access by predators.Wilkinson said the federal government is able to oblige provinces to immediately enforce the Species At Risk Act.But for now, he said, Ottawa will continue to work with the provinces on conservation agreements funded from allotments in the most recent budget.“That allows us to bring some money to the table around reforestation or a range of other things the provinces need to do to protect the caribou.”Caribou conservation is often seen to be in direct conflict with forestry and energy and the jobs they generate. In late March, Alberta delayed its own caribou range plans over economic concerns.“There tends to be a lot of fear in those (resource) communities about what those impacts would be,” Wilkinson said. “We have to avoid this being seen as an environment versus economy issue.” OTTAWA, O.N. — Recovery of Canada’s declining caribou herds is being hampered because provincial agencies that license development on the habitat of the threatened species aren’t required to follow federal environmental laws.“It is a concern,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, parliamentary secretary to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.On Monday, Environment Canada released a report assessing how provinces are doing in protecting habitat for caribou, a threatened species in every jurisdiction that has them. The idea, said Wilkinson, was to examine actions on the ground and a province’s “legal architecture” to see if it was equivalent to federal legislation. The federal report also concludes that little conservation is taking place on the ground. Measures in almost every case are still in planning or draft stages.“We do need to start to see action on the ground,” Wilkinson said. “We’ve had several years of planning exercises. We need more action on the part of the provinces.”Saskatchewan’s Environment Ministry released a statement in response to the federal report saying it is committed protecting woodland caribou.“Saskatchewan is confident that it currently has all of the legislative tools necessary to protect critical habitat for woodland caribou.”center_img “What we have found is they are not,” he said. “There are gaps with respect to protection relative to species at risk nationally.”In every province, agencies that issue permits for forestry or energy development aren’t required to conform to the federal Species At Risk Act.The phrase “the discretion to authorize these activities is not subject to constraints consistent with those under SARA” appears again and again. Those constraints include requirements that at least two-thirds of critical habitat be left undeveloped.When the act was passed in 2002, the government of the time anticipated provinces would pass similar legislation.“With just a couple exceptions, the provinces haven’t done that,” Wilkinson said.British Columbia is developing such legislation. Ontario has an endangered species act, but it exempts forestry.last_img read more

Forecasters turn to array of technology to fight floodwaters

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An arsenal of new technology is being put to the test fighting floods this year as rivers inundate towns and farm fields across the central United States. Drones, supercomputers and sonar that scans deep under water are helping to maintain flood control projects and predict just where rivers will roar out of their banks.Together, these tools are putting detailed information to use in real time, enabling emergency managers and people at risk to make decisions that can save lives and property, said Kristie Franz, associate professor of geological and atmospheric sciences at Iowa State University.The cost of this technology is coming down even as disaster recovery becomes more expensive, so “anything we can do to reduce the costs of these floods and natural hazards is worth it,” she said. “Of course, loss of life, which you can’t put a dollar amount on, is certainly worth that as well.”U.S. scientists said in their spring weather outlook that 13 million people are at risk of major inundation, with more than 200 river gauges this week showing some level of flooding in the Mississippi River basin, which drains the vast middle of the United States. Major flooding continues in places from the Red River in North Dakota to near the mouth of the Mississippi in Louisiana, a map from the National Weather Service shows.“There are over 200 million people that are under some elevated threat risk,” said Ed Clark, director of the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a flood forecasting hub.Much of the technology, such as the National Water Model , didn’t exist until recently. Fueled by supercomputers in Virginia and Florida, it came online about three years ago and expanded streamflow data by 700-fold, assembling data from 5 million river miles (8 million kilometres) of rivers and streams nationwide, including many smaller ones in remote areas.“Our models simulate exactly what happens when the rain falls on the Earth and whether it runs off or infiltrates,” Clark said. “And so the current conditions, whether that be snow pack or the soil moisture in the snow pack, well that’s something we can measure and monitor and know.”Emergency managers and dam safety officials can see simulations of the consequences of flood waters washing away a levee or crashing through a dam using technology developed at the University of Mississippi — a web-based system known as DSS-WISE . The software went online in 2017 and quickly provided simulations that informed the response to heavy rains that damaged spillways at the nation’s tallest dam in northern California. The program also helped forecast the flooding after Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana that year.Engineers monitoring levees along the Mississippi River have been collecting and checking data using a geographic information system produced by Esri, said Nick Bidlack, levee safety program manager for the Memphis district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The company produces mapping tools such as an interactive site showing the nation’s largest rivers and their average monthly flow.On the Mississippi River, flood inspectors use smartphones or tablets in the field to input data into map-driven forms for water levels and the locations of inoperable flood gates, seepages, sand boils or levee slides, which are cracks or ditches in the slopes of an earthen levee. Photos, videos and other data are sent to an emergency flood operation centre in real time, allowing Corps officials to visualize any problems and their exact location, instantly informing the response, Bidlack said.“If people in the field have concerns about something, they can let us know to go out there and look at it,” Bidlack said. “There’s a picture associated with it, a description of it, and it helps us take care of it.”Corps engineers are increasingly flying drones to get their own aerial photography and video of flooded areas they can’t otherwise get to because of high water or rough terrain, said Edward Dean, a Corps engineer.“We can reach areas that are unreachable,” Dean said.The Corps also now uses high-definition sonar in its daily operations to survey the riverbed, pinpointing where maintenance work needs to be done, said Corps engineer Andy Simmerman. The Memphis district uses a 26-foot survey boat called the Tiger Shark, with a sonar head that looks like an old-fashioned vacuum cleaner and collects millions of points per square inch of data, Simmerman said.The technology has helped them find cars and trucks that have been dumped into the river, along with weak spots in the levees.“These areas are 20 to 80 feet underwater, we’d never get to see them without sonar,” Simmerman said. “The water never gets low enough for us to see a lot of these failures.”During recent flooding near Cairo, Illinois, a culvert that should have been closed was sending water onto the dry side of a levee. The sonar pointed engineers to the precise location of a log that was stuck 20 feet deep in murky water, keeping the culvert open. Plastic sheathing and sandbags were brought in to stop the flow and save the land below.“The sonar definitely made a difference,” said Simmerman. “A big success.”___Martin reported from Atlanta. Associated Press writer Jay Reeves contributed from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.Adrian Sainz And Jeff Martin, The Associated Press read more

TSX falls as China worries weigh on commodity prices

Energy companies and miners helped push the Toronto stock market lower Tuesday morning as investors looked for direction amid a dearth of market-moving corporate and economic news.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 8.87 points to 14,293.19 with the gold sector the prime source of strength.The Canadian dollar rose 0.03 of a cent to 90.11 cents US.New York’s Dow Jones industrials were down 2.66 points to 16,416.02, the Nasdaq gained 5.84 points to 4,340.29 while the S&P 500 index lost 0.26 of a point to 1,876.91.Mining stocks on the TSX advanced after losing ground Monday amid concerns about Chinese growth as data showed that exports of the world’s second biggest economy fell by an unexpectedly large 18 per cent in February. The country’s official 2014 economic growth target of 7.5 per cent assumes trade also will grow by 7.5 per cent.Copper prices and TSX base metal stocks in particular headed lower as a result of the data with the metal widely viewed as a proxy for the global economy closing at a multi-year low. On Tuesday, the May copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was unchanged at US$3.04 a pound after shedding six per cent over the last two sessions and the base metals sector shed early gains to lose 0.2 per cent.Oil prices also suffered from the Chinese data and on Tuesday, the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down a further 48 cents to US$100.64 a barrel and the energy sector moved down 0.4 per cent.The TSX gold sector was up 1.5 per cent as April bullion gained $7.80 to US$1,349.30 an ounce.On the corporate front, Canadian Pacific Railway will repurchase up to 5.27 million or three per cent of its shares over the next year. Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said the repurchase program is earlier and larger than the 4.4 million shares he had expected and CP shares declined $1.12 to $170.19.Fortress Paper Ltd. (TSX:FTP) plunged 15.4 per cent to $2.75 as the company posted a quarterly loss of $54.7-million or $3.76 a share as it wrote down the value of property, plant and equipment at a Quebec cellulose mill. Ex-items, Fortress had an adjusted net loss of $21.2 million or $1.46 per share in the quarter, compared with a loss of $11.2 million or 77 cents per share a year earlier. Its revenue dropped to $37.2 million from $58.7 million a year before.Printer Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A) says adjusted operating earnings remained stable at $43.5 million for the first quarter as revenues fell five per cent due to weakness in the advertising market. Transcontinental also announced it will acquire Capri Packaging, a Missouri supplier of printed flexible packaging, for US$133 million. Its shares were down three cents to $15.01.Canadian exporters are also watching developments in Vancouver where a strike by container-truck drivers serving Port of Metro Vancouver terminals is growing. Members of Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers’ Association parked their rigs Monday, joining members of the non-union United Truckers Association who have been on strike since last month. The groups reached a tentative deal with employers last week, but the members voted against the agreement over the weekend. read more

US consumer confidence dips slightly in August

WASHINGTON — Consumer confidence dipped slightly in August after a big rebound in July.The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index edged down to 135.1 in August, slightly below a July reading of 135.8, which had been the highest since November. Economists had been looking for a bigger drop in August.The reading on consumers’ assessment of current conditions improved and now stands at its highest level in nearly 19 years.Conference Board economists say that while other parts of the economy have shown some weakness, consumers have remained confident and willing to spend. The consumer is expected to be key in cushioning the adverse effects to the U.S. economy from trade wars and a global slowdown.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

UN and community leaders rebuild police base in Monrovia

With a grant from the UNMIL Quick Impact Project Office, the renovation of the Zone 1 Police Station on Bushrod Island should be completed in two weeks.”Today’s even is a crucial step towards the re-establishment of the rule of law in Liberia,” said the UN’s Souren Seraydarian. “As Liberia has experienced for too long, the disintegration of the rule of law leads to violence, arbitrary killings, human rights abuses, mob justice and lawlessness.”Constructed by the Liberian government in 1972, the station was vandalized during Liberia’s long civil conflict and served as a base for one of the militias. Once renovated, it will be used as the coordinating base for four other police depots in the area. read more

Iraq UN refugee agency hails new decree calling for protection of Palestinians

Amid increasing attacks against Palestinian refugees living in Iraq, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed a religious decree by the war-torn country’s leading Shiite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Al-Said Al-Sistani, calling for their protection.The Fatwa comes as a reply to a letter of 19 April from the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Refugee Affairs calling on the Grand Ayatollah to help prevent further attacks on Palestinians, a UNHCR spokesperson said in Geneva, highlighting also the agency’s concerns over the past few months.“We welcome Grand Ayatollah Al-Said Al-Sistani’s issuance of a Fatwa in Iraq on Sunday (30 April) asking for the protection of Palestinian refugees in the country. The Fatwa forbids attacks on Palestinians living in Iraq and asks that they and their property be protected,” Jennifer Pagonis told reporters.“On several occasions over the past months we have expressed our increased concern about the security situation of Palestinians in Iraq. After the Samarra bombings on 22 February, pressure had increased on the Palestinian community in eastern Baghdad,” she added, referring to the attack on the Shia shrine that led to a general upsurge in violence in Iraq.Ms. Pagonis also highlighted that in March, close to 200 Palestinians had left the capital for the Iraq-Jordan border, saying that killings, disappearances and hostage-taking had made life intolerable in the Iraqi capital.“The government of Syria agreed last week to accept the Palestinians stranded at the border. We are still working on the modalities with Syria, UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East ) and IOM (International Organization for Migration),” she added.There are an estimated 34,000 Palestinians in Iraq, of whom 23,000 have been registered by UNHCR in Baghdad. The Palestinian refugees came to Iraq in three main waves – in 1948, in 1967 and in 1991 – and were provided with protection and assistance by the former regime. They enjoyed a relatively high standard of treatment that some segments of the Iraqi population considered unfair. As a result, the Palestinians have in the past few years faced evictions, threats and harassment. read more

Nordmin to survey European Electric Metals Skroska project in Albania

first_imgEuropean Electric Metals has engaged the Nordmin Group of Companies to undertake a site inspection and to comment on the apparent condition of the surface and underground infrastructure and equipment of the Skroska project in Albania.The site inspection will allow Nordmin to judge whether the existing underground workings and mine equipment can be used if the operations at the Skroska mine are restarted at present capacity of approximately 200 t/d. It will also allow the company to ascertain the requirements for potential expansions.The Skroska deposit had a ‘historic’ resource of 22.4 Mt of laterite grading 0.99% Ni, 49.13% Fe and 0.065% Co. The laterite deposit is estimated to range from 2 m to 10 m in thickness and to average approximately 6 m thick.The deposit occurs between the ultramafic rocks below and limestone on top or as a capping. The limestone is a competent rock making it an excellent candidate for use as a natural roof for the open stope underground mining method employed historically at the mine and proposed for the future.Records indicate around 1.15 Mt of laterite ore was mined during 1985-1990 (by the state-owned mining enterprise) and between 2008-2013 (by a local private company).The Nordmin Group of Companies is a 100% North American owned and operated provider of comprehensive EPC and EPCM solutions worldwide to industrial sectors spanning resource and project definition through construction and site closure. The group includes Nordmin Engineering, Nordmin Constructors and Nordmin Operators, and is based in Thunder Bay, Ontario with offices in Sudbury, Ontario, Kamloops, British Columbia and Salt Lake City, Utah.European Electric Metals expects the technical team of Nordmin to be on site in December.last_img read more

Search teams will attempt to lift wreckage of Rescue 116 today

first_img Apr 1st 2017, 7:48 AM 8 Comments Share231 Tweet Email2 An Irish Coastguard helicopter searching along the coastline near Blacksod, Co Mayo during the week By Darragh McDonagh A SPECIALISED TUG boat will attempt to raise the wreckage of Rescue 116 today in an effort to locate and recover the bodies of its missing crewmen.The 35-metre Ocean Challenger is on its way to Blacksod Bay from Castletownbere in Co Cork, where it is owned by a marine salvage and wreck-removal company.Atlantic Towage and Marine Limited has been engaged by the agencies involved in the search operation to move the wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter, which crashed off the Mayo coast over two weeks ago.The fuselage of the aircraft is upside down beneath 40 metres of rough waters around 60 meters from Blackrock Island, with which it is believed to have made contact before crashing into the sea.The body of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered from the water shortly after the accident, while the body of her co-pilot Captain Mark Duffy was recovered from the cockpit of the helicopter last Sunday.Missing crew membersThe location of winch operator Paul Ormsby (53) and winchman Ciarán Smith (38) remains unknown. It is hoped their remains are inside or in the vicinity of the wreckage.Efforts by the Naval Service diving team to raise the wreckage slightly using flotation devices proved unsuccessful last week due to dangerous sea conditions.It is now planned to undertake a direct lift of the aircraft in order to facilitate the inspection of areas within and underneath the wreckage in a bid to locate the missing crewmen. Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 7:48 AM Source: Atlantic Towage/Twitter 14,626 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Chris Radburn/PA Images An Irish Coastguard helicopter searching along the coastline near Blacksod, Co Mayo during the week Image: Chris Radburn/PA Images The latest addition to the fleet 62tbp ASD Ocean Challenger— Atlantic Towage (@Atlantic_Towage) February 4, 2017 Search teams will attempt to lift wreckage of Rescue 116 today The location of Paul Ormsby (53) and Ciarán Smith (38) remains unknown. Short URL The Ocean Challenger, which was acquired by Atlantic Towage and Marine Ltd earlier this year, will be positioned directly above the crash site and will raise the five-tonne wreckage to the surface.A spokesperson for the company today declined to comment on the operation due to “the sensitive nature of the situation”.The salvage and wreck-removal firm has experience of similar operations, having successfully retrieved the four-tonne keel of the yacht Rambler 100 from a depth of 75 metres near Fastnet Rock, Co Cork in 2014.Read: ‘Paralysed with grief, we have lost one of God’s finest creatures’ – funeral of Captain Mark Duffy takes placeRead: Rescuers will try to lift the wreckage of Rescue 116 from the sea todaylast_img read more

The first pop song composed by an AI is pretty great

first_imgWe are doomed. AI have started making music and we are screwed.Researchers at Sony have developed an AI that can compose music. Their first major track? An ode to Beetles-style psych rock called “Daddy’s Car.” It’s a catchy hit that would have been right at home on Abbey Road.The song comes from “Flow Machines,” the name of software developed by Sony. Flow Machines analyzed more than 10,000 tracks from different genres from around the world to understand structure, melody, harmony, and chord progression. The program can compose a song almost entirely on its own. To start, a human composer, Benoît Carré, requests a specific style, in this case, The Beatles, and helps fill in some gaps. Carré writes and adds lyrics to the basic track that fleshes out the rest of the song, but the AI composes the essentials.This is, so far, the most comprehensive application of AI towards art. We’ve already developed plenty of programs that can paint, that can drive cars, and plenty else. Art, so far as most can guess, has been the exclusive domain of human creators. “Daddy’s Car” is not the first song to be composed by an AI, but it’s the first pop song that sounds as natural as any we’ve seen in decades.It’s fantastic, but also terrifying, and a cogent reminder of the fact that we have an expiration date. The arts may well have been the domain of humans, but if nothing else this is a phenomenal demonstration that our days our numbered. AI are plenty capable of complex tasks, and the fact that they can learn from us, and for the time-being match us, means that even those who have historically relied on the fact that our complex abilities and intelligence could save us from obsolescence are rapidly losing ground.I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.last_img read more

ASA Launches Soy Action Center to Connect Farmers with Capitol Hill

first_imgAs Congress returns from recess this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) announces the launch of the Soy Action Center, a grassroots communications portal through which ASA’s 21,000 farmer members can connect with their members of Congress, administration and federal agency officials, and state and local offices.”The Soy Action Center will be a very valuable tool for our members moving forward,” said ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb. “While the farm bill takes center stage right now, there is always a need for simple and straightforward communication between farmers and their representatives in Congress, in the administration, and in their state and local governments. The Soy Action Center enables farmers to keep those lines of communication open, and underscore to their elected officials why informed policy decisions are so important on the farm.”Through the web-based system, available at or by clicking here, farmers can enter their address or zip code to be connected with members of Congress and state and local officials representing their communities. Farmers can also connect with opinion editors at local and national media outlets, research important pieces of legislation, follow local and national elections, check congressional schedules, and learn more about the legislative process through online tutorials.”Many times, the legislative process can be intimidating, or seem like a large time commitment,” added Wellman. “But the Soy Action Center makes the process simple and user friendly. It is important to remember that these men and women work for us, and it is our responsibility to educate them on farm issues and how the decisions they make affect soybean farmers.”This week and next, ASA members will use the Soy Action Center to encourage the House to pass its version farm bill as the Sept. 30 deadline draws closer.ASA represents U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary membership by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Steve Wellman, ASA President, 402-269-3464, wellmanfarms@sbllcweb.comPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

Wildfire devastates California town

first_imgWEED, Calif. — They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee.In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 150 structures, a saw mill and a church. At times, the fire moved so fast that residents had only a few minutes to get out of the way.On Tuesday, the “Weed Like To Welcome You” town sign still stood, but nothing else was normal as stunned residents assessed the damage, took stock of what they lost and gave thanks for what was saved.“At the peak, essentially the entire town was evacuated,” state fire spokesman Robert Foxworthy said.Disastrous as the fire was for the community of 3,000 people, daybreak brought gratitude and relief that there were no reports of death or even serious injuries.The intense blaze erupted Monday south of Weed. Elsewhere in the state, hundreds of firefighters battled about a dozen other persistent blazes.Winds gusting up to 40 mph pushed the flames into town, where they quickly chewed through a hillside neighborhood. Officials said a significant number of the structures burned were houses; three firefighters lost their homes in the blaze. The cause is still under investigation.last_img read more

Game of Thrones Star Maisie Williams Joins Rooster Teeth Animated Series genLOCK

first_imgMaisie Williams has joined the voice cast of “gen:LOCK,” the animated series from Rooster Teeth. The news was announced at RTX London, the U.K. edition of Rooster Teeth’s expo, which is currently underway.Fans at RTX London also got a look at a new, third, teaser for the upcoming show. The anime-style series will bow on the Rooster Teeth subscription service. Set amid a global war, it follows a team of young pilots who control the next generation of giant, weaponized robot bodies known as mecha.“Game of Thrones” star Williams will play Cammie MacLoud, a mischievous Sottish hacker and the youngest recruit to the gen:LOCK program. She joins a voice cast that includes Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”), who plays the lead character, and David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) and Dakota Fanning (“The Alienist”). ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Gray G. Haddock created “gen:LOCK” and is the showrunner. “Maisie truly sounds exactly like how Cammie does in my head, she’s brilliant,” he said.The show is the second anime-style series from Rooster Teeth Animation after “RWBY,” which has run to multiple seasons. Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Productions is co-producing with Rooster Teeth.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

A digital world

first_imgAmor Fati (love of one’s fate), a show that exhibits digital works by Santosh Jain is being organised in the Capital. The show that opens today at Gallery Pioneer is curated by Niyatee Shindee. Jain’s work encompasses all the various strands of new media technologies. Her artworks display an exceptional degree of conceptual sophistication, hi-tech suave, social relevance and dexterous skills, all born through the computer screen, media technology being its riveting factor. The artiste’s work is strongly invested in the conceptual rather than the craft of making. Like all digital art, the work displays an enchanting etiquette. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the works are attitudes in which one sees everything that happens in life, including suffering and loss, in a positive light. This philosophy resonates in Jain’s fearless attitude towards her life and her art. Her perceptive nature helps her photograph the often hidden yet honest stories of destiny, fate, despair and hope. Her works are a sensitive and empathetic portrayal of the various stages and seasons of life, with perseverance and hope emerging as an underlying metaphor. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘I’ve always been exploring and experimenting with different art forms. With the camera and digital art, I feel I’ve finally found a language through which I can converse with people. I feel through this medium I’m now able to express what I feel inside with ease’, says the artiste.In the work Feline, the woman protagonist is present in eight roles. Either lounging or squatting or toothlessly grinning at the viewer, or lost in the domesticity of household chores or simply gazing into the distance very poetically, each are unique in their own worlds yet harmoniously bound by the scape with an expectant air. From My Attic series allows the viewer an intimate gaze into the artist’s life and surroundings and nudge him to examine closely held memoirs of stored experiences and feelings left in the recesses of the mind. These works display a meditative and transcendental quality.Choices, Dream Catcher and Chai Boy are chronicles of urban strugglers and survivors. While they showcase the realities of the downtrodden and demoralised, they are all laced with the phenomenon of hope and make the viewer sense the opportunity for the subjects to re-begin and re-build.Where: Gallery Pioneer, Lado SaraiWhen: On till 20 SeptemberTiming: 11 am till 7 pmlast_img read more

Turrialba Volcano evacuation zone expanded following increased activity

first_imgDue to the frequent explosions at Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) hasexpanded the evacuation zone surrounding the volcano from 2 kilometers to 5 kilometers.The zone, which designates restricted access, is expected to be kept in place at least a week while volcanologists determine whether or not to permanently evacuate the area.The decision to expand the evacuation zone was due, in part, to the presence of three schools within 5 kilometers of the volcano, according to the CNE.Turrialba Volcano began showing increasing signs of activity last October, and in the last several months the colossus has erupted nearly every week.On Monday, when the evacuation order was handed down, Turrialba erupted five times in the early morning, delaying flights. It continued to spew gas and ash into the afternoon.Volcanologists expect that the eruptions will get more frequent and more violent in the coming months, and the CNE has maintained a yellow alert in the area.Read all The Tico Times’ volcano coverage Facebook Comments Related posts:Turrialba Volcano spews more ash over Costa Rica’s Central Valley in Easter eruption VIDEO: Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano launches ash 800 meters into the sky WATCH: Turrialba Volcano emits impressive ash cloud Ranchers near active Turrialba Volcano could get bought out by Costa Rica governmentlast_img read more