GST: Ford slash prices of Figo, EcoSport, Endeavour in India by up to Rs 1.5 lakh

Posted On Nov 19 2019 by

first_imgFord India has decided to reduce vehicle prices by up to 4.5 per cent with immediate effect to pass on the GST benefit to the customers.While the reduction in prices will vary from state to state, the highest cut will be in Mumbai with the company’s flagship SUV Endeavour becoming cheaper by up to Rs 3 lakh.”We will pass on the benefits in the range of up to 4.5 per cent across the range,” a Ford India spokesperson told PTI.In Delhi, price of hatchback Figo has been cut by Rs 2,000, that of compact SUV Ecosport by up to Rs 8,000. Price of premium SUV Endeavour has been reduced by up to Rs 1.5 lakh.In Mumbai, the prices will go down in the range of Rs 28,000 on Figo to Rs 3 lakh on Endeavour.The company sells a range of vehicles starting from hatchback Figo to premium SUV Endeavour, that were priced between Rs 4.75 lakh to Rs 31.5 lakh (ex-showroom).The company, however, did not share details about the revised pricing of its iconic sports car Mustang.Already, various automakers such as Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover and BMW have reduced prices to transmit the GST relief down the line.ALSO READ:GST: Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors, Mahindra sales take a hit in JuneALSO READ:GST: TVS Motor, Hero MotoCorp slash prices of select models in IndiaALSO READ:GST: Should you buy a new vehicle before or after July 1?last_img read more

Parties should rise above politics, connect with society to represent its ethos: Shah

Posted On Nov 17 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 25 (PTI) BJP chief Amit Shah today asked political parties to rise above politics and connect with society, saying it would help them represent social ethos well.A political party and its different units should harmonise with society and at the same it should also try to involve different organs of the society, Shah said.”I believe until a political party rise above the politics and connects with society, it cannot represent the ethos of the society,” Shah said at the concluding session of the party’s youth wing BJYM’s ‘Khelo India’ programme.He also lauded the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha’s (BJYM) initiative. The programme was held across 27 states and 733 districts in the country and reached out to more than one lakh players through it.Emphasising on the importance of sports, the BJP president said it teaches how to accept defeat and at the same time develops the spirit to win also.Lauding the selection of games for ‘Khelo India’ event by the BJYM, Shah said Kabbadi, Wrestling, Kho-Kho are indigenous sports and participating in them will further strengthen the players’ association with the mother land.Asking the BJYM workers to further increase contribution in national-building, Shah said,”Building a new India by 2022, a target given by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, should be the purpose of your life.”He also told the party’s youth wing workers to get ready for the 2019 elections and reach out to every booth in the country, to ensure the party’s victory. PTI JTR TIR TIRadvertisementlast_img read more

Jason Roy hits ’emotional hundred’ as England issue 2019 World Cup warning

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgA rampaging England beat visitors Pakistan by 3 wickets on May 17 in the 4th ODI to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 5 match series. But for England opener Jason Roy who hit a match-winning 114(89), it was an emotional century, coming just a few hours after his new-born daughter was taken to the hospital.After the match, Roy revealed that he had spent most of the night at the hospital where 7-weeks-old his daughter, Everly, was admitted at 1.30 in the night having fallen ill. He said that he could only get a couple of hours of sleep before the game. The batsman later returned to his daughter’s bedside immediately after the game was over.”I’m not in the form of my life. It was not my most fluent of innings but it was an extremely special feeling get over three figures. I didn’t see it coming,” said Roy.”I had a bit of a rough morning so this one is a special one for me and my family. It was my little one. We had to take her to hospital at 1.30 in the morning. I stayed there until 8.30 and came back for a couple of hours sleep and got to the ground just before warm-up and cracked on. It was a very emotional hundred,” explained the 28-year-old.On the other hand, England’s stand-in captain during the 4th ODI, Jos Buttler said that with the kind of batting lineup that England possess at the moment, they were confident that a chase of 340-odd wouldn’t prove to be too difficult for the side.advertisement”I thought the bowling unit did a great job to keep them to 340. As daft as it sounds, I didn’t think 340 seemed such a vast score on a wicket like that with a very fast outfield and small boundaries.”The strength of the batting line-up has been a big plus for us overs the past few years. Jason played fantastically well and it is great to watch him in full flow.”We had four really poor overs with some soft dismissals, but Ben Stokes played fantastically well and for him to soak up that pressure and play so well will give him a lot of confidence,” concluded Buttler.The 5th and final ODI between the 2 sides will be played on May 19 in Leeds.Also Read | 4th ODI: Jason Roy hundred trumps Babar Azam 115 as England beat Pakistan by 3 wicketsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: 5 batsmen who can break Sachin Tendulkar’s 16-year-old recordlast_img read more

2 days agoLeicester boss Rodgers admits Toure has management plans

Posted On Oct 28 2019 by

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Rodgers admits Toure has management plansby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits they could eventually lose assistant coach Kolo Toure.Toure’s ambition is not limited to City, says Rodgers.The Ivorian has already had a spell as the assistant manager of his home nation.“One day, he has mentioned he would love to take an African team to a World Cup and win it,” Rodgers said.“In his home country, he’s a superstar. Wherever he goes he’s a superstar, Kolo, everybody loves him. He’s got a lot to offer.” last_img read more

5-Star QB D.J. Uiagalelei Visiting Family For Spring Game

Posted On Oct 26 2019 by

first_imgA view of the empty stands in Clemson's football stadium.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: A general view of inside the stadium before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers have done a great job of developing quarterbacks over the past few years. Could five-star D.J. Uiagalelei be the next star to develop under Dabo Swinney?According to Clemson247, Uiagalelei is planning an extended visit to the Clemson campus. Per the report, he will be joined by his family and friends on a four-day unofficial visit.Uiagalelei has observed the team in several games over the past year, but this trip will reportedly be the first time his mother visits the campus. It features this weekend’s Clemson spring game.From The State:“I’m excited to bring my whole family out so we can really sit down and see everything there – look at the town, look at all of the facilities. We’ll be there for four or five days. We get in on Wednesday, and we leave Sunday,” Uiagalelei said. ““She just wants to see the campus and the football stadium. She was to meet all of the coaches. She wants to do all of the stuff besides football – check out the dorms, the town, where’s the nearest Walmart, where am I going to go to church. And, she wants to eat fried green tomatoes, that’s what she really wants to do. She’s looking forward to that.”247Sports rates Uiagalelei as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the country, and the No. 6 overall prospect. He is currently tipped to go to Clemson at 72-percent per 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions.The Tigers are not without competition for the St. John Bosco quarterback though. Uiagalelei is planning an official visit to Oregon this Spring, and could make his commitment before the start of next season.Clemson already boasts a top-five recruiting class in the country per 247Sports. However, the program currently trails ACC rival Miami, who have 12 commitments versus Clemson’s nine.The Tigers’ 2019 class didn’t have a five-star commitment but was still ranked in the top ten. Securing Uiagalelei could push 2020’s class over the top.[The State]last_img read more

McMacular Pants: Smooth as Silk (Because They’re Lined With Silk)

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_img Editors’ Recommendations UPDATE (9/4): Presale McMacular pants are now available for only $168. The price will return to $237 once the pants are all manufactured. With summer winding down, it’s time for fellas to start thinking about warmer clothes. When it comes to staying toasty, the top half is your body is easy — just throw on a sweater or smart jacket. However, a man’s lower half — some would say the more important half — is trickier to keep both warm and stylish.Thanks to McMacular, a new pants company based in San Francisco, keeping one’s legs warm is an utter delight. Instead of suffering the discomfort of long johns or the puffiness of flannel-lined pants, you can now enjoy the sleek comfort and style of silk-lined McMacular pants.The idea for McMacular pants came to founder Casey Davis after a cold night of barhopping during his college years. Davis deemed the idea innovative enough for him to drop out of college to get into pants full time — vastly different from college, where he was just getting into pants part-time. *wink*Handmade in San Francisco’s only denim factory, McMacular pants are made with 8 oz of soft sateen woven cotton and 2.1 oz of mulberry silk. So far there are three creatively named pant colors to choose from: Dapper Gentleman (black), Entrepreneur (charcoal), and World Traveler (sand). The pants are also available in two fits: modern slim and casual straight. Only a few hundred people have had the pleasure of wearing these luxurious leg-gloves so far, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign and a giveaway at the American Music Awards. Those lucky few have had nothing but great things to say: “absolutely amazing,” ”awesome,” “breathtaking,” “legendary,” and my favorite, “hilariously comfortable.”Related: How to Shop for TrousersAs a company, McMacular is still in the early stages of development, which is why they’re only producing 500 pairs at this time. So if you’re at all interested, you’d better hurry up and pre-order before your pants end up on another dude’s legs. If you order now, you can expect them to arrive at your door sometime in November (when you’ll really need them). If things keep going smoothly for McMacular, they’ll be initiating another production run shortly thereafter — then, hopefully, forevermore.Visit McMacular’s website to learn more about their silk-lined pants and find out how to pre-order them.   $168 $237 You’ll Never Have to Pivot a Sofa Again Thanks to Ikea’s Newest Collection The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movielast_img read more

Hackmatack Book Awards Lets Students be Critics

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgStudents across the province will have a chance to practice their literacy and critical thinking skills as book reviewers when choosing the winners of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice 2013-14 Book Awards. The Hackmatack program provides students in grades 4 to 6 in Atlantic Canada with the opportunity to read from a selection of Canadian authors and vote for their favourites. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development delivered two sets of 2013-14 English fiction and non-fiction nominated titles to a group of students at Elizabeth Sutherland School in Halifax today, Sept. 25. Schools across the province will get the books over the next two weeks. “A solid foundation in reading is important for every student,” said Kim Wilson, principal of Elizabeth Sutherland School. “Hackmatack offers students a unique opportunity to celebrate Canadian authors and create a connection to literacy across the province.” Each year, the Hackmatack selection committee, made up of teachers, librarians and young readers, nominates a list of Canadian children’s books for young people to read. On April 1, they will vote for their favourite and winners will be announced in May. Every fall, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development provides elementary schools with two sets of the English titles selected for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards program. Schools in the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial and schools that offer early French immersion will also receive two sets of the French titles.last_img read more

Oriental Bank launches repo rate linked home vehicle loans

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) on Tuesday said customers can now avail home and vehicle loans at repo-linked interest rates starting from 8.35 per cent and 8.70 per cent, respectively. OBC has launched new variant of home loan and vehicle loan products linked to the Reserve Bank of India’s repo rate, the bank said in a release. “Customers will have the option to select between MCLR linked rate, which is indexed to the bank’s cost of funds or a repo rate linked to the external benchmark. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”With the new variant, home loans and vehicle loans will also be available at repo rate linked interest rate starting at 8.35 per cent and 8.70 per cent, respectively, thus passing on further benefit of 20 basis points and 25 basis points respectively to the current MCLR rated pricing,” OBC said. The new home loan and vehicle loan products will directly link interest rate to an external benchmark, which in this case is the repo rate and thereby build a direct link to ensure fair and transparent transmission of the monetary policy rate immediately to the customers, the Gurugram-headquartered lender said.last_img read more

Toronto Police Services Board names working group for missing persons review

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto police civilian oversight board has established a working group that will lay out the parameters for an external review of how the force handles missing persons cases.The board announced the independent review in March in the wake of murder charges laid against accused serial killer Bruce McArthur. Many of the 66-year-old landscaper’s alleged victims went missing from Toronto’s gay village, where community members have criticized police for their response to the disappearances.A report unanimously approved by the Toronto Police Services Board at a Wednesday meeting says the working group will identify the form, focus, duration and potential costs of the external review.Toronto Mayor John Tory, who sits on the police services board, called the formation of the working group an “important first step” in the review process.“It’s really important that we do this and do it well and do it properly and inclusively,” Tory said prior to the board vote approving the working group. “I think the people we have here are first rate.”The group will be made up of police board member Ken Jeffers, Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention board member Shakir Rahim, sex worker advocate Monica Forrester, and lawyer Sara Mainville, who specializes in cases involving Indigenous peoples.The board also assigned a “facilitator” role to Breese Davies, vice-president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, who has participated in several high profile public inquiries and inquests.Tory said he recognized the value of including people in the working group who belong to the communities most affected by such cases.The review will not probe issues specific to McArthur — who now faces eight counts of first-degree murder — so as not to disrupt the ongoing investigation and court proceedings, Tory said, but it will take a broad look at police handling of missing persons cases.As recently as six weeks before McArthur’s January arrest, members of the force, including Chief Mark Saunders, said there was no indication the disappearances of several men from the city’s gay village were the work of a serial killer.In February, Saunders came under fire after seeming to suggest that police might have cracked the cases earlier if members of the public had been more forthcoming with investigators. He later said it was not his intent to blame the community.Police also come under fire following the death of Tess Richey, a 22-year-old reported missing after a night out in the gay village in November 2017.Her mother, who travelled from the family home in North Bay, Ont., to search for her daughter, found Richey’s body four days after a missing persons report was filed, in a stairwell at the back of an alley, just steps from where she was last seen alive.A 21-year-old Toronto man, Kalen Schlatter, has since been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Richey’s death, which police have said was caused by “neck compression.”last_img read more

Not a happy day Farmers family relieved no Crown appeal in murder

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgREGINA – The lawyer for a Saskatchewan farmer acquitted in the shooting death of a young Indigenous man says his client is relieved the Crown won’t be appealing the case, but it is not a happy day for anyone.Last month, a jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie, 22, who was from the Red Pheasant First Nation.The Saskatchewan Crown said Wednesday there is no legal basis to appeal the verdict.“On behalf of the Stanley family, and my team, I offer our unreserved condolences to the Boushie/Baptiste family,” lawyer Scott Spencer said in a statement Thursday.“The Stanley family is relieved that the criminal process is now complete, but this is not a happy day. A young man died, that is a terrible tragedy. There is no going back; there is no making it right.”Spencer said they hope, with time, Boushie’s family “can begin to heal.”The trial heard Boushie was one of five young people who drove onto Stanley’s farm near Biggar in 2016. They testified they were looking for help with a flat tire.Stanley told the trial he thought they were trying to steal an all-terrain vehicle. He testified he fired warning shots to scare them away and the gun accidentally went off again.The Crown’s decision not to appeal the acquittal drew an angry response from Indigenous leaders and Boushie family supporters.The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan, says it wants a “forensic accounting” of the jury verdict.“From the beginning, we’ve said this isn’t the farmers against the First Nations people,” vice-chief Kim Jonathan said Thursday. “These are systems in place that have and live and breath racism. To say otherwise, we’d be putting our head in the sand.“We want to be afforded fair treatment. We want our children to have just as much right to respect in the justice system as anybody else’s. We don’t want any more and we don’t want any less.”— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Prince Charles Attends StarStudded Garden Party For Princes Trust

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgThe Prince of Wales hosted a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace today to mark 40 years of His Royal Highness’s charity The Prince’s Trust.Dame Joan Collins and Gemma Arterton with Prince CharlesCredit/Copyright: Prince was joined by Prince’s Trust Ambassadors, including Sir Ben Kingsley, Fearne Cotton and Pixie Lott, alongside more than 5,000 of the charity’s supporters and beneficiaries. In the last 40 years, the charity has supported 825,000 young people.During the garden party Dame Joan Collins and Gemma Arterton presented His Royal Highness with a portrait of himself created from hundreds of images of people whose lives have been touched by the work of The Prince’s Trust.A digital book of memories containing messages recorded by young people and supporters of The Prince’s Trust was also presented to The Prince by Sir Ben Kingsley.Sir Ben Kingsley presents HRH with a Digital Book of MemoriesCredit/Copyright: Prince’s Trust was founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, and supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school or at risk of exclusion.Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping to develop self-esteem and skills for work.Singer Pixie Lott, who became a Trust Ambassador aged 18, said: “I just think that the work it does is amazing, giving young people a chance is so good. I’ve met some amazing people today, it’s lovely to hear their stories and how much more confidence they have from working with the Trust, and the way they’ve turned their lives around.” read more

Indigenous sexual abuse likely to dominate inquiry into murdered missing women

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA _ Sharon Acoose remembers being groped as a child by an uncle who paid her in pocket change for her trouble _ the earliest roots of a life scarred by sex work, drug use and jail time.“He would give me a quarter … or a nickel or a dime, whatever he had,” Acoose, 63, recalled during an interview with The Canadian Press.“You wouldn’t believe all the candies that I bought.”Despite the longest of odds, she managed to turn her life around, eventually becoming a professor of social work. Countless others who followed a similar trajectory are no longer alive to tell the tale.To this day, that same cycle is repeating itself with alarming frequency in Indigenous communities across Canada, a CP investigation has found.And with its insidious links to suicide, violence and mental health problems, the issue of child sexual abuse is poised to be a key theme in next year’s long-anticipated national inquiry into the tragic phenomenon of murdered and missing Indigenous women.Acoose was just three years old and living in Regina when it started _ three separate uncles, all of them now dead. The memory later manifested as emotional, spiritual and physical self-punishment, fuelled by the cocktail of drugs and alcohol she used to numb her pain.“That was just my destiny,” she said. “That’s exactly why I became what I became, because I grew up bitter, against men.”Indeed, experiences of sexual and physical abuse among Indigenous women and girls are so pervasive they are expected to overwhelm next year’s national inquiry, where commissioners will examine and report on the systemic causes of the violence.Hearings are expected to begin in early 2017 and will undoubtedly draw attention from around the globe, said chief commissioner Marion Buller.In May 2014, the RCMP documented 1,181 murdered and missing women between 1980 and 2012. A year later, it said 32 additional Aboriginal women had been murdered and 11 more had disappeared since it first reported on the issue.The force also cited an “unmistakable connection” between homicide and family violence.Aboriginal women are vulnerable precisely because they’re Aboriginal and women, said Dr. Yvonne Boyer, a Canada Research Chair at Manitoba’s Brandon University.Boyer co-authored a report on trafficking of Aboriginal women for the Public Safety Department in May 2014 that noted many of its participants suffered sexual abuse as a child, contributing to a pattern of exploitation that carried on into their adult years.“I see it as all being on a continuum,” she said in an interview.“You have children who are abused, you have young teenagers that are abused, they go through life, then it is just normalized behaviour … some of them, we just don’t hear their voices anymore because they’re gone.”The links between missing and murdered women and childhood sexual abuse are undeniable, added Wally Oppal, who led B.C.’s hearings on how authorities handled cases in the wake of the Robert Pickton investigation.Pickton _ one of Canada’s most notorious serial killers _ was convicted in 2007 of the murders of six women and charged in the deaths of 20 others. A number of them were Aboriginal.Oppal’s report found Aboriginal women experience higher levels of violence in terms of both incidence and severity and are disproportionately represented among the missing and murdered.“I still think of those women and what had happened to them … the abuses that had taken place and why they had left home,” he said.Indigenous women who have been incarcerated like Acoose commonly suffer from abuse and share similar vulnerable backgrounds with those who go murdered and missing, said Kim Pate _ longtime head of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and one of Canada’s newest senators.These women are at risk of being re-victimized. They find themselves over-policed yet underprotected from the violence and exploitation that enters all too often into their lives, she said.“If they end up on the street or in communities where they are being victimized, they’re often trying to figure out ways to survive that violence,” Pate said. “They’re trying to negotiate their lives.”Indigenous women are also more likely to be criminalized for fighting back, Pate added.While The Canadian Press has a policy of not identifying the victims of sexual assault, Acoose agreed to be identified in this story as part of her ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the issue.In her work at the First Nations University of Canada’s Saskatoon campus, she finds herself pondering a lingering question: why wasn’t there a national public inquiry 20 years ago?“I am so fortunate to be able to talk to people and tell my story,” Acoose said. “I should have been dead by the time I was 20.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Darfur Ban welcomes Sudanese ceasefire plan to disarm militias

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

“The Secretary-General stresses that the effectiveness of any ceasefire depends upon all parties demonstrating their commitment to a cessation of hostilities, particularly since past efforts to uphold a ceasefire in Darfur were not successful,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“He further emphasizes that the international community continues to have high expectations that the Government of Sudan and the rebel movements will make concrete progress towards a peaceful resolution to the conflict.”The ceasefire, announced by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir at the closing session of the Sudan People’s Forum, has also been welcomed by the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission (known as UNAMID).“This ceasefire could signal the start of a new phase in the search for a just and lasting peace in Darfur,” UNAMID said in a statement.Rebel groups have been fighting Government forces in Darfur, an arid and impoverished region bordering Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), since 2003. In those five years an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others displaced from their homes.The Government forces have been supported by militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, who have been accused of human rights abuses in their attacks on villages and other civilian targets.Since the start of this year UNAMID has been in place in Darfur to try to quell the violence and the humanitarian suffering. When it reaches full deployment, the mission should have about 26,000 uniformed personnel, including just below 20,000 troops. But it currently has only around 10,000 personnel, and senior UN officials have repeatedly called on countries to supply the remaining troops and equipment that are needed.An Egyptian heavy transport company, comprising 139 soldiers and 16 officers, arrived today in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, as part of UNAMID’s efforts to bolster its forces. The arrivals join an advance group of seven from that company who were already on the ground.The Egyptian company’s main task will be to support the distribution of cargo between sector logistics bases, the movement of bulk cargo such as water and fuel tankers, and the provision of transport and engineering capabilities. 12 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Sudanese Government’s declaration today of an immediate ceasefire between its forces and the rebel movements in Darfur and also Khartoum’s stated plan to disarm allied militias operating in the war-torn region. read more

Police raid Quebec offices of rail firm involved in LacMégantic train explosion

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

Police raided the Canadian offices of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway on Thursday as part of their investigation into a train crash earlier this month that destroyed the center of the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and killed 47 people.“We are executing a search warrant,” Sergeant Benoit Richard of the provincial police, Sûréte du Québec, told Reuters. “We are searching the offices now.”Richard said officers were combing through the railway’s office in Farnham, Quebec, about 65 kms (40 miles) east of Montreal, in search of evidence that could help with their investigation into the July 6 tragedy.Montreal Maine & Atlantic (MMA), a unit of Chicago-based Rail World Inc, operated the train that crashed into Lac-Mégantic.The train, which was hauling 72 tanker cars full of crude oil, and was operated by a single engineer, had been parked for the night on a main line uphill from the lakeside town. After the engineer left, it started rolling downhill, derailed in the center of Lac-Mégantic and exploded into a wall of fire.MMA Chairman Ed Burkhardt was not immediately available for comment on Thursday. In the days after the crash, he publicly questioned whether the engineer had set enough brakes to hold the train in place before he left for the night.Investigators are still searching the center of Lac-Mégantic for clues on the cause of crash. They have said the train’s hand brakes are one focus of their probe.© Thomson Reuters 2013 read more

Golder for Encanto environmental studies

Posted On Sep 24 2019 by

first_imgEncanto Potash Corp and the Muskowekwan First Nation have engaged Golder Associates as a vital part of the next step in developing a significant potash mine in Saskatchewan. As part of Encanto’s previously stated plan to strive to significantly reduce both the OPEX and CAPEX for an advanced potash solution mine, Golder will prepare two studies for Encanto over the remaining summer months.A water study to finalize the most appropriate and viable water supply for the Muskowekwan potash project with regards to cost savings and environmental stewardshipAn Environmental Impact Study (EIS) gap analysis to determine all steps necessary to complete the full EIS and proceed with the Environmental safeguarding for the entire Muskowekwan potash project.Chief Operating Officer Richard Lively: “After careful consideration, we decided to appoint Golder as our partner to move ahead for this very important aspect of our project. Golder has an immaculate reputation and a wealth of experience to draw from. We feel very confident having them as part of our team moving ahead. Golder’s experienced and dedicated team of professionals will be a great asset to Encanto and our plan to start moving this project forward is a meaningful and strategic manner.”Golder’s inclusion comes at a time when the financial support of the Government of Canada via funding through Indigenous Services Canada to support the upcoming engineering steps of the project has become available. “After much hard work and open communication, this initial government demonstration of support for a major Encanto/Muskowekwan First Nation project couldn’t have come at a better time,” stated Mr. Lively.With Golder on board, Encanto is confident in its ability to deliver multiple updates to its stakeholders and the investment community in fourth Quarter, 2018. These reports will form the basis of a firm work plan to finalize and deliver a technically advanced and construction ready project by November, 2019.Through a joint venture agreement with Muskowekwan Resources Ltd, Encanto has secured a project land package which totals approximately 61,000 largely contiguous acres. The PFS dated February 28, 2013 titled Encanto Potash Corp. Technical Report Summarizing the Preliminary Feasibility Study for the Muskowekwan First Nations Home Reserve Project in South Eastern Saskatchewan, Canada confirms the Proven and Probable KCI Reserves totalling 162 Mt grading 28% KCl (average) which supports primary and secondary mining for over 50 years at an assumed annual rate extraction rate of 2.8 Mt of MOP.The PEA dated May 24, 2017 titled NI 43-101 Technical Report on a Preliminary Economic Assessment and Preliminary Feasibility Study of the Muskowekwan Potash Project, South-Eastern Saskatchewan, Canada summarizes an alternative development option that supports primary and secondary mining of the Mineral Resources for 48 years at an annual extraction rate of 3.4 Mt of MOP. On December 30, 2016, Encanto signed a 20-year off-take agreement  with the National Federation of Farmers’ Procurement, Processing, and Retailing Cooperatives of India Ltd., (NACOF) registered under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India to supply 5 Mt/y of potash.last_img read more

NYC parade organisers to stand by PSNI invite despite jitters

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgORGANISERS OF THE traditional Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York are expected to reaffirm their invitation to the PSNI to take part in Monday’s event later today, following uncertainty as to whether the offer had been rescinded.According to veteran Irish American journalist and Irish Central editor Niall O’Dowd:“…the parade committee came under sustained attack on Thursday and Friday from dissident groups in Ireland and America who mounted a major social media campaign as well as phone calls seeking to prevent the PSNI from marching.A senior source told Irish Central that the parade committee did “suffer a case of jitters” regarding the invitation and the concerted drive to have the invite withdrawn but have now made it clear that the invite stands.The US-based website reports that a statement is expected from the parade committee later today, reaffirming the invitation.It was confirmed earlier this week that Northern Ireland’s police service would march in the parade for the first time. Six officers are expected to take part, marching alongside Gardaí.However, speculation spread on social media overnight that the committee had had a change of mind. A link to this message (apparently from the parade organisers) was posted by a number of Twitter and Facebook users — however, as of this morning, the link was inactive.[Screengrab]Calls and emails from to the parade committee’s offices in the Bronx this morning haven’t been answered as yet (in fairness, we’re four hours ahead) — however, the PSNI got back to us with this statement:We are aware of concerns regarding PSNI participation in the New York St Patrick’s Day parade but we have received no formal communication from the parade’s organisers at this time.Read: No u-turn from Taoiseach on NY parade, says sexuality of marchers ‘is a matter for themselves’ Read: “No biggie”: Rory O’Neill honoured at New York ceremonylast_img read more

LApp Store ne peut plus héberger le médiaplayer VLC

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgL’App Store ne peut plus héberger le médiaplayer VLCEtats-Unis – Arrivé depuis une semaine à peine sur l’App Store, VLC ne pourra être téléchargé davantage sur les mobiles d’Apple. La raison ? Des droits numériques de la firme à la pomme sont en contradiction avec la licence du célèbre logiciel.L’événement n’aura duré que quelques jours. Apple avait créé une “petite” surprise en acceptant d’accueillir le logiciel VLC dans son App Store. Habituellement protectionniste vis-à-vis de ses propres outils, la firme à la pomme avait ouvert la porte à un lecteur très apprécié des utilisateurs.Néanmoins, l’aventure a rapidement capoté. La version iOS de VLC transgresse le copyright des développeurs du projet Vidéolan, auteurs de la version sur ordinateur. L’un d’eux, Rémi Denis-Courmont explique leur mécontentement : “VLC et les logiciels open source en général n’auraient pas atteint leur niveau de qualité actuel et de popularité sans ces licences. De ce fait, la violation manifeste d’une licence ne peut être tolérée en aucune façon”. Néanmoins, Apple annonce avoir été aidé par des développeurs de Vidéolan pour assurer cette version iOS. Ce refus tardif d’être sur l’App Store aura au moins permis aux développeurs de VLC de faire parler encore plus de leur logiciel.Le 2 novembre 2010 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Owners of runaway pony found

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_imgThe pony that led officials on a chase around the Vancouver Mall area Monday was back home by Tuesday night. Paul Scarpelli, manager for Clark County Animal Protection and Control, said the owners contacted the agency Tuesday.They didn’t hear about it Monday but found plenty of voicemails from friends and family Tuesday, he said.After getting a call about a runaway pony Monday, officers managed to corral it near the Vancouver Village shopping area. Animal control field officer Bill Burrus then arrived and they got a halter on the pony. A foster home took in the pony while animal control looked for its owners.Scarpelli said it’s unlikely anyone will ever really know how the horse got loose, but it appears someone visiting its owners’ house may have forgotten to close a gate.last_img read more

Alissons arrival to Liverpool raises questions about Karius future

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgReports suggest AS Roma Alisson Becker passed Liverpool medical today in an attempt to sign a deal with Liverpool.However, the expected arrival of Alisson raises questions about the future for Liverpool’s existing goalkeepers like Loris Karius, Simon Mignolet.Karius started Thursday’s friendly at Blackburn in goal, while Simon Mignolet is still resting from World Cup duty with Belgium.Alisson Becker, LiverpoolReport: Injury update on Liverpool’s Becker George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Liverpool has released an update on Alisson Beckers progress as he recovers from injury.According to, there is still no timeline for the Brazillian…However, Wales international goalkeeper Danny Ward sets to exit Anfield for Leicester in a £10m deal, and ex Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland feels the King Power is the ideal place for the 25-year-old to launch his Premier League career.“He [Ward] had a great season at Huddersfield when they got promoted. He came back to Liverpool and he’s not really been involved,” Kirkland said, according to Sky Sports.“I’ve seen him a few times for Liverpool’s U23s and he’s done superbly but he needs to be playing. If that [switch] to Leicester happens he will be a big loss to Liverpool, but for Danny, it is a fantastic move.”last_img read more

Overall county flu cases decrease flu death toll at 49

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by