Indian Arrivals to US to Grow by 72%

first_imgIndian arrivals to the US are projected to grow by 72 per cent from 2015 through 2021, an official of the US consulate said in Kolkata on August 31, citing US Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) data.“Over the last decade, travel and tourism exports to India have more than doubled accounting for 65 per cent of all US services exports to India,” Jonathan Ward, foreign commercial officer, US Consulate Kolkata, said at a presentation.“NTTO forecasts Indian arrivals to the US to grow by 72 per cent from 2015 through 2021.”India is an important contributor to the revenue generated by international travel to the US, he said, adding that the country is the “eleventh largest inbound visitation market and the seventh largest market for US travel and tourism exports”.Latest reports from the NTTO say the US welcomed more than 1.1 million visitors from India during 2015 — a 17 per cent increase over the previous year.The US-India Travel and Tourism Partnership Year is being observed in 2017.MICE travel, van tours as well as trips by leisure and school groups are currently popular among Indian travellers, according to Pabs Raghava, CEO of Tours Limited, a leading destination management company based in Atlanta, Georgia. – IANS Related ItemsIndian arrivals USIndian travel export USIndian visitors USAIndians in AmericaIndians visiting USLittle IndiaNTTO forecasts Indian arrivalslast_img read more

With young stars, Cubs likely not fading after NLCS loss

first_imgChicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber reacts after Game 5 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Chicago. The Dodgers won 11-1 to win the series and advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs’ season had just ended when Anthony Rizzo made a bold prediction.No, he didn’t promise another championship.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber and rookie Ian Happ are all 25 or younger. Rizzo is hardly an old man at 28. The same goes for 27-year-old Kyle Hendricks.Even so, some big questions loom for a team with three straight trips to the NLCS.Topping the list is Jake Arrieta’s future since he has an expiring contract. John Lackey is likely on his way out. Closer Wade Davis has an expiring contract, and the bullpen struggled in the playoffs after a strong regular season.Here are some things to know heading into the offseason:ARRIETA OUT?: Arrieta got quite a send-off in Game 4 of the NLCS, if indeed that was his final start as a Cub.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA He pitched three-hit ball into the seventh to help Chicago avoid a sweep and got a standing ovation as he walked off the mound.“He’s so steady,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s kind of like that stoic figure that you’d like to have, kind of unflappable in most situations. So every team wants guys like that.”The trade that brought Arrieta from Baltimore in July 2013 helped fuel the Cubs’ rise. He is 54-24 over the past three seasons with a 2.71 ERA, two no-hitters and a Cy Young Award in 2015. But he turns 32 in March and figures to land a huge deal in free agency.ROTATION MATTERS: The Cubs could have two rotation spots to fill with Arrieta and Lackey possibly gone.One of them could go to Mike Montgomery. He made 14 starts and 44 appearances, finishing with a 7-8 record and 3.38 ERA.The 38-year-old Lackey has an expiring contract and might retire.DAILY DOSE: With his booming bat and limited skills in the field, Schwarber’s game appears made for the American League.Maddon, however, insisted he can be an everyday player in the NL. He said Schwarber has improved his footwork on throws from left field but needs to take better routes on fly balls.“So the stuff you see to this point that you don’t like maybe is very correctable,” Maddon said. “And when you have a guy that works like he does, you have to believe it’s going to happen.”Though he hit just .211, Schwarber came on strong near the end of the season to finish with 30 home runs. MOST READ CLOSING TIME: The Cubs could be in the market for a closer for the second year in a row.Aroldis Chapman signed with the Yankees last winter after a midseason trade brought him to Chicago from New York. Davis now has an expiring contract.Acquired from Kansas City last winter, he converted 32 of 33 saves. But the three-time All-Star was shaky in the postseason with a 4.26 ERA.NO RELIEF: President of baseball operations Theo Epstein insisted he has not lost faith in Carl Edwards Jr. and Montgomery despite their playoff struggles out of the bullpen. Edwards — like Montgomery — pitched well during the regular season.“Those two guys who have been the ones struggling this postseason, they got the three biggest outs in Cubs history last year,” Epstein said, referring to the 10th inning of Game 7 at Cleveland. “They both had really good years, and they both finished strong.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments “We’re gonna consistently compete here for years to come,” Rizzo said. “That’s what this organization has been built on. We want to compete for a five- or six-year period, every single year. We’re in position to do that. We’re gonna be in a position next year to make a postseason run, but it’s not gonna come easy and it’s something we can’t take for granted.”The Cubs started slow this season after beating Cleveland last year to win the World Series for the first time since 1908.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut they looked more like themselves in the second half, posting the best record in the National League after the All-Star break. Chicago finished with 92 wins to capture its second straight NL Central championship and beat Washington in a grueling Division Series.The Cubs just couldn’t hang with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS and got knocked out in five games. Even so, this team was built to last and doesn’t appear to be fading anytime soon. 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Moto G2 likely go on sale on Sept 10: Report

first_imgThe Moto G (pictured here) helped Motorola sell one million Moto phones in India in five monthsMoto G2, the successor of phenomenally popular Moto G, will go on sale on September 10 at a price of around $335. According to a report by GSMArena, a website that covers smartphone-related news, the launch information about Moto G has been revealed by a retailer who got the information “straight from a Motorola” representative.Recently, the Moto G got a price cut in India and it is possible that the move was aimed to clear the existing stock and make space for the Moto G2.The Moto G2 is likely to have upgraded hardware compared to the Moto G. It will possibly sport a bigger screen — 5-inch screen compared to the 4.5-inch on the Moto G — and will have a 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera. The screen will have the same 720P resolution. The leaked information hits that the device will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2GHz, will have 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. It is likely to have dual-SIM functionality.If these specifications are correct, the Moto G2 looks like a moderate update over the Moto G. The price of the new phone is rumoured to be $335, which is almost double of the launch price of the Moto G. If the price is correct, in India the Moto G2 is likely to cost around Rs 20,000.Though Motorola had delayed the launch of Moto G in India and brought it here only in February, the phone has been a big success for the company. Considering the numbers Moto G has notched up here, it is possible that Motorola will include India among the first markets where the Moto G2 will go on sale.  advertisementFor Motorola, the Moto G has been its most successful smartphone ever. Priced aggressively and aimed at markets in developing countries, the phone offered consumers almost “pure” Android experience in a compact and fully-functional device. Another factor that contributed to the success of the Moto G was lack of competition. When Motorola launched Moto G last year, most companies were selling affordable Android phones that had performance issues and poor screens.But the situation has changed in the last few months, especially in countries like India. The new Moto G2 will have to not only compete against good sub-Rs 10,000 devices like Asus Zenfone 5 but will also have to deal with Xiaomi Mi3, which sells for less than Rs 15,000 and yet offers performance comparable to something provided by high-end phones like the Galaxy S4 and the LG G2.Follow author on Twitter @Javed_dellast_img read more

Knicks finally win, ends 18-game skid by beating Hawks

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I like where we’re headed,” Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said of his team’s overall play this season. “As a first-time coach, I didn’t know if I’d be fighting players every day or disgruntled guys or guys not buying into it, but I think the guys buy into it and they enjoy each other. They enjoy my staff, which is very important.”TIP-INSKnicks: Mario Hezonja missed the game with a left leg contusion. Fizdale said Hezonja was kicked in Wednesday’s home loss to Philadelphia. … Luke Kornet made his 11th start and finished with 11 points.Hawks: Young began the game averaging 16.9 points and 7.6 assists. Since 1997-98, only Chris Paul in 2005-06 and John Wall in 2010-11 averaged at least 16 points and seven assists over a full rookie season.STAY IN SHAPEFizdale wants the Knicks to use the upcoming All-Star break to rest and maintain their conditioning.“I’m not letting my foot off the gas,” he said with a smile.HAIL TO THE CHIEFFormer President Jimmy Carter, 94, and his wife Rosalynn, 91, attended the game and were introduced to a standing ovation during a timeout early in the first. The Hawks did a video presentation of Carter’s career in humanitarian causes, politics and philanthropy. Carter, the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2002, just won his third Grammy for best spoken word album on “Faith: A Journey for All.”PRIDE TIME MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Dennis Smith Jr. scored 19 points and New York snapped a franchise-worst, 18-game losing streak with a 106-91 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.The Knicks ended their longest skid within a single season with their first victory since Jan. 4 at the Los Angeles Lakers. New York, with the Eastern Conference’s worst record and second-worst overall, had dropped 26 of 27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesKadeem Allen and John Jenkins each added 14 points. Damyean Dotson finished with 13 points and DeAndre Jordan had 13 rebounds for New York, which never trailed and only was tied twice, in the second quarter.“I think we did a great job of guarding the pick-and-rolls tonight,” Smith said. “Our bigs did a good job of calling out the screens and switching and not giving them too many second chances.” Gilas Pilipinas heads to final Fiba window on high note after routing Meralco ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Hawks held a Love Wins Pride Night promotion that featured the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus singing the national anthem and the team calling attention throughout the night to the LGBT community. The outside “Atlanta” facade of State Farm Arena was lit in rainbow colors. The Hawks dressed their mascot Harry in a rainbow Mohawk and had him waving a large rainbow flag with their logo in the center.UP NEXTKnicks: Host Minnesota on Feb. 22.Hawks: Host Detroit on Feb. 22.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Hawks, coming off an exciting victory over the Lakers two nights earlier, were flat throughout. They never pulled within single digits after John Collins’ hook shot made it 87-78 with 9:39 remaining.Dewayne Dedmon led Atlanta with 21 points. Trae Young had 16 points and 11 assists.The Knicks were up 14-0 before ending the first with a 28-13 lead. Mitchell Robinson closed the period by blocking DeAndre’ Bembry’s 3-point attempt. Atlanta missed its first 11 shots as its starters combined for two points.“We can’t start the game like we did and expect to get a win,” Young said. “We’ve just got to learn from it and get better and regroup after the All-Star Game.”The Hawks, who trailed 54-51 at halftime, have lost four of five.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) works against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Atlanta. New York won 106-91. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Knicks coach David Fizdale gives his team credit for not giving up during a losing streak that lasted nearly six weeks.“I keep talking about this team’s character,” Fizdale said. “It would’ve been very easy for us to check out and get on to wherever we’re going to go, but we were desperate men. Those guys wanted this game really badly, and they came out and showed it.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Delhi: For nearly 170 days, national fencing champion is fighting a lonely battle against alcohol addiction

first_img100 bottles of alcohol in all shapes and sizes will stop you at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. A closer look, these are empty bottles with all possible brands. But this is not leftovers of Delhiites throwing bottles out in the open. These are carefully procured bottles for a cause — against alcoholism. Amidst the bottles is a signage that reads — “The answer to life’s problems are not at the bottom of the beer bottle”.The man to whom the signage belongs is no ordinary man. A 28-year-old former national-level fencing champion T David Raj has taken this fight against alcoholism to another level.Surrounded by nearly 100 empty bottles of alcohol, an effigy of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami with a can of alcohol, David is a picture of calm, sitting steadfast on protest for nearly 170 days, fighting Delhi’s heat and mosquitoes. He is a lone voice against alcoholism.When India Today met him, he claimed that 50 villagers in Kanyakumari’s small village Attoor had lost their lives due to alcohol addiction since the time he could remember.But, what makes David different is that, his own family not willing to support him, he has stood his ground. Ironically, he uses his father’s measly pension for survival. David’s father C Thangaswamy, a retired BSF havaldar, would beat up his mother after several bouts of alcohol. Not only this, other male members of David’s extended family also had disturbed family life. It impacted young David deeply. David’s elder brother, a fencing champion, joined the Army fighting the anti -insurgency battle in Kashmir valley, but he chose a different fight.advertisementAfter winning several state and national championships, he says he refused a lucrative job given to him under sports quota. He says, “18 lakh people die due to alcoholism, but there is no protest.  When people die of dengue or Japanese Encephalitis, there is a huge hue and cry.” He wants to change this.David has fought a lonely battle, with several cases slapped on him for what he alleges is a case of system supporting the alcohol vendors. In September 2015, he got atop of telephone tower in his village to protest the presence of liquor shop in front of a school. After several hours, he was convinced to get down and then reportedly beaten black and blue.Upset with his own family and system’s failure to look into the issue, he took a train to Delhi. 168 days and counting, food at dhaba, public convenience toilet and sleeping under an open sky with no publicity worth it. For David as he says, “I am inspired by Subash Chandra Bose. It’s okay, I know my fight is genuine.”He says, “PM Modi made Gujarat a dry state. Why cant there be a dry country. The family shot off a letter to the district collector saying protection should be given to David and he should be brought back to Kanyakumari. The father C Thanka Swamy told India Today on phone, “We have a kiln factory now, but David is at Jantar Mantar. My one son is far away in Kashmir, but the younger son refuses to talk to me because I tell him to come back. I only come to know about David from social media or local press.”David refuses to talk to his father because he never gave up on drinking.Sajjan Chavan, district collector of Kanyakumari, however, said he was unaware if such an application had been moved by the parents. ” I can’t comment on the issue. But, yes, if it is brought to our notice, I promise we will look into it.”last_img read more

1st T20I: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and spinners help India crush Ireland

first_imgIndia celebrated their 100th T20 International in style by defeating Ireland by 76 runs in the first of a two-match series in Dublin. After Rohit Sharma (97) and Shikhar Dhawan (74) had helped India post 208/5, Kuldeep Yadav took 4/21 while Yuzvendra Chahal snared 3/38 to condemn the hosts to a massive defeat.Chasing 209, Ireland never looked like they were in control. Jasprit Bumrah struck off his second delivery to get rid of Paul Stirling to rock the Irish.Next, Chahal dismissed Andrew Balbirnie, who was completely flummoxed by the leg-spinner, allowing MS Dhoni to whip off the stumps easily.(HIGHLIGHTS)If Ireland had to contend with Chahal at one end, they had to deal with Kuldeep at the other. The minnows were all at sea against Kuldeep’s left-arm chinaman, who ran through the middle-order, picking up Simi Singh, top-scorer James Shannon and SW Poynter.Chahal was a little expensive but at one point, he was on a hat-trick. The Royal Challengers Bangalore leggie eventually finished with 3/38.Bumrah returned for his second spell to remove George Dockrell.Rohit Sharma falls 3 short of record century in India’s 100th T20IOnly Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya could not get among the wickets.Handshakes all around as #TeamIndia win by 76 runs.#IREvIND (@BCCI) June 27, 2018Ireland had won the toss and decided to bowl first on a flat pitch. Rohit, who was off-colour for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and Dhawan, in fine form for Sunrisers Hyderabad, took India off to a great start.advertisementThe pair was involved in a 160-run partnership, the second best stand for India in T20 Internationals. Rohit was also involved (with KL Rahul) in India’s best T20I partnership of 165 runs against Sri Lanka in Indore late last year.After seeing off the first over which yielded just a single, the Indian openers started the onslaught with Dhawan welcoming medium pacer Stuart Thompson with a boundary and a six.The southpaw meted out similar treatment to Kevin O’ Brien’s medium pace and went on to bring up his fifty off mere 27 balls with a thunderous six off left-arm spinner Dockrell.Rohit, who up until then played the perfect second fiddle, caught up with his partner with some exquisitely-timed boundaries and a couple of sixes to get to his fifty off 39 balls, and help India reach the three-figure mark.The hapless Irish attack drastically failed to control the onslaught from the ruthless Indian openers as the score swelled to 150 runs by the 16th over.Ireland had themselves to blame as Thompson dropped Rohit twice before finally managing to latch on to one to pack back Dhawan off Kevin.Innings Break!#TeamIndia 208/5 in 20 overs (Rohit 97, Dhawan 74)Follow the game here – #IREvIND (@BCCI) June 27, 2018Dhawan’s departure brought in Suresh Raina (10), who started with a boundary before a short pitched delivery from Kevin brought his downfall.Joined by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (11), Rohit continued his onslaught to near his third T20I century but Chase had other plans in the final over of the innings.After giving a single off the first ball, the medium pacer packed Dhoni back on the second delivery before sending back Rohit with a slower one.One ball later, Chase dismissed skipper Virat Kohli for a rare duck before Hardik Pandya (6 not out) ended the innings with a six.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s mission is to make India the best: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgVirat Kohli will be hoping for a better performance for himself and the Team India when they take on England in the five-match Test series.Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly thought has said that he has a lot of hope from India captain Virat Kohli.Ganguly shared his hopes from Kohli on the “Breakfast with Champions” show hosted by Gaurav Kapur, a statement said.READ – Can India repeat history in England after 47 years with new-age spin trio?”When Virat Kohli plays, wherever you are you will come and watch that because he is playing. That is his impact. When you look at him, you will get to know that this man has a mission of making his team the best,” Ganguly said.Ganguly says he and the nation believes in Kohli, who tied the knot with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in an intimate affair in Tuscany, Italy, last December.READ – Virat Kohli’s men look for happy hunting grounds”There is fitness and yo-yo test. People criticize it but there is a reason behind these tests. You have to be mentally tough. Now cricket is fitness oriented and sports has changed over the years. I have lot of hopes from Virat Kohli and nation believes in him,” he added.READ – Cannot let Ashwin fade away so quickly, says GangulyGanguly had earlier said that Ashwin’s Test record is of extreme value and he “deserves a lot more opportunities” to prove himself in overseas conditions.READ – Heatwave or ragged outfield: Why India shortened warm-up match vs Essexadvertisement”You can’t let Ashwin fade away so quickly, because 300 wickets is not a matter of joke,” Ganguly said in a video interview with”Ashwin has a place in the side. He will reinvent himself because he feels challenged, he knows Kuldeep is up for his Test spot. You saw the leg spin in the IPL, he will get better and he deserves a lot more opportunities.”(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Where Urban Meyer Could Coach Next, If He Doesn’t Retire

first_imgUrban Meyer and his wife exit the field.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is still the head coach at Ohio State, but a Football Scoop report Friday morning suggests he could be leaving the Buckeyes after the 2019 season. While that obviously isn’t confirmed, many are wondering what could be next for Meyer.If Meyer were to leave Ohio State after the 2019 season, he’d be 55 years old with a big decision to make – should he retire or keep coaching?Meyer’s health will likely be the determining factor. Earlier this year, he revealed he’s been dealing with an enlarged congenital arachnoid cyst on his brain. So it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he hung it up to focus on keeping himself healthy.But if he were to coach again, it seems like there are two main options. One is taking a head coaching job in the NFL – something he hasn’t tried yet. The other would be to take another elite job in college football.He’s already coached at Florida and Ohio State – two of the top 10 programs in the country. But his “dream job” is still out there.Back in 2008, Meyer told a Florida radio show that his “dream job” is actually Notre Dame. From 1996-2000, he was the wide receivers coach for the program.Brian Kelly is currently Notre Dame’s coach, and considering the program is 12-0 and headed to its first College Football Playoff, fans are likely happy. But things can change quickly in college football.If the job were to become available, and Meyer were to be interested, the school would have to factor in how the Zach Smith saga could affect his potential reception. But remember, this would be at least one or two years into the future.For now, Meyer is focused on getting Ohio State back into the national championship conversation. But at some point, he’ll have to make a decision on whether he wants to call it a career.last_img read more

Bob Geldof And Kofi Annan Launch Africa Progress Report

first_imgOn Thursday, May 8th 2014 at 2PM GMT, the Africa Progress Panel (APP) launched its annual Africa Progress Report during a press conference held at the Tate Museum in London, England.Peter Eigen, Kofi Annan, Caroline Kende-Robb, Tidjane Thiam and Bob GeldofPresented to an audience made up of international media, global think tanks, NGOs and global business leaders, the 2014 Africa Progress Report Grain, Fish, Money – Financing Africa’s Green and Blue revolutions, finds that Africa can and must unleash green and blue revolutions in its agriculture and fisheries. The report highlights the opportunities for Africa, the world’s growing demand for food and the critical importance of agriculture and fisheries for two thirds of people in Africa engaged in these sectors. The report also recommends related policies, including policies to scale-up Africa’s infrastructure and extend its financial services.Kofi Annan, chairman of the Africa Progress Panel and former Secretary – General of the United Nations, hosted the press launch alongside Caroline Kende-Robb, Deputy Executive Director, Africa Progress Panel. Panel members in attendance included Peter Eigen, Founder of Transparency International, and Founding Chair and Special Representative of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), Sir Bob Geldof, Musician, Businessman, Founder and Chair of Band Aid, Live Aid and live8, Co-Founder of DATA and ONE Campaign Advisor and Advocate, and Tidjane Thiam CEO, Prudential Plc.last_img read more

Insurer reports high volume of claims after acid spills on BC highway

first_imgTRAIL, B.C. – Thousands of insurance claims have been made in the wake of two acid spills along a southeastern British Columbia highway earlier this year that damaged vehicles.Insurance Corporation of B.C. spokeswoman Lindsay Wilkins said vehicle claims related to the April 10 and May 23 spills of sulphuric acid in Trail have topped 3,000, although fewer are now showing exposure to acid.“These are complex claims that require extra time to process as each vehicle may have been exposed to varying degrees of sulphuric acid, affecting different parts and components of the vehicle,” she said in an email statement.A technical expert has been retained to determine the level of contamination of each vehicle and a team of 30 is now dedicated to processing the claims, which Wilkins said are “complex.”Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. said in a release posted on its website that the separate spills, one amounting to about 220 litres and the other of about 70 litres, occurred along as much as 16 kilometres of a busy commuter route through Trail.The spills happened after Teck sold the acid from its Trail smelter and the buyer, International Raw Materials Ltd., contracted to move the corrosive liquid by truck to two other locations in the city.The truck leaked the acid intermittently along the route, with the largest puddles at intersections where it stopped and started, said Trail Mayor Mike Martin in a telephone interview.“I’ve seen numbers in the range of 15 to 20,000 thousand vehicles per day that would be passing along that route in both directions,” he said, adding the number of southbound vehicles that could have splashed through the acid “would have been considerable.”Two vehicles belonging to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue were among those damaged.“Essentially, a brand new fire engine worth probably in the order of around $800,000 as well as a command vehicle,” said Martin.Wilkins said the fire truck was a loss but the corporation was still determining if some parts from the truck could be saved.The corporation has set up a dedicated phone line for drivers who may have travelled through the acid before it was neutralized by first responders.An adviser who answered the line said sulphuric acid has the potential to corrode vehicle undercarriages, aluminum parts and especially brake lines and brake systems.Teck spokesman Chris Stannell said in an email that the company “regrets the concern this issue has caused in the community.”“International Raw Materials Ltd. was the owner of the acid and responsible for its safe transportation,” he added.The company’s statement said the spills are unacceptable and Teck is “working with the parties involved in acid transportation to prevent any recurrence.”It said both spills were cleaned up, no acid seeped into area waterways and there was no damage to roads or a bridge over the Columbia River.Martin agreed the Victoria bridge was undamaged, but he said the city was still checking its own vehicle fleet for corrosion.A meeting had been arranged for Friday by International Raw Materials to offer a formal debriefing with Teck, emergency services and other parties, but Martin said the city announced Thursday that it would not attend after several other participants pulled out.“There may be a time and a place to hold a meeting like this in the future, but at this point, with various legal concerns now coming forward, it was understood that until these issues are resolved, the parties directly involved are proceeding with caution,” said a statement from the City of Trail.Martin said the summary of information released Thursday by Teck and International Raw Materials came months after the second spill and at the request of the City of Trail.“The city was very disappointed with the lack of information made available following the incidents.”Companies in this story: (TSX:TCK.A)last_img read more

Chinese importers have stopped buying Canadian canola seed Industry group

WINNIPEG — Chinese importers have stopped buying Canadian canola seed, according to an industry group.Canola Council of Canada president Jim Everson says canola seed exporters are reporting that Chinese importers are unwilling to purchase Canadian canola seed at this time.Earlier this month, Beijing suspended canola imports from Richardson International Ltd. for what one Chinese official alleged was the detection of hazardous organisms in the company’s product.Everson says Canadian canola seed exporters who normally ship to China have no alternative but to supply customers in other countries.Companies that are members of the council include Viterra Inc., Louis Dreyfus Company, Cargill Ltd. and Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd.China’s decision to reject shipments of one of Canada’s key exports comes with the two countries in a diplomatic dispute that erupted after the December arrest of Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the behest of the United States. The Canadian Press read more

UNbacked report shows strong performance by renewable energy sector

The sector also delivered close to 20 per cent of the world’s electricity production, according to the report commissioned by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), whose secretariat is supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“The global performance of renewable energy despite headwinds has been a positive constant in turbulent times,” said Mohamed El-Ashry, Chairman of REN21’s Steering Committee. “Today, more people than ever before derive energy from renewables as capacity continues to grow, prices continue to fall, and shares of global energy from renewable energy continue to increase.”Global solar power generation doubled last year compared to the previous year, thanks to government incentive programmes and the continued fall in the price of Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, according to the “Renewables 21: Global Status Report.”Germany installed more PV in 2010 than the entire world added in 2009. PV markets in Japan and the United States almost doubled relative to 2009.Globally, wind power added the most new capacity, followed by hydropower and solar PV, but for the first time ever, Europe added more PV than wind capacity.Renewable energy policies continue to be the main driver of the renewable energy growth, according to the report. By early this year, at least 119 countries had some type of policy target or renewable support policy at the national level, more than doubling from 55 countries in early 2005. More than half of those countries are in the developing world. Last year, investment reached a record $211 billion in renewables – about one-third more than the $160 billion invested in 2009 – and more than five times the amount invested in 2004.Funds invested in renewable energy companies, and in utility-scale generation and biofuel projects increased to $143 billion, with developing countries surpassing developed economies for the first time.“The increased renewable energy activity in developing countries highlighted in this year’s report is very encouraging, since most of the future growth in energy demand is expected to occur in developing countries,” said Mr. El-Ashry.“More and more of the world’s people are gaining access to energy services through renewables, not only to meet their basic needs, but also to enable them to develop economically,” he added. 13 July 2011The renewable energy sector has continued to perform well despite the global economic slowdown, cuts in incentives, and low natural-gas prices, according to a United Nations-backed report unveiled today, which shows that the sector supplied an estimated 16 per cent of global energy last year. read more

Ranil says 17A more important

“Under the 17th Amendment an independent police can be created, administration of the country will be strictly under the law, it provides for an independent judiciary, corruption can be eliminated. These are the issues the people want addressed,” he said. He accused the police of being politicizes and also government divisional officers being corrupt when implementing projects in their respective areas. Wickremesinghe noted that the government had sent Minister Basil Rajapaksa to India to discuss about the 13th Amendment instead of having discussions with the people of Sri Lanka about their main concerns.“Even before discussing with us about the 13th Amendment the government sent Minister Basil Rajapaksa to New Delhi to discuss with them so then what’s the point in inviting us for talks,” he said. The main opposition UNP today accused the government of neglecting core issues faced by the public and instead putting more focus on the 13th Amendment to the constitution.UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that before looking at the 13th Amendment, the government should have looked at implementing the 17th Amendment to the constitution. The UNP leader noted that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has also not responded to a letter he had sent in June seeking talks on several issues ahead of the northern polls.“The northern elections have been announced but there is no response to my letter. So if the government is not ready to discuss these issues then what’s the point in a Parliament Select Committee,” he said.Wickremesinghe said that the Parliament Select Committee formed to discuss the 13th Amendment is missing several government coalition members and not just the opposition, so in his view it is incomplete. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Jackie Robinson Museum Breaks Ground After 10Year Delay

Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, smiles during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Jackie Robinson Museum, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — Ground was broken for the Jackie Robinson Museum after a 10-year wait — matching the length of the Hall of Famer’s barrier-breaking major-league career.Rachel Robinson, the 94-year-old widow of the Brooklyn Dodgers star, attended Thursday’s ceremony in the SoHo section of Manhattan along with her daughter, Sharon, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and former National League President Len Coleman.“There are a lot of American heroes. I think Jackie Robinson is in a class by himself,” Manfred said, “and, really, it is impossible to do enough to recognize what he means and continues to mean to the process of change.”About $23.5 million has been raised to build the museum, now scheduled to open in spring 2019 on the street level of an already-existing office building. The Jackie Robinson Foundation hopes to raise a total of $42 million — matching Robinson’s uniform number — to fund an endowment that will pay for the museum’s operations.“Breaking ground allows us to show the country that we are for real,” Sharon Robinson said.Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 and died in 1972. Rachel Robinson started the Jackie Robinson Foundation a year later.The 18,500 square-foot space, which will include a 75-seat theater, originally was to open in 2009 or 2010 but was delayed when the Great Recession slowed fundraising.“The bottom fell out,” foundation president Della Britton Baeza said.Strada Education Network last month announced a $6.5 million gift to the foundation, which awards several dozen college scholarships annually.Sharon Robinson, now 67, said her mother’s wedding dress, currently in their Connecticut home, will be among the exhibits, which will portray her father’s role in the civil rights movement.“There will be a lot that kids … when you have a visual in addition to reading about something, I think they’ll understand the totality of the man and the importance of having a voice and using it,” Sharon Robinson said. “I think today is more complex. It is not just a Black and white America. We have a great deal of work that needs to be done so that we really are an inclusive country.”Baseball has been concerned about the drop in African-American players — just 7.7 percent on opening-day rosters, according to The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, down from 18 percent in 1991. While there are three nonwhite managers, down from 10 in 2009, and four nonwhite general managers, the institute said nonwhite people comprise 28 percent of central baseball’s professional staff.“It’s important to remember that baseball has a tremendously diverse workforce. I think it’s probably a mistake to focus on any single group, and we have more diversity in the game today than we’ve ever had,” Manfred said. “Having said that, baseball has in place numerous programs designed to promote African-American participation and we feel that our partnership with the Jackie Robinson Foundation is an important part of that programmatic effort.” read more

Duchess of Cambridge reveals favourite game as a child was Uno

first_imgSpeaking after the meeting, Miss Jones said: “I feel so thankful for what he said, especially because he lost his mum at a similar age.”It meant a lot to me. He said I was really brave and strong and that I should be proud of myself. He was really nice and so was Kate.”Over the past year, the Duke and Duchess have focused much of their public work on promoting the emotional and psychological well-being of children, teenagers and adults. Miss Jones, also 18, emotionally revealed that she began self-harming after her mother was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.She told the couple that Youthscape helped her cope, especially when her mother died when she was just 14.William told her: “What happened should never have happened to you and you should never have gone through it.”The fact you have gone through it and got where you are now, you should be really, really proud.”Kate, who was wearing a blue and white LK Bennett dress, told both girls they were “so courageous” and “strong”. William at Kate arriving the Youthscape centre The centre reopened in April after a £3.2 million revamp. It was designed for the organisation as a national hub for its work.Founded in 1993, the charity specialises in young people’s social, emotional and spiritual development. It has pioneered projects such as SelfharmUK, which is the only dedicated imitative aimed at helping youngsters understand and recover from self-harm.The royal visitors met Holly Keany, 18, and Ellis Jones, listening intently to their stories as they described everything they have been through during their lives. The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed a part of her childhood saying she loved the American card game Uno.Kate told youngsters at a newly revamped centre for young people her and her siblings played the chase-based game regularly.The Duchess also said she was fan of the book Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins.Laura Murphy, 20, said: “She said it was really, really good.”William and Kate were visiting the Youthscape building at Bute Mills in Luton, Bedfordshire, as part of their drive to raise awareness about mental health. William and Kate visiting the Youthscape building at Bute Mills in Lutoncenter_img William and Kate visiting the Youthscape building at Bute Mills in LutonCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph William at Kate arriving the Youthscape centreCredit: Chris Jackson Touring the building, they met some of the young people who use the facilities spread across the mill, which was built in 1911.William, an avid Aston Villa fan and president of the Football Association, joined Jermaine Hylton, 17, and Youthscape worker Matt Allen in a game of Fifa on a computer.Playing his favourite team against Luton Town, who recently beat Villa, William scored a goal during the match, but one of the boys told him it was offside.William jokingly said after his celebration: “What? Are you kidding me?!” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Draw for Womens EHF CL TOP 8 Group of death with last

Three last Women’s EHF CL winners in one “group of death” and weaker second group with ZRK Vardar as the biggest force. That is a conclusion of the Women’s EHF CL TOP 8 draw in Vienna.Women’s EHF Champions League Main Round groups:Group 1:1) FC Midtjylland (DEN)2) WHC Vardar SCBT (MKD)3) IK Sävehof (SWE)4) Thüringer HC (GER)Group 2:1) RK Krim Mercator (SLO)2) Györi Audi ETO KC (HUN)3) Larvik HK (NOR)4) Buducnost (MNE)Main Round playing periods and order of matches:Round 1 (01./02.02.2014): 1-3 and 2-4Round 2 (08./09.02.2014): 4-1 and 3-2Round 3 (15./16.02.2014): 2-1 and 4-3Round 4 (01./02.03.2014): 1-2 and 3-4Round 5 (08./09.03.2014): 3-1 and 4-2Round 6 (15./16.03.2014): 1-4 and 2-3 EHF Champions LeaguehandballWomen’s handball ← Previous Story Come to HANDBALL CUP in Prague 2014! Next Story → WINNER’S PROFILE: Bojana Popović read more

Pics Oil laundering plant that used cat litter uncovered in Dublin

first_img(Images: Revenue)Read: Property Tax helpline staff member investigated over alleged card fraud>More: ‘Ralph’ the dog sniffs out drugs worth €190,000 at Rosslare Europort> THE FIRST DISCOVERY of an oil laundering plant in Dublin was made by officers from Revenue’s Customs Service last night.The unsophisticated plant was uncovered in an industrial estate in the Ballycoolin area of Blanchardstown, Dublin.It had the capacity to launder over 2.5 million litres of fuel a year and a potential loss to the exchequer of €1.75 million a year.The plant used the relatively unsophisticated method of fuel laundering which involves filtering the fuel through cat litter.A van and ancillary equipment were seized from the site and investigations are ongoing, but no arrests were made.Revenue said that the public should be aware of the risks posed to their vehicles by using laundered fuel. They added that it also hurts legitimate trade and funds criminal activity.last_img read more

Border Patrol intercepts suspected human smuggling boat off La Jolla coast

first_img September 27, 2018 Posted: September 27, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Border Patrol intercepts suspected human smuggling boat off La Jolla coast KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A boat containing a suspected human smuggler and nine Mexican nationals was intercepted off the La Jolla coast, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials reported Thursday.A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations air unit spotted the recreational boat being operated without running lights roughly 14 miles west of the Coronado Islands around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Agents boarded the vessel, containing eight men and two women, around 3 a.m. roughly 24 nautical miles offshore from La Jolla.When interviewed by federal agents, the passengers admitted to being Mexican citizens and said they intended to illegally enter the U.S., according to CBP officials. The agents identified one of the men as a suspected human smuggler. That man, whose name was not released, now faces criminal charges, according to federal officials. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Tawanda Jones Wages Long Fight for Justice in Baltimore

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Every Wednesday for more than two years, Tawanda Jones has stood vigil — in front of City Hall, outside the state’s attorney’s office, on an East Baltimore street corner, in the freezing dark of winter, in the stifling heat of summer. Sometimes she is backed by supporters; sometimes she stands alone, a grim reminder of theIn this Oct. 21, 2015 picture, Tawanda Jones leads a vigil for her brother, Tyrone West, outside of Baltimore City Hall. West died under murky circumstances in July 2013 after an encounter with Baltimore police. Every Wednesday since then, Jones has stood vigil — in front of City Hall, outside the state’s attorney’s office, on an East Baltimore street corner, in the freezing dark of winter, in the stifling heat of summer. Sometimes she is backed by supporters; sometimes she stands alone, a grim reminder of a deep divide between the police and the people of Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)deep divide between the police and the people of Baltimore.Before the world heard of Freddie Gray, a black man who died from injuries suffered in custody, Jones’ brother, Tyrone West, 44, died under murky circumstances after his own encounter with Baltimore police. Jones has been demonstrating against police abuse since West’s death in July 2013, two years before Gray’s death sparked protests and riots and led the U.S. Justice Department to launch an investigation into allegations of excessive force and unwarranted stops.“I never miss a Wednesday,” the prekindergarten teacher said. “I’m one person, and I can still make that difference to save someone’s life. I can’t bring my brother back, but I can stop someone from feeling this type of pain. I’ll be out there by myself — it doesn’t matter.”Since West Wednesdays began, the issue of race and police abuse exploded onto the national agenda with the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and a string of other incidents.Jones is rarely alone anymore.In this Oct. 21, 2015 picture, Tawanda Jones, right, leads a vigil for her brother, Tyrone West, outside of Baltimore City Hall. West died under murky circumstances in July 2013 after an encounter with Baltimore police. “I never miss a Wednesday,” the prekindergarten teacher said. “I’m one person, and I can still make that difference to save someone’s life. I can’t bring my brother back, but I can stop someone from feeling this type of pain. I’ll be out there by myself — it doesn’t matter.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)One recent Wednesday, as the sun set over Baltimore, Jones stood on the cobblestone walk beside a speaker turned toward City Hall. A handful of people joined her as she announced her tally.“Eight hundred and nineteen days,” she said, her voice echoing through the square. “It’s been 819 days, 117 weeks, since my brother was brutally murdered by the police.”On July 18, 2013, West, 44, was pulled over by police, who searched his trunk and ultimately tackled him as he resisted arrest. He died the same day at a hospital.An internal affairs investigation stopped short of blaming the officers, but laid out a laundry list of tactical mistakes they made. The state medical examiner determined West died of a heart condition compounded by his struggle with the officers and the summer heat. His autopsy says officers used handcuffs and baton strikes to try to restrain him. Jones is convinced he was beaten; she has yet to receive autopsy photos, and was forced to wait five days before she was permitted to see West’s body.“I’m not going to adjust. It’s like I tell my students: If you put a frog in hot water, he’ll jump out. If you put him in cool water and raise the temperature, he’ll slowly die. I feel like I’m watching my city adjust to this foolishness, and slowly die.”Inside City Hall, Jones, who is 38, is a familiar name.Democratic Councilman Warren Branch has asked for the West investigation to be reopened. And community organizations such as the People’s Power Assembly and the local branch of the NAACP as well as Johns Hopkins University have given Jones awards for her dedication to social justice.Democratic Councilman Brandon Scott said while he may not agree with everything Jones says, she has become “a beacon, a vessel through which many people are speaking.”“From the beginning, she’s been clear that she doesn’t think all cops are bad. What she wants is accountability for those, and not just her brother, but for all victims of police brutality,” Scott said. “If we had a thousand people like Tawanda stepping up to deal with the 1,000 issues in Baltimore, how much better would the city be?”Outside City Hall, Jones, in a blue shirt emblazoned with her brother’s name, thanked the small crowd for coming.In this Oct. 21, 2015 picture, Tawanda Jones, right, listens as Alan Barysh, center, reads a poem that he wrote based on Jones’ speeches before a vigil for Jones’ brother, Tyrone West, outside of Baltimore City Hall. West died under murky circumstances in July 2013 after an encounter with Baltimore police. Since then, Jones has been demonstrating weekly against police abuse, two years before Freddie Gray’s death sparked protests and riots and led the U.S. Justice Department to launch an investigation into allegations of excessive force and unwarranted stops. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)“The struggle that we’re doing is not in vain, even though sometimes it might feel like it is. Sometimes I might stand here and there will be two people, sometimes there’s 200. But that won’t stop this fight, the energy, the determination inside of me to get justice for Tyrone West and all victims of police brutality,” she said. “It keeps on happening and it’s part of this corrupt system’s plan. My family had to learn the hard way.”Jones spoke about her life since her brother’s death, about Sandra Bland, an activist found dead in a Texas jail cell after her arrest for a minor traffic violation; and about Corey Jones, a young Black man killed just days before by a plainclothes officer in Florida while he waited for roadside assistance.“I don’t want my brother to be a statistic,” she said.When she was finished speaking a man named C.J. Faulk stepped up to the microphone.“I can barely stand to live in this city because of the treatment black people get,” he said.“In the past two months,” he continued, “I’ve realized a deep love for this city. I realize that’s because Tawanda is here.”Jones said she thinks about her brother every day. She has joined in demonstrations across the country with the relatives of Michael Brown; of Eric Garner, who died during an arrest by New York police officers; of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by Cleveland police officers.“I’m tired of meeting families,” Jones said. “I wouldn’t want to welcome another family member to this side of the road. It’s frustrating, it’s challenging. You have to start a new life with adjusting and coping. I have not yet had a chance to grieve. I have not grieved yet.”last_img read more

Philippines oldest WWII veteran dies at 111

first_img Top Stories Fabros’ funeral was without fanfare and with no military honors. Except for a flag draped over his coffin, there was no indication he was a veteran, much less the country’s oldest, Gandalera said.Rivera said veterans’ administrator Ernesto Carolina offered full military honors for the funeral but that it was too late because Fabros had already been buried.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Fabros was a private in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Far East in December 1942 when Japan invaded the Philippines, which was then a U.S. colony. He fought on the front lines during a three-month Japanese siege and blockade of Bataan province west of Manila, but escaped before the U.S.-led forces surrendered in April 1942.Gandalera said her father told stories of how he and his comrades would “squeeze their shirts to drink their sweat because of a lack of water and eat whatever leaves they could find” during the siege.The Japanese forced about 75,000 American and Filipino soldiers who surrendered to hike about 100 kilometers (63 miles) to a POW camp in the brutal Bataan Death March. Thousands died along the way and thousands more in the concentration camp in northern Tarlac province’s Capas township.Fabros joined guerrillas in Central Luzon, attacking Japanese troops until the end of the war in 1945. He was a rice farmer until the early 1970s.Gandalera said she met three of her father’s fellow veterans, including one who was 95, during ceremonies at Capas National Shrine in April when her father was given a plaque from the veterans’ affairs office recognizing “his wartime service and honorable performance of duties.” Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressMANILA, Philippines (AP) – The Philippines said Wednesday its oldest World War II veteran, who escaped from Japanese troops before the infamous Bataan Death March and became a guerrilla fighter, has died at age 111.Alfonso Fabros died Aug. 9 in northern Nueva Ecija province, said Jet Rivera, spokeswoman for the Philippine Veterans’ Affairs Office.Fabros’ daughter, Ella Gandalera, said her father, a farmer after the war, died of pneumonia. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more