Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig. (Retd.) B.D. Mishra on Sunday called on Union Minister Jitendra Singh and discussed with him a wide range of issues pertaining to the State, particularly a separate cadre for all India service officers. During the meeting, the Governor requested the Minister to accede to the demand of the State government to have a separate IAS cadre for Arunachal, presently a part of the AGMUT cadre, shared by the Union Territories and the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Goa. According to an official statement, Brig. Mishra said that this demand is inspired by the increasing requirement of IAS officers for Arunachal Pradesh as well as by the consideration of having officers exclusively designated to serve in the State.
bayleyBecky LynchHell in a CellSasha Banks First Published: September 30, 2019, 1:54 PM IST Back from her long hiatus, Sasha Banks has locked in a contract extension with WWE. According to a report in Fightful that cited multiple sources, the four-time Raw Women’s Champion recently signed a new extension with the wrestling company.However, the length and financial details of the contract are unknown. The Fightful report further stated that a source said the extension came around the time she returned to television in August. For Sasha Banks, 2019 has proved to be a tumults year. At the beginning of the year, she came up short against Ronda Rousey at the Royal Rumble, but things turned around for her as she became one half of the first WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions alongside Bayley. However, they lost the title at WrestleMania 35 and Banks mysteriously disappeared for a number of months, only recently admitting she needed time away from the business to reassess her priorities.Speaking in the recent WWE Chronicle series, she dismissed rumours that she and Bayley had acted unprofessionally backstage after dropping the tag team titles and said that all she did was undress, put on her clothes, and walk out and stand with the fans and Bayley watching the main event that featured Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.On her return to WWE, Banks turned heel and attacked both Natalya and Becky Lynch, setting up a feud with Lynch that led to a match in Clash of Champions where Lynch retained her title through disqualifications. A rematch has been set for the two at Hell in a Cell. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
The raging debate in Rajya Sabha over Hyderabad student Rohith Vemula suicide and Jawaharlal Nehru University crackdown witnessed more fireworks today with the Opposition demanding an apology from Education Minister Smriti Irani. The Opposition said it will not allow any work till the minister apologises for reading out a document with controversial reference to Durga. When Mayawati Express ran into Smriti central Here are the latest developments: 1. Speaking on Rohit Vemula suicide case in the Rajya Sabha, BSP chief Mayawati said, “Smriti Irani had promised that if I am not satisfied with her reply in the House, she will offer her head to me. Now I am saying, I am not satisfied. Will she fulfil her promise?” 2. Speaking during the debate in Rajya Sabha, CPI’s Sitaram Yechury accused the BJP-led NDA government of “murdering” Rohith Vemula. “You have pushed the child to commit suicide, its virtually a murder,” Yechury said.3. “Who is a good Hindu? Will they give certificates? Why is all this being brought up here in august House to divide country? Minister says there was a Dalit professor in the committee, Yes, but he gave a dissenting note and quit,” Yechury added. 4. Responding to Smriti Irani’s yesterday’s remark in which she quoted from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Yechury said,” She quoted Macbeth – Foul is fair and fair is foul. She is making all that is foul, fair. I beseech you, please do not pass unverified statements as evidences.”5. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stood up in support of Smriti Irani and responded to Yechury’s charge, saying that every word that the minister has spoken has been authenticated.advertisement6. Earlier, replying during the debate today in Rajya Sabha, Smriti Irani claimed that the documents she referred to during the debate yesterday were authenticated from the JNU. “I read it because I was asked to explain what is the truth. I myself am a practising Hindu, I myself am a Durga worshipper,” Irani said.7. “There were comments made on veracity of facts yesterday. The documents I read yesterday are officials documents from the university, these are not documents of the government. These are authenticated documents from the university itself. These are not government documents,” said amid shouting from Opposition benches.8. Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien tried to calm down the Opposition leaders and said he would examine the records of yesterday’s debate and will remove “anything blasphemous”. “No blasphemouse remark will be allowed in the House,” Kurien said.9. Replying during a debate in Rajya Sabha yesterday on the arrest of JNU students on sedition charges, Smriti Irani read out a pamphlet which she claimed was circulated on the JNU campus. The pamphlet had derogatory references to Goddess Durga.10. Irani said some students celebrate Mahishasur Martyrdom Day inside the JNU campus. The statement triggered a sharp reaction from the Opposition.
UEFA Champions League Final: Cristiano Ronaldo helps Real Madrid C.F become first team to retain title
Cristiano Ronaldo showcased his enduring lethal scoring qualities to ensure Real Madrid became the first Champions League holder to retain its title, netting twice in beating Juventus 4-1 on Saturday.In an exceptional career in which he keeps rewriting the record books, Ronaldo is the first player in the 25 seasons of the Champions League era to score in three finals.His first strike was canceled out by Mario Mandzukic’s exquisite 27th-minute hook shot but it was the only high point for Juventus on a night when the Italian champion was outclassed in its quest for a first European title in 21 years.Casemiro restored the Spanish champion’s lead in the 61st, Ronaldo turned in his 600th career goal at the near post three minutes later, and Marco Asensio wrapped up a record-extending 12th title in the 90th.On one night in the Welsh capital, Juventus conceded more goals than it had on the journey to the final, having let in only three in the previous three games.Madrid’s attacking brilliance proved just too hard for Juventus to contain as Zinedine Zidane won his second Champions League title in 18 months of top-flight management.Until now, no team since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990, when the cup was only a knockout competition, had won back-to-back titles.Madrid had a lot to thank Keylor Navas for in the opening minutes. The goalkeeper blocked a header and strike from Gonzalo Higuain, and produced a one-handed save when Miralem Pjanic picked a gap through a crowd of defenders.advertisementOne of the first things Navas’ counterpart, Gianluigi Buffon, had to do was pick the ball out of his net.It was the culmination of a counterattack of breathtaking speed launched by Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. Karim Benzema picked up possession and passed to Ronaldo. The world player of the year knocked the ball across to Dani Carvajal on the right flank before drifting into the penalty area to receive it back and beat Buffon.But within seven minutes, Ronaldo was shaking his head with a scowl after seeing an equalizer of individual brilliance.Leonardo Bonucci’s deep ball was brought down by Alex Sandro, who cut it back to Higuain in the penalty area. With his back to goal, Mandzukic received the chipped pass from Higuain and used his chest to control the ball before hooking it over his shoulder into the far top corner.Mandzukic also scored at the last British final in 2013 as his Bayern Munich side beat Barcelona. But the magnificence evoked memories of another showpiece staged in the U.K. when Zidane volleyed into the top corner in Glasgow to help Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen.This time, Zidane was a spectator on the Madrid sideline.The limelight had been stolen from Ronaldo. Could he match it? He tried, with an ambitious overhead kick that didn’t each reach the goal before being blocked.But it was a sign of Madrid slowly seizing control of the final on a stage it is so familiar with.Domination was verified after the break when Madrid went back in front – through Casemiro’s strike which deflected off Sami Khedira – and this time the lead was retained.It owed much to Madrid controlling midfield, largely thanks to Modric, who set up Ronaldo’s second. The Croatian timed his cutback to perfection in the 64th to allow Ronaldo to ghost in between Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini and slot in at the near post.Juve’s night took a turn for the worse when Juan Cuadrado was dismissed for a second booking in the 84th. And to compile their misery, Asensio beat Buffon again as the 39-year-old goalkeeper missed out on a first European title.
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Share via Email Cricket Read more Australia cricket team Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Trust between the players, the ECB hierarchy and the security staff may also need rebuilding over the coming weeks, not least since it was the latter who flagged up the Duckett incident to the team management, who then decided to release the news pro-actively.Both of those calls were made in light of the Bairstow situation at the start of the tour, which only came to the attention of the ECB and the coaches four weeks after the event – during the Brisbane Test – when a local reporter put it to them.There is a feeling among the squad that the delay in exonerating Bairstow and the curfew which then resulted was an error. Those above them are in turn staggered that certain individuals seem unable to grasp the significance of representing their country, not least given that the brief relaxation of the midnight cut-off resulted in another incident.The responses of the ECB and the team management to two acts that may otherwise have been considered trivial have been shaped by the arrest of Ben Stokes in Bristol last September after a night out, the fallout from which continues to affect events on and off the field.Certainly Australia are keen to use this latest situation to their advantage, with their wicketkeeper, Tim Paine, saying he and his team-mates intend to sledge England’s players about it on the field when what has been an acrimonious series resumes at the Waca this week.“I’m sure someone will bring it up at some stage,” said Paine. “But what’s happening in their camp off the field has no effect on the way we’re going to go about our cricket this week. The time we start worrying about them is the time when we’re not thinking about our own backyard enough. It’s not going to affect the way our team plays.” Australia’s Ashes angel Nathan Lyon has England in a spin before Waca Test Share on Twitter England cricket team The Ashes Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share on Messenger news Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics Ashes 2017-18 Jonny Bairstow accepts England’s players have let down their captain, Joe Root, and must rebuild public trust by delivering on the field during the remainder of the Ashes series.Root and Trevor Bayliss, the England head coach, expressly told the players to behave before the Thursday night in Perth that resulted in Ben Duckett’s suspension from Lions duty for tipping a drink over Jimmy Anderson – and suggestions he was not alone in the caper.England insist their investigation into events has concluded, with no further action to be taken against others present that night. The midnight curfew is now restored – much to the chagrin of the squad members who know how to conduct themselves – and the focus is on the third Test which starts on Thursday.That it occurred in the same Avenue bar in Claremont where Bairstow’s now infamous “head-butt” greeting to Cameron Bancroft took place at the start of the tour has given rise to the perception of a squad out of control, something not helped by their being 2-0 down with three to play in what has been a faltering Ashes defence.“We need to rebuild the trust we had built over the last few years as a team,” said Bairstow, as the team’s representative at an event for Yorkshire Tea on Monday, the type of sponsors the England and Wales Cricket Board fears could be put off by such a sequence of events.“You rebuild it by winning games of cricket. You’ve got to go out and win games and that starts at training and then in the Test. The lads are still feeling positive and there is no reason we can’t go forward.”Asked if Root had been let down, replied: “I think everyone realises that is something we have done. And not just him. But we move on from that now. It is something that has been dealt with. We’ve got a chance as a group to go out there and front up.” Australia sport … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Honor Band 5 review: Attractive display, good fitness tracking to keep you up and runningHonor Band 5 is an affordable fitness tracker that comes with a colourful AMOLED display and some helpful fitness tracking features. But should you wait for the Mi Band 4? Read our review to know more.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 13, 2019 09:16 IST 8/10Honor Band 5 offers an attractive coloured AMOLED display and some good fitness tracking to keep you going.HIGHLIGHTSHonor Band 5 price in India is set at Rs 2,599.It offers a vibrant AMOLED display with colourful watch faces.Honor Band 5 also offer a week-long battery life.As affordable fitness bands go, the Honor Band 5 is definitely one of the better ones out there in the market right now. At Rs 2,599, the Honor Band 5 offers a vibrant AMOLED display, some attractive watch faces and just about enough fitness tracking features to motivate you into leading a healthy lifestyle.The Honor Band 5 looks like a value offering when you consider the competition. For now, It goes up against the Mi Band 3 and Galaxy Fit e, which are a little more affordable, but may not offer the same features that the Honor’s fitness band does. But how will the Honor Band 5 fare against the upcoming Mi Band 4? Read our Honor Band 5 review to find out whether this is the best affordable fitness band out there.Honor Band 5 DesignThe Honor Band 5 hasn’t changed much from its predecessor when it comes to the design. It sports a similar 0.95-inch AMOLED full colour display as the Honor Band 4. The entire face of the fitness band gets a 2.5D glass protection on top. The rest of the body is plastic, which is lightweight and makes it easy to wear it all day and to bed.On most days, you’re likely to forget you’re even wearing the fitness tracker. It is small and comfortable enough to wear it while you’re sleeping as well, which is good because the Honor Band 5 also comes with sleep tracking. The Honor Band 5 has a very narrow design, which may look really small on big wrists. The rubber straps offer striped patterns on the surface and plenty of holes to make sure the fitness tracker fits to your wrist. The straps itself feel like cheap plastic rather than rubber, giving a rather flimsy look.advertisementYou can buy the Honor Band 5 in three strap colours – Coral Pink, Meteorite Black and Midnight Navy. The unit I received was in black, which is a discreet colour to go offer if you don’t want to draw a lot of attention.Honor Band 5 DisplayThe Honor Band 5’s main attraction is its coloured AMOLED full colour display, which is quite unique to find in this segment, at least for now. The Mi Band 3 and Galaxy Fit e both offer monochrome displays, which makes the Honor Band 5 look even better. That being said, Xiaomi will soon launch the Mi Band 4 in India which brings a coloured AMOLED display as well, so it will be interesting to compare the two fitness bands then.The coloured AMOLED display on the Honor Band 5 looks fantastic with vivid and attractive colours on the tiny 0.95-inch screen. It makes the display look lively and appealing. Honor has also given some colourful watchfaces that come preloaded. In addition to the watchfaces, icons for Messages, Settings, Workout and Heart rate in the menu carousel are also coloured. The Honor Band 5 in India only offer 8 preloaded watch faces and nothing more. Honor has a new watch face store, but it is unfortunately not available in India just yet.The display offers good brightness indoors, but you will struggle reading it under direct sunlight. Texts look sharp pretty much throughout the UI, except for notifications which appears in a small and contracted font, which can be a little hard to read. This is a small display, so you won’t be able to read messages in their entirety.Honor Band 5 Fitness Tracking Performance and How to PairPairing the Honor Band 5 is fairly easy if you own an Android or iOS device. You will need to download the Huawei Health app from the respective app store before anything else. On opening the app, you can choose the Honor Band 5 in the list of supported devices. This will then search for the fitness tracker, after which you can begin the pairing process.The Honor Band 5 comes with 9 workout modes that includes outdoor run, indoor cycle, rower and pool swim. The last exercise mode also means the Honor Band 5 is water resistant up to 50 meters. It isn’t an exhaustive list of workouts, but it covers the essentials. I tried out the indoor run and swimming modes on most days and found them to be pretty accurate, give or take a few errors. In the Swim mode, you can set some targets like the number of laps you want to complete or duration of the swim or the number of calories you want to burn. Similarly, in the Indoor Running mode, you can set a target distance, duration or calories. Each mode will track your heart rate, calories burnt and distance covered in real time. The 9 workout modes should be enough to meet your basic exercising goals.advertisementThe Honor Band 5 also comes with real time sleep tracking and continuous heart rate monitoring, which can be enabled via the Huawei Health apps. Doing so will reduce the battery life of the fitness tracker, but you shouldn’t worry about that because the battery life of the Honor Band 5 is terrific.With Huawei TruSleep enabled, the fitness band will monitor your sleep quality and breathing patterns. In will analyse your sleep pattern and can diagnose 6 types of sleeping problems as well as provide personalised suggestions. You will get a comprehensive overview of your sleep pattern in the Health app. It will provide stats regarding your sleep, which is dividing into deep, light, REM, awake and naps. It’s hard to tell whether these divisions are accurate, but the band is pretty accurate when it comes to tracking when you sleep and when you wake up.Honor Band 5 BatteryThe Honor Band 5 has a solid week-long battery life with both sleep tracking and continuous heart rate monitoring enabled. You won’t have to worry about charging the device too often. In fact, you will often forget about checking the battery life on the Honor Band 5 over the course of a week as it is quite reliable and consistent. If you disable the real-time tracking features, the Honor Band 5 can last up to 14 days, according to Honor, which is impressive for a fitness tracker that offers a coloured AMOLED display. You get a tiny charger in the box on which you’ll need to clamp the Band 5. Charging the fitness band from zero to 100 percent takes about an hour.Should you buy the Honor Band 5?The Honor Band 5 is a great option if you’re looking for an affordable fitness tracker. The biggest reason to buy this over say a Mi Band 3 or Galaxy Fit e would be the full colour AMOLED display, which it’s biggest appeal. It’s a fitness band that you would like to look at every time you want to see the time or keep track of your activity level.The band offers a decent number of popular workouts that should keep you satisfied. It comes with some attractive watch faces, but it misses out on the watch face store in India. That being said, you may want to wait until Xioami brings its Mi Band 4 to India later this month as it also features a coloured AMOLED display and is expected to launch at a similar affordable price point.Honor Band 5 review8/10ProsAttractive AMOLED displayAccurate fitness trackingColourful watch facesGood battery lifeConsDesign feels cheapPoor outdoor visibilityLacks watch face app store in IndiaGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! 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New Delhi: Italian luxury carmaker Maserati Tuesday said it has launched the latest edition of Quattroporte in India with price starting at Rs 1.74 crore (ex-showroom India). The 2019 Quattroporte’s GranLusso version is priced at Rs 1.74 crore while the Gransport version is tagged at Rs 1.79 crore. The model comes fitted with 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine mated to an eight-speed ZF gearbox. The 2019 edition of Quattroporte comes with new colours, wheel designs and interior veneers, redesigned gearshift lever and Pieno Fiore natural leather interiors.
President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday said he is confident the unity Government will continue until 2020. Sirisena told local newspaper editors that despite attempts by the opposition to topple his Government he will ensure it remains till his term in office ends. His refusal to do so has led to a rift in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party with some members threatening to leave and join the opposition.Sirisena said that there are divisions within any political party and the degree of the rift changes from time to time. Asked about the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on Sri Lanka, President Sirisena said that the government would continue to implement the agreed terms. Sirisena, who heads the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is under pressure to withdraw from the agreement with the United National Party. He said that charges against violation of party discipline are being studied and action would be taken after completion of investigations.Sirisena said he is dedicated and committed to build the Sri Lanka Freedom Party as a clean, unstained, uncorrupt and principled party that provides leadership to the nation through honest and dedicated politicians.“The people in the country yearn for unstained politicians and my determination is to ensure that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is a party that provides such politicians to make the people’s dream a reality,” he said. “It is a slow process and we cannot have speedy solutions. However we have categorically stated that the government would implement those clauses while safeguarding the sovereignty and independence and only the steps that are compatible to the country would be taken,” he said. (Colombo Gazette)
TORONTO — Chewy, colourful cannabis-infused gummies in bright colours and in the shape of animals or creatures are among the best-selling edible pot products on the black market — but Canadians shouldn’t expect them on legal shelves.Regulations that will make edibles legal come into force Oct. 17, exactly a year after Canada legalized the sale and purchase of dried and fresh cannabis, oil, seeds and plants. The rules laid out so far are aimed at keeping the new pot products out of the hands of kids and stipulate they can’t be seen as “appealing to young persons” — but Health Canada has yet to provide additional details on exactly what crosses the line.That leaves companies grappling with how to market gummies — an already popular adult product based on a children’s treat — without being too much fun.THC-infused gummy bears are unlikely to be among the new products set to hit legal shelves as early as December but companies are pushing ahead with pot-gummy plans they believe will allow them to eventually cash in on consumer demand without resorting to colourless and flavourless blobs. Licensed producer Zenabis Ltd. said it is prioritizing the gummies’ category of edibles because of its demonstrated and growing appeal south of the border, said Kyrsten Dewinetz, its program manager of food and beverage services.“It’s popular with many different demographics… We’re probably going to forge ahead a little bit more quickly in this category,” she said, adding Zenabis aims to launch its line of gummies by early 2020.The earliest new goods can be sold legally will be mid-December, due to the required 60-day notice companies must provide to Health Canada of their intent to sell them.A recent survey of Canadians conducted by Deloitte showed that current users’ most-preferred edible format was a gummy at 26 per cent, followed by cookies at 23 per cent, brownies at 22 per cent and chocolate at 16 per cent.Gummies are appealing to consumers for a variety of reasons, including portability and the ability to conceal them easily in public, said Rishi Malkani, a partner focusing on cannabis mergers and acquisitions for Deloitte.“They’re tiny, they’re easily ingestible, you could do it quite discreetly… It’s a little easier to transport or take with you to an event than brownies or other edibles, or even beverages for that matter.”The Canadian market for the soon-to-be-legalized goods is worth an estimated $2.7 billion annually, with edibles amounting to $1.6 billion alone, according to Deloitte.In the U.S., where edibles are already available in several states where recreational pot is legalized, gummies are more popular than ever, according to BDS Analytics.During the first four months of 2019, 17 of the top 20 selling ingestible products in California, Colorado and Oregon were gummies, according the U.S. firm.And despite similar rules requiring that edibles makers not appeal to kids in various states, cannabis gummies and candy ripping off well-known brands continue to pop up.In July, confectionery giant Mondelez Canada launched a lawsuit in a California court against a company called Stoney Patch Kids, whose products look virtually identical to its Sour Patch Kids product.The risks to children of such products were outlined in recent research by the Canadian Paediatric Society, which found that a “significant number of young children” required medical care after ingesting cannabis in the months surrounding legalization last October.The preliminary research found 16 reported cases involving recreational pot between September and December 2018.And in late July, the Quebec government decided to unveil its own more stringent rules for pot edibles that would ban the sale of cannabis candies, confections and desserts including chocolate and “any other product that is attractive to minors.”The provincial government said that Ottawa’s measures to regulate so-called Cannabis 2.0 products would not allow Quebec to “achieve its public health and safety objectives.” Quebec’s rules are subject to a 45-day public consultation before they take effect.If Quebec’s stricter edibles come into force, that could result in a $300-million annual drop in Quebec’s cannabis market — and $40 million lost on gummies alone, according to Deloitte.“It will be a significant impact,” said Malkani, noting that gummies are expected to account for roughly eight or nine per cent of edibles in Quebec.It’s a move that officials in Washington State almost took last year, when it unexpectedly asked pot edibles makers to halt production of candies and gummies in October. Regulators later softened its stance to allow for candies and gummies, but limited the colours and shapes to only those from a government-approved list and issued packaging guidelines.Health Canada has said edibles must not be “reasonably considered to be appealing to a young person” but has not stipulated which colours, flavours or shapes will be allowed.The level of appeal to children of a given product will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and the factors used include shape, colour, flavour, name, packaging and how it is presented, agency officials told reporters on a briefing in June.“If a gummy bear is appealing to a young person, would that be permitted? The answer is no,” one Health Canada official said.The federal agency said that it would publish guidance that will outline the factors to be considered, but the additional details have yet to be released.Meanwhile, companies are rushing to get production of these goods started as soon as possible to avoid the initial supply shortages seen in the wake of legalization last October.Cam Battley, the chief commercial officer for Aurora Cannabis Inc., said the licensed producer agrees with the government’s overall objective but there remains a “lack of clarity” on exactly what is permissible. Still, he said the Edmonton-based firm has a gummy game plan — but would not go into specifics.“We’re confident that we have a strategy that will successfully thread that needle, supporting the policy objectives of migrating those patients over to the legal system but at the same time not being attractive to children,” said Battley. Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press
by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2014 3:39 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,504.48 up 18.28 points):Sirocco Mining Inc. (TSX:SIM). Miner. Up two cents, or 6.06 per cent, to 35 cents on 10.2 million shares.Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS.IR). Utilities. Up seven cents, or 0.23 per cent, to $30.75 on 6.9 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down 63 cents, or 1.77 per cent, to $35.01 on 5.4 million shares. The Calgary-based company posted quarterly operating earnings of $973 million, or 66 cents a share, 12 cents short of expectations. It also hiked its dividend 15 per cent to 23 cents a share.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Up nine cents, or 2.27 per cent, to $4.05 on 5.3 million shares.TransGlobe Energy Corp. (TSX:TGL). Oil and gas. Down 14 cents, or 1.83 per cent, to $7.50 on 4.6 million shares.Surge Energy Inc. (TSX:SGY). Oil and gas. Down 11 cents, or 1.82 per cent, to $5.92 on 4.4 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (947.71 up 6.94 points):Crown Gold Corp. (TSXV:CWM). Miner. Unchanged at one cent on 5.5 million shares.Vulcan Minerals Inc. (TSXV:VUL). Miner. Down 0.5 of a cent, or 12.5 per cent, to 3.5 cents on 5.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bell Aliant Inc. (TSX:BA). Communication services. Up 53 cents, or 2.11 per cent, to $25.62 on 989,814 shares. The company had $69 million of net income in its fourth quarter — up $3.3 million from a year earlier — while its adjusted earnings were unchanged at 38 cents per share. Bell Aliant GP, which operates the phone, Internet and TV business, had $688.7 million of revenue in the three-month period — down from $694.8 million in the third quarter of 2012.Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce (TSX:CM). Bank. Down 32 cents, or 0.37 per cent, to $85.49 on one million shares. The bank has partnered with a second major wireless carrier, Telus (TSX:T), to give more customers the ability to make payments with their smartphones.Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. (TSX:WB). Travel and leisure. Down four cents, or 0.25 per cent, to $15.69 on 139,460 shares. The company says a drop in customer visits to its ski resorts in the final months of 2013 pushed down its first-quarter revenue and adjusted earnings. Its net loss also more than doubled to $12.3 million in the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with $5.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2014 2:49 pm MDT VICTORIA – BC Ferries says its customers should be able to reserve trips like they would book airline tickets and hotel rooms and receive discounted fares online at off-peak travel times.Company president Mike Corrigan said Wednesday that the service has submitted a plan to BC Ferry Commissioner Gord Macatee as part of a cost-cutting operation to reduce the pressure on potential fare increases.He said the Fare Flexibility and Digital Experience Initiative will modernize how BC Ferries sets prices, markets travel, manages loads and discounts fares at off-peak travel times through e-commerce and information-and-technology upgrades.Corrigan said fare discounts haven’t been determined, but the current reservation-fee system will be dropped for customers who book online, while travellers who arrive at the ferry terminal without booking will pay more.“When people book, the beauty will be they have certainty of travel,” Corrigan said. “They will go online, they will plan, book and pay online and when they show up at the ferry terminal it will just be confirmation that they’ve done so and they will travel aboard the ferry.”Currently, ferry customers arrive at terminals and wait in line to pay with cash or credit cards. Customers who purchase a reservation prior to arrival are placed in a separate line where they are guaranteed a spot on a specific ferry sailing.“We actually want to reverse that model and do what other companies are doing and basically have everybody pre-pay,” said Corrigan.“Some airlines and other companies have 95 per cent to 98 per cent of their transactions paid for before their customers even show up. That’s where we want to get to.”He said the plan, which won’t be ready until 2017, will cost up to $15 million to implement but could be paid off within three years because traffic is expected to increase by up to five per cent.Macatee must approve the plan.BC Ferries is currently undergoing an efficiency plan to cut $54 million in costs in an effort to keep fare increases in check. BC Ferries plans off-peak travel discounts and airline-style booking system
The company, however says that this is nothing to do with the strike by rival staff.“Ryanair always offers the lowest fares, regardless of the actions or inactions of high cost airlines.“Our lowest fares are sold on a first come, first served basis – and rise only as quickly as the low fare class are sold in the 6 months prior to departure – and we will carry tens of thousands of passengers to and from Ireland over the bank holiday weekend, who choose Ryanair not only for the lowest fares, but also for our industry-leading punctuality and customer service.”The ITAA said that they had seen a drop in bookings for the bank holiday as a result of the strike by IMPACT cabin crew at Aer Lingus.Read: Here’s how much the threatened Aer Lingus strike is adding to travel costs RYANAIR HAS DENIED that it is using the impending Aer Lingus strike to jack up prices.The Irish Travel Agents Association today claimed that flying from Dublin to London Gatwick during the threatened strike on 30 May will cost €238.99 compared to just €53.99 the following weekend.While a check of the Ryanair website confirms this, the company points out that flights into Stansted are cheaper.
Go-slow action by judges and prosecutors since September has resulted in more than one million cases being postponed, adding to a massive backlog that has built up in the country’s courts over the years, Kathimerini understands. Hundreds of thousands of civil and criminal cases have reportedly been frozen and thousands more are expected to be put off after judges and prosecutors decided to extend their rolling walkouts until January 19, escalating their protest at fresh cuts to their salaries imposed by the government as part of new austerity measures demanded by the country’s foreign creditors. The protracted action is believed to have deprived the cash-strapped state of millions of euros in much-needed revenue as countless cases regarding tax arrears as well as offenses where convictions are translated into financial penalties have been postponed. All the country’s courts have joined the walkouts apart from the Supreme Court and the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, which is pursuing legal action on behalf of its judges. Last Sunday, judges and prosecutors voted to extend their work-to-rule protest until January 19 despite the government’s offer of concessions that would have softened the blow of the reductions. Supreme Court president Rena Asimakopoulou and Supreme Court prosecutor Yiannis Tentes had addressed their colleagues before the vote in a bid to change their mind to no avail. Tentes had asked his colleagues to “lower their gaze to society and heed the demand of citizens for judicial functionaries to contribute to curbing tax evasion and widespread lawlessness.” Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Time is running out to see “Southern Hospitality,” the latest production from Slocum House Theatre Company. In the play, Honey Raye touts a townwide celebration as part of a pitch to woo a salsa company to move its operations to Fayro, Texas. The celebration, however, doesn’t exist. It’s up to Rhonda Lynn, Honey Raye, Twink and Frankie to put the event together in time for the company’s visit.When: 8 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.Where: Slocum House, 605 Esther St., Vancouver.Admission: $13, and $11 for seniors 60 and older.Telephone: 360-696-2427.On the Web: http://slocumhouse.com.The production is one of several weekend entertainment options in Clark County and Portland. Others include a festival devoted to mushrooms and a concert that brings together several area musicians.1. Mushroom festival sprouts in downtown VancouverVisitors can learn about growing, hunting and cooking mushrooms at the Great Downtown Mushroom Hunt. In addition, downtown Vancouver eateries will prepare sample appetizers, and a beer garden will feature drinks from By the Bottle. The event includes live music by There She Goes.When: 3-5:30 p.m. today.Where: Turtle Place, Seventh and Main streets, Vancouver.Admission: Free.Telephone: 360-258-1129.On the Web: http://vdausa.org.2. Area musicians team up for benefit concertSeveral local musicians will take the stage in a benefit concert for the Columbia Pastoral Counseling Center. The bill includes guitarist Doug Smith, vocalist and flautist Judy Koch, pianist Thomas Rheingans and mezzo soprano Sandra Klemm.When: 4 p.m. Sunday.Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 W. 39th St., Vancouver.Admission: $10.Telephone: 360-696-1615.On the Web: http://cpcc2.eventbrite.com.3. OMSI exhibit focuses on youYou are the subject of the latest exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. “Identity: An Exhibition of You,” explores the physical, psychological and social elements in people’s lives that make them tick and challenges our notions of personal identity. It uses our body, thoughts and relationships to make connections with scientific aspects such as our genes and brains. “Identity” opens today and continues through Feb. 6.
When it comes to making changes to how Clark County government operates, Nan Henriksen, a proponent of a proposed home rule charter, told The Columbian’s editorial board Tuesday that it was a matter of good government, one that would decrease “cronyism and favoritism.”On the opposite end of the spectrum, Judith Anderson, an opponent of the charter, called it too drastic a change that would “build a firewall” between residents and elected officials.“Our (current) county government is really flexible because it can respond to citizen issues,” Anderson said.Henriksen disputed that point, saying the charter wouldn’t make county government any less flexible but rather delineate roles and boost representation.The proposed charter calls for changing the role and function of the three-member elected county board, limiting its involvement in day-to-day operations and renaming its members councilors. The day-to-day operations would be handed to an unelected county manager.The charter also expands the board from three members to five, and calls for all but one of the councilors to be elected by district in the general election. The fifth councilor, who would act as the chairman of the board, would be elected countywide.The changes address systemic problems that have become a focal point in county government, said Henriksen, who previously served as the chairwoman of the 15-member board of freeholders. She said the freeholders worked hard to ensure they had a fair document to take to voters in November.
As Donald Trump won battleground key states on election night and his path to the White House became clear, Canada’s immigration website crashed.The website was unavailable as of 11:20 p.m., Tuesday, telling those interested in moving to Canada, “500- Internal server error. There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.”Meanwhile, Canada’s official Twitter account sent out a not-so-subtle message: In Canada, immigrants are encouraged to bring their cultural traditions with them and share them with their fellow citizens. pic.twitter.com/MOuStZbSX7— Canada (@Canada) November 9, 2016The website appeared to come back online later.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
This has to be a joke…..— Zach (@Zachary78900) August 9, 2019 Epic community manager Nathan Mooney posted on the Fortnite subreddit Tuesday that the company was “evaluating” the mech gameplay. “Right now, we’re evaluating Brute gameplay, as well as observing how it performs across all modes and skill levels,” he said. “We are also working to fix movement-related bugs with the Brute to address exploits.”Fortnite players created Reddit threads and tweets about the Brute, saying it’s far too powerful to be used in the game. A video from Sunday shows Fortnite pro Turner “Tfue” Tenney telling his Twitch viewers how much he hates the mech after one caused his game to crash. Even Fortnite World Cup solos champ Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf found himself losing a match to a player in the Brute.Originally published on Aug. 6.Update, Aug. 9: Adds details of changes from Epic. Post a comment Gaming 0 Epic will make a few changes to the Brute in update v10.10. Epic Games Season 10 of Fortnite offered one big change when it went live on Aug. 1 — the inclusion of a mech called Brute. Since then, players have been expressing their frustration over the powerful mech on social media, and developer Epic Games is going to make some changes to mech’s overpowered rocket launcher. Epic will alter the Brute in the next update, according to a developer blog post Friday. The robot’s rocket launcher will soon have a visible targeting laser and audio cues to let players know when they’re in the mech’s sights. It’s not a big change, but the sudden barrage of rockets from a non-visible Brute was one of the big issues players had with the new addition to the game.Epic says it also fixed mobility bugs causing an exploit with the Brute’s boost that some players use. The changes will come in update v10.10, which will likely release next week.Players responded to Epic’s tweet about the changes in a less than positive manner. Share your voice GET RID OF THE BRUTE IN COMP NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW— Leo (@LeoJayT) August 9, 2019 Great, we get to know we’re dead a few seconds earlier than before, just what I wanted— @Ta5tyy2 is dad (@IPixelzzz) August 9, 2019 Tags Fortnite