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Yoga exponent Geeta Iyengar, daughter of B.K.S. Iyengar, passes away

first_imgDr. Geeta S. Iyengar, the eldest daughter of legendary Yoga guru, B.K.S. Iyengar and a noted exponent of the yogic science in her own right, passed away at her residence on Sunday, aged 74.The cause of death was myocardial infarction, said family sources.Dr. Iyengar’s sudden death comes barely two days after the conclusion of the birth centenary celebrations of ‘Yogacharya’ Iyengar held at the city’s Balewadi sports complex. Described in the world press as the world’s “leading female yoga exponent” and a “pioneer” who blazed a trail for women in Yoga, she carved out a niche in adapting yogic principles for women.Her book ‘Yoga: A gem for women’ became the primer for women across the world and was translated in half-a-dozen European languages.Ms. Iyengar, who jointly directed the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) along with her brother Prashant, began imbibing the precepts of yoga from her father at a tender age.Already a recognized teacher by the age of 16, she began instructing in the early 1960s. With a doctorate in Ayurveda, she melded her knowledge of the medicinal system with the principles of yoga. Adhering closely to her father’s emphasis on classical sources and ritual practices of yoga, she soon emerged out of the Yogacharya’s shadow to spread the ‘Iyengar brand’ in countries across the globe.She believed that the aim of yoga was ultimately to reach the core of eternal truth, which involved a long process of transformation.Maintaining a punishing schedule till her last breath, Ms. Iyengar kept instructing and touring the country’s hinterland extensively for the past year in anticipation of the 10-day exposition (which began on December 3) and the birth centenary celebrations of Yogacharya Iyengar, which concluded on December 14 last week.“Geetaji’s death comes as a shock to all of us…she was an extremely vibrant person and was the moving force behind the 10-day practical yoga exposition to mark the Yogacharya’s birth centenary. She even took classes on the occasion,” said Shael Sharma, one of Yogacharya’s disciples.Like her father, she was a noted expounder of Patanjali’s ‘Yoga Sutra’, which she held was the foundation of the art and science of yoga.Touring the globe extensively, she held inspirational retreats and conventions in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and South Africa among other places in the world.Her retreats blended rigorous instruction with humour and compassion. They aimed at a unity of the body and the mind and often transcended the asanas, the pranayama and mere remedial teaching to include chanting and Sanskrit pronunciation.“Yoga,” she once said in a 2011 interview, “was like an elixir of life to me.” Yet, like her father, Geeta Iyengar kept ill-health through much of her childhood.At the age of nine, she suffered from nephritis (kidney inflammation) and had to be hospitalized as a result.This caused her father great consternation, as he was not able to afford the high cost of medication; he instead recommended that she practice asanas to improve her health, spurring her lifelong devotion to Yoga.She is survived by her brother Prashant and her four sisters.last_img read more

Illegal Immigrants From India Will be Nervous in Trump Regime

first_imgThe US department of homeland security reckons that most illegal Indians “arrived with legal status and overstayed their visas” Related Itemslast_img

Durban Test: South Africa 111/3 at close on Day 3

first_imgSouth Africa’s batsman Jacques Kallis plays a shot off India’s bowler Zaheer Khan, unseen, during the third day of the second Test match at the Kingsmead stadium in Durban, South Africa on Tuesday Dec. 28, 2010. APSouth Africa needed 192 runs with seven wickets in hand while India fancied their chances of a remarkable series-levelling victory when bad light forced early stumps on Day 3 of the second Test at the Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Tuesday. SCOREJacques Kallis and AB de Villiers were at the crease trying to stabilize the innings after early assaults had left them in disarray with 82/3 on board.Harris accuses Sreesanth of getting personal with SmithIndia’s bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, right, looks at South Africa’s batsman Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, left, as he walks in to bat on the third day of the second Test match at the Kingsmead stadium in Durban, South Africa on Tuesday Dec. 28, 2010. APS Sreesanth accounted for South Africa opener Graeme Smith in the 13th over of the final innings. He kept the ball short luring Smith for a pull. The ball took the aerial route off his bat as Sreesanth and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni ran for a catch. Dhoni pouched it near the square leg and the Proteas skipper departed on 37 just before tea.In the third session, Harbhajan Singh, who had taken four wickets in the first innings conceding just 10 runs, took the other opener Alviro Petersen by surprise. It wasn’t his spin that foxed him but the bounce as Petersen trying to push it from the back foot ended up giving a catch to Cheteshwar Pujara. He fell on 26 as the South Africa scoreboard read 82/2.advertisementWe’ve to dismiss Kallis quickly in order to win, says LaxmanVVS Laxman scored 96 in Durban on Tuesday. AP PhotoThe spin-pace combo worked well for India as it disrupted the opposition batsmen’s concentration. And it was Hashim Amla, who fell a victim to this ploy with Sreesanth getting the better of him in the very next over. He could only manage 16 as the South Africa score read a poor 82/3.Earlier, VVS Laxman’s 96-run innings helped India put 228 on board, taking an overall lead of 302 runs. He batted on with determination even as India’s tail emerged on a track that is offering no help to the batsmen.Finally, Zaheer Khan stood in the face of the challenge to provide Laxman with the support and the duo put on 70 runs for the eighth wicket.Their tenacious batting finally succumbed under pressure. Immediately after lunch Paul Harris accounted for Zaheer on 27 then Jacques Kallis sent Ishant back. Finally, Dale Steyn accounted for Laxman’s wicket with wicketkeeper Mark Boucher performing the final honours as India got out for 228.last_img read more

Sony Pictures, Discovery to bid for IPL media rights

first_imgnull ipl_2363830f BCCI on July 21 invited bids for media rights for a five-year period from 2018 to 2022. August 15, 2017 SHARE RELATED cricket Online players outnumber TV broadcasters for IPL media rights Leading broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and Discovery Communications have bought the bid documents for the upcoming auction of media rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL).The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on July 21 invited bids for media rights for a five-year period from 2018 to 2022. Both television and digital media rights of the IPL Twenty20 cricket tournament will be up for auction.When contacted, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and Discovery Communications confirmed the development. SPN was the official broadcaster in the last season of the IPL. Sony Pictures Network India’s rights for years 2015-2018 are due to expire.The last date for buying the bid documents is August 24 and the bidding process will close on August 28. The results will be announced on the same day.Discovery Communications has launched its sports TV channel DSPORT for the Indian subcontinent. The channel focuses on bringing over 4,000 hours live sports content from around the world to Indian audiences.Chinese mobile firm Vivo has retained the IPL’s title sponsorship for the next five years with a mammoth bid of Rs 2,199 crore, an over 500 per cent increase from their previous deal. It had held the rights for 2016 and 2017 seasons. he deal was pegged at an estimated Rs 100 crore per year. Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL × ipl_2363830f COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

What made French police order a Muslim woman to take off her burkini in public?

first_imgA set of four police officers approached a Muslim woman sunbathing on the beaches of Nice and forced her to take off her Burkini, implementing France’s controversial ‘burkini ban’.Pictures that is doing rounds on social media show Siam, a mother-of-two and a former air hostess, pulling off the baggy hooded garment as the heavy-handed police loom over her. It is said she was also charged a fine of 32 pounds for violating the ban.Siam, whose family members have been French citizens for three generations, said: “I wasn’t even planning to swim, just to dip my feet.””French police enforce burkini ban by ordering mum to remove Muslim garments” https://t.co/rebGNA3Lie Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) August 23, 2016What is a burkini?A burkini, a blend of the words burqa and bikini, is a three-piece swimwear for women that covers almost the entire body other than hands, feet and face. Invented in Australia by a Lebanese-origin stylist, it is traditionally worn by Muslim women.The polyester-made wet-suit comes with a full-sleeved top, a pair of leggings and a hood covering the head.Designer Aheda Zanetti was inspired to tailor a ‘burkini’ to come up with a costume that would be considered “modest enough” for Muslim women to don in sports or for swimming purposes.A burkini. Source: APWhy is burkini banned in some cities in France?In 2011, France issued a ban on face-covering veils in public, but this order did not impose a ban on burkinis. The burkini ban came along recently, following the recent wave of terror attacks in France.advertisementThe Nice government issued an order on Thursday which bans swimwear with religious connotations. Several other coastal French cities have banned burkinis this summer, citing security concerns.A Nice court ruled in the favour of the ‘burkini ban’, on Monday, in the resort of Villeneuve-Loubet, stating that swimwear was “liable to cause offence and to provoke people to violence”.This step by the French administration was met by severe outrage from around the world. The ban on burkini has called “discriminatory” and “sexist”, for violating a woman’s right to wear what she finds comfort in.Human rights groups in Nice challenged this ruling at the Administrative Tribunal. They argued that a ban was “designed to spread hatred against a small group of mainly Muslim mothers and grandmothers”.But the judges ruled that the ban was “necessary, appropriate and proportionate”, as wearing a burkini in public could stir “provocation exacerbating tensions”.Those in support of the ban also argue a burkini, which is a full-body swimsuit with a hood and leggings, “oppresses women and violates France’s secular principles”.This ban is currently in force in France, which is currently under a State of Emergency in the light of a series of ISIS-led terror attacks.Read more:French waterpark stirs controversy for organising a ‘Burkini-only day’ for Muslim women2 ISIS terrorists shot dead by police after they attacked church, slit priest’s throatTruck turns killing machine in France, Twitter mourns Nice terror attackHere’s what happened when terror struck France yet againlast_img read more

Liverpool’s midfielder Emre Can to miss pre-season training

first_imgAfter being named in Germany’s 23-man squad for the Confederations Cup in Russia, Liverpool midfielder Emre Can will miss the start of club football pre-season training.The 23-year-old has been called up by Joachim Low for the tournament which takes place from June 17 to July 2, according to www.liverpoolecho.co.uk.Can, in all likelihood, will be granted three weeks off by Jurgen Klopp after the Confederations Cup.Therefore, if Germany make the final then he won’t be reporting back for club duty at Melwood until around July 23 – meaning he would miss the tour of the Far East.Can, who also missed the start of pre-season in 2016 following his international commitments at Euro 2016, is about to enter the final year of his contract.Germany are in Group B for the Confederations Cup with Cameroon, Chile and Australia. Hosts Russia are in Group A with New Zealand, Portugal and Mexico.last_img read more

Conte: I’m a ‘disaster’ in the transfer market

first_imgTransfers Conte: I’m a ‘disaster’ trying to convince my clubs to spend Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Transfers Chelsea Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion Premier League Antonio Conte The Chelsea boss believes he’s his own worst enemy when it comes to asking clubs to spend big on transfers Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he’s been “a bit of a disaster” when trying to convince his clubs to spend big money on transfers but thinks his coaching skill can’t come under question. The Blues are in poor form, having lost 3-0 to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge before Watford triumphed 4-1 against them at Vicarage Road. Chelsea’s game against West Brom on Monday could be pivotal to Conte’s future and, after saying everyone at the Blues is responsible for the club’s current problems, he acknowledged he has done poorly at landing transfer targets.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “My task is to try and improve every single player, in every aspect,” Conte said. “About mentality also, about the desire, the will to fight, and the tactical aspects. Yes. My task is this. For this, I’m very good.”I think I’m a bit of a disaster to convince the club to buy the players. I think in this aspect I can improve a lot. I have to learn a lot from the other coaches, the other managers, in that aspect. I can learn a lot in that aspect.”I don’t know [how to improve]. I have to speak more with the managers who are very, very good to persuade their clubs to spend money and buy top players.Asked if his players’ improvement makes requesting transfers difficult, he added: “You are not the first person to suggest this — not the first person to tell me this. Usually, in my experience, I think I reached the best results possible with the players that I have to work with.”I think that I’m the type of coach who, if I have a player who is six, I bring him to an eight. If I have a player who is eight, I take him to 10. I’m this type of coach.”Conte’s comments could be alluding to the Manchester clubs, whose managers have convinced their teams to outspend Chelsea considerably this season. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have outspent Chelsea for the last five seasons, when accounting for player sales against player purchases, and now have a 22-point lead over the champions in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho Pep Guardiola Manchester United CityChelsea’s poor performance in the league has intensified speculation that Conte will leave at the end of the season. Luis Enrique is rumoured to be the man who will replace him, and Conte revealed he has a friendship with the ex-Roma boss from both managers’ time in Italy. “I have spoken with him,” Conte said. “We played against each other, and he’s a really good person. I have great admiration for Luis Enrique and, sometime, he is a fantastic coach.”He reached his targets with Barcelona, and also with Roma, you could see a well organised team. I can speak about him very well, as a person and a coach.”We do this job, and our job is not ‘difficult’, but you must be open and understand the situation can change. A club can take different decisions. It’s the same for me. But, I repeat, I’m not jealous or envious of other managers. Everyone knows his job, his work. I have, usually, a great respect.”Chelsea have had two games every week since mid-November and the players appeared to tire in January, with injuries starting to hit that included eight hamstring problems. Luis Enrique BarcelonaThe Blues do not have a mid-week fixture in the coming days, leading Conte to give his players two extra days off after losing to Watford. Conte didn’t take any extra time off, however, and several injured players — including Andreas Christensen — have been stepping up their recovery at the training ground. Chelsea’s recent injury record has led to criticism that he may be over-training players, but Conte has denied that he has being doing physical work during the recent busy run.”Now it’s very difficult to describe my sessions in training,” he said. “For sure, when you play every three days, it’s impossible to work on the physical aspects. This season, we are not working on this aspect.”But, if I have time to work with the players and you have the whole week, and you try to start the week with physical session, then in midweek I start to go on the tactical aspect and prepare the game.Eden Hazard Chelsea“But I think that, usually when you work, you don’t smile. Especially if you work hard. It’s very difficult to smile. But, at the same time, you understand that only through work can you reach a fantastic target like last season. Last season, our work allowed us to reach an incredible target.”They were very happy to have had three days off, to see me after three days off, yes. I think it was a great opportunity for them to spend three days with their families. For this reason, they were very happy to see me.”I think we are ready. I think we are ready to face the game against West Brom, and them to play against Hull City and then Barcelona. We must be ready to play three games in eight days. We are ready, I think.”last_img read more

The World’s Best Destinations to Dive for Sunken Treasure

first_img America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene We know more about our solar system than we do about our seas.So, it’s no surprise that thousands of years of shipwrecks remain undiscovered at the bottom of some of the world’s deepest underwater trenches. From Spartan-era archeological treasures in coastal Greece to half-billion-dollar Spanish treasure troves near Key West, these are the world’s most treasure-rich dive spots.BermudaDue to its unique geography, Bermuda has long played a key role in marine navigation. But its perilous waters and shallow reefs are the reason many nautical historians have dubbed the island “The Graveyard of Ships”. Over the last five centuries, more than 1,000 ships have been reported lost in the waters around Bermuda — more than any single location in the Western Hemisphere. Some sit in just 30 feet of water. Indeed, there are areas where two — or even three — shipwrecks from different periods lie atop one another on the ocean floor. Today, the island rivals coastal Florida for its number of sunken wrecks and is a haven for treasure divers. Dive Bermuda has more than 30 years experience diving the wrecks around Bermuda. They offer divers a wide range of services, including rentals, one-/two-tank trips, and PADI training and certification courses.The Florida KeysFrom the early 16th century through the late 1700s, Spain’s pilfering of Latin American riches knew no bounds. An estimated eight million dollars in gold and silver was shipped home along the trade route connecting the colonies to mainland Spain. Many of these ships passed along the Florida coast — specifically what is today the coral reefs of the Florida Keys. There are countless shipwrecks in the waters off the state’s coast and many are believed to still contain the sunken spoils of Spain’s looting.In 1985, the Spanish Galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha was unearthed by Mel Fisher (a now legendary sunken treasure hunter) in the shallow waters thirty miles off Key West. The cargo was valued north of $500 million and the late Fisher was certain there’s still more to be found. According to the captain’s manifest, there was more than 60 pounds of emeralds, 17 tons of silver, and 35 boxes of church gold aboard the Atocha — none of which has been found to date. Fisher’s company leads week-long liveaboard dive expeditions to search for the remains. The company estimates that more than half of their guests “strike gold”.Coastal GreeceFew destinations offer the lengthy maritime history of coastal Greece, where ships have been sailing (and sinking) for more than 9,000 years. More than a decade ago, the government opened the country’s 12,000-mile coastline to divers. It’s proven to be a literal treasure trove ever since. The sea floor is littered with an estimated 6,000 wrecks and, in some cases, whole, intact cities are believed to be submerged. The treasures date back to as far as ancient Sparta and tend to have far more archaeological than monetary value. For that reason, it’s worth noting that most — if not all — of the treasures found there should remain submerged. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity last_img read more

Clean Air Funding Helps With Energy Saving Upgrades

first_imgMore than $358,000 in funding has been announced for projects in Cape Breton that will help reduce greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau was in Port Hawkesbury today, July 13, to announce the funding, which comes from the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change. “This program allows us to fight climate change by working together with municipalities and community organizations,” said Mr. Belliveau. “The funding announced today will help reduce air emissions while cutting energy costs.” The Town of Port Hawkesbury is receiving $183,329 for upgrades to three municipal buildings, including insulation, weather stripping and lighting upgrades. The County of Richmond receives $112,500 for energy saving upgrades to water and sewage treatment plants and to the Richmond Arena in Louisdale. Other projects include an energy and emissions inventory and audit at the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, a solar wall at Telile Community Television in Arichat, and the replacement of an aging refrigeration plant at the Dr. Bernie MacLean Cultural and Recreation Centre in Inverness. These projects are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 700 tonnes – equal to taking 150 cars off the road – and cut more than 2,200 kilograms of major air pollutant emissions. ecoNova Scotia funded projects help meet the objectives of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and the Climate Change Action Plan. The ecoNova Scotia fund administers funding from an original $42.5 million grant from the government of Canada. All funding is now committed and no new applications are being accepted. With this announcement, ecoNova Scotia has funded more than 130 projects. For more information on the fund, please visit www.gov.ns.ca/ecoNovaScotia .last_img read more

Boating safety

This Victoria Day long weekend marks the unofficial start to boating season.Hamilton Police Marine Unit and the Hamilton Port Authority launched Operation Safe and Sober today.A reminder to boaters to be safe when out on the water.Chris has fallen in the water. He’s trying to get himself back up. He thought ahead of time and put a re-boarding device, in this case a loop of rope to get his foot into and give him some additional leverage.A safety tool – one of many – Hamilton Police Marine Unit want you to be aware of now that boating season has arrived.“We’ll be out patrolling Hamilton Harbour and portions of Western Lake Ontario, stopping boats, checking to make sure they have all their safety equipment, competency and licences for boats.”For the third season, Hamilton Police along with the Port Authority have launched Operation Safe and Sober.“Fines on the water start at about $240. They go up to $500. If you’re talking about issues of impairment that means you’re talking about criminal charges plus thousands of dollars in potential fines.”according to police, alcohol is a factor in about 40 percent of boating incidents.Be prepared for ride checks at boat launches or on the water.Weather plays a role as well. Police say they’ve seen an increase in the number of rescue calls related to bad weather.“You can be in a small boat that’s low to the water and the wind picks up, the wave action can knock you out of the boat or capsize the boat.”All the more reason to always wear your life jacket.30 fatalities on Ontario waters last year, both MADD and the Canadian Safe Boating Council say having the right gear can save your life.Ian Gilson from the Canadian Safe Boating Council says, “The vast majority of them, well over 95 percent of the boating related fatalities are preventable.”Constable Ben Rushton agrees, “About 100 people across Canada die every year in recreational boating activities and roughly 90 percent of those are attributed to not wearing a life jacket or PFD or not wearing it properly.”The busiest port on the Canadian Great Lakes and every year, there are a few close calls. This is why the Hamilton Port Authority is asking boaters to be careful around commercial vessels.“When you’re transiting around them, it takes them about a mile-and-a-half to slow down and actually come to a full stop so we just want to remind those pleasure craft vessels out there to give the vessels a wide birth.”Always have your lights on, a charged cell phone and make sure you’re travelling at a safe speed. read more

Police blotter Man reports scam to police

Man alerts police to pornography scamA Norfolk County resident contacted police Friday after receiving an email from an unknown user demanding money.The email indicated that the victim’s accounts had been hacked and that they were in possession of their passwords. The email also indicated that they were aware of the adult websites that were visited by the male victim and if $1,200 in bitcoin was not forwarded, pictures and video of sites visited would be forwarded to everyone in his contact list.No money was forwarded and no personal information was provided.The victim realized that this was a scam and immediately contacted police after receiving the email.These types of messages are commonly known as scareware and are designed to create anxiety and complete shock for the computer owner resulting in the owner sending money, Norfolk OPP said in a media release.Police are reminding anyone that receives emails like this to be aware that it is just a scam.$15,000 damage to truckWater was poured into the gas tank of a pickup truck parked on Windham Road 11, Windham.The incident occurred between May 8 and May 11. The damage is estimated around $15,000.Investigation continues.Window smashedAt some point between 6 p.m. on May 11 and 11:10 a.m. on May 12 vandals smashed the rear window of a vehicle parked on a property on Patterson Street in Simcoe.Police continue to investigate.Purse stolen A purse was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked at the Simcoe Recreation Centre parking lot on Saturday afternoon.The purse’s owner had been volunteering at an event nearby when her unlocked vehicle was entered. Once inside, her purse containing personal and financial information along with a large quantity of Canadian currency was removed.Anyone with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.Driver and passenger facing chargesTwo people have been charged after police stopped and investigated a vehicle on Sydenham Street, Simcoe, on May 12 at 2:56 a.m.A 21-year-old woman from Wasaga Beach was charged with obstruct peace officer.A 33-year-old man from Norfolk County was charged with public mischief and personation with intent to avoid arrest, and prosecution or obstruct justice.Both are scheduled to appear in court at a later date.Man charged with having unmarked cigarettesA 21-year-old Caledonia man is facing multiple charges after being stopped by police.On May 11 around 12 p.m. Haldimand OPP were patrolling when a vehicle caught their attention. Officers followed and stopped the vehicle on Fife Street East, Caledonia.OPP investigation determined two different plates were on the vehicle but neither belonged to the vehicle.The driver was also accused of several offences including possession of unmarked cigarettes which were located inside the vehicle.The man is charged with fail to signal for turn, two counts using plates not authorized for motor vehicle, driving a motor vehicle without a driver’s licence, failing to have an insurance card, and possession of unmarked cigarettes.He is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Cayuga at a later date to answer to the charges. read more

Golds pull TSX lower G20 finance ministers set to deal with currency

Golds pull TSX lower, G20 finance ministers set to deal with currency worries by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 15, 2013 4:34 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday as traders hoped a weekend meeting of G20 finance ministers would tackle worries that some countries are using their currencies for economic gain.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 35.16 points to 12,686.63, led by steep declines for gold stocks while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 10.91 points to 1,185.65.The Canadian dollar was down 0.49 of a cent to 99.39 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that manufacturing sales fell 3.1 per cent during December to $48 billion, led by lower sales in the transportation equipment sector. It was the biggest decline since May 2009. Economists had expected only a 0.8 per cent pullback.New York finished well off early levels after a Bloomberg report warned of a very tough month for retailing giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc.It quoted an email from Jerry Murray, a Wal-Mart vice president, to another executive that said “February (month-to-date) sales are a total disaster.” Murray also called this February the worst start to a month in his seven years with the company.Wal-Mart shares closed down 2.15 per cent to US$69.30.The Dow Jones industrials gained 8.37 points to 13,981.76, the Nasdaq was down 6.63 points to 3,192.03 while the S&P 500 index slipped 1.59 points to 1,519.79.The University of Michigan’s consumer confidence index for February came in at 76.3, better than the 75 reading that was expected and up from 73.8 in January.Meanwhile, the G20 meeting in Moscow takes place amid speculation of a “currency war” in which countries devalue their currencies to gain a competitive edge.The Japanese yen has been the currency primarily in focus this week.Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, faces charges that it is trying to lower the value of the yen to stimulate its economy.The yen fell to a 21-month low against the U.S. dollar this week and a near three-year trough against the euro.As the yen falls, Japanese exports become cheaper compared with goods from other regions that are also trying to pull out of an economic malaise.Earlier this week, the volatility in the currency markets prompted the Group of Seven leading industrial nations, which include the U.S, Canada, four European Union countries, as well as Japan, to warn that volatile movements in exchange rates could adversely hit the global economy and to reaffirm their commitment to market-driven exchange rates.On Friday, the yen strengthened ahead of the G20 meeting with analysts expecting pressure to be exerted on Japan’s finance minister and central banker to at least commit to not allow the yen to fall much more.“The greater fear would probably be that this goes further and significantly so,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“I think that if there is some language that suggests that is not the case and what has happened has happened but you won’t see much more of it, I suspect that would have a calming effect on the markets.”The TSX ended the week down 0.89 per cent, reflecting earnings disappointments in the resource sector while the Dow industrials was flat for the week.The gold sector led TSX decliners, down about three per cent as April bullion on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost $26 to US$1,609.50 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) faded 36 cents to C$7.96.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) fell 68 cents to $33.99 as the miner said Thursday that record gold production levels at two mines in Ontario and Mexico helped it deliver a half-billion dollar profit in the fourth quarter and positioned it well for the coming year. Adjusted earnings were 57 cents per share, beating analyst expectations of 54 cents per share.The base metals sector slipped 1.29 per cent while March copper in New York was unchanged at US$3.73 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) declined 91 cents to C$33.29.The March crude contract fell $1.45 to US$95.86 a barrel and the energy sector was off 0.43 per cent. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) fell 44 cents to $31.75.Techs were also weak with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 82 cents to $14.23.Telecoms led TSX advancers after Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) exceeded analysts’ expectations in the fourth quarter of 2012. Rogers posted quarterly net income of $455 million or 88 cents a share, beating expectations of 72 cents.Rogers’ revenue was $3.26 billion against expectations of $3.19 billion.Rogers also announced that president and CEO Nadir Mohamed will retire in January 2014 but will continue to lead the company through 2013. Its stock was ahead $1.85 to $47.32.And Telus Corp. (TSX:T) said its quarterly net earnings rose almost 23 per cent from a year ago to $291 million, or 89 cents per share. Revenue rose six per cent to $2.85 billion from $2.69 billion and its shares were up $1.03 to $67.81.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) reports it had $146 million of earnings attributable to shareholders in the fourth quarter, or 18 cents per common share, with nearly $7.2 billion of revenue. On an adjusted basis, the profit amounted to $327 million or 42 cents per common share, two cents below analyst estimates.Enbridge is also joining up with a partner to convert some of their natural gas capacity to ship crude oil from a pipeline hub in Illinois to refineries in the eastern Gulf Coast refinery market. The Calgary-based pipeline company and Energy Transfer Partners would each own 50 per cent of the joint venture, which they expect to be in service by 2015. Enbridge shares ticked 23 cents higher to $44.36. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Boy who cut his knee after tripping over vandalised water meter awarded

first_img Image: Brian Lawless/PA Archive/PA Images Dec 7th 2016, 3:56 PM Share50 Tweet Email 22,592 Views AN 11-YEAR-old schoolboy, who cut his left knee after tripping on a “vandalised” Irish Water meter, has been awarded €12,500 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.Barrister John Nolan told the court that in November 2014, Finn Wallace was playing outside his aunt’s home at Middletown Valley, Riverchapel, Wexford, when his left foot was caught in the uncovered and broken water meter.Nolan told Judge James O’Donohoe that Finn, of Rose Glen Manor, Kilbarrack, Dublin, fell forward and lacerated the top of his knee.The court heard the wound had been bleeding heavily and was cleaned and bandaged by Finn’s mother, Tracy Wallace.  He was later taken to the Clannad Medical Centre in Dublin as the bandage continued to seep blood.Counsel said the wound was again dressed and took several months to heal.  Finn had not been able to play sports during that time.Judge O’Donohoe heard the wound has left a permanent visible scar on Finn’s knee.  Through his mother Tracy, he sued Irish Water for negligence.Nolan said Irish Water had made a €12,500 settlement offer and he recommended acceptance of it to court.  He said liability may be an issue if the case went to a full hearing.The court heard that Irish Water claimed the meter had been installed correctly but had been vandalised by a third party.“If that defence holds, Finn would lose his case,” Mr Nolan said.Judge O’Donohoe approved the offer.Read: Donald Trump is TIME’s Person of the Year 2016 >Read: ‘I won’t give up hope of finding Trevor’: Father of man missing for 16 years on his fight to find his son > 37 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3125853 Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 3:56 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Boy who cut his knee after tripping over ‘vandalised’ water meter awarded €12,500 Finn Wallace was playing outside his aunt’s house when his foot was caught in an uncovered and broken water meter. Image: Brian Lawless/PA Archive/PA Images Short URL By Saurya Cherfilast_img read more

Mother and stepfather on trial in Germany after being charged with selling

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Monday 11 Jun 2018, 10:53 AM Jun 11th 2018, 10:53 AM Short URL Image: Marc Roura via Shutterstock 22,894 Views http://jrnl.ie/4064232 center_img Mother and stepfather on trial in Germany after being charged with selling boy online for sex The pair also stand accused of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography. File photo Image: Marc Roura via Shutterstock File photo A MOTHER AND stepfather charged with selling their young boy online for sex have gone on trial in Germany today, in a case that police say is one of the most atrocious they have investigated.Berrin T (48) and Christian L (39) also stand accused of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography.They are accused of having sexually assaulted the boy – who is now nine – as well as pimping him on the so-called darknet for more than two years.Beyond a conviction and prison sentence, prosecutors are seeking preventive detention of the two due to the seriousness of the alleged crimes.The stepfather has a previous conviction for paedophilia.The case came to light following an anonymous tip last September and led to the arrest of eight people who have been charged with belonging to an online paedophile ring.Two of those arrested have since been convicted.During the trial of the related cases, the stepfather admitted on the witness stand to the assaults on the boy.He also made serious accusations against the boy’s mother, who has so far been silent in court.The boy is in state care.- © AFP 2018 By AFP Share4 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Sudha may take part in Bibi ka Alam rally

first_imgHyderabad: After taking part successfully in Bonalu procession, ‘Sudha’, the new elephant brought from Karnataka, will also be taking part in the centuries-old procession of Bibi Ka Alam in the month of September. Organisers will be officially getting a nod from the Ministers including Home and Forest, after formally having discussion over modalities. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, the Fatima Seva Dal Society general secretary and Mujawar of Bibi Ka Alam, Aliuddin Arif, said that he would be formally meeting Home Minister Mohammad Mehmood Ali and Forest Minister Allola Indrakaran Reddy on Wednesday and would discuss the modalities. “I shall be submitting to them a letter of appreciation and formally seek nod for availing of the services of new elephant in the procession. As transporting the animal to and fro from neighbouring State is a tedious task and could impact its health, we shall be requesting the government to ensure that it stays on a for few days in between rehearsals and the day of actual procession,” he said. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us With just a month left for the next event, where an elephant will be seen in the streets of the Old City once again for the procession, the organisers have already discussed the matter with high officials from police and other departments. Even the mahout (mahavath) was given details about the Bibi Ka Alam, the total weight and the nature of the items which have to be carried on the elephant. Sudha will be back in the first week of September for rehearsals, which will be held on September 4 and will take part in the traditional procession of Bibi Ka Alam which begins from Dabeerpura on the day of Youm-e-Ashura on September 10, (the tenth day of Muharram commemorating the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hazrat Imam Hussain and his companions) and concludes at Chaderghat. Advertise With Us Recalling that this was not the first time the historic processions were facing problems, Arif, who is from the 11th generation of family serving this tradition, recalled that even in 2009 usage of pachyderm was barred and the organisers had to approach New Delhi to get permission. However, he expressed satisfaction that the Telangana government assured smooth conduct of both the traditional festivities of Bonalu and Moharram. Talking about the animal, he said that it was healthy enough to undertake the next task in Hyderabad and well trained and certified to remain cooperative with the thousands of devout. “We hope that the government would find a permanent solution by the next time these events are organised,” he hoped.last_img read more

Zil Hajj crescent sighted EidulAdha on Aug 12

first_imgHyderabad: The Eid-ul-Adha will be celebrated across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on August 12 (Monday) as the crescent for Zil Hajj was sighted on Friday. This was announced by a team of noted Islamic Scholars under the aegis of the Central Ruiyat-e-Hilal Committee – Hyderabad Deccan. Therefore, Saturday will be the 1st of Zil Hajj, the 12th month and final month in the Islamic calendar and Eid-ul-Adha will be celebrated on August 12. The meeting, chaired by Majlis-e-Ulema-e-Deccan Secretary-General Moulana Syed Qubul Pasha Shuttari, and was attended by prominent clerics including Moulana Mufi Khaleel Ahmed, Moulana Hasan Ibrahim Hussaini, Moulana Syed Mahmood Pasha Quadri Zarikula and others.last_img read more

Five Former Jesuits Who Worked In Houston Accused Of Sexual Abuse

first_img Share Wikimedia CommonsFour of the Jesuit priests who have been accused worked at Houston’s Strake Jesuit College Preparatory at some point during their pastoral assignments.Five former Jesuit priests who worked in the Houston area have been credibly accused of sexual abuse with a minor, the U.S. Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus announced Friday.The Catholic religious order has published a list of names of Jesuits with “credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor,” according to a news release.The five former Jesuits who worked in Houston and have been credibly accused are: Jody Blanchard, Thomas J. Naughton, Vincent A. Orlando, Edward D. DeRussy, and Austin N. Park.Four of them, Blanchard; Naughton; Orlando; and DeRussy, worked at Houston’s Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston. Park worked at Houston’s St. Joseph Church.Blanchard, who has been accused one time, left the Society of Jesus in 1994.Naughton, who also was accused one time, left the order in 2009 and died in 2012.Orlando was also accused one time. He was removed from ministry and lives under supervision.DeRussy, who was accused more than one time, has been removed from ministry.Park was also accused more than one time and was removed from ministry.Father Ronald Mercier, the provincial superior for the Central and Southern United States, said in a statement that “the storm that the Church experiences today calls forth from us an unprecedented and yet needed response.”The list was compiled after an internal review of Jesuit personnel files.Province leaders have hired an outside agency, Kinsale Management Consulting, to review nearly 3,000 personnel files of Jesuits who are or were members of the U.S. Central and Southern Province or its predecessors as of January 1, 1955.If Kinsale discovers any additional men with credible accusations, their names will be added to the list. That review will happen in Spring 2019.The province urges anyone who experienced sexual abuse as a minor to report the offense to the law enforcement or child protective services in the locale where the abuse happened.Survivors are also encouraged to advise the Jesuits by calling Carol Zarinelli Brescia, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She can be reached confidentially by phone at 314-915-7168 or email at ucsoutreach@jesuits.org.last_img read more

2 nabbed in Bengal for gang rape

first_imgKolkata: Two youths were on Wednesday arrested for the gang rape of a teenage girl in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas, police said. A 15-year-old girl from Haroa was gang raped three days back on an open field adjacent to her house, a police officer said. “Sabir Mollah, 19, and Laltu Mollah, 22, both from that village were arrested on Wednesday. They knew the victim. The accused have been in the hiding since the incident on Sunday night,” the Haroa police station officer added. The condition of the rape survivor was stable, he said. She was taken to the hospital on Monday morning. Later send home. Whether there were any previous relations between the attackers and the victim would also be probed, the officer said.last_img read more

Kilo of cocaine found on Cozumel beach

first_imgCozumel, Q.R. — A one-kilo package of drugs has been found washed up on a Cozumel beach during a routine surveillance tour by police. The package was made available to the la Fiscalía General de la República for the corresponding inquiries.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) La Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional reported the discovery by military personnel when they say, they were conducting a routine tour. The package, which was washed up on a beach, was kilo of cocaine. last_img read more

Searching for ET Hawking to look for extraterrestrial life

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology It will be supported by the 100-meter Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia in the United States and the 64-meter Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia.In addition, the Lick Observatory in California will conduct a deeper-than-ever search for optical laser transmissions.The project will be 50 times more sensitive than earlier searches, and will cover 10 times more of the sky, organizers say.It will also make use of SETI@home, a University of California, Berkeley project that uses some 9 million volunteers throughout the world who donate computer power to search astronomical data for signs of life.Milner said the search will be entirely transparent and will rely on open-source software so findings can be shared throughout the world.“Our approach to data will be open and taking advantage of the problem-solving power of social networks,” he said.The researchers say the focused computing power and the use of some of the world’s most powerful telescopes will allow them to collect in one day the same amount of data that would have taken one year to collect before the program began.Milner plans to back the program for at least 10 years although scientists agree it may take longer to find proof that alien life exists. Hawking said the new program should succeed because it has ample resources: access to time on major telescopes, a huge data capacity, and a long-term financial commitment that will not be withdrawn.“If a search of this sophistication finds no proof, that is an interesting result,” he said. “It will not prove that we are alone but it will narrow the possibilities and it is likely to produce data that is fascinating in its own right.”Based on new information about the number of other worlds where life could have taken hold it is “quite likely” humans are not alone, he said.“There is no bigger question,” Hawking said. “It is time to commit to finding the answer to search for life beyond Earth.”___An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Hawking said: “We are intelligent, we are alive, we must know.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories center_img Sponsored Stories LONDON (AP) — The search for extraterrestrial life received a major boost Monday with the launch of an ambitious $100 million program, backed by famed physicist Stephen Hawking and tech billionaire Yuri Milner.Combining unprecedented computing capacity with the world’s most powerful telescopes, Hawking and the Russian-born Milner seek to intensify the so far fruitless search for life beyond the planet Earth. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation It is a coordinated plan to use the latest scientific methods to solve one of mankind’s enduring riddles: Are we alone?Hawking, who speaks using a computer-generated voice due to the effects of motor neuron disease, explained the reason for the project: “We are alive. We are intelligent. We must know.”Milner, who made a fortune through investments in companies like Facebook, said the power of Silicon Valley technology and innovation would be used.“The scope of our search will be unprecedented: a million nearby stars, the galactic center, the entire plane of the Milky Way and 100 nearby galaxies,” Milner told a packed press conference at the Royal Society in London.Organizers say the “Breakthrough Initiatives” project, also endorsed by other prominent British scientists, is the biggest ever scientific search for alien life. It includes a “listening” program — the effort to analyze vast amounts of radio signals in search of signs of life — and a “messaging” program that will include $1 million in prizes for digital messages that best represent the planet Earth.The messages will not be sent, however, in part because some scientists — including Hawking — fear messages sent into space could possibly spur aggressive actions by alien races. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   last_img read more