BJP targets Ajit Pawar on irrigation scam, says HC verdict imminent

first_imgNationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar would soon face a reckoning for his ‘role’ in the alleged multi-crore irrigation scam, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Chandrakant Patil said on Monday.“The case against Ajit Pawar is currently on at Bombay High Court. We [the BJP government] have submitted all documents pertaining to the case. The court is expected to announce its verdict any moment now,” Mr. Patil, the cabinet Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation said in Solapur district.While this is not the first time the BJP has attempted to exert pressure on Mr. Pawar by bringing up his name in connection with the alleged irrigation scam, Mr. Patil’s remarks against the NCP leader in the face of the approaching general elections assume significance.“Our country runs on the basis of the Constitution. The BJP has faith in it. And our government has taken action against all offenders within the legal and constitutional framework. [NCP leader] Chhagan Bhujbal, too, went to jail for two years in connection with the various corruption cases lodged against him,” said Mr. Patil. In November last year, the BJP’s Maharashtra unit president Raosaheb Danve had made a statement about Mr. Pawar’s imminent “arrest” in connection with the case.A little more than three weeks after Mr. Danve’s statement, a 26-page affidavit filed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court spelled out Mr. Pawar’s alleged role in the scam.In September 2012, Mr. Pawar had dramatically quit his post as Deputy Chief Minister following allegations of massive irregularities that detailed his granting project approvals (totaling more than Rs. 20,000 crore) during an eight-month period.Approvals to 38 projects were allegedly granted without the mandatory clearance of the governing council of the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) during Mr. Pawar’s stint as Water Resources Minister between 1999 and 2009.However, barely three months after he resigned, Mr. Pawar was ‘reinstated’ as Deputy Chief Minister after a government White Paper on irrigation projects gave him a ‘clean chit’.last_img read more

Ex-UEFA Chief Michel Platini Taking Action to Recoup Back Pay, Legal Fees

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. footballmichel platiniUefa First Published: November 8, 2019, 10:44 PM IST Lausanne: Former UEFA president Michel Platini is taking action to obtain substantial amounts of back pay as well as a bonus and legal fees, he told AFP on Friday.According to sources close to Platini, whose four-year suspension from football ended in October, the former France international is seeking to recoup around 7.2 million euros ($7.9 million), including 5.5 million euros in back pay. The same sources said Platini was hoping to reclaim a bonus worth some 1.8 million euros “for his contribution to the success of Euro 2016 in France”, despite the fact he was suspended when the tournament was staged.Platini was expected to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in 2016 but fell spectacularly from grace a few months earlier.The 64-year-old was suspended by world football’s governing body in late 2015 over a controversial payment of two million Swiss francs (1.8 million euros, $2 million) from Blatter.The payment, made in 2011 when Blatter was seeking re-election as president, was related to work carried out by Platini between 1999 and 2002. Platini has always insisted he did nothing wrong.Speaking to AFP by telephone, Platini said: “Through my lawyer, I am asking for the contractual elements to be applied.”Platini contested the claims that he is seeking 7.2 million euros. His Swiss lawyer, Vincent Solari, argues he “is entitled to a year’s salary as well as a contractually agreed bonus, that is to say three million Swiss francs ($3 million, 2.7 million euros).”Solari added that European football’s governing body — over which Platini presided from 2007 until his ban in 2015 — were contractually obliged to pay him for almost two years even if he was unable to work “for whatever reason” and had, “on that basis”, already paid him one year’s salary.They had, he insisted, “thereby acknowledged that the salary was owed regardless of the suspension”.However, the matter appears likely to end in a court battle. Solari said UEFA were now contesting the claim “without any motivation”.One source said Platini had first taken action to reclaim the money in the autumn of 2016 but said the triple Ballon d’Or winner had not yet gone to court “because he knows he has no chance of winning”.RETURN TO FOOTBALL?Blatter, also speaking to AFP, said he found the Frenchman’s demands “shocking, because I thought he was fighting above all else to save his honour, his integrity, his values”.Blatter was suspended for six years in the wake of the scandal over the payment to Platini, having presided over world football for 17 years.Platini’s suspension ended on October 6 and he has said he now hopes to find a new role in football.The revelations about his pay dispute with UEFA come in the same week that he released a new book, the title of which translates as “Between Us”.French President Emmanuel Macron this week backed Platini to return to the game, telling radio station RTL: “If you are ready to get involved again in football, in sport, in our country, that would make me happy.”However, the former Juventus and Saint-Etienne playmaker remains linked to a corruption investigation in his home country relating to awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.In June this year he was held and questioned by French anti-corruption police investigating the 2010 vote to award the tournament to the Gulf state.According to France Football magazine, a “secret meeting” took place in November 2010 at the Elysee Palace in Paris between former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Qatar’s then-Prince (now Emir) Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and Platini, who was then both UEFA president and FIFA vice-president.Just over a week later, FIFA voted to give Qatar the 2022 hosting rights. last_img read more

IPL 2016: Dejected Gautam Gambhir urges KKR players to fire

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were favourites before the start of the match, but hosts Delhi Daredevils (DD) put up a clinical show to post a 27-run win at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday. KKR after opting to bowl got off to a good start with Andre Russell claiming two wickets in the first over. However, Karun Nair (68) and debutant Sam Billings (54) put up a special show by stitching together a 105-run partnership to steady Delhi. Then Carlos Brathwaite (11-ball 34) used his big-hitting prowess to power the hosts to a competitive total of 186 for 8. (Full Coverage|Points Table)The chase started off well for the KKR, except for the early wickets in the form of Gautam Gambhir and Piyush Chawla. Robin Uthappa yet again scored a gritty half-century, his second in the season and kept the visitors in the hunt but Delhi bowlers led by the experienced Zaheer Khan did well to strike at crucial stages of the match. (Photos)The KKR skipper, Gambhir never expected Delhi to put up such a big score and lauded Nair and Billings for their knocks.”We didn’t expect they would get 186 after the first over and thought they would end up with 150-160. Credit goes to them, with the way Karun Nair and Sam Billings batted. 160 was a par score, 187 is tough on any wicket,” Gambhir said. (Also read: Here’s how Delhi Daredevils snatched a win at home) Gambhir rued the fact that his bowlers gave away 15-20 runs more and expected his players to put up a better show in all the departments.advertisement”We need to be more professional with bat, ball and in the field as well. If it is a good wicket, then it is difficult to contain and you have to get wickets at every point of time. That is why we picked Hoggy and Sunil, but ended up giving 15 runs more,” the KKR skipper also said.KKR chasing the target were all out for 159 in 18.3 overs and Gambhir said KKR have not played smart cricket in the last two games.  “Everyone has to deliver, if you have to win a tournament, everybody needs to contribute. We haven’t played smart cricket in the last two games.”The next game is very important for us and hopefully we do well, which is the last one for us away from home as we are playing 4-5 games at home after that,” Gambhir added.Kolkata have now lost three games out of seven and are placed third on points table.last_img read more

World leaders, celebrities to pay final tribute to Muhammad Ali

first_imgWorld leaders, celebrities, boxing fans and people who admired Muhammad Ali as a man will gather on Friday in his Kentucky hometown for one last goodbye to a towering global figure who died a week ago at age 74.Mourners will line the streets of Louisville for a funeral procession starting at 9 a.m. (1300 GMT) that will bring his body to Cave Hill National Cemetery for a private burial. (Also read: Watch – When Muhammad Ali stopped a man from committing suicide) CLINTON TO GIVE EULOGYThousands of people will then fill the KFC Yum Center for a memorial service featuring eulogies by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal, beginning at 2 p.m. (1800 GMT). Jordan’s King Abdullah and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan are expected to be among the dignitaries at the sports arena for the service. (Also read: Muhammad Ali’s funeral in Louisville: 15,000 expected to attend) Crystal could reprise parts of his routine called “15 Rounds,” a tribute to the three-time heavyweight boxing champion that the comedian first delivered in 1979. In it, Crystal tells Ali’s story through masterful imitation of the champ and the late sportscaster Howard Cosell, an important early defender of Ali during his most controversial days.WILL SMITH TO BE PALLBEARERAli’s pallbearers will include actor Will Smith, who earned an Oscar nomination for playing the title role in the 2001 film “Ali,” and former heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis.”Now as the world continues to flow into our city, it’s time for us to send him off tomorrow with great class and dignity and respect,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told a news conference on Thursday. “The world will literally be watching tomorrow as Muhammad’s processional and memorial service are broadcast to a global audience.”advertisementThe mayor encouraged people to throw flowers and bring “smiles and maybe a tear or two as well.”The procession will pass by Ali’s boyhood home on the West End, traditionally an African American section of town, and the Muhammad Ali Center, a museum in the center of the mid-sized city, which is also home to the Kentucky Derby.MUSLIM FUNERAL ON THURSDAYOn Thursday, a Muslim funeral for Ali drew thousands of mourners who prayed over the body of a man who battled in the ring and sought peace outside it.Speakers referred to him as “the people’s champ” who waspraised for advancing the cause of black Americans during and after the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Others admired him for making Islam more acceptable and giving U.S. Muslims a hero they could share with mainstream America.last_img read more

Vice President meets Algerian leaders

first_imgFrom Achinta BorahAlgiers, Oct 18 (PTI) Vice President Hamid Ansari today met top Algerian leaders and discussed with them the ways to revamp the bilateral engagements and take the ties to a new level.Ansari, who arrived here from Hungary last night as part of his second leg of two-nation tour, first laid a wreath at the El Alia cemetery, which comprises tombs of numerous Algerian notables and also has the graves of actors, actresses and artists. It also includes the tombs of several scientists, academicians and sport stars.The Vice President met President of Algerian National Peoples Assembly Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa and President of Council of Nations Abdelkader Bensalah and discussed with them various issues concerning both the countries.The thrust of the conversations with both the leaders was on how to revamp the bilateral engagements and take it to a new level and rejuvenation the ties, officials said.During his meetings with Khelifa and Bensalah, Ansari discussed how to further strengthen ties between India and Algeria and facilitate more people-to-people contacts.The Vice Presidents visit to the North African country came after more than two decades of “cooling off” period in bilateral relations.Earlier, Ansari said that due to some difference of opinion on some third country, there was a “cooling off” period in relations but that period is over now. “They (Algeria) want cooperation and we want cooperation. Both sides want the relations to be strengthened,” he had said.Algerias President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in 2001.advertisementAnsari will interact with Bouteflika, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and other top leaders tomorrow and discuss various issues like anti-terror cooperation and a host of other bilateral issues.”There will be meetings of minds to fight terrorism with all his interlocutors and counterparts,” Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs Sujata Mehta said.The Vice President today visited Ketchaoua mosque, a UNESCO world heritage site located at the foot of the Casbah, which was built during the Ottoman rule in the 17th century.Ansari also visited Wilaya Tipaza, which is located along the Mediterranean sea, 68 km west of the capital Algiers.Tipaza, with sandy beach and important archaeological parks tracing the areas Phoenician, Roman, Paleochristian and Byzantine history. Dating from the 6th century B.C. to the 6th century A.D, the well-preserved ruins sprawl over hills and encompass temples, churches, an amphitheater and a large necropolis.Algeria has extensive deposit of phosphate and India wants to explore whether joint venture industries could be set up in Algeria with Algerian phosphate and gas and Indian funds and technology so that fertilizers could be brought to India from Algeria instead to raw materials.Bilateral trade between India and Algeria stood at 1.5 billion per annum, majority of which are related to importing oil and oil products to India. PTI ACB ZHlast_img read more

Savage Jerky: Flavors Of Your Dreams

first_img 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy Editors’ Recommendations 11 Best Beef Jerky Brands to Try Before You Die Have you ever had a food craving on the road and then became disappointed when you couldn’t satisfy it? That’s what happened to a group of friends in search of some good beef jerky. They kept scouring gas stations and convenience stores along their route, but all they could find was the same mediocre, dry jerky.Their quest led to the friends vowing to create their own beef jerky. That’s how the Savage Jerky Co., based in Suwanee, Georgia, came into existence. They developed four core flavors and then launched a Kickstarter campaign, hoping to get $12,000 to offset production costs. The Kickstarter campaign closed with 319 backers pledging $15,674 in total.Savage Jerky Co.’s all-natural jerky is made by hand in small batches. There are traditional flavors as well as some varieties you’ve only dreamed of until now. Savage Jerky’s Originals series of flavors include Traditional, Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt, and Teriyaki. Their Mojos line of flavors feature variations on the Cuban classic blend of garlic, lime and cilantro, which bring out the natural flavor of premium beef. The choices in this category include Traditional Mojo, Mojo Jalapeno, and Mojo Habanero.Then there’s the Sriracha Series: Sriracha Bacon, Sriracha Teriyaki, and Sweet Sriracha BBQ. And of course, the Buffalos: Maple Buffalo Bacon, Habanero Buffalo, and Ghost Pepper Buffalo. Plus, The Reaper, which is the hottest Savage jerky  you can buy. Crafted from the Carolina Reaper, which is–according to Guinness World Records–the hottest pepper in the world, and combined with fresh Habanero peppers and their Savage signature spice rub, this jerky is definitely spice-y. Think you’re up for the challenge of this heat? The burn is said to last 20 minutes or longer!Each bag of Savage Jerky retails for $7.99. At that price, you can try them all and pick out your own top favorites. America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scenelast_img read more

New Shipping Giant Enters the Scene

first_imgzoom China Cosco Shipping Corporation Ltd was formally launched in Shanghai yesterday, a company created through the merger between China’s two shipping giants China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company and China Shipping Group.The new corporation enters the stage at a very tough period for the shipping industry suffering from overcapacity and low rates. However, China believes that this very trend will drive market consolidation through mergers and acquisitions that would strengthen the companies’ competitive edge.China Cosco Shipping will have a fleet of 832 ships valued at USD 21.9 billion, becoming a major rival to Maersk, MOL any NYK Line. Capacity-wise, it will be the world’s largest dry bulk and tanker owner, fourth on global scale with respect to its container fleet.The corporation said it would focus on “6 + 1” clusters, those being shipping, logistics, finance, equipment manufacturing, shipping services, socialized industry and the Internet related activities and business innovation.The establishment of the new shipping giant comes amid Alphaliner’s announcement on the talks between French container shipping major CMA CGM and its Chinese counterpart China COSCO to set up a new carrier partnership.As disclosed, the duo is also seeking to also rope-in Evergreen and OOCL in a plan that could potentially split up three of today’s four main East-West alliances.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Andrew Strauss emotional after England obliterate Oz to reach World Cup final

first_imgBirmingham: Former England director of cricket Andrew Strauss was overcome with emotion after the team he helped build “obliterated” Australia to reach the World Cup final on Thursday. England booked their first World Cup final appearance for 27 years with an eight-wicket rout of holders Australia at Edgbaston. Eoin Morgan’s side will face New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday as they bid to win the World Cup for the first time. It was a big moment for former England captain Strauss, who was drafted into the newly-created role at the England and Wales Cricket Board after the team’s dismal World Cup flop four years ago. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherStrauss was the man behind the appointment of England head coach Trevor Bayliss and urged the ECB to place more emphasis on white-ball cricket during his tenure, which has seen them rise to the top of the one-day international team rankings. He stepped down from the position in October 2018 to spend more time with his family after his wife was diagnosed with lung cancer. “That was England’s best performance of the World Cup,” Strauss told broadcaster Sky Sports. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”England absolutely obliterated Australia with bat and ball. The way (Chris) Woakes and (Jofra) Archer set the tone was fantastic. “And with the bat, I mean it was just outstanding batting from (Jason) Roy in particular. Now is not the time to talk about the Ashes but the way he lined up (Mitchell) Starc, I thought he was fantastic. “It was the ultimate performance. England will go into that final with just incredible spirits, huge confidence and they will be confident they can put New Zealand away as well. “I was getting quite emotional watching that today. All I ask from this England team is to play the same way on Sunday.” Meanwhile, Australia legend Shane Warne admitted England were deserved winners and backed the hosts to take the title. “Disappointing from a Australian point of view, but they were outplayed by England from the word go,” Warne said. “England showed their class, I thought Eoin Morgan was world class. He manipulated his bowlers well, he could have easily backed off but he didn’t. “He brought Archer back earlier to go for it and (Adil) Rashid was the real ace for Morgan today.last_img read more

Get out of the way

first_imgLos Angeles: Veteran actor Pierce Brosnan concurs with idea of a female actor taking over the role of famed fictional British spy James Bond, calling the prospect “exciting”. There is a raging debate about who would succeed Daniel Craig, the current Bond star, after he leaves the franchise post the release of Cary Fukunaga’s No Time to Die. A strong case has been made by many who want to see a woman actor taking over the mantle. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Brosnan, who has four Bond films to his credit, was asked whether he would like to see a gender-flipped 007 spy. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Yes! I think we’ve watched the guys do it for the last 40 years, get out of the way, guys, and put a woman up there. I think it would be exhilarating, it would be exciting, the 66-year-old actor said. He, however, doubts whether the franchise’s producers – Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson — would be willing for a gender change to the character. “I don’t think that’s going to happen with the Broccolis. I don’t think that is going to happen under their watch,” Brosnan said.last_img read more

Wonder treatment on front line of UN battle against acute malnutrition

Procured by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and used in feeding programmes by implementing partners in the camps, these so-called ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTFs) are the first line of defence in saving these youngsters, combining peanut-based paste with sugar, vegetable fat and skimmed milk powder and enriched with vitamins and minerals. “This really is the only hope for some of these children,” UNICEF emergency nutrition specialist Erin Boyd told the UN News Centre today. “Depending on the severity of their condition, the recovery can be impressive with a rebound to a normal status within six to eight weeks.”RUTFs have the added benefit that the children do not have to be hospitalized for the duration of the treatment, but can be treated in the family setting. “Children with a good appetite and no medical complications will be able to go home and return to feeding programmes each week and receive more RUTF according to their weight and progress,” Ms. Boyd said.But it is not only in sudden-onset crises such as the current Somali refugee influx that RUTFs are life-saving. Children in countries where acute malnutrition is rife, are being treated outside hospitals in their own communities, not by doctors but by health workers and eventually caretakers at home.In the past, when the children were treated at specialized centres, “we were only able to reach maybe 10 per cent of all the children who were affected,” UNICEF Senior Adviser on Micronutrients Arnold Timmer said. “Nowadays we have examples where are able to reach 70 per cent and even more.“Ready to use therapeutic food is a life-saver for children who are at risk of dying, at serious risk of dying. It contains all the nutrients and all the vitamins and minerals that the child needs and if this child takes these products it will almost certainly recover.” There are several manufacturers of RUTF including the French company Nutriset, manufacturer of Plumpy’Nut; Compact, manufacturer of EezeePaste; and several other providers, including Hilina manufacturer in Ethiopia. Since early 2000 there has been a vast improvement in the outlook for acutely malnourished youngsters. “Because of the way it has been introduced in health services and in the community we see that more children are reached at a much earlier stage of their condition,” Mr. Timmer said, noting that mothers are now recognizing the symptoms of acute malnutrition much earlier and children can be treated much earlier, giving them a much higher chance of survival.“Because of this we are able to reach many more children than traditionally when this was hospital-based. Because then, the children had to be identified, they had to be referred to those hospitals or those facility-based treatments, and mothers have to go with the child, stay there, they cannot take care of the other children at home.”That meant that there was often a high default rate as children dropped out of the programme, left hospitals and went home with their mothers to no treatment at all.In the Ethiopian famine of 1992, when RUTFs did not exist, many more children died. “Easily five per cent of the children under treatment (with therapeutic milk without the added vitamins and minerals) would not make it because of the severe condition they were in. Today, the death rate can be as low as one per cent,” Mr. Timmer said.Back on the front lines of the current crisis, UNICEF said today that it was working with local authorities to set up a therapeutic feeding centre in the Kenyan border town of Liboi to ensure that Somali families have access to life-saving health and nutrition services as quickly as possible.“Many Somali families who cross into Kenya at Liboi do not realize they must walk another 100 kilometres before arriving at the refugee camps in Dadaab,” UNICEF Kenya Representative Olivia Yambi said. “The health of some malnourished children crossing at Liboi is so precarious that they simply cannot wait until they get to Dadaab for treatment.”Earlier this week, the UN declared a famine in three more areas in drought-ravaged Somalia, bringing to five the number of regions in the Horn of Africa country where acute malnutrition and starvation have already claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.In the Dadaab complex of refugee camps in Kenya, whose mainly Somali population has swelled to nearly 380,000 in recent months, including 40,000 arrivals last month alone, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported alarmingly high rates of acute malnutrition.Another UNHCR-supported camp complex deep in the Ogaden desert in eastern Ethiopia’s Dollo Ado district, one of the remotest regions in Africa, is already sheltering more than 118,000 Somali refugees and more are pouring in daily, with work under way to provide refuge for 40,000 more people.As Mr. Timmer put it on the 15th anniversary of the introduction of RUTFs into the arsenal of weapons to fight acute, life-threatening malnutrition: “It is a revolution. We have to see it as a revolution… and it’s also really quite tasty.” 5 August 2011As thousands of desperately malnourished children from famine-wracked Somalia pour into United Nations refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia, small sachets of a peanut-based paste are often all that stands between them and almost certain death. read more

St Catharines job losses

More than 200 people in St. Catharines will be looking for work as a downtown call centre prepares to close its doors next year.Phil Perkins spoke with city councillor Mark Elliot about how this will affect the community. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

BC finance minister resoles old shoes to unveil new budget during tough

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. finance minister resoles old shoes to unveil new budget during tough times VICTORIA – Finance Minister Mike de Jong says he’ll wear resoled shoes as he unveils Tuesday’s budget to signal British Columbia’s solid financial strength despite some wear and tear.De Jong says he will table a balanced budget, but warns British Columbians not to expect huge spending initiatives or major tax breaks.Like his old but renewed shoes, de Jong says the budget holds the line on government spending during tough economic times.While getting his shoes resolved, De Jong also had new holes punched into one of his belts to symbolize what he says is ongoing belt tightening by the Liberal government.De Jong says the budget will lay out a three-year fiscal plan that forecasts modest surpluses in each of the three years.Late last year, the Finance Ministry forecast the budget surplus at $165 million. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2014 11:21 am MDT read more

Brock cohosts seminar on CanadaUS relations

Brock is partnering with the University at Buffalo (UB) this week to co-host a Binational Executive Seminar on Canada-U.S. Relations.The seminar is an intensive five-day symposium for legislative and political staff members from federal and state/provincial governments in Canada and the U.S. It aims to enhance their understanding of their counterparts across the border.Key themes to be discussed include:the diplomatic history of the binational relationshipthe different institutional and political contexts of each countrydefense co-operationvarious other cross-border issuesProgramming happens at UB on Monday and Tuesday (June 13 and 14), at the Rainbow Bridge Promenade in Niagara Falls, Ont. on Wednesday (June 15), at Brock on Thursday (June 16), and at the Buffalo-Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority Boardroom, Fort Erie, on Friday (June 17).The seminar features leading commentators on Canadian-American relations. This includes Nik Nanos, CEO of Nanos Research; Scotty Greenwood, former Chair of the Canadian-American Business Council, and Kelly Johnston, current Chair of the Council.Attendees will also hear from former U.S. Ambassador to Canada and Governor of Michigan, James Blanchard, and former Canadian Minister of International Trade, James Peterson.Seminar sessions are not open to the public. read more

Seagate to stop producing 7200rpm 25inch hard drives

first_imgIt used to be the case that performance storage meant buying a reliable 7200rpm, or even a 10000rpm hard drive. But with the price of SSDs falling, and the clear performance gains they offer, that’s no longer true. Inevitably this is going to have an impact on the production of hard drives, and Seagate looks to be the first company reacting to a declining market.Before the end of 2013, Seagate will cease production of 7200rpm 2.5-inch hard drives. Such drives are typically used in high-end and performance laptops, but increasingly vendors are choosing to use an SSD or hybrid drive in their place due to the performance and power saving gains.Seagate will continue production of the slower 5400rpm 2.5-inch hard drives, but the company currently doesn’t have a consumer SSD line. Instead, Seagate is going to rely on its Momentus XT range of solid state hybrid drives (SSHD), of which there are currently only two models — a 500GB and 750GB option. It seems likely that range will expand for next year, and surely an SSD line will be introduced if Seagate intends to remain competitive?SSDs still come with a price premium. For example, you’ll typically pay around $170 for a 240GB SSD and upwards of $300 for a 500GB model, whereas a Seagate Momentus 750GB 7200rpm drive is only $80. You can even pick up a 5400rpm 1TB mobile hard drive for around the same price. SSD prices will continue to fall, though, and the benefits to the user are clear.It’s unlikely Seagate’s 7200rpm mobile drives will disappear anytime soon. Production continues for now, and the pricing is such that they are still a tempting proposition for some manufacturers and consumers building nettops or upgrading their laptop hard drives on a budget.last_img read more

Gardaí arrest hitman who travelled to Ireland to target Hutch gang members

first_img 38,254 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Gardaí arrest ‘hitman’ who travelled to Ireland to target Hutch gang members Three men were arrested this morning. 44 Comments Short URL Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 6:50 PM GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED an Eastern European man they suspect arrived in Ireland to carry out a gangland murder.The man was detained alongside two Irish men after members of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau raided a premises in the Huntstown area of west Dublin this morning.Two Irishmen were also arrested in the raid; one for possession of €5,000 worth of cocaine and the other on conspiracy to commit murder.Sources have told that the arrested man is suspected of being an assassin for hire and that one avenue of investigation is that he was hired by the Kinahan cartel to target a number of Hutch gang members.A garda spokesman said: “As part of an operation targeting organised crime Gardaí have arrested three men.“Gardaí from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau supported by members of the Special Crime Task Force, Emergency Response Unit and Armed Support Unit carried out a planned search of a premises in west Dublin this morning shortly before 11am.center_img Image: Sam Boal/ Two of the men arrested, both late 50s, are currently detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007.The third man, early 30s, was arrested following the discovery of cocaine with an estimated value of €5,000, pending analysis. He is detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.Read: Hutch family asked for travel plans as gardaí receive intel on potential attack > Image: Sam Boal/ Apr 4th 2017, 6:50 PM Share32 Tweet Email1 By Garreth MacNameelast_img read more

Lobster Season closes midnight

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 31, 2017 – Providenciales – Lobster Season closes at Midnight here in the Turks and Caicos and that includes even stock piling the seafood delicacy.  We can legally fish, sell and eat lobster again in August. #MagneticMediaNews#LobsterSeasonclosed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#LobsterSeasonclosed, #magneticmedianewslast_img

Heartbroken Ileana DCruz shares sad posts after breaking up with boyfriend Andrew

first_imgIleana D’Cruz and Andrew KneeboneinstagramIleana D’Cruz has always been private about her personal life. She had said that she doesn’t like to talk about it too much but it’s pretty much there for the world to see. The actress had been away from the showbiz for a while now and has been mostly in the news about her relationship with her long-time photographer boyfriend Andrew Kneebone. While everything was hunky-dory between the loving couple, it looks like troubles have now made home in their paradise.It has been learnt that Ileana and Andrew have broken up and apparently unfollowed each other on Instagram and deleted their photos. The Raid actress even posted sad and emotional messages on her Instagram stories to express her sad state. “You don’t really realize how heavy the weight is until you finally put it down,” Ileana posted an emotional quote on Instagram.In another post, Ileana shared a quote which clearly explained how she was left heartbroken after breaking up with her long-time boyfriend.”Ask yourself, are you ready to let go of the energy you have absorbed from other people that has hurt you. The thoughts, emotions, feelings, psychic information that did not belong to you, that prevented you from being clear about who you are,” Ileana posted.Take a look. Ileana D’CruzInstagram Ileana D’CruzInstagramlast_img read more

African Diaspora Film Fest Shines Light on Colonialism

first_imgThe African Diaspora International Film Festival held Washington, D.C. from Aug. 19-21, uses films about people of color all over the world to educate, destroy stereotypes and end attitudes that support racial injustice, according to its cofounder.“The Black experience outside of the U.S. is also linked to the same kind of tragedy that African-American people experience and that will help create more communication and connection,” said Diarah N’Daw-Spech. She resides in France.The traveling festival started in 1993 and is marking its 10th year in Washington, D.C., before heading to Paris next month.All the movies are shown at George Washington University’s Marvin Center, 800 21st St NW.  Tickets can be purchased on eventbrite or at lineup for the films on Aug. 21, include:10 a.m.: “White Lies” is about a Maori servant hiding a damaging secret about her wealthy boss. It’s followed by “White Like the Moon,” which focuses on colorism in the Mexican-American community.12:20 p.m.: “Inland & Sexy Money” documents the true story of the fallout a 15-year-old girl suffers once her Nigerian stepfather is arrested for selling drugs.2:10 p.m.: “The Man Who Mends Women” centers on Dr. Denis Mukwege, who helped thousands of women raped during 20 years of conflicts in the east Democratic Republic of the Congo. But he’s faced criticism and death threats for his work. A question and answer session follows the movie.5 p.m.: “Stand Down Soldier” centers on a  Black female sergeant returning from combat in the Middle East and the struggles she and fellow combatants face. 7:30 p.m. “Oggun: an Eternal Presence” tells the mythology of Oggun, a Cuban warrior who fell in love with his mother and fled to the mountains as punishment. It will be followed by “Yemanja: Wisdom from the Heart of Brazil.” The Brazilian documentary sheds light on African culture in Bahia that’s rooted in slavery. A question and answer session will take place after this film.The AFRO is broadcasting segments of the event via Facebook Live. To see the broadcast, visit read more

Will Googles Chromecast Revolutionize Your Living Room and Conference Room

first_img 3 min read Google wants you to be able to stream video, pictures and other content online from any device straight to your TV. The tech giant held a press conference today to announce, among other things, the release of its new Chromecast device. A small dongle that plugs into a TV’s HDMI port, Chromecast is a strong play by Google to insert itself even more thoroughly into your living room, with wide-reaching potential applications in business settings as well.The Chromecast device is essentially an app-driven gadget that lets users watch content from any number of devices on their TV. Much like the Apple TV or Roku, it allows users to connect to streaming services such as YouTube and Netflix using their smartphone, tablet or laptop like a remote control to watch that content on their TV. Unlike Apple Airplay and Apple TV, however, Chromecast will work with all sorts of mobile devices, so even if you’re a platform-divided family, everyone can play.While Chromecast communicates with the user’s mobile device, it actually pulls the content itself from the cloud, leaving the smartphone free for other tasks. So even if you decide to watch a YouTube video, you can leave it running on the TV and tweet about it to your friends at the same time. Chromecast will also sync between all devices with the app. When you pause a show, you can pick up exactly where you left off — even from another device.The Chromecast’s versatility in an office setting has many businesses taking notice as well. The possibilities for in-office presentations are obvious, but there are other applications as well. One might use Chromecast to take a demo to a customer, and play it on their TV without a mess of wires or worrying about compatibility. While it’s just a beta feature to start, Chromecast also includes screen-mirroring capabilities for anything that’s on your Chrome browser, allowing easy demonstrations and training, for example.The $35 price, which includes three months of Netflix might be a challenging shot across the bow to Apple and the other companies in the streaming video and music market. Roku streaming players start at $49.99, and an Apple TV will set you back $99; Google stays well south of those numbers with the Chromecast. Of course, you’ll need Wi-Fi and a TV with HDMI inputs to use Chromecast, but that includes pretty much every TV manufactured in the last 10 years. And the fact that it works with almost any Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone, tablet or PC means it might be the last streaming video device you need to buy.Related: Google Releases New Maps App for Smartphones and Tablets July 24, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more