Eight Maruti models among top 10 best selling PVs in May

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India had eight of its models in SIAM’s ten best-selling passenger vehicles list in May, even as the overall automobile market witnessed a sharp decline. The company’s popular hatchback Swift was the best-selling model last month clocking 17,039 units, up from fourth spot in the same month last year when it sold 19,208 units, according to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). Coming in second was entry level model Alto with sale of 16,394 units as against 21,890 units in year-ago month, retaining the same spot. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepMSI’s compact sedan Dzire sold 16,196 units last month, occupying third position, down from the top spot in the same month last year when it clocked 24,365 units. Premium hatchback Baleno sold 15,176 units to be at fourth position, down from third in May last year when it registered 19,398 units. The new WagonR sold 14,561 units retaining the fifth position held by the old WagonR last May with 15,974 units. Making it to the top ten list in a long while was the company’s utility van Eeco with 11,739 units last month at sixth spot. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsHyundai Motor India’s SUV Creta retained its seventh spot last month selling 9,054 units as against 11,004 units in May last year. The company’s premium hatchback Elite i20 sold 8,958 units to be in eighth spot, up from ninth in May last year when it clocked 10,664 units. Maruti Suzuki’s multi-purpose vehicle Ertiga was in the ninth position with 8,864 units followed by compact Vitara Brezza with 8,781 units in tenth. Vitara Brezza was the sixth best selling model in May last year with 15,629 units. The overall passenger vehicle wholesales in India had witnessed the steepest decline in nearly 18 years, dropping by over 20 per cent in May to 2,39,347 units against 3,01,238 units in the year-ago month.last_img read more

Recount confirms Liberal win in NB riding but court challenge still possible

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – A New Brunswick judge has confirmed a narrow Liberal win in a recount for a Saint John riding, but further legal challenges are still possible.The judicial recount means the results of the Sept. 24 provincial election remain virtually deadlocked at 22 seats for the Progressive Conservatives, and 21 for the Liberals.A spokesman for the chief electoral officer said the Saint John Harbour recount concluded Thursday the Liberals still hold a 10-vote margin of victory.Judge Hugh McLellan oversaw the count in a Court of Queen’s Bench courtroom that took the rare step of allowing television cameras in to record the process.“We’ve come to the conclusion through this exercise that the votes counted for each of the candidates in Saint John Harbour on election night are in fact exactly right,” said the judge.Progressive Conservative candidate Barry Ogden remained in second place, while Liberal candidate Gerry Lowe retained the narrow victory. The two men shook hands after the recount was complete on Thursday morning.However a lawyer for the Progressive Conservative candidate had alleged in a notice of application filed on Monday — later withdrawn to await the results of the recount — that about 40 voters cast their ballots twice in the Saint John district.On Tuesday, the lawyer said he may reinstate an application for the result to be thrown out by early next week. However, lawyers for the party weren’t available for further comment following Thursday’s recount.Recounts were also continuing Thursday afternoon in a Moncton court in an 11-vote victory for the Green party in the riding of Memramcook-Tantramar, and a recount in a 93-vote victory for the Tories in Oromocto-Lincoln-Fredericton was to continue into Friday.The Liberals have said they plan to proceed to a throne speech in just over two weeks, as the Tories have continued to call for Premier Brian Gallant to resign immediately and allow Tory Leader Blaine Higgs to form a government.The Green party and the People’s Alliance party each have three seats.The right-leaning People’s Alliance has said it has an informal plan to support a Progressive Conservative government for up to 18 months.The Liberals have said they will not negotiate with the People’s Alliance due to its linguistic policies — which include scrapping the office of the commissioner of official languages.Meanwhile, the Green party has been holding talks this week with both the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives, with leader David Coon saying the meetings are in the early stages.Political scientist Thomas Bateman said in an interview that if the Tories do manage to have the Saint John Harbour result thrown out at a later date, it strengthens their ability to take and hold power.However, he said he still expects Gallant to proceed with a throne speech on Oct. 23 with what will likely be a campaign-style document.As it stands, Gallant’s ability to hold onto government is “unlikely,” said the political scientist, adding it would require a Tory or People’s Alliance member of the legislature to either break ranks or accept the role of Speaker — who by convention would vote with the government.“I’m sure that Mr. Higgs is thinking ‘We’re just going through the motions here because this government will fall and we will become the government,’” he said.— By Michael Tutton in Halifax.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

Oil discounts grow as CEOs complain of Canadas competitiveness gap

first_img“Anything people can move out, they’re moving out, but we’ve basically just got the perfect storm.”He said the WCS differential grew to as much as US$48 per barrel on Wednesday morning, the highest since at least 2011, and the Edmonton Sweet differential was at US$27.50 per barrel, a multi-year high that’s more than three times its typical size.On the sidelines of the Energy Roundtable conference in Calgary, meanwhile, CEO Kevin Neveu of Precision Drilling Corp. said the differentials are having an immediate chilling effect on companies’ ability to fund drilling budgets in Canada.“It’s proportionate to the cash flow. So if (a drilling customer) expected a netback of $50 Canadian or $55 or $60 and they’re only getting $45 or $50, they’ll adjust back to that outlook quickly, within the quarter,” he said.He said the drilling industry in Canada is headed for revenue this year in line with 2017, which was the second-worst year for drilling profitability after a disastrous 2016.Earlier, Doug Suttles, CEO of Encana Corp. said government policy is making Canada an uncompetitive place to drill for oil and gas. CALGARY, A.B. – Discounts on Canadian crude oil widened to multi-year highs on Wednesday as oil and gas executives took turns at a conference pointing out Canada’s competitiveness gap in attracting energy investors.Prices for both Western Canada Select, an oilsands bitumen blend, and Edmonton Sweet crude oil, fell relative to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate because of a lack of pipeline capacity, growing production from the oilsands and a reduction in demand due to U.S. refinery maintenance shutdowns, said Tim Pickering, founder of price tracker Auspice Capital in Calgary.“All of those things have culminated into a system that is completely overloaded,” Pickering said. He added it also won’t get credit if the gas is shipped in future to a hydro electricity-powered liquefied natural gas export terminal on the West Coast and on to Asia, where it may replace coal in producing electricity and cutting global emissions.Due to corporate tax cuts under U.S. President Donald Trump, Suttles pointed out Encana also pays higher income taxes in Canada than it does in the U.S.“As a Canadian, it’s easy to get really down,” said Ian Dundas, CEO of Enerplus Corp., a Calgary-based company with 90 percent of its production in North Dakota and little in Canada.“We’ve let the Americans outcompete us and out regulate us and we find ourselves in this position.”He said the solution is to stop making the situation worse _ citing Ottawa’s Bill C-69 to reform the National Energy Board and its proposed clean fuel standards as examples of that _ and start coming up with ways to help Canadian companies compete with U.S. rivals.He added he hopes next year’s federal election encourages the public to discuss changes to national energy policies.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)center_img “Today, every well we drill in British Columbia, we pay over $100,000 in carbon tax just on the diesel used to drill and complete that well,” he said during a speech at the conference.“Those products are largely moving to markets in the United States. In the United States, we don’t pay a dollar of carbon tax.”Calgary-based Encana is focused on four major oil and gas plays, the Montney and Duvernay in Western Canada and the Eagle Ford and Permian in the southern United States.Suttles said Encana gets no credit for the clean-burning natural gas it produces, nor for the three B.C. gas plants it built that are powered by hydro electricity.last_img read more

More resources deployed to York Landing to search for Northern BC homicide

first_imgOn Sunday the RCMP said they had received over 200 tips in the search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.  This could be the first confirmed sighting of the suspects since last week when their vehicle was found burnt near Gillam. YORK LANDING, M.B. – The RCMP are sending all possible resources to the small community of York Landing after two individuals matching the description of the suspects were seen near the community on Sunday.York Landing is approximately 200 km southwest of Gillam, and the RCMP has sent resources to the community to investigate a tip.Situation is ongoing. All possible RCMP resources continue to be used in the area of York Landing to safely apprehend two individuals matching the description of the suspects. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 29, 2019 The tip came from the members of the Bear Clan Patrol in York Landing.  The group had been patrolling the community when they noticed two men matching the description of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemeglsky.  The two men immediately ran back into the bush.  The Bear Clan Patrol immediately shared the information with the RCMP and resources were dispatched to the area.The Globe and Mail spoke with Travis Bighetty, a coordinator of Bear Clan, who said they saw the two men at the dump.  In an interview with the Globe, Bighetty said one suspect was wearing a grey sweatshirt, and the other was in camouflage.  “We’ve seen them in an area that is not frequented because there are bears in the territory or bears near the area, and so people avoid on foot, and it’s only accessible by vehicle.”Mr. Bighetti said police radios weren’t working, so RCMP officers used gunfire as a means of communicating their location.Spoke w/James Favel of Bear Clan Patrol by phone. Says Travis, Danielle & Justin in York Factory patrolling as requested by AMC. Spotted two men near dump, they took off. Police called. Says Travis is calm about the hole thing. RCMP in area now. #canadianmanhunt @GlobalNational— Crystal Goomansingh (@cgoomansingh) July 29, 2019Chief Leroy Constant of the York Factory First Nation shared on Sunday that residents should remain indoors with windows and doors locked. Patrols of the community will be done on a 24-hour basis.last_img read more

FedEx, Johnson and Johnson slump while General Mills rises

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday:FedEx Corp., down $6.34 to $175.07The package delivery company said weaker global trade cut into profit and revenue, which fell shy of Wall Street forecasts.General Mills Inc., up $1.05 to $48.29The consumer goods company raised its forecast for the year, citing cost cuts and higher prices.Viacom Inc., down $1.51 to $26.01The cable television operator warned DirecTV customers that they could lose certain channels if the companies can’t agree on a new contract.E.W. Scripps Co., down 62 cents to $21.87The media company is buying eight television stations from Nexstar Media Group, including an affiliate in New York City.AAR Corp., down $1.93 to $33.17The airplane maintenance company’s profit and revenue forecast for 2019 fell short of analysts’ expectations.Johnson & Johnson, down $1.15 to $137.29The health care company received an FDA warning letter over post-approval study requirements for its breast implants.Steelcase Inc., down $2.37 to $15.11The furniture maker issued a full-year profit forecast that fell mostly short of Wall Street expectations.Smartsheet Inc., up $2.25 to $45.69The cloud software company reported a narrower-than-expected fourth-quarter loss and revenue beat analysts’ forecasts.The Associated Press read more

UN crisis relief fund looks to multiyear commitments for sustainability

Several major donors have made multi-year commitments to provide significant funding to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which aims to save scores of thousands of lives by providing virtually immediate financing in sudden-onset crises, like earthquakes or hurricanes, or for ongoing but neglected emergencies.“This gives un an element of sustainability,” UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesman John Nyaga told the UN News Centre of the pledges to CERF, which has an annual target of raising $450 million, with an additional $50-million loan facility to allow rapid access to funds ahead of the transfer of donor pledges. Canada has an ongoing, five-year agreement through 2012, while the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have renewed multi-year funding arrangements, OCHA reported today. Australia has also announced a four-year commitment, starting with a 2010 pledge of $11.1 million, with annual increases of $1.8 million through 2013.China, India and Saudi Arabia have already made multi-year funding commitments and have announced that it would look into a similar arrangement starting in 2010.Set up in 2006 to jump-start relief operations by providing funds within days and saving thousands of lives that would otherwise be lost to delay under the then under-funded $50-million mechanism, CERF allocated two thirds of its financing to sudden-onset emergencies and a third to neglected crises.UN officials have noted that under the previous system it took four months between the lifting of access restrictions in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region and the commitment of funds to the relief appeal. In that time, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) climbed to 1.6 million and mortality rates rose above emergency levels.In the case of locust swarms infesting the African Sahel area in 2004, a $9 million appeal by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in February to spray larvae and prevent their spread was inadequately funded. That summer, the locusts multiplied throughout eight countries and FAO had to revise its appeal upwards to $100 million. Now requests can be approved by the CERF Secretariat as quickly as within 24 hours or less of reception. At its annual pledging session at UN Headquarters in New York last week, CERF raised a record $424 million in pledges for 2010, compared with some $400 million for 2009. The top 10 donors since the Fund’s inception in 2006 came through with pledges of more than $373 million for 2010 – or 88 per cent of the total.Overall, CERF’s top contributors – United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Australia – have pledged or contributed some $1.7 billion of the nearly $2 billion raised by CERF, roughly 85 percent of the total, since 2006. “The overwhelming generosity of our major donors was clear, despite the hard times of the current economic climate,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said. “Yet the fact remains that we require increased support from a broader range of donors so that the Fund can be sustained in coming years.”The United States rejoined the contributor list with a $10 million pledge last week, and five new Member States were added to the roster of CERF supporters, bringing to 115 the number of Member States and observers, nearly two thirds of the 192-member General Assembly. With a $2 million pledge, Russia made the list of CERF supporters for the first time. Several countries, including Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa, increased their pledges over the previous year. “We are hopeful that emerging donors will come forward with larger, more regular contributions to the Fund,” Mr. Holmes said. 15 December 2009Several major donors have made multi-year commitments to provide significant funding to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which aims to save scores of thousands of lives by providing virtually immediate financing in sudden-onset crises, like earthquakes or hurricanes, or for ongoing but neglected emergencies. read more

Postconflict Bougainvilles disarmament process is progressing well UN says

Under the supervision of the UN Observer Mission in Bougainville (UNOMB), the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) and the Bougainville Resistance Force (BRF) have destroyed 1,588 weapons, or 81 per cent of their arsenals, while five out of 10 Bougainville districts have completed the weapons disposal programme, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Danilo Türk said in an open briefing.In the area still controlled by former separatist leader Francis Ona, Me-ekamui (Holy Land), some progress had been made, but Mr. Ona continued to avoid dialogue with Bougainville’s leaders and the National Government, Mr. Türk said. The dominant force in Mr. Ona’s Me-ekamui Defence Force (MDF), the “A” Company, had completed the destruction of its weapons, but other MDF elements had not, he added.That position could impact the pace and timing of the weapons destruction programme, he said, but Mr. Ona’s influence was steadily declining.The Bougainville Interim Provincial Government had started preparations for the next steps in the electoral process for the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), by establishing a Ministry for Peace and Autonomy, but the earliest possible time for the election would probably be the end of November or the beginning of December, Mr. Türk said.UNOMB’s mandate ends on 30 June and some speakers in the Council’s ensuing discussion argued in favour of extending it, while others suggested ending it then.A “natural exit point” for UNOMB would be after the elections, when the autonomous government would assume responsibility as the legitimate representative of the people of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea’s representative, Robert Aisi, told the Council. Video of the Council meeting [1hr 32mins] read more

BC mulls letting mining companies defer power costs until prices rebound

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 25, 2016 11:11 am MDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. mulls letting mining companies defer power costs until prices rebound VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s premier has good news for the province’s mining industry, as the sector flounders amid ailing global commodity prices.Christy Clark announced her government will extend two tax-credit programs while delivering the keynote address at the annual conference into B.C. mineral exploration.The mining-exploration tax credit is a 20 per cent refundable credit, which increases to 30 per cent for exploration happening in regions affected by the destructive mountain pine beetle.Also being extended is the mining flow-through tax credit, which is a non-refundable credit of 20 per cent.Both announcements were met with applause by the several-hundred industry representatives attending the event in Vancouver.Clark also announced the government was working on a policy to allow mining companies to defer electricity costs until mineral prices rebound. read more

Harness immense potential offered by migration UN officials urge at global forum

Participants at the Global Forum on Migration and Development taking place in Berlin, Germany. Photo: IOM Also speaking at the Global Forum, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, called for action to ensure better protection of migrants and refugees as well as their rights.In particular, he urged all stakeholders for expanding legal pathways that benefit both these vulnerable groups.The Global Forum on Migration and Development was set up by the UN in 2007 as an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led venue for high-level discussions on policies, challenges and opportunities presented by the “migration-development nexus.” Outcomes of the tenth session will feed into the ongoing process of forging a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, a framework for effective migration governance. The current session also marks the culmination of more than a decade of international dialogue and cooperation on migration and development. William Lacy Swing, the Director-General of the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM), addresses the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Berlin, German. Photo: IOM Such efforts would also address a number of security, development and human rights concerns regarding migration, said Louise Arbour, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, in her keynote address to the plenary of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, currently underway in the German capital, Berlin. “Failure, on the other hand, would leave us unequipped to harvest the immense potential of migration,” she said. “Worse still, the negative impact of irregular migration – both human and societal – would develop roots which would become ever harder to eradicate.” In her address, Ms. Arbour also emphasized that effective international cooperation and political leadership were vital for the success of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration and called on all participants for strong leadership as well as the “willingness to compromise.” She also highlighted that the UN Charter, the international human rights framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development already offered a framework for the global compact and urged everyone to “resist the temptation to reinvent the wheel.” Also speaking today, William Lacy Swing, the Director-General of the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM), noted that it is a fact that migration will continue and called for safe and legal pathways to prevent migrants from being abused or risking their lives in perilous journeys. In that context, he underlined that efforts to assist them should be centred on their rights, needs and capacities. “We need to address the relationship of migration to critical adjoining policy domains, including development, humanitarian, climate change, and peace and security, in a truly comprehensive way,” he said, urging the international community to move away from “reactive, unidimensional approaches” to migration governance. “I believe we all agree that we dare not miss this ‘rendezvous with history,’ as this opportunity may not present itself again,” he added. In the same vein, Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), stressed the importance of taking action that made “a real difference” in the lives of migrants arriving on foreign soil, with hopes for a better future. “If we are to foster the benefits of these movements for all concerned, our policy choices matter greatly,” he said, while citing the need to remove what he called “the toxicity” from the public debate. He also emphasized the contributions made by migrants and called for better recognition of their skills and experience to allow them to attain their full potential. read more

Ohio State womens soccer stays undefeated with win draw on road trip

Then sophomore forward Lindsay Agnew (20) maintains possession during a match Oct. 24, 2014 against Iowa at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAfter sweeping its first two games of the season a week ago, the Ohio State women’s soccer team played two more over the weekend, remaining undefeated with a win and a tie.The No. 18 Buckeyes (3-0-1) hit the road Thursday evening to take on the Dayton Flyers at Baujan Field and came away with a 2-1 victory.The teams went into the locker room at halftime scoreless, but junior forwards Nichelle Prince and Lindsay Agnew came back in the second half to collect a pair of Buckeyes goals.Prince’s goal was her second of the season, already just one shy of her total from the 2014 season, in which she was limited to 10 games due to a leg injury. The junior was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the first week of the season due in large part to her overtime game-winner in the Sept. 23 upset victory against then-No. 8 Florida.The Flyers got onto the board with a 30-yard free kick late in the game. OSU redshirt junior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker collected eight saves in the match for her third win of the season.Completing the two-game weekend road trip, the Buckeyes then traveled to Austin, Texas, on Sunday afternoon.Sunday was the first meeting between the Buckeyes and the Longhorns, and the unfamiliarity with the other showed as the match ended in a scoreless draw. The game went into a double overtime, but neither team could find the back of the net. The Buckeyes led the Longhorns in shots 18-17, including an 8-7 edge in shots on goal.McVicker started Sunday’s contest, stopping the only shot she faced, but was lifted for freshman Devon Kerr to begin the second half. It was the collegiate debut for Kerr, a product of Barrie, Ontario, and she blocked all six shots fired her way.Kerr is already the third goalkeeper employed by OSU coach Lori Walker this season after redshirt sophomore Megan Geldernick got second-half time in the season opener.OSU is now set to return to Columbus to host Florida International on Thursday evening. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Mens Basketball No 5 Ohio State holds off No 12 South Dakota

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Kam Williams (15) celebrates after a three-pointer in the first half of the Big Ten tournament game against Penn State on Mar. 2 in Madison Square Garden. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWith just four games left in Ohio State’s regular season, redshirt senior guard Kam Williams was suspended indefinitely.Against South Dakota State, Williams drilled the biggest shot of Ohio State’s season to extend both his team’s NCAA Tournament run and his career.He made a 3-pointer and completed an and-1 to give the Buckeyes a 74-70 lead with 1:35 remaining. He was fouled again on another 3 and drilled all remaining free throws to put his team up 77-70 with 54 seconds left.The late push by Williams helped the fifth-seeded Buckeyes survive a late push by 12th-seeded South Dakota State to win 81-73 in the first round of the tournament in Boise, Idaho, Thursday. Ohio State will face fourth-seeded Gonzaga Saturday.After trailing early in the second half, Ohio State went on a 16-0 run despite several misses and a stretch of chaotic play by both teams to claim a 61-48 lead with 12:08 remaining in the game.South Dakota State did not go away though. While the Buckeyes made just one of their next seven shots, the Jackrabbits went on an 8-4 run to bring their deficit back to single-digits at 65-56.The Buckeyes continued to keep the Jackrabbits at bay, but back-to-back 3s from junior guard Brandon Key and junior center Mike Daum brought the game to 70-66 with 3:11 remaining. Key then dropped in another jumper to bring the score to just 70-68. Two free throws from senior forward Reed Tellinghuisen tied the game at 7 with under two minutes to play.The two stars for both teams came out to play. Bates-Diop led the Buckeyes with 24 points and 12 rebounds while South Dakota State junior center Mike Daum dropped a team-leading 27 points, shooting 5-for-10 from 3.It didn’t take long for Bates-Diop to take over the game. Though he had his fair share of misses, he accounted for 14 of the Buckeyes’ first 19 points. Uncharacteristically, most of his scoring came from beyond the arc during the span with him draining four 3s.Bates-Diop was not along, for Ohio State strayed from its identity of strong post play, instead unleashing a season-high barrage of 40 3-pointers.At first, even with wide-open looks from nearly every player, the Buckeyes struggled, beginning just 2-for-9 from beyond the arc. However, they made their next four 3-point tries, picking up points in bulk. That trend continued throughout the game, with the Buckeyes starting off 8-for-17 from 3. But they made only 4-of-23 triples the rest of the game. Ohio State had no answer for the Jackrabbits on the other end with South Dakota State proved more efficient from beyond the arc, finishing the game 13-for-31 from 3. The two teams combined to tie for the most 3-point attempts in a NCAA Tournament game.The Buckeyes were able to take advantage of lackadaisical play early from the Jackrabbits, forcing South Dakota State — a team that entered the game 11th in the country with 10 turnovers per game — to turn the ball over 13 times. read more

RTE is looking for members of the public to join its board

first_imgMedia affairsPublic service broadcastingArts, music, sport or cultureLegal or regulatory affairsAnyone hoping to get on the board of TG4 must also “be able to communicate proficiently in the Irish language.”Think you might have what it takes? Here’s how to apply, according to a statement yesterday by Committee Chairman John O’ Mahony TD:Those putting forward their names should attach a short history of their work experience, detailing which of the criteria for appointment they satisfy, as well as a copy of their CV.All of that needs to be emailed to jctc@oireachtas.ieThe RTÉ Board is the governing authority of the national broadcaster, and has six members.Scroll down for details on appointments to state boards, and a full list of requirements.Read: Open Letter to RTE – Explain why you censored gay rights advocate Rory O’Neill>http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2014/07/expressions-of-interest-for-nomination-to-ifi-bai-rte-and-tg4-boards.pdf IF YOU WERE in a position to have a say in how our national broadcaster is run, what would be your first move?Rather than taking it out on your long-suffering remote control, or boring those around you to tears, take note – an Oireachtas Committee is looking for applications to join the board of RTE.The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications has announced they are looking for “expressions of interest” from members of the public, who might eventually end up getting appointed to a number of state boards.There are a few requirements, as you might imagine. In order to be considered for the board of RTE (or TG4, or the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland), you’ll need to have experience in a couple of these areas:last_img read more

Mahrez demands more from teammates

first_imgNew Manchester City signing Riyad Mahrez has urged his teammates to keep up the good work after their winning start, according to Goal.The current Premier League holders got their title defence off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates.Raheem Sterling gave City the lead in the first half before Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva wrapped up with the match in the second half with a well-taken strike to hand Pep Guardiola a comfortable 2-0 victory over fellow countryman Unai Emery, who was managing his competitive game for Arsenal.Mahrez who signed for City from Leicester City for a club-record fee of £60million has urged his teammates not to take their foot off the gas.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The player took to social media to motivate his teammates.Great start today, Manchester City let’s keep it up,” Mahrez posted on Instagram.The Algerian featured in City’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in the community shield to win his second trophy in English football.Mahrez will be hoping to retain his place in the club’s starting XI in their next game despite the return of their World Cup starslast_img read more

Budget 2016 Govt to pay 833 of EPF for new employees

first_imgTo boost creation of new jobs in the country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in his third budget that the government will pay 8.33 percent of the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) for all new employees for the first three years.The government will contribute the amount on behalf of the employers and has set aside Rs. 1,000 crore for the programme. The move is aimed at encouraging the companies to create more jobs.”In order to incentivise creation of new jobs in the formal sector, the government will pay 8.33 per cent to EPS for all new employees enrolling in EPFO for the first three years of employment,” Arun Jaitley said.The scheme will be applicable to employees with a monthly salary of Rs 15,000.”In order to channelise this intervention towards target groups of semi-skilled and unskilled workers, the scheme will be applicable to those with the salary of up to Rs. 15,000 per month. I made a provision of Rs. 1,000 crore for this scheme,” the minister said.He also announced a proposal to broaden and liberalize the scope of employment generation incentives available under 80JJAA of the Income Tax Act.”Many more jobs are created provided the regulations are simplified. If shopping malls are kept open all seven days a week why not small and medium shops. These shops should be given a choice to remain open on all seven days on voluntary basis,” Jaitley said.last_img read more

Texas Bats Are Getting Some Much Needed Help

first_imgResearchers studying how to prevent White Nose Syndrome are receiving 1.3 million dollars in funding. The disease has become an epidemic among bats in the last decade, killing entire populations of bats in some places.But why spend one-point-three million on bats?According to Paul Phifer at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, bats provide an estimated over 3.7 billion dollars in pesticide services each year.“And that’s not only good for the economy,” he said, “it’s good for the environment.”In Texas, bats provide a lot of help to corn and cotton farmers. Bats, among other animals, were part of rescue and rehabilitation efforts after Harvey. The money, awarded in grants by public and private partners, will go to researchers all over the country. Researchers in Texas studying how manipulating bat’s microclimates could help prevent the disease.Davis LandA representative from the Austin Bat Refuge holds a bat as it feeds on mealworms. Listen 00:00 /00:55 Xcenter_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit Wis Molybdenum99 Processing Facility

first_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more July 16, 2019 – NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) processing facility in Beloit, Wis., with equipment installation currently underway. Establishing this processing facility is part of NorthStar’s staged development and dual processing pathway approach to expanding current capacity and efficiencies in Mo-99 production.Domestically produced, non-uranium based Mo-99 is used in NorthStar’s RadioGenix System (technetium 99m generator). Commercially available and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved, the RadioGenix System is a high-tech separation platform for processing non-uranium/non-highly enriched uranium based Mo-99 for production of the important medical radioisotope, technetium-99m (Tc-99m), the most widely used diagnostic imaging radioisotope.Along with its partners at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR), NorthStar is consistently providing domestic, non-uranium-based Mo-99 now and is actively planning for the future, according to the company. Upon appropriate licensure and FDA approval, the processing facility in Beloit will augment current processing at MURR, providing dual production hubs for Mo-99. The facility will house state-of-the-art Mo-99 dissolution and source vessel filling equipment, as well as support a quality control laboratory, an automated packaging line and an advanced molybdenum recycling complex.NorthStar President and CEO Stephen Merrick said the new facility will enable the company to double production of RadioGenix System source vessels, which are used by radiopharmacies to product Tc-99m for physicians and their patients. In addition to the processing facility expansion, Merrick said NorthStar is working toward final validation of two state-of-the-art fill lines at its Columbia, Mo., facility that, pending expected FDA approval in 2019, will further substantially increase the number of Mo-99 source vessels that can be shipped to customers weekly.Read the article “NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Breaks Ground for New Facility in Beloit, Wis.”For more information: www.northstarnm.comRelated ContentFDA Clears Path for First Domestic Supply of Tc-99m IsotopeNew Report Finds U.S. Supply of Critical Medical Isotope Vulnerable FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility Facility part of staged, dual production pathway plan to expand Mo-99 production and efficiency in parallel with RadioGenix System enhancements News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more center_img Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Related Content Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more last_img read more

Royal Caribbean buys majority stake in crown jewel Silversea Cruises

first_img Thursday, June 14, 2018 Posted by MIAMI — Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is laying out US$1 billion for a 66.7% stake in privately-owned Silversea Cruises in a deal that will set the luxury and expedition cruise brand on a course for continued success, say both companies.The agreement is based on an enterprise value of some $2 billion and RCCL will finance the purchase through debt.  Silversea Cruise Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre D’Ovidio  will qualify for some 472,000 RCL shares, payable upon achievement of select 2019-2020 performance metrics.“Silversea is a crown jewel, and the acknowledged leader in luxury and expedition cruising, two key markets that are poised for growth,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “Uniting our two companies presents an extraordinary opportunity to expand vacation options for guests and create revenue in strategic growth areas.”Lefebvre will stay on as Executive Chairman of Silversea, continuing to lead its strategy long term. Silversea’s CEO Roberto Martinoli will also continue in his role, working with the existing Silversea management team.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJSilversea Cruises was founded in 1994 by Lefebvre’s father. “This partnership will bolster the growth of this exceptional brand founded by my father,” said Lefebvre. “I have always been kindred spirits with Richard and we share a vision of offering excellence and leadership to our guests. This new partnership gives Silversea the opportunity to accelerate the growth of the most successful luxury and expedition cruising brand in the world.”The goals of the new partnership include:Drive long-term capacity growth in the luxury and expedition markets at a much larger scale than what Silversea would achieve independently;Diversify Royal Caribbean’s portfolio and increasing its expedition offerings by adding a premiere ultra-luxury brand;Leverage the global footprint of the combined companies to generate demand and increase vacation and destination options for the guests of both companies; andCreate significant synergies related to global market access, supply chain, purchasing power and other economies of scale.Lefebvre and Fain say Silversea, with its all-suite ships sailing to more than 1,000 global destinations, as well as its luxury expedition vessels, adds a pioneering ultra-luxury brand to RCL’s industry-leading brand lineup, including RCL’s largest brand, Royal Caribbean International, premium brand Celebrity Cruises and destination immersive brand Azamara Club Cruises.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upThe deal is expected to close later in the year, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.RCCL’s forecast for Q3 and Q4 2018 remains unchanged, but increases in the market price of fuel and the strength of the dollar are expected to cost the company some 25 cents per share. Strong close-in demand for core products and better than expected performance below the line is expected to drive improved results for Q2 and these improved results are expected to completely offset the impact of fuel headwinds in the second half of the year, allowing the company to maintain its financial projections for 2018. Royal Caribbean buys majority stake in ‘crown jewel’ Silversea Cruises Tags: Royal Caribbean International, Silversea Cruisescenter_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Nativity scenes funk music and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgNativity ScenesNothing says “traditional Christmas” like a nativity scene, and the elaborate dioramas are beloved across Costa Rica. To celebrate the season – and the legendary birth of Jesus Christ – the José Figueres Ferrer Cultural and Historical Center presents an exhibition of 25 nativity scenes. See how amateur artists recreated that fabled manger and the arrival of Three Wise Men in this inventive display.Exhibition on display at the José Figueres Ferrer Cultural and Historical Center, downtown San Ramón. Tue.-Wed., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Info: Museum website.Christmas ConcertsDec. 19Pop Christmas: Tamela Hedstrom, Miriam Jarquín, and Sasha Campbell perform with the Band of Cartago at the Municipal Amphitheatre, Cartago. 7 p.m. Free.Dec. 21Band of Limón: “White Christmas” concert with Grupo Master Key, Parque Vargas, downtown Puerto Limón. 6 p.m. Free.Band of Guanacaste: Central Park, Cañas. 7 p.m. Free.Band of Puntarenas: Lighthouse Point, Puntarenas. 11 a.m. Free.Tamarindo Growing TogetherThis community festival features yoga, martial arts, fire shows, and surfing, among countless other activities. Proceeds benefit the CEPIA community center.Fundraiser takes place Dec. 20 at Pangas Beach Club, Tamarindo. 4:30 p.m. ₡2,500-5000 ($5-10). Info: CEPIA website.Art: Clearly Costa RicaCombining realistic animal portraits with abstractly patterned scenery, Nathan Miller’s art is a colorful illustration of Costa Rica’s outdoors.Exhibit opening takes place Dec. 20 at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, near Liberia, Guanacaste. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Info: Gallery website. Music: InfibeatThe high-energy Costa Rican funk band takes over Mundoloco.Concert takes place Dec. 20 at Mundoloco El Chante, San Pedro. 8 p.m. Info: Mundoloco Facebook page.Music: Mike Joseph and The Gideon BandLimón-based reggae outfit gets funky in San José.Concert takes place Dec. 19 at AmonSolar, Barrio Amón. 9 p.m. ₡3,000 ($6). Info: AmonSolar Facebook page.A Sack Full of ChristmasChildren’s storyteller Juan Cuantocuentos tells tales of the New Testament, with music and hijinx.“Navidad de Gangoche” will be performed Dec. 20 at The National Theater, downtown San José. 11 & 1 p.m. ₡2,000-4,000 ($4-8). Info: National Theater website. Film: “Watership Down”The haunting 1978 film screens at the Monge Museum as part of its “subversive animation” series. See how it compares to Richard Adams’ classic allegorical novel about rabbits seeking a new home.“La Colina de Watership” screens Dec. 20 at the Museo Joaquín García Monge, Desamparados. 6:30 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4). Info: GAM Cultural.Theater: “A Christmas Carol”“Un Cuento de Navidad” receives its annual production at Teatro Espressivo, thanks to a stage adaptation by Paul Stebbings.“Un Cuento de Navidad” continues through Dec. 21 at Teatro Espressivo, Tres Ríos. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 7 p.m. ₡7,000-10,000 ($14-20). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.Exhibit: “Tomás Povedano and Costa Rican Cash”The Spanish artist Tomás Povedano already had a shining career before his moved to Costa Rica and designed the national currency. Catch this numismatic retrospective at the National Bank Museums.“Tomás Povedano y Los Billetes de Costa Rica” continues through Aug. 1, 2015, at the National Bank Museums, downtown San José. Openly daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡1,500. Info: Bank Museums website. Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Festival of Light, Egyptian dancers, and other happenings around Costa Rica BMX bikers, TEDx lectors, and other happenings around Costa Rica Arts festival, music festival, yoga festival, and other happenings around Costa Ricalast_img read more

India to focus on coastal tourism

first_imgThe union government will focus more on promoting the coastal tourism circuit.“India has a long coastline of 7,500 kms which possesses rich culture and heritage. If this can be harnessed along with beach tourism, culture and pilgrim tourism, all states particularly coastal states like Odisha will be benefited,” said Minister of State for Tourism Dr Mahesh Sharma.According to the Minister, India’s new initiative to deepen ties with Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) countries will definitely help to promote intra-regional trade and tourism among countries of the grouping. Noting that India has a great potential of promoting pilgrim and culture tourism under ‘PRASAD’ scheme, he says the NDA government is giving more stress on developing, deepening and strengthening relations with the IOR countries which have civilisation links with India.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka is the example of the government’s initiative in this direction. The Prime Minister has given more importance to promote ties with our IOR neighbours who will not only strengthen the security of our vast sea lanes in Indian Ocean but also secure our age-old cultural relations with them,” he added.last_img read more

Cyclorama to be unveiled again amid diverging view

first_imgCyclorama to be unveiled again amid diverging views of past by Jeff Martin, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2019 9:19 pm PDT ATLANTA — At a time when counties, cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, one of the world’s largest paintings of the American Civil War will reopen to the public Friday.But the artwork was never intended to celebrate the Confederacy, historians say.Atlanta’s Cyclorama depicts charging horses, wounded soldiers, cannon blasts and smoke on a Civil War battlefield in Atlanta as Union troops defeated Confederate forces and then torched much of the city.The painting also takes viewers into another, more personal battlefield in the mind’s eye, this one involving memory, facts, fiction, propaganda and romanticized portrayals of history, historians say.The German immigrants who painted it at the American Panorama Company in Milwaukee were creating the work for a northern audience to celebrate a northern victory in the Battle of Atlanta.“So when people are concerned about Confederate monuments — those who want to hug them and those who want to tear them down — they’re both going to be surprised to find out it’s not one,” said Sheffield Hale, president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center. “And that’s when you have the opportunity for insight and learning.”DIVERGING VIEWS OF HISTORYThe painting was created about 22 years after the Battle of Atlanta had occurred in 1864. It debuted in Minneapolis in 1886.When the artwork was relocated to Atlanta in 1892, Confederate sympathizers focused on the valour and bravery displayed by their side, said Gordon Jones, senior military curator at the history centre. It was advertised in Atlanta as “the only Confederate victory ever painted.”“It’s one of the greatest pieces of spin that’s ever been put on an artifact,” Jones said.Though the painting depicts a northern victory, southerners saw in the painting an Atlanta rising like the mythical phoenix — the symbol still used on police cars and city buildings today.“The more you learn about this painting, the more remarkable is the story,” Jones said. “And the story is definitely one of an artifact that changes meaning over time, depending on how you look at it.”IMAX MOVIES OF THEIR DAYBefore Hollywood movies, cycloramas such as the “Battle of Atlanta” were considered the virtual reality of their day.“It’s intended to surround you, to be this sort of virtual reality time machine,” Jones said.After they were painted in cities such as Milwaukee and Chicago, cycloramas were rolled up and hauled by train around the country. People in various cities then paid admission to walk into specially built round buildings to view them.The Atlanta History Center built the massive Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama Building to display the painting. Inside is a 15-foot (4.6-meter) platform, allowing visitors to view the horizon at eye level, with a massive blue sky above and the battle unfolding beneath them. A canopy covers the observation platform, much like canopies were used in the 19th century displays.“We have returned the painting to its original intent in 1886, and it was intended as an illusion, it was intended as mass entertainment,” Jones said. “Nobody has seen this painting the way it was originally intended to be seen in 1886.”ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST PAINTINGSThe 360-degree painting is longer than a football field at 371 feet (113 metres); and is nearly 50 feet (15 metres) high. It weighs 10,000 pounds (4,500 kilograms).When it goes on display again Friday, “The Battle of Atlanta” will join only a handful of giant cycloramas remaining worldwide. Another notable U.S. cyclorama, “The Battle of Gettysburg,” can be viewed at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.THE IMMIGRANT ARTISTSAmong the exhibits opening Friday is one about the immigrant painters — mostly German — who battled sea sickness on the steamship that brought them to New York.To make their scenes as authentic as possible, some of the painters visited battlefields and met with Civil War soldiers in retirement homes before creating their cycloramas in Milwaukee.Michael Kutzer, a painter and historian who speaks German, has been working in Wisconsin to decipher the hand-written diaries of artist Friedrich Wilhelm Heine, who supervised the cyclorama painters in Milwaukee. That has helped shed light on who they were and their impressions of the United States after arriving from Europe.THE HISTORICAL CONTEXTThe new exhibit opening Friday also includes early sketches of cycloramas, advertisements, and audio of the tours given from earlier eras. Military artifacts include a wooden chest used by Union General James McPherson, who died in the Battle of Atlanta.Actors who play characters from history will also provide context, Hale said. They include Paul Atkinson, the Georgia entertainment promoter who brought the painting to Atlanta, who explains how he interpreted the artwork for southern audiences.On the red clay landscape beneath the painting, the history centre has also restored the 128 soldier figures on the “diorama” beneath the painting. Those figures include a fallen Union soldier that was created in the likeness of actor Clark Gable after his visit to the Cyclorama when “Gone With the Wind” premiered in Atlanta in 1939.Jeff Martin, The Associated Presscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more