IPS officer Mohammad Mustafa asked the Punjab government on Friday to relieve him as the chief of the anti-drug Special Task Force as he is “senior” to newly appointed police chief Dinkar Gupta. The Director General of Police (STF) reports to the Punjab DGP.Mr. Mustafa, a 1985-batch officer, said he has requested the CMO to give him the charge of the State Human Rights Commission.The DG (STF), left out of the panel sent by the Union Public Service Commission, said he will approach the Supreme Court for being “ignored”, alleging that there was a conspiracy to keep his name out. “I will move the Supreme Court for my rights,” Mr. Mustafa said, asserting that he fulfilled all the parameters as per the top court guidelines.“My name was not in the panel despite fulfilling all the parameters,” said Mr. Mustafa, whose wife Razia Sultana is a Minister in Amarinder Singh Cabinet.In the UPSC meeting held in Delhi on February 4, the State was represented by Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh and DGP Suresh Arora. On Thursday, Mr. Gupta was appointed as the DGP. He succeeded Mr. Arora, who had been on an extension after his retirement on September 30 last year.Mr. Gupta became the new DGP after superseding five officers — Samant Goel (who is on central deputation), Mr. Mustafa, DGP (Law & Order) Hardeep Dhillon, DGP (Internal Vigilance Cell) Jasminder Singh and DGP (PSPCL) S. Chattopadhayaya.
Williams, who last won the title at the All England Club in 2008, advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals by beating 19-year-old Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6-2 on Monday.Williams is playing at the grass-court major for the 20th time in her career, with her Wimbledon debut coming a few months before Konjuh was born.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKerber, who reached the Wimbledon final last year but lost to Serena Williams, was beaten by Garbine Muguruza on No. 2 Court, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.With the loss by Kerber, either Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova will take over as the top-ranked player after the tournament. Venus Williams of the United States returns to Croatia’s Ana Konjuh during their Women’s Singles Match on day seven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Monday, July 10, 2017. (Photo by KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH / AP)First published: 9:51 p.m., July 10, 2017LONDON — Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams won and top-ranked Angelique Kerber lost.ADVERTISEMENT Williams will next face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinals. The 20-year-old Latvian, who won her first tour-level title at Roland Garros last month, beat fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Court 12.Ostapenko led 5-3 in the second set, but was broken and forced into a tiebreaker. She finally won by converting her eighth match point.Ostapenko had never before been past the third round at a major tournament prior to this year’s French Open. She was the first woman to win her debut tour-level title at a Grand Slam tournament since 1979.At Wimbledon, the Latvian is into the quarterfinals for the first time. However, the 20-year-old Latvian won the girls’ title at the All England Club in 2014.Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and Magdalena Rybarikova also advanced to the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dwyane Wade vows to visit PH LATEST STORIES The second Monday at Wimbledon is, arguably, the busiest day in tennis. All 16 fourth-round matches at the All England Club are played on the same day, a schedule that will produce all eight male and all eight female quarterfinalists.Andy Murray was on Centre Court against Benoit Paire, and Roger Federer will follow.On No. 1 Court, Johanna Konta was up first, followed by Rafael Nadal. Novak Djokovic is third.Kuznetsova was the first to finish her match on Monday, beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4.The seventh-seeded Russian is a two-time Grand Slam champion who will be playing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the fourth time. She has never advanced past that stage.In the quarterfinals, Kuznetsova will face Muguruza.Rybarikova, who beat Pliskova in the second round, defeated Petra Martic of Croatia 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 and advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time.Rybarikova missed nearly seven months after last year’s Wimbledon because of injuries./rga View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Matt McQuaid scored a career-high 27 points, Cassius Winston converted the go-ahead layup in the closing minute, and the Spartans rallied to beat No. 10 Michigan 65-60 in the Big Ten final on Sunday.Top-seeded Michigan State (28-6) scored the game’s final 10 points to capture its first championship since 2016. No other program has won the conference tournament as many times as Michigan State, and this one was particularly sweet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfter all, the Spartans prevented a championship three-peat by Michigan (28-6) and beat their rivals for the third time this season.“I asked them all today, ‘What do you want to do?’” Izzo said. “Pregame meal, ‘What do you want to do? You want to play for the (NCAA) Tournament or you want to play the game?’ That sounds like a stupid question, but if you knew where my guys were at as far as physically, it was a good question to ask. Once they said ‘We want to play the game,’ I said, ‘You just gave me a license for 40 minutes of hell, so you better get going because I’m not letting up.’” “They responded and I think they enjoyed it,” he continued. “So did I.”McQuaid nailed a personal-best seven 3-pointers. Winston, the Big Ten Player of the Year, had 14 points and 11 assists as Michigan State won for the 10th time in 11 games.“It’s always big,” McQuaid said. “Michigan’s a really good team. Beating them three times … it’s hard to do.”Both teams were awarded No. 2 seeds in the NCAA Tournament and will play Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. Michigan State faces Bradley in the East Region, while Michigan goes against Montana in the West. The Wolverines beat Montana last year on the way to the national championship game.Ignas Brazdeikas led Michigan with 19 points. Jordan Poole scored 13. Jon Teske had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Zavier Simpson added 10 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Dominic Thiem edges Roger Federer in 3 sets to win Indian Wells title Read Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments But the third-seeded Wolverines fell again to Michigan State after blowing their chance to win the league by losing to their rivals twice in the final four regular-season games.“You lose three times in a season to your rival, it’s gonna hurt” Isaiah Livers said. “But we’ll use it as motivation for the NCAA Tournament. I’m glad we don’t have a week or two weeks to sit there and think about that last game. We can get right back to playing.”Michigan led by 13 early in the second half, but Michigan State went on a 13-4 run to tie it at 48 with just over seven minutes remaining.The Wolverines were up 60-55 after Livers hit a 3 with 2:29 left, but they didn’t score again. McQuaid answered with one of his own to start the game-ending run and Xavier Tillman made a tying layup for Michigan State.After Simpson missed a 3 for Michigan, Winston drove to his left for a layup — which Teske thought he blocked — to put the Spartans on top 62-60 with 28 seconds left.Brazdeikas then missed a pull-up jumper that got tipped by Aaron Henry with 14 seconds to play. Teske and Tillman went up for the rebound, the ball got knocked out of bounds and the referees gave possession to Michigan State after a review as Michigan coach John Beilein screamed on the sideline.Henry made a free throw and missed the second, making it a three-point game. Poole then appeared to get bumped by Winston — Michigan State had a foul to give — just before he launched a long 3 off the dribble, but there was no call.The Spartans’ Kenny Goins hit two free throws to make it 65-60 with two seconds left.AHRENS INJUREDMichigan State forward Kyle Ahrens was relieved X-rays showed his left ankle wasn’t broken after he was taken from the court on a stretcher in the first half, though the extent of the injury was not clear. Michigan State’s Matt McQuaid (20) celebrates after shooting a 3-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball championship game against Michigan in the Big Ten Conference tournament, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)CHICAGO — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had one simple question for his team. He got the answer he wanted, and the sixth-ranked Spartans picked up their sixth Big Ten Tournament championship.Now, they’ll try to bring home the biggest prize of all.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte He expects to have an MRI once the softball-sized swelling goes down.Ahrens landed awkwardly when he collided in midair with Goins going for a defensive rebound with 4:34 left in the first half.He clutched his lower left leg as he screamed in pain. Medical personnel placed an air cast on his leg and teammates gave him hugs before he was wheeled away, pounding his chest as he was taken to the back. He returned to the sideline on crutches in the second half.BIG PICTUREMichigan: The Wolverines have their sights set on another big NCAA run after losing to Villanova in the championship game last year.Michigan State: The Spartans head to the tournament with high hopes, though their rotation figures to be a little thinner after Ahrens went down.UP NEXTMichigan: NCAA Tournament.Michigan State: NCAA Tournament. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
Individuals from 109 countries across 83 sports committed anti-doping rule violations. File Photo of the head office for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal – Reuters × SHARE SHARE EMAIL null Published on SHARE April 28, 2016 COMMENT Russia facing Rio Olympics, Paralympic ban 0 File Photo of the head office for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal – Reuters Russia was the top drugs offender in 2014 accounting for 148 of the 1,693 doping violations recorded, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said.Athletics and bodybuilding were the worst offenders, accounting for more than 400 of the violations between them in WADA’s annual report for 2014.Russia, which could miss the Rio Olympics athletics because of a doping scandal, was followed by Italy (123), India (96), Belgium (91), France (91), Turkey (73), Australia (49), China (49), Brazil (46) and South Korea (43) as the top 10 offending countries.In total, individuals from 109 countries across 83 sports committed anti-doping rule violations.A total of 1,462 of the doping violations arose through adverse analytical findings in conventional drug tests, while 231 were uncovered through evidence-based intelligence such as evading or refusing to submit a sample.WADA Director General David Howman said the evidence-based violations highlighted “the increasing importance of non-analytical approaches to anti-doping.“The Report also reminds us of the importance of values-based education to prevention and risk minimization,” said Howman.Russia’s place at the top of the doping charts comes with the country battling to ensure its track and field athletes are allowed to compete in the Olympics in August.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is to rule in June on Russia’s participation in the Games amid calls for their athletes to be banned.Russian athletes were banned from competing internationally last year after an independent commission chaired by ex-WADA chief Dick Pound found evidence of state-sponsored doping in the country.The commission report accused Russia of “sabotaging” the 2012 London Olympics by allowing the participation of several athletes with suspicious blood biological passport results.It also accused staff at Russia’s main anti-doping laboratory of “aiding and abetting” drug cheats. The Russian Sports Ministry was also accused of issuing orders to “manipulate particular samples.”WADA earlier this month revoked the Moscow laboratory’s accreditation due to “non-compliance with the International Standard for Laboratories and the related Technical Documents.” sport IOC chief urges total review of world anti-doping system COMMENTS RELATED
MANILA, Philippines–University of the Philippines avoided a total collapse down the stretch to escape hard-luck National University, 80-79, in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Kobe Paras led the Fighting Maroons with 25 points and six rebounds playing in just his second game while Bright Akhuetie had 19 points and 12 rebounds.“The difficult part on trying to rev up your team and go up against a 0-3 team is them thinking that they can just go past that particular team,” UP coach Bo Perasol told reporters after his side chalked up its second consecutive win for a 3-1 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“NU is a lot, lot better than their 0-4 slate.”The Bulldogs showed just that as they fought back from seven points down in the last two minutes, but only to fall short again in the closing seconds. This jewelry designer is also an architect Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue NU, which was left searching for its first victory, suffered its third one-point loss in four games. It also fell to University of Santo Tomas in overtime last Sunday.Dave Ildefonso also fired 25 points, including a contested triple from the top of the key that pulled the Bulldogs within one with 11.6 seconds remaining.David Murrell left the door wide open for NU after muffing two free throws but John Lloyd Clemente missed a baseline jumper that would’ve won it for the Bulldogs.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Top prizes and large crowds in the recently concluded 2019 Thunder Esports Tour MOST READ Becoming his own man
Seoul, Oct 4 (AP) South Korea on Thursday reiterated a demand that Japan should remove its “rising sun” naval flag from a warship participating in an international fleet review at Jeju island next week.Many South Koreans associate the symbol with Japanese military aggression during World War II and have expressed anger over the potential display of the alleged “war-crime flag” during the October 10-14 event.South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Thursday said Japan should be more considerate about how South Koreans remember its brutal colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula before the end of the war.South Korea’s navy has asked all 14 countries participating in the fleet review to display only their national flags and the South Korean flag on their vessels, a request apparently aimed at preventing the invited Japanese destroyer from flying the “kyokujitsuki.”The Foreign Ministry also conveyed Seoul’s position to Tokyo through diplomatic channels.But Japan has balked at the demand, with Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera saying last week that the ship’s display of the red-and-white flag would be mandatory under Japan’s laws.The flag, portraying a red disc with 16 rays extending outward, has been used as the ensign of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force since its launching in 1954.When asked whether South Korea could raise the issue of Japan’s usage of the flag with the United Nations, Kang said her ministry will review the “possible and appropriate options” before deciding whether to take stronger international action.”We have conveyed our stance that Japan should sufficiently consider our people’s sentiment toward the rising-sun flag and our historical experience,” Kang said.advertisementIt’s debatable whether any South Korean attempt to ban Japan from using the flag would be successful. Some experts say it would be difficult to equate the kyokujitsuki with Nazi symbols such as the swastika, as many South Koreans do, because the Japanese usage of the rising-sun symbol long predates World War II.South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo acknowledged to lawmakers on Monday that there’s not much the country can do under “international custom” if Japan insists on displaying the rising-sun flag on the vessel coming to Jeju.Japanese naval vessels flew rising-sun flags during fleet reviews in South Korea in 1998 and 2008.But next week’s fleet review comes amid heightened anti-Japanese sentiment, partially fuelled by bitterness over a 2015 agreement between the countries to settle a long-standing row over Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery.Some South Koreans also see Japan’s conservative government as failing to sufficiently support South Korea’s diplomatic push to improve relations with North Korea following a period of animosity over the North’s nuclear and missile tests.Hundreds of protesters on Wednesday expressed anger over Japanese plans to bring the rising-sun flag to the fleet review during a weekly rally in Seoul denouncing sexual slavery by Japan’s World War II military.A ruling party lawmaker has even proposed a bill banning the symbol on ships and aircraft entering South Korea and also at concerts and sports events.Internet users have filed more than 150 online petitions to the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, asking him to stop the Japanese destroyer from coming to the island.”Tell this to (Japanese Prime Minister) Abe: They will not be able to come with the rising-sun flag,” shouted Kim Bok-dong, a 92-year-old sexual slavery victim, during Wednesday’s rally.”Tell him to be careful. Do you think we will just sit aside and let them do it?” (AP) RUPRUP
Steve Smith hits 3rd Ashes double centuryAshes 2019, Manchester Test: Steve Smith left from where he left at Lord’s as he struck his 3rd double century against England at Old Trafford on Thursday. India Today Web Desk ManchesterSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 22:05 IST England vs Australia, Ashes 2019 Live Score 4th Test Day 2: Steve Smith completes double century (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSmith also completed 500 runs in this series during this inningsSmith’s all three double centuries have been scored against EnglandSmith brought up his double century off 310 ballsSteve Smith scored his third double century on Thursday as he continued to dominate the English bowling attack in the current Ashes series. Smith roared and punched the air as he reached the landmark after more than seven hours of batting. Remarkably, Smith’s all three double centuries have been scored against England.Smith though, whose lowest score in this series is 92 at Lord’s, brought up his double century off 310 balls when he whipped a full delivery from Craig Overton past mid-on. Steve Smith also became the first Australian since Allan Border in 1981-85 to score 500+ runs in consecutive Ashes series in England.Smith was handed a reprieve when he was batting on 118 on Thursday after Jack Leach bowled a no-ball. Smith was caught at first slip by Ben Stokes but following replays, the in-form Australia batsman was called back to the middle.England will rue that missed opportunity to remove the world’s top-ranked test batsman, who has looked in form despite missing the last test due to concussion.The ton was Smith’s 11th in Ashes cricket but he should not have gone much further. The 30-year-old right-hander had looked more frenzied than usual at the crease after lunch and had already had a moment of fortune when he skied the ball high into the offside off Leach, only for it to drop perfectly in the gap between two fielders, prior to edging the spinner to slip.This was Smith’s third hundred of a series where he made 144 and 142 in Australia’s 251-run win in the opener at Edgbaston-his first Test since completing a 12-month ball-tampering ban.advertisementHis lowest score of the current campaign was the 92 he posted at Lord’s after being felled by Archer.Australia resumed on 170-3 after Wednesday’s rain-marred first day in Manchester. Smith was 60 not out-his eighth successive Test 50 against England extending the 30-year-old’s Ashes record.Also Read | Ashes 2019: England trolled after Steve Smith survives thanks to Jack Leach no-ballAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Ashes view more view less graphs advertisement No data available! scorecard commentary Next
zoomImage by WMN Technology group Wärtsilä has partnered up with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and PSA Marine on a project to develop a harbor tug with autonomous navigation. Entitled Wärtsilä IntelliTug, this is the first project to be co-created at the Wärtsilä Acceleration Centre opened yesterday in Singapore.As informed, the vessel will be capable of performing a range of routine missions designed to further improve tug safety and efficiencies while reducing operator workload and pressures in one of the world’s most demanding harbor environments.The IntelliTug project will involve a combination of technologies, innovations and capabilities within Wärtsilä’s portfolio to generate a tailored solution for Singapore’s unique situation. It is expected to provide a notable contribution to regional sustainability goals. This will include a new-to-market near-field wideband radar and real-time video analytics, integrated with a light-weight human-centric mission control system to supervise the close quarters and alert users on collision avoidance using adaptive, dynamic route planning capabilities.In 2019, together with MPA and PSA Marine, Wärtsilä will test-bed the IntelliTug concept on an existing tugboat in Singapore’s actual operational port.“We are always scouting for innovative ideas to enhance our Tug Masters’ situational awareness so that they can navigate the busy port waters in Singapore more safely. To achieve this objective, we have teamed up with MPA and Wärtsilä to explore and test-bed new technologies, turning ideas into reality,” Peter Chew, Managing Director of PSA Marine, said.“In contrast to many existing conceptual ideas in the industry, with IntelliTug we are creating a technology that will find a real application in the commercial maritime market. We want to help the industry improve by leveraging the use of automation technologies on ships to boost safety and efficiency, while at the same time augmenting the human’s role within the loop,” Marco Ryan, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Wärtsilä Corporation, commented.“This solution will empower Tug Masters by actively assisting the crew in different situations, allowing them to focus on critical tug operations whilst dynamically maintaining safe distances during navigation and preventing potential collisions. It will also give them additional decision-making support and the ability to work with their colleagues ashore via real time data connection,” Ryan added.Wärtsilä Acceleration Centre promotes innovation and collaboration with industry, academia, and local partners to strengthen and develop Singapore’s maritime ecosystem. The opening marks a key milestone following the agreement signed between MPA and Wärtsilä in April 2018 to collaborate in areas of intelligent vessels, connected smart port operations, cyber-physical security, and digital acceleration with start-ups.Wärtsilä will also address cybersecurity challenges in connected maritime operations by launching its Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence as part of the Singapore Acceleration Centre.
Salem (TN): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Sunday defended the government’s move to increase milk prices by Rs 6 per litre stating that in the last five years prices have gone up across all sectors.The AIADMK government on Saturday announced a revision of milk prices with procurement prices going up by Rs 4 per litre for cow’s milk and by Rs 6 per litre for buffalo milk. Besides, the retail selling price of milk across variants was also increased by the government by Rs 6 per litre. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The previous revision in milk prices was in 2014, when the state government hiked it by Rs 10 per litre following demands from milk producers. Opposition parties including the DMK, Congress and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran slammed the government’s move and demanded a rollback of the hike. Responding to a query on the charges made by the opposition parties, Palaniswami said the Dairy Development Minister (K T Rajenthra Balaji) had requested him to increase the milk procurement prices as it had not been revised in the last five years. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”During the five year gap, the prices of cattle feed, maintenance charges increased. It was due to these reasons, the government decided to increase the milk procurement prices,” he told reporters at the airport here. Palaniswami said the government decided increase the selling price of milk per litre by Rs 6 per after calculating the procurement price and retail price. “Everyone know that prices have gone up across sectors in the last five years. When that is the situation, (don’t you think) it is also necessary to increase the price of milk procurement?” he shot back.
LILLOOET, B.C. — Helicopter airlifts of migrating salmon have been temporarily halted at a rock slide in British Columbia’s Fraser River because officials say large numbers of fish are now getting past the obstruction on their own.A statement from the management team working at the Big Bar landslide, northeast of Vancouver, says acoustic monitoring, radio tags and visual observations confirm chinook and sockeye salmon are swimming through the landslide unaided.The statement says the fish are finally getting past the blockage because water levels have fallen and crews have successfully shifted some of the huge boulders that created a five-metre waterfall across the river earlier this year.It had the potential to prevent millions of migrating Fraser River salmon from reaching spawning grounds north of the Clinton area.Helicopters had been used to lift nearly 60,000 fish over the rockfall, but experts remain concerned about the ability of the returning run of 1.5 million pink salmon to get past the slide.They say helicopter and truck-transfer operations will resume if the smaller, weaker species can’t follow its chinook and sockeye cousins upriver.The Canadian Press
MONTREAL – A Swedish prosecutor says he is considering appealing Wednesday’s acquittal of a Russian employee in the Swedish branch of train maker Bombardier for aggravated bribery in one of the country’s biggest corruption cases to date.“We’ll definitely consider that at this point,” Thomas Forsberg said from Stockholm.Prosecutors have three weeks to decide whether or not to appeal the court decision, but will likely make a decision by next week, he said in an interview.The Stockholm District Court said “it could not be proven” that Evgeny Pavlov, an employee of Bombardier Transportation Sweden AB, “has promised or offered an unfair advantage, which is a prerequisite for the existence of a bribe.”Pavlov had been accused of bribery to win a contract for a signalling system with a contract value of around US$340 million. He was facing a six-year jail sentence and deportation.In a statement, Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) said it was “pleased with the outcome” in court.“Bombardier had always denied any allegation of criminal wrongdoing, and we are happy to see the court’s conclusions in this regard,” spokesman Simon Letendre wrote in an email.In 2013, Bombardier was part of a consortium awarded a contract to supply signalling equipment for a 500-kilometre (300-mile) track along a corridor connecting Asia and Europe to Azerbaijan Railways.“He has been acquitted. This is really positive,” his lawyer Cristina Bergner told The Associated Press, adding she had not been able to speak to her client yet.When Pavlov was released Oct. 4 after seven months in jail, “we knew he would be acquitted.”He was arrested in March and ordered held in pre-trial custody to prevent him from fleeing or tampering with evidence. Emails seized in October 2016 during a search of Bombardier offices in Sweden were considered evidence in the case.Bergner had repeatedly said her client is innocent.The court said prosecutors “have not proved that … there was expectation that the official would affect the railway authority in the procurement.”Forsberg said he was more surprised than disappointed by the verdict.He said the preliminary investigation is still ongoing and charges against others could still be laid next year.“We will continue our efforts investigating this in localities and any other people from Bombardier who might be involved,” he added.___With files from The Associated Press and Julien Arsenault. Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.
Kolkata: A person has been arrested at the Amherst Street police station for allegedly duping a job seeker. The accused identified as Apurbakanta Majumdar.According to the complainant identified as Sabir Ali Khan of Purshura in Hooghly, he used to stay in a mess located at Chhaku Khansama Lane near Sealdah for his studies. Approximately seven months ago Majumdar started staying there as Ali’s roommate. After getting introduced, Majumdar reportedly told Ali that he originally hails from Siliguri and works in a renowned medical company located somewhere in Baghajatin area. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter a few days passed, Majumdar told Ali that he can arrange a job for him. He has good relation with the Superintendent of NRS Medical College and Hospital and thus he can help Ali to get a job of assistant facility manager. At that moment one of Ali’s friend was also there and Majumdar also offered him a job. Majumdar allegedly told Ali and his friend to give him some money as it is needed to get the jobs. Though his friend did not gave him money, Ali believed Majumdar and gave him Rs 3.99 lakh in multiple phases. In the meantime Majumdar reportedly asked Ali to go to Sasthya Bhavan at Sector V in Salt Lake and Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) several times for the job. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOn February 1, Majumdar again told Ali to go to Sasthya Bhavan with all the documents and wait for his call. As per his version Ali went there and waited for several hours but Majumdar did not called him. So Ali called Majumdar and found that his mobile switched off. Immediately, he returned to the mess and found Majumdar had fled with all his belongings. Then he understood that he has been duped but did not lodged any complaint. On Saturday, Ali went to SSKM Hospital for his treatment and saw Majumdar is talking with a person near the emergency gate. He immediately informed the police outpost inside the hospital. Upon being informed, sleuths went to the spot and detained him. As the place of crime committed was under Amherst Street police station’s jurisdiction, Bhowanipore police station intimated the Amherst Street police station. Later, Ali lodged a complaint at the Amherst Street police station and Majumdar was arrested.
Former President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath and two others have been banned from travelling overseas by the Colombo Fort Magistrate.The Court order was issued following a request submitted by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).
CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul 22, 2019–Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) announced today that the Board of Directors of its wholly-owned subsidiary, MB Financial, Inc. (the “Company”), has declared a quarterly cash dividend on the Company’s 6.00% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series C (“Series C Preferred Stock”). This dividend equals $0.375 per depositary share, each depositary share representing a 1/40th interest in a share of Series C Preferred Stock, and is payable on August 26, 2019, to holders of record as of August 12, 2019.About Fifth ThirdFifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the parent company of Fifth Third Bank, an Ohio-chartered bank. As of March 31, 2019, Fifth Third had $168 billion in assets and operated 1,207 full-service banking centres and 2,559 ATMs with Fifth Third branding in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. In total, Fifth Third provides its customers with access to approximately 52,000 fee-free ATMs across the United States. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending and Wealth & Asset Management. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2019, had $394 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $44 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust and Registered Investment Advisory businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Deposit and Credit products are offered by Fifth Third Bank. Member FDIC.View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190722005775/en/CONTACT: Chris Doll (Investor Relations)Christopher.Doll@53.com| 513-534-2345Gary Rhodes (Media Relations) July 22, 2019Gary.Rhodes@53.com| 513-534-4225KEYWORD: OHIO UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICAINDUSTRY KEYWORD: BANKING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FINANCESOURCE: Fifth Third BancorpCopyright Business Wire 2019.PUB: 07/22/2019 06:38 PM/DISC: 07/22/2019 06:38 PMhttp://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190722005775/enThe Associated Press
The agency expects more people to arrive as the road linking the South Sudanese capital, Juba, to Uganda has been cleared of checkpoints, Leo Dobbs, spokesperson for the UNHCR, today told reporters at a press briefing in Geneva. “People are arriving in Uganda tired and hungry. Many of them have walked for days carrying belongings. Others are suffering from malnutrition after walking without food for days,” said Mr. Dobbs. Thousands of people entered Uganda’s northern region via the border crossing points at Moyo, Kuluba, Lamwo, Yumbe and Elegu. Some of them headed directly to Kiryandongo refugee settlement in the mid-west of the country. Most of the new arrivals have fled from South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state, with a smaller number coming from Juba. “Inside Uganda, more than 6,000 South Sudanese are staying in the Pagiarinya settlement in Adjumani District, while others are waiting at collection points to be transferred to the settlement,” Mr. Dobbs said, expressing caution that a recent evaluation found that the settlement has capacity for another 6,500 people, “Meaning it is likely to be full within a few days.” Between Friday and Sunday, about 2,950 refugees had crossed into Uganda; prior to Friday, the daily rate was about 233 people. “Those arriving spoke of a volatile security situation and fear that fighting could return at any time. They also reported an increase in looting,” Mr. Dobbs said. According to reports, the violence in Juba has resulted in the deaths of at least 300 people and over 10,000 have fled their homes. Several countries have evacuated their nationals. He also condemned violent attacks against humanitarian workers, which have left at least one person dead. In addition, UN humanitarian property has been destroyed. On 14 July, the main warehouse in the city run by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) was looted. The warehouse held one month’s worth of life-saving food and nutrition supplies for 220,000 people before the fighting erupted. Although a fragile ceasefire has held since late Monday, the threat of fresh fighting remains. The situation is further exasperated by skyrocketing prices, due to the devaluation of the South Sudanese pound, making the food that is available too expensive for many. The fighting has also disrupted supply routes from Uganda into South Sudan, including aid and food. UNHCR and partners are undertaking assessments and providing assistance in displacement sites. This includes an inter-agency site assessment mission with officials from the Ugandan prime minister’s office, to visit and identify sites suitable for establishing new settlement areas. “The fresh displacement will put a further strain on UNHCR’s resources for the South Sudan operation and our ability to provide timely and life-saving assistance,” he said. Last Friday, in Nairobi, Kenya, UNHCR presented a revised appeal for its South Sudanese refugees operations, seeking $701 million. The earlier appeal for $638 million was only 17 per cent funded. Based on new planning, the agency has revised its figures from 867,239 refugees to 973,000 and there are fears that it could cross 1 million in the coming months.
International Mining’s February issue (currently with the printer) includes an article on the proposed combination of the Pilbara operations of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. European Union regulators say this plan to combine some operations could damage competition. A statement from the European Commission says it would investigate whether the companies’ plan to pool iron ore mining in Western Australia would affect the global prices or supply for iron ore transported by sea. European steel makers complained last November that the mining combination could hike prices for iron ore. The EU executive set no deadline for the probe into whether the deal breaks EU antitrust rules forbidding restrictive business practices. Suzanne Rab, Counsel in the Competition/Antitrust practice at Hogan & Hartson said, “The Commission’s opening of proceedings is an investigation under the EU rules on restrictive practices. The Commission will examine the effects of the proposed JV on the worldwide market for iron ore that is transported by sea. Although the opening of this probe does not signify that the Commission has evidence of an infringement of competition law, it signals that this arrangement is considered a priority area for inquiry by the Commission. “The Commission is examining an agreement signed in December 2009 between BHP Billiton and Rio to set up a production JV covering the two companies’ entire Western Australia iron ore assets. The Commission will examine the competitive impact on the market for iron ore transported by sea. Worldwide iron ore consumption is now on the rise, following a slump resulting from the economic downturn and is expected to increase in the short to medium term. Against this background and where Rio and BHP are the second and third largest producers of iron ore in the world behind Vale of Brazil, the Commission can be expected to scrutinise in detail the effect of the JV on competition and future pricing. “This is not the first deal between BHP Billiton and Rio that has raised red flags with the antitrust regulators. In 2008, the European Commission examined under the EU Merger Regulation a full merger between the parties. The transaction was abandoned in November 2008, against continued deterioration of global economic conditions. The European Commission said at the time that it had serious concerns about the competitive effect of the deal in the markets for compounds used to manufacture steel. The present inquiry, however, concerns a different operation as the agreement combines only the iron ore production activities of the parties, leaving their marketing functions apart. The companies have said that the deal would increase efficiencies and that deliveries of iron ore would be sold independently through the respective companies’ marketing groups. “The JV takes place against a background where three companies, Vale of Brazil, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton account for most of the iron ore sold worldwide and transported by sea. The Commission will examine whether the combination of the parties’ production activities is the least restrictive means of achieving the benefits they claim in terms of synergies and efficiencies and whether these benefits will outweigh any harm to competition. Doing business in the mining sector is risky and the Commission will have put to it arguments seeking to justify why the JV does not present a problem for competition The fact that there is no guarantee of finding ore, that ores can be located in difficult geographic regions, that commodity prices are fluctuating and that capital or debt come with strings attached will all weigh in to the assessment. This must be counter-balanced by concerns that have been raised by third parties fearing increased pricing power, particularly companies active in the steel industry where iron ore is a key input. “There is no timing on the Commission’s inquiry, in contrast with the fixed timetable under the EU Merger Regulation. It will be recalled that the Commission’s inquiry into the merger of the two parties itself faced a lengthy and detailed two phase procedure, before it was eventually abandoned in 2008 in the face of a collapse in the market, falling share prices and third party opposition, despite approval by authorities outside the EU.”
Vedanta reports good progress at all of its zinc sites. In India, underground production at Rampura Agucha continues to ramp up strongly and it achieved an ore production run-rate of 3 Mt/y during the March quarter of 2018. The south ventilation shaft system was commissioned during the quarter. Off shaft development is on track and production is expected to start in Q3 FY2019. During the quarter, Sindesar Khurd’s main shaft was equipped and winder installation work commenced. Production from the shaft is expected to start as per schedule in Q3 FY2019. Civil and structure erection for the new 1.5 Mt/y mill is ongoing and is expected be commissioned in Q2 FY2019.During the quarter, orders were also placed for paste fill plants for both Rampura Agucha and Sindesar Khurd mines. Elsewhere, MoEF has given environmental clearance for expansion of ore production at Kayad mine from 1.0 to 1.2 Mt/y. At Zawar mine, civil construction work for the new 2 Mt/y mill is progressing well with commissioning expected by Q4 FY2019. The Fumer project is progressing as per schedule and expected to commission in mid-FY2019. Overall in India, Vedanta is on track for ramp up of mined metal production to 1.2 Mt by FY2020.Abroad, at the Gamsberg project in South Africa, Vedanta is on track for the cold commissioning of the concentrator plant in Q1 FY2019 with production expected to commence in mid CY2018. The ore extraction from the South Pit is on track and to date the company has completed 80% of pre-stripping with 56 Mt of waste excavation. Completion of mechanical equipment erection and infrastructure for power and water pipeline for the concentrat or are in progress.Vedanta is targeting 500,000 t of ore stockpile ahead of first feed to the concentrator plant.In Namibia at Skorpion, the pit 112 extension project is progressing well and waste stripping has ramped up to its peak run-rate. Some 45% of waste stripping has been completed by the end of Q4 FY2018 and is expected to be fully complete by Q4 FY2019 as per schedule. Pit redesign is in progress to reduce waste stripping by 8 Mt and optimise project cost. This project will increase Skorpion’s mine life by another 2.5 years and contribute 250,000 t of metal over this period.
Dropbox serves as a rock-solid cloud storage service for millions of personal and business customers. The 2GB of free storage that it offers is enough for most casual users, but what about those users who have tons of content? They can upgrade to a premium plan, but they run $100 per year for 50GB, or $200 annually for a 100GB plan. Those free 2GB are nice, but after that, Dropbox ain’t cheap.A new promotion that Dropbox is running may be able to help with that. With the service’s latest beta desktop software, it has added an automatic photo import feature. Plug in a camera or smartphone, and you’ll have the option to automatically import those pictures to your Dropbox account. If it reminds you of Apple’s Photostream, that’s no coincidence: it’s likely designed to directly compete with the iCloud service.To help promote the new feature, Dropbox is throwing us all a bone. Anyone who uses the photo import tool — even once — will get some extra Dropbox storage. On your first import, you automatically get an extra 500MB added to your account. For every 500MB of photos you import after that, you get another 500MB of storage added to your account. The fun gets cut off after 4.5GB of uploads, for a grand total of 5GB of free storage if you use the new service enough.This is a great deal for customers who don’t want to pay extra for Dropbox storage. You can triple your Dropbox quota without paying a dime. Additionally, the photo import feature is pretty handy. Dropbox hasn’t yet added this tweak to mobile apps, but it’s only logical that it eventually would. There are already hacks in place on both iOS and Android that allow you to automatically import all new photos to Dropbox.Those who use Apple products probably won’t see any reason to abandon iCloud’s Photostream syncing, as it already serves the same function. But for those who prefer other platforms — or those who like Apple but don’t want to be locked into their ecosystem — this is a nifty way to have your images always ready and waiting in the cloud. That it rewards you for trying it only sweetens the pot. You can do just that by visiting the source link below, and downloading the beta Dropbox client for Mac, Windows, or Linux.via Dropbox
Source: Caitlyn Jenner/Twitter By Rónán Duffy 22,513 Views (Click here for video doesn’t play)CAITLYN JENNER HAS told US President Donald Trump to “call me”, as the reality TV star lashed out at the administration’s moves against transgender rights.Yesterday, the Trump White House ended Obama-era federal protection for transgender students that allowed them to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities.Although Obama’s directive was not legally binding, advocates said it offered some protection to transgender young peopleJenner, a longtime republican and transgender woman, has come out to label the move by the White House as “a disaster”.“From one Republican to another, this is a disaster,” she said in a video published on Twitter last night.In the video, Jenner said that Trump “made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community.”Trump made that specific pledge after the Orlando shooting last June when Omar Mateen launched a gun attack on a gay nightclub, killing 49 people and wounding over 50 others.Jenner is also particularly critical of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying:Apparently even becoming attorney general isn’t enough to cure some people of their insecurities. http://jrnl.ie/3256280 Well @realDonaldTrump, from one Republican to another, this is a disaster. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me. pic.twitter.com/XwYe0LNUOq— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 24, 2017 Feb 24th 2017, 10:00 AM Share188 Tweet Email Short URL Friday 24 Feb 2017, 10:00 AM Caitlyn Jenner’s message to Donald Trump over LGBTQ rights: ‘Call me’ Jenner says moves by the White House have been ‘a disaster’. Jenner has defied many in the transgender movement who are vehemently opposed to Trump and attended the Republican convention last year where Trump was officially nominated.Read: The Taoiseach WILL go to Washington (and here’s where all his ministers are heading) >Read: Trump administration rewrites the rules with sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants > 103 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target Things were quiet on the Shenmue III front for some time after it was announced in 2015. In recent weeks, we’ve gotten new information on the eagerly anticipated title thanks to Gamescom. During an interview at Europe’s biggest gaming convention, Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki gave additional details about the game’s progress.Shenmue II was released in 2001. The gaming landscape has changed considerably since that time. When Metro GameCentral asked Suzuki about how Shenmue III would be modernized, he revealed that things would remain close to the original but still have new elements.“I don’t think it’s necessary to change the basics of the gameplay,” said Suzuki. “If I change it too much the existing fans will be very upset. Although I am always making up new ideas and things to add to the game, which can be a problem for my team who are trying to implement these ideas.He also added: “At the moment we are trying to keep it to 30% new and the keep the other 70% of the game similar to the original. But the design is constantly changing, and I am always coming up with new concepts that we can try to add to the game if there is the opportunity.”There was a new trailer released for Shenmue III last week. While the environments looked graphically impressive, the same couldn’t be said about the characters’ dead-eyed faces. Suzuki explained that the game is still a work-in-progress and that this aspect should see improvement as development continues.“This has been a definite problem and what you see in the teaser is not the final development. It is still in production and is due to a change in the nature of the character models, rather than the facial animation itself. So what you see in the teaser is not a sign of the final game, and you will see a lot of improvement before the final game.”Right now, Shenmue III is slated to release on PC and PS4 sometime in late 2018. The game’s hype has been building for 16 years, so let’s hope it delivers the goods when it finally comes out.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay