first_imgSeven members of a UK-based Indian-origin family were involved in a freak accident in Iceland when their SUV crashed off a bridge on Thursday, killing two women and a child. Four others, including two British Indian brothers and two young children, remain in critical condition after being airlifted to a hospital in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik.Read it at Times Now Related Itemslast_img

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sad farewell for injured Usain Bolt as Britain wins 4x100m relay LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentscenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The injury cast more doubt over Sharapova’s participation at the US Open, which starts in New York on August 28. Due to her low ranking, Sharapova would need a wild card to play in the main draw of the tournament.Sharapova suffered the injury while playing in her first US match in more than two years, defeating American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener.She had not played in the US since March of 2015 due in part to a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium.ADVERTISEMENT Maria Sharapova of Russia competes against Jennifer Brady of the United States during day 1 of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 31, 2017 in Stanford, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPFive-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew Saturday from next week’s WTA tournament in Cincinnati with a left forearm injury.The move came a week after the former world number one from Russia withdrew from a WTA event in Toronto from the injury she suffered in a second-round match at Stanford, where she withdrew after her opening-round victory.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Sharapova, the 2011 Cincinnati champion, arrived Friday and made the decision to withdraw after consulting with the event medical staff on Saturday.“I arrived in Cincinnati yesterday eager to play. However, following the doctor’s advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford,” Sharapova said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I want to thank the tournament for the wildcard opportunity and really look forward to competing here next year.”Sharapova was due to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round. Either a qualifier or lucky loser will replace her in the draw.last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Paul George’s late 3 lifts Clippers over Thunder Manchester United’s Harry Maguire applauds to supporters at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion, at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United’s attempt to strengthen its underperforming squad has proved costly with debt rising more than 55% in a year to 384.5 million pounds ($498 million).The cost of signing Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James ahead of the new season in the first quarter of the financial year was around 140 million pounds.ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis Although United reported record revenue last season of 627.1 million pounds, the New York Stock Exchange listed business is now expecting the 2019-20 figure to drop to between 560 million and 580 million pounds.That is due to United missing out on Champions League television and prize money after finishing sixth last season. United could miss out again with the side in seventh place, nine points behind fourth-placed Manchester City after 12 of the 38 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Our ultimate aim is to win trophies, play fast, fluid, attacking football, with a team that uses graduates from our academy along with world-class acquisitions,” United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said. “We know this will not be achieved overnight, however we have made investments across the club that we believe will set us on the right path.“We know our academy is a strong competitive advantage and an area we will continue to invest in as it is at the heart of the club.” Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue PLAY LIST 00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue00:50Trending 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 pneumonialast_img read more

first_imgKozhikode (Ker), Aug 23 (PTI) A delegation of 20 service attaches (FSAs) from friendly foreign countries arrivedtoday at the Indian Naval Academy (INA) at Ezhimala in Kannur district on a two-day official visit. They were received by the academys Principal Director (Training) Commodore Arjun Dev Nair. The visiting FSAs were formally briefed on INAs infrastructure progress and plans, training processes and training facilities, a release from the INA said. A conducted tour to academic faculties and laboratories, warship simulator, weapon training centre, sail training centre, firing Range, sports facilities, equitation training centre, cadets mess, cadets squadrons and aquaticscomplex was also held for the delegation, it said. The FSAs expressed interest in exploring possibilities for enhancing training cooperation with their respective countries and participation in the annual Admirals Cup Sailing Regatta. PTI KV SS MVVlast_img read more

first_imgPeople termed it as ‘divine justice’ when Harry Kane scored an added time winner to lead England to a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Monday.England dominated the entire match with their attacking display yet for almost the entire match, they had just one goal to show.England should have actually taken the lead earlier but it was in the 11th minute when Kane scored off a header that England arrived at the scoreboard.Even after going 1-0 up, England kept attacking the Tunisian goal but failed to convert many a chances.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAgainst the run of play, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef earned a controversial penalty for Tunisia, in which the referee deemed that Kyle Walker had swung his arm at him.Ferjani Sassi scored from the spot to bring Tunisia back in the game 1-1.However, there were two moments after that incident that brought the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in scrutinising light.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLETwice Kane was wrestled down in the penalty area by the Tunisian defence but the referee waived it off.Fns were absolutely livid with VAR as they failed to spot two penalty incidents that could have put the match to bed much earlier for England.Also read – Harry Kane does for England what Beckham and Rooney couldn’tFrom former players like Gary Lineker, who called VAR “a joke” to fans who thought Kane was “Batista bombed” in the box.advertisementCome on VAR, this is a joke.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 18, 2018Even TV presenter Joe Morrison took to Twitter to post a photograph of the VAR room accusing them of “sleeping at their desks”.Lucky that Harry Kane was awake tonight bcos these guys were sleeping at their desks!#England Morrison (@joefooty) June 18, 2018ENGLAND ROBBED! Tunisian defender lands a wrestling takedown on Harry Kane and VAR has missed it! Cup (@FlFAWC2018) June 18, 2018Whats the point of VAR if they cant see Harry Kane being RKOd at every corner?! #ENGTUN #EnglandMatt Lumsden (@mattlumsdenBCFC) June 18, 2018VAR is there to overturn obvious errors. Harry Kane has just been Batista Bombed in the Box. Fuck off.Bumble_Fan (@FMHintsAndTips) June 18, 2018Tunisian player runs into Kyle Walker’s extended arm – penalty.Harry Kane wrestled to the ground – no penalty.VAR still has a lot of convincing to do! #ENGTUN #WorldCupRob Wildey (@robw986) June 18, 2018Here’s that Harry Kane penalty incident again.In fairness, the VAR team couldn’t see anything wrong with it.#TUNENG #WorldCup Murley (@jack_murley) June 18, 2018English female footballer Fara Williams also posted a sarcastic tweet questioning if VAR is not being used in the match between England and Tunisia.Are we not using VAR on this @England game surely now thats 2 pens on Harry Kane theyve missed ?Fara Williams MBE (@fara_williams47) June 18, 2018Considering the role that VAR is supposed to play in the tournament, even if the referee missed the incidents, how come the VARs did not notice it and brought the matter into the on-field referee’s light?According to rules, even after a certain incident, VAR can inform the referee of any discrepancies and a decision can be reached. However, none of that happened for England on Monday night.Also read – World Cup 2018: Harry Kane ecstatic after scoring late winner vs TunisiaVAR has overall been received well with the referees being helped to take many correct decisions without much effect on the flow of the game.However, there have also been times when the role of VAR has been questioned and Monday night was one such time.last_img read more

first_img Next Rafael Nadal promises to keep fighting after losing one-sided Australian Open finalAustralian Open 2019: 17-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal was beaten in straight sets in a lopsided final against Novak Djokovic at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.advertisement Akshay Ramesh MelbourneJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 17:09 IST Australian Open 2019: In a one-sided final, Rafael Nadal was beaten in straight sets by Novak Djokovic at the Rod Laver Arena (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal lost the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic in just 2 hours and 4 minutesNadal did not even manage to break Djokovic’s serve even once during the three-set finalNadal though said he is happy with the way he had played over the last two weeks in MelbourneRafael Nadal was handed a straight-set thrashing in the Australian Open 2019 final by Novak Djokovic on Sunday but the world No. 2 said he has a lot of positives to take from his campaign in the season’s first Grand Slam.Nadal was beaten 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in just two hours and four minutes by Djokovic, who went to clinch a record-breaking seventh title at the Melbourne Park. The Spaniard was bidding to become only the third player after Rod Laver and Roy Emerson to win all the Grand Slam titles twice but it was not to be.Nadal had reached Melbourne with dampened hopes of winning only his second title as he hadn’t played on the tour since retiring from US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in 2018. The Spaniard was expected to begin his new season in Brisbane but he pulled out of the Brisbane International with a thigh strain.Doubts remained over Nadal’s participation in the Australian Open but he managed to recover in time and put up a series of clinical performances. Nadal hadn’t dropped a set until the final and had decimated Roger Federer-slayer Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the semi-final on Thursday.Really believed I played two great weeks of tennis: Nadal”It has been a very emotional two weeks. Even if tonight wasn’t my best day, it has been a very important two weeks for me. I have been going through tough moments in the last year,” Nadal said.”I only can say one thing: I’m going to keep fighting hard, I’m going to keep working hard to be a better player.”@RafaelNadal is an inspiration #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019He added: “Since the US Open I was not able to play a professional match until the first round of the Australian Open. I really believe I played a great two weeks of tennis. It is going to be a good inspiration for what’s coming.”I can only say one thing – I am going to keep working and keep fighting hard to become a better player. Every moment, keep fighting. I’ve been trying for a long time.”Sometimes its been difficult for me in terms of injuries and sometimes in [opponents like tonight], but I will keep practicing.”Australian Open 2019, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal: HighlightsNadal was completely outplayed by Djokovic, who now has 15 Grand Slam titles to his name. When the two players met in the 2012 final at the Rod Laver Arena, the Serb needed five hours and 53 minutes to lift the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup but he needed only two hours and four minutes on Sunday..@DjokerNole reunited with Norman once again.#AusOpen #AusOpenFinal (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019Djokovic raised his game to a new level as he needed no time to hit peak form in the much-anticipated final, which turned out to be lopsided. The world number one conceded just six points on serve over the first two sets and made just four unforced errors to Nadal’s 20 during the said period.Djokovic broke Nadal five times but conceded only one breakpoint, which the Spaniard failed to convert. Djokovic slipped away with the match and finished on the top step of the podium at the Melbourne Park after a remarkable night of tennis.Also Read | Novak Djokovic reveals new Aussie slang word he learnt after winning 7th Australia OpenAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Novak DjokovicFollow Nadal vs DjokovicFollow Australian Open 2019 finallast_img read more

first_imgToronto: Dozens of genes, previously thought to have similar roles across different organisms, are in fact unique to humans and could help explain how our species evolved, scientists have found. These genes code for a class of proteins known as transcription factors, or TFs, which control gene activity, according to researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada. TFs recognise specific snippets of the DNA code called motifs, and use them as landing sites to bind the DNA and turn genes on or off. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Previous research had suggested that TFs which look similar across different organisms also bind similar motifs, even in species as diverse as fruit flies and humans. However, a new study from Professor Timothy Hughes’ lab, from the University of Toronto, shows that this is not always the case. The researchers found a new computational method which allowed them to more accurately predict motif sequences each TF binds in many different species. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe findings, published in the journal Nature Genetics, reveal that some sub-classes of TFs are much more functionally diverse than previously thought. “Even between closely related species there’s a non-negligible portion of TFs that are likely to bind new sequences,” said Sam Lambert, former graduate student in Hughes’ lab. “This means they are likely to have novel functions by regulating different genes, which may be important for species differences,” said Lambert, who is now at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Even between chimps and humans, whose genomes are 99 per cent identical, there are dozens of TFs which recognise diverse motifs between the two species in a way that would affect expression of hundreds of different genes. “We think these molecular differences could be driving some of the differences between chimps and humans,” said Lambert. To reanalyse motif sequences, Lambert developed new software which looks for structural similarities between the TFs’ DNA binding regions that relate to their ability to bind the same or different DNA motifs. If two TFs, from different species, have a similar composition of amino-acids, building blocks of proteins, they probably bind similar motifs. However, unlike older methods, which compare these regions as a whole, the new method automatically assigns greater value to those amino-acids — a fraction of the entire region — which directly contact the DNA. In this case, two TFs may look similar overall, but if they differ in the position of these key amino-acids, they are more likely to bind different motifs. When Lambert compared all TFs across different species and matched to all available motif sequence data, he found that many human TFs recognise different sequences — and therefore regulate different genes — than versions of the same proteins in other animals. The finding contradicts earlier research, which stated that almost all of human and fruit fly TFs bind the same motif sequences, and is a call for caution to scientists hoping to draw insights about human TFs by only studying their counterparts in simpler organisms. “There is this idea that has persevered, which is that the TFs bind almost identical motifs between humans and fruit flies,” said Hughes. “And while there are many examples where these proteins are functionally conserved, this is by no means to the extent that has been accepted,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Donating money he made from shares in his family business since taking office is not an admission that he was in a conflict by controlling those shares, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau told a political talk show that aired Sunday.Morneau told Global TV’s The West Block he made the move simply to reassure Canadians that he isn’t in politics for his own benefit.The minister announced last week he’ll donate to charity the difference in the value of his shares in Morneau Shepell between the date he was elected in October 2015 and the day they’re sold.He made the pledge after revealing that he would sell his shares in Morneau Shepell, the human resources and pension management firm he helped build with his father, and that he would place all of his other assets in a blind trust.The move also came after days of allegations from Morneau’s political rivals that he was in a conflict of interest over his sponsorship of a pension bill that could benefit Morneau Shepell.When asked directly whether donating the money was an admission that holding the shares in the first place was a conflict of interest, Morneau replied “Really, no.”“I believe that when people have questions you need to listen to those questions and decide if there’s a way that you can assure people that they’re not something they need to be concerned with,” Morneau later added.“And I’ve chosen a way to do that that makes absolute assurance that no one can have any question.”In a separate interview aired on CTV’s Question Period, Morneau said he didn’t believe he was in a conflict by introducing C 27, which proposes changes to private pension plans — legislation that could benefit Morneau Shepell.“I don’t see that as a conflict at all,” Morneau said, telling interviewer Evan Solomon he’s dealt with pension issues “for decades,” and that the Liberal government’s long-term goal is to ensure pensions are available so Canadians can retire in dignity.On Thursday, Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson told New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen she would investigate his concerns that Morneau’s sponsorship of the proposed law may violate the Conflict of Interest Act.Cullen said it’s clear to him that, at the very least, Morneau should not have put his name behind legislation that proposed to make changes that could improve his family fortunes.“It seems pretty obvious to most people that if you’re into this type of pension work prior (to taking office), your company is still in it, you still have shares in it, you stand to benefit from it, then don’t introduce legislation,” Cullen told a political panel.For its part, Morneau Shepell said that, even though it supported C 27, it wasn’t involved in consultations on the bill, nor would it greatly benefit from the legislation.“Bill C 27 is not expected to have a material impact on our company,” Morneau Shepell said in a statement issued Friday.The proposed law would give federally regulated pension plans the option to adopt target benefit pension plans, which critics argue transfer much of the risk of ensuring retirement benefits to employees and away from employers.“Several provinces have already enacted similar enabling legislation for pension plans that they regulate, but in practice, very few employers have adopted it,” said the Morneau Shepell statement.The Opposition Conservatives have also pounced on Morneau, suggesting the controversy isn’t about to go away anytime soon.Ontario Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu said on Sunday that it’s “ridiculous” for Morneau to say he’s not in a conflict, pointing to several files where the minister could stand to benefit through decisions taken by the Liberals, including lending Bombardier $372 million dollars to back up the aerospace firm’s C Series jet program.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitterlast_img read more

MONTREAL — Facts and figures about the Boeing 737 Max 8 ban and how it affects Canadian passengers and airlines.– Passengers affected daily: About 12,000 (between 9,000 and 12,000 Air Canada passengers, and 1,400 WestJet passengers)– Number of Max 8s operated by Air Canada: 24– Number of Max 8s operated by WestJet: 13– Number of Max 8s operated by Sunwing Airlines: 4– WestJet cancelled 11 flights on Thursday, affecting 1,400 passengers, three-quarters of whom were rebooked on flights that day, with the remainder departing Friday or Saturday.– Air Canada and WestJet sun destinations serviced by Max: Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Florida, California– Potential cost of Max 8 ban for Air Canada and WestJet: At least $100 million in the first 10 days, according to Marvin Ryder, an assistant professor of marketing at McMaster University– More than 40 countries have grounded or banned the Max 8 from their airspace– Max 8s grounded around the world: More than 375– The bans stem from safety concerns over possible parallels between the Ethiopian Airlines disaster on Sunday that killed all 157 passengers and a deadly incident from Oct. 29 that saw the same type of aircraft plunge into the Java Sea, killing 189.– Air Canada customer service line dedicated to Max 8 passengers flying in next 72 hours: 1-833-354-5963– WestJet customer service line: 1-888-937-8538The Canadian Press read more

Mr. Khare, a former Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Timor-Leste and head of the UN Integrated Mission there (UNMIT), replaces Edmond Mulet of Guatemala, who was earlier this month appointed as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Haiti for one year.Announcing the appointment, Mr. Ban said Mr. Khare served the UN with distinction in Timor-Leste from December 2006 to December 2009. He had earlier worked in the country as the Chief of Staff and later as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General with the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET).Before joining the UN, Mr. Khare served in the Indian Foreign Service and worked in his country’s missions in France, Mauritius, Senegal, Thailand and the United Kingdom and in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN.The Secretary-General expressed his gratitude to Mr. Mulet, saying he had successfully led the Office of Operations in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations since September 2007. 30 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Atul Khare of India as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. read more

As agreed with the Government of Israel during discussions held recently in New York, the screening will take place tomorrow morning at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, spokesman Fred Eckhard said.Arrangements are also being made by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) to facilitate the analysis of the bloodstained items in the UN’s possession, with a view to determining whether the blood belongs to the Israeli soldiers, Mr. Eckhard said. Israel has been asked to provide the necessary relevant information.On 8 August, an Israeli delegation, led by Ambassador Yehuda Lancry and including General Dani Arditi and four other Israeli officials, watched a screening at UN Headquarters in New York of two videotapes turned over by the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).One of the videos was filmed by UNIFIL peacekeepers the day after the abduction of three Israeli soldiers by Hizbollah on 7 October 2000. The second was recorded by an unidentified person and shows the shelling of Israeli Defence Force (IDF) posts on 7 October, three to four kilometres from the abduction site, as well as activity in a UNIFIL shelter. Neither tape contains footage of the abduction itself.The first delegation was also shown bloodstained items found in the vehicles allegedly used in the abduction. read more

Dairy food company Saputo looks beyond Canada for continued growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2012 4:47 pm MDT MONTREAL – Dairy food giant Saputo Inc. sees limited growth in Canada and will keep an eye out for acquisitions in the United States and Latin America, chief executive Lino Saputo Jr. said Wednesday.Australia is also a possibility for acquisitions, he said, after the Montreal company reported a slightly improved quarterly profit of $129.7 million.“Canada is a great stable market and I’ve said this for a number of years, the downside with Canada is that there is no growth,” Saputo Jr. told financial analysts.Milk prices continue to increase year-over-year in Canada and even with a growing population, consumption decreases on a year-over-year basis, he said on a conference call.Saputo Jr. said there are three to four potential acquisitions “on our table” at any given time.“The only thing that we will say, is that we still believe there is great opportunity for us to further consolidate the U.S. dairy industry,” he said.“We believe that Latin America, namely Brazil, would be a good target and I also believe and I would like to see, one day, us have a platform in Australia.”Saputo Jr said if Canada’s supply management of milk remains or eventually ends, the company will be prepared to deal with either scenario.He reiterated that Saputo (TSX:SAP) is looking to further improve the efficiency of its Canadian operations by consolidating its Quebec distribution centres, much like it did last year in Ontario.Saputo closed a plant in Brampton, Ont., in 2010 and consolidated its distribution activities in a facility in Vaughan, north of Toronto. About 120 of the 190 employees affected were able to seek relocations within Canada.Saputo didn’t say how many jobs could be impacted by the distribution changes in the Montreal area, which will be implemented gradually at the end of fiscal 2013 and completed in March 2014.In its financial results, Saputo reported a slightly improved profit in its latest quarter on a modest drop in revenue, missing analysts’ expectations.The Quebec-based company says it earned net income of $129.7 million, or 65 cents per diluted share, in its fiscal second-quarter compared to $127.1 million, or 61 cents per diluted share, in the year-earlier period.Revenue slipped to $1.75 billion from $1.79 billion year over year.Adjusted earnings were the same for both periods.Saputo was expected to report adjusted earnings per share of 66 cents on $1.8 billion of revenue in the quarter, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.The company noted that in the U.S., the average block market per pound of cheese — the average daily price of a 40 pound block of cheddar on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange — decreased by 26 cents U.S. compared to the same period last fiscal year, negatively affecting revenue.Saputo’s dairy products division also faced lower sales volumes and selling prices, mainly in the export market.It did note, however, that the weakening of the loonie versus the U.S. dollar during the quarter had a positive impact on revenues and EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.Saputo Jr. also said that the company has begun a three-year project in Argentina to increase its manufacturing capacity for future growth.“We continue to recognize the importance of developing new markets within the global diary industry, specifically Latin America and Oceania.”RBC Capital Markets analyst Irene Nattel said U.S.-based deal Foods announced in September it was considering the sale of Morningstar Goods and she expected Saputo to “window shop” this.“While we put a relatively low probability on this transaction, we expect Saputo to be at least looking at the assets,” Nattel wrote in a research note.Growth by acquisition continues to integral to Saputo’s earnings growth, she said.Saputo is the world’s 12th-largest dairy processor and Canada’s largest with more than 10,200 employees.It produces, markets and distributes cheese, milk, yogurt and dairy products at 47 plants in Canada, the United States, Europe and Argentina. It is also Canada’s largest snack cake producer.Shares in Saputo closed down 79 cents to $43.49 Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

NFL023 MLB01716 LEAGUECEO/ PRESIDENTVICE PRESIDENTMAJORITY OWNERS Tides does not calculate majority owner percentages for the NFLSource: Tides NBA7205 Female leadership in pro sports Tides lists 13 women who were either principal owners or held significant ownership stakes in NFL franchises in 2015, an increase over the nine owners counted in 2014. The report does not provide data on the overall share of NFL owners who are female.CORRECTION (Jan. 21, 3:40 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the number of female assistant coaches hired by the NBA. The basketball association has two female assistant coaches, not one. That means that the NFL is tied with the NBA for the best record in pro sports on hiring women to coach male athletes; it does not have the best record. PERCENTAGE FEMALE MLS0170 WNBA28%26%36% Six months ago, I took a look at the (lack of) female representation in coaching and front offices in major sports, just after Jen Welter became the first female assistant coaching intern in the NFL. On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith as the league’s first full-time female coach (specifically, as an assistant special teams quality control coach).That gives the NFL a tie with the NBA for the best record in U.S. pro sports on hiring women to coach male athletes. The NBA has two female assistant coaches, and no female head coaches. MLB and MLS have no women coaches at any level.Off of the field, only modest progress in hiring women to the major pro leagues was made last year. According to the 2015 report from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, the NFL, MLS and the WNBA show a modest uptick in the percentage of female vice presidents across the leagues. But only the WNBA has expanded its share of female CEOs. read more

first_imgA JAILED MEMBER of the Pussy Riot radical rock group says she is going on hunger strike in protest over the authorities’ failure to allow her to attend a parole hearing in person.Maria Alyokhina told a Berezniki court by video link that she was going on hunger strike and ordering her lawyers to pull out of the parole hearing until she was brought to the court in person.Alyokhina’s announcement capped a sometimes farcical first day of the parole hearing which was marked by frequent breaks to decide on legal technicalities and almost no examination of the legal substance.The 24-year-old is one of two members of the opposition punk band serving two years in remote prison camps over an anti-Kremlin stunt in a church last year.Alyokhina was not present in court and instead followed proceedings via a video link-up from her prison camp, which is also located in the Urals city of Berezniki.“I declare a hunger strike and insist on my participation (in court). I forbid my lawyers to take part in the parole hearing until I am brought to court for the parole hearing,” she is quoted on Twitter by the radical art group Voina (War) that supports her.As a result of her intervention the hearing was adjourned until Thursday and the rest of the parole process will take part without her lawyers present.“Usually (convicts) are taken (to court) for parole hearings and I do not know why the court has taken such a decision” for her to stay away, Alyokhina’s lawyer Irina Khrunova told AFP.Her presence in court is needed to have her opinion heard, the video link does not ensure this. The court can hear a parole request without the defence’s participation. I will not take part in this process. Judge Mikhail Shagalov had earlier rejected her request to be present, prompting Alyokhina to ask for the judge to be recused, a petition that was also rejected.Alyokhina said her “rights were being violated by being prevented from attending in person”, the Interfax news agency reported. As a result of her absence from the courtroom, she was forced to confer with her lawyer by telephone and send her legal petitions by fax from jail.The hearing came a month after a court in the central Mordovia region rejected a parole request by the second Pussy Riot member held in a separate prison colony.The court ruled at the time that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova did not deserve parole because she has not repented for her actions and has been given reprimands.The prison camp where Alyokhina is being held has put forward similar arguments in favour of her staying behind bars, Tolokonnikova’s husband Pyotr Verzilov told the Interfax news agency.Alyokhina has a reprimand for not getting up on time and has not confessed her guilt.Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were given two-year sentences for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred over a short performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in February 2012 protesting Putin’s close links with the Russian Orthodox Church.A third woman, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was convicted but received a suspended sentence on appeal.The 2012 trial of the trio grabbed worldwide attention, with stars such as Madonna, Sting and Yoko Ono voicing their support and their plight becoming a rallying cause for the anti-Putin opposition.© AFP, 2013Gerard Depardieu takes up residence on Russia’s Democracy StreetJailed Pussy Riot member slams routine in ‘grey’ camplast_img read more

first_img Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Solar eclipse have come and gone, and hopefully, you didn’t blast out your retinas looking directly at the sun’s flaming corona without special glasses. Although science types will pooh-pooh eclipse frenzy, telling us that an eclipse is visible from Earth once every two years or so, it was a pretty amazing experience. And it got us thinking about other eclipses we’ve seen in our lives as geeks. Come with us on a celestial tour of sci-fi TV shows, movies, comics, video games and more as we revisit times when the sun went dark in the sky. No, we will not be talking about Twilight here.Pitch BlackThe 2000 vehicle that introduced the world to Vin Diesel for the first time, Pitch Black takes place on the surface of a large gas planet in the orbit of three stars. When the planet eclipses the sun, it drops half of the world into total darkness for an entire month, and during that time a group of light-sensitive predators come out from underground and start eating their fill. A ragtag crew of mercenaries, pilots, bounty hunters and cross-dressing kids must survive their assault and get the hell off the planet. That’s a long time to have no sun, but who knows? Space is weird.TerrariaSandbox games like Terraria live and die on their ability to surprise the player, and the randomly-occurring solar eclipses are one way to do it. After the player has defeated at least one of the game’s Mechanical Bosses in hard mode, they have a 5% chance per day of having the moon of their world occlude the sun, dropping the game into blackness for an entire day. While the eclipse is happening, tons of rare and nasty monsters like vampires and reapers spawn constantly, but you can also snag rare eclipse-only equipment drops.HeroesFor a brief shining moment, this was the most promising show on TV until it collapsed under its own weight. At the start of NBC’s 2006 series, an eclipse is the trigger for the incredible abilities of people all over the world to manifest themselves. The show revisited the eclipse concept multiple times over its run, including a third one that somehow removed everybody’s powers. The show really took liberties with eclipse physics, tracing a totality path that let the moon block out the sun for people in New York, Los Angeles, and Japan at the same time.Sailor MoonA solar eclipse is the key that lets the villainous Queen Nehelenia of the Dead Moon Circus break her imprisonment inside an enchanted mirror and travel to Earth, where she sets out to conquer the world with the help of the Amazoness Quartet and plunge us into the depths of darkness. Naturally, the Sailor Scouts save the day and eventually transform Nehelenia into a small child so she can be redeemed and live a life free of wickedness.The DarknessIn the video game adaptation of the cult hit comic, protagonist Jackie Estacado can harness the power of a family demon to increase his ass-kicking ability, but only when he’s in the shade. In the last act of the game, a solar eclipse hits and plunges the entire world into darkness, supercharging his unholy powers to carry out one final raid on the mansion of the Mafia scum who killed his girlfriend in front of him. Of course, that consigns his soul to eternal damnation, but you can’t have everything.Little Shop Of HorrorsEclipses are often used as a harbinger of something coming from outer space, so when 1986’s Little Shop Of Horrors starts with the sky doing dark, you know trouble is on the way. It comes in the form of Audrey II, a flytrap-shaped plant with a thirst for human blood. As nebbishy flower shop owner Seymour Krelborn buys it from a flower shop, and it takes over his life and makes him into a murderer in exchange for fame and fortune. You probably know how that works out, especially if you’ve watched the movie’s awesome deleted original ending.Buffy The Vampire SlayerThe big bad of Buffy’s third season is the mayor of Sunnydale, who hides his wicked intentions underneath a squeaky-clean demeanor. He causes all manner of problems for the Slayer and her friends, and it all comes to a head on the day of their high school graduation. When Mayor Wilkins delivers the commencement speech, a total solar eclipse blankets Sunnydale and triggers his ascension to the demonic form of a massive snake. Thankfully, the sun comes back out after Buffy lures him into the school and blows his slithery ass back to Hell.BerserkMega-violent anime Berserk tells the tale of a lone swordsman up against the God Hand, a quartet of immensely powerful demons. Once every 216 years, they can trigger a massive solar eclipse that will add another member to their ranks, and the anime’s climax depicts that ritual. With the sun blotted out, the God Hand take a young man named Griffith and drive him mad with revenge until he ascends into his demonic form of Femto, a powerful warrior with no honor or empathy.HellboyIt’s a lunar eclipse that triggers the release of the Ogdru Jahad in Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 Hellboy film, but it’s filmed so lovingly that we had to throw it on the list. The mad monk Rasputin wants the gates of Hell open to make chaos reign on Earth, and Hellboy is the key to making it happen. Thankfully, the big red guy manages to get in control and stop the ritual, but while it’s happening it legit looks like humanity is doomed by massive squid monsters from beyond the veil of sanity.Avatar: The Last AirbenderAll of the different elemental masters in Avatar have their weaknesses, but when the moon covers the sun, it strips all Firebenders of their abilities and leaves them helpless for the duration. That’s called the Day of Black Sun, and in the series, it prompts a raid on their Capital in a desperate mission to kill the Fire Lord and end the 100 Year War. The mission ends in failure, but its ramifications are felt throughout the series. A lunar eclipse also figures in later as it makes Waterbenders lose their mojo in a similar way. The duration and timing of these are among the most realistic in history.2001: A Space OdysseyThe opening shot of Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction classic shows us an eclipse, but it’s a curious one. The sun, the moon, and the Earth line up in syzygy (the incredibly awesome scientific term that means “in a straight line”). But you quickly realize that you’re not observing the celestial motion from your familiar spot on our planet but rather from a perspective farther out in space – in all likelihood, one of the enigmatic aliens who plant the monolith on Jupiter and kick off the journey into consciousness that has been tripping us out since 1968.last_img read more

first_imgMOUNT VERNON — A new state law takes effect in July that will allow local governments to evict residents from certain buildings contaminated by methamphetamine.The Skagit Valley Herald reports that problems with the Sterling Motor Inn prompted state House Bill 1757, which Gov. Inslee signed into law April 25.That motel was found to have widespread high levels of methamphetamine contamination, but county health officials did not have the legal authority to evict residents.Current law requires evidence of drug manufacturing not just presence of drugs. The new law will now allow local officials to evict residents if there is contamination from the use of certain hazardous chemicals.Rep. Dave Hayes, a Republican from Camano Island, sponsored the measure.last_img

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioHouse Passes Bill To End High School Exit ExamThe Associated PressThe Alaska House has passed legislation that would repeal the high school graduation exam.The high school exit exam tests student aptitude in reading, English and mathematics.House Bill 220, sponsored by Republican Pete Higgins of Fairbanks, terminates the exam as soon as the bill becomes law. It allows former students who earned enough high school credits to graduate to obtain their diploma even though they failed the exam.Higgins says if the bill does become law, it will save the state $2.7 million in administrative costs.The vote was 32-5. The measure now goes to the Senate.Gasline Bill Could Include Rural ProvisionsBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelWith less than 30 days remaining in the legislative session, the Alaska House is considering gasline legislation that would advance a line from the North Slope to an LNG export facility in Nikiski. For rural Alaska, the bill includes funding that could send gas to communities hundreds of miles from the pipeline.Legislature Weighs ‘Erin’s Law’ Daysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelErin Merryn is visiting Alaska this week to promote a law that provides age-appropriate sexual abuse education to children in public schools. Erin’s Law, named after the 29-year-old from Illinois, has passed in 11 states and is pending in 26 others, including Alaska. A warning to listeners: this story deals frankly with sexual abuse and rape.Murkowski: Clean Water Act Rule a Threat to Development Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal today that critics say would expand the reach of the Clean Water Act to cover most creeks and wetlands across the country.Though Earthquake Detection Has Improved, Gaps RemainJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageJust five years after statehood, Alaska endured the largest earthquake recorded in North America. The quake devastated communities around the Southcentral portion of the state, but in the years that followed it also made Alaska the epicenter of extreme seismic studies.Valdez Earthquake Survivors Recall 1964 ExperiencesTony Gorman, KCHU – ValdezThe community of Valdez was devastated by the Good Friday earthquake. The giant tsunami that formed right after the shaking began killed 30 people gathered at the harbor and on the dock. The earthquake and tsunami destroyed the town.  It took three years for locals to relocate from Old Town Valdez to where the new town site is today.Galena Residents Prep For Season Of RebuildingDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksGalena residents are preparing for another season of rebuilding from devastation wrought by last year’s major break up flood.  There was a major emergency response last summer, but much work remains to be done in the Yukon River community.Archivists Rally To Keep National Archives In AnchorageJolene Almendarez, APRN – AnchorageFunding for the National Association of Records and Administration, or NARA, building in Anchorage has been chopped from the National Archives budget as a result of a $10 million budget cut. All federal records will be moved to a Seattle based facility beginning in September. Local archivists, historians, senators and residents though, are rallying behind efforts to keep the archives in Anchorage.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: ‘Crime Patrol’ anchor Annup Sonii, who once basked in the cultural glory of Delhi’s Mandi House and performed in its popular auditoriums as a drama student, finds it thrilling to act in the area as a professional actor now. Anuup, 44, will be seen in the national capital for a theatre production ‘Ballygunge 1990’, directed by Atul Satya Koushik and presented by the Film and Theatre Society.It will be staged at Mandi House’s Kamani Auditorium on July 21 — one of the places where the actor performed as a student. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “In my family, there’s no one related to this industry or films or theatre. For me, everything was new and exciting. The whole atmosphere of Mandi House is very culturally rich with music, literature, art and theatre. “In my student days, we performed at National School of Drama (NSD) auditorium in first and second year, then Shri Ram Centre or Kamani Auditorium in third year. Now, in professional theatre, people are buying tickets for you and that’s really exciting for an actor,” Anoop told IANS over telephone. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us He also credited NSD, which he joined 25-odd years back, as having taught him discipline and basics of acting. “I personally feel theatre is a good foundation to start with; it prepares you so extensively to handle any character. Having said that, it’s not that if you’re not grounded in theatre, you cannot be a good actor.” Annup describes ‘Ballygunge 1990’ as the “revenge story” of a relationship, where his character abandons a lover for ambition and returns years later after failing. The suspense-genre play is in Hindi. The Mumbai-based artiste has dabbled into multiple mediums, and feels passionately about the “craft of acting”. Advertise With Us He is returning to ‘Crime Patrol’ after a break of 15 months — in a new bearded avatar that is garnering much appreciation. On why he took a sabbatical from the show, Annup said: “The structure of our shooting was such that I was not getting time to commit to acting assignments properly. I feel I’m an actor first, then an anchor. Now, we’ve restructured and allotted limited days to ‘Crime Patrol’. This arrangement suits both the makers and me. “In these 15 months, I did three films and three web-series in never-seen-before roles,” he explained, adding these projects will release in this year’s last quarter. He will also be seen acting alongside Sanjay Dutt in the Hindi remake of Telugu film ‘Prasthanam’. -Siddhi Jainlast_img read more