OILSEEDS-PRICES (BCM11)

first_imgMumbai, Mar 11 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs)Mumbai, Mar 11 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 4650 Groundnut Bold 60/70 6650 Javas 60/70: 8150 Javas 70/80: 7950 Javas 80/90: 7750 Kardi 2850 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 5750 Sesame 95/5/1: 5550 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 4800 Sunflowerseed 4000 Nigerseed 9300 and Castorseed Bombay 3050.Oils & Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10 kgs) Groundnutoil 930 Kardi Expeller 870 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 675 Refined 745 Cottonseeds Refined 605 Palmolein Refined 547 Soybean Refined 608 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 750 Rapeseed Expeller 720 Copra White 790 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 860 Castoroil Comm 640 FSG 650 Kandla 623 Mowra N/T Neem 970 Karanji 625.Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs.per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 28,500 Kardi Extraction 13,000 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp 23,400 Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 24,500 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48%3 34,225 and Castor Extraction 4650. PTI RHB ADI MR RYSlast_img read more

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Manchester United FC focus on Europa League route to Champions League

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho will be putting all his eggs in one basket when he seeks against Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on Thursday to move a step closer to ensuring Champions League football for next season.The Portuguese coach has made no secret of the fact he has prioritised winning the Europa League over a top-four Premier League finish as the best route for United to secure a place in Europe’s elite club competition once again in 2017-18.Mourinho takes his side into the Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta on Thursday, protecting a 1-0 lead comfortably earned in Spain and with United looking hot favourites to reach the final in Stockholm on May 24.He effectively gave up the challenge of earning Champions League qualification through United’s Premier League placing when he decided not to field his strongest team at Arsenal on Sunday and paid the price with an insipid 2-0 defeat.Mourinho’s caution earned him criticism from those United followers who believed he should have been more ambitious and gone all out for the victory at The Emirates which could have still given the team hope on two fronts.Most vociferous has been United’s former England midfielder Paul Ince who, in his column for bookmakers Paddy Power, described Mourinho’s approach as “rubbish” and “naive”.Yet Mourinho, who will bring back key figures like Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Antonio Valencia against Celta Vigo after resting them from Sunday’s starting lineup, may have another good reason for focusing on the Europa League route.advertisementGROUP STAGEUnited are almost sure to go straight into the group stage of next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League whereas they would have to go through the tricky final playoff round if they qualified by finishing fourth in the league.The rules dictate that if the winners of the Champions League don’t also qualify for next season’s competition via their home league placing, then the Europa League winners have to go through the playoffs.Yet with both Champions League finalists, Juventus and in all probability Real Madrid, sure to qualify through their domestic leagues, that will not apply.All of this depends on United finishing the job against Celta and then prevailing in a potentially tough final against, in all likelihood, a vibrant young Ajax Amsterdam side, who go to Olympique Lyonnais protecting a 4-1 lead in their semi.Yet Ince felt Mourinho had taken an unacceptable risk, with United now four points behind local rivals Manchester City with three Premier League games remaining.”Jose Mourinho keeps going on about playing a ‘weakened’ team against Arsenal to save themselves for the Europa League second leg. It’s rubbish,” Ince said.”They’ve got some really unfortunate injuries but they still have an excellent squad and should be able to cope with playing both games.”I can see they’re clearly going for the Europa League as the main target, but I think that’s naive.”If they’d put out a slightly stronger team last week (against Arsenal), they’d be touching top four. It’s a massive risk.”last_img read more

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OPPO A7: Impressive selfie camera, good battery life (Tech Review)

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) Riding on the success of its latest popular “F” series smartphone — “F9 Pro” — Chinese smartphone maker OPPO recently launched its new offering in the “A” series” — the “A7” — for Rs 16,990 in India.The dual-SIM handset comes with a water-drop notched display, a mammoth 4,230mAh battery, and face-recognition feature in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants. With a memory card, one can extend the 64GB internal storage of the phone up to 256GB.Of the two colours in which the phone is available — glaring gold and glaze blue — we reviewed the former, which we found a little too flashy. People may find that glaze blue variant more subtle and chic.Here’s what worked for us.Even though the design of the phone appears textured with thin glazing lines, the feel of the back, however, is smooth.The fingerprint sensor is pretty crisp and lies below the 13MP+2MP dual rear camera set-up on the back along with an LED flash.The rear-camera app comes with several modes — time-lapse, portrait, stickers and panaroma.The volume buttons, along with the SIM-slot that comes with a dedicated space for the memory card, sits on the left of the phone and the lock button is positioned on the right edge.The phone sports a 6.2-inch display and a resolution of 1080×2340. The screen displayed vivid colours and the size was very comfortable for watching videos and playing games with decent sunlight legibility.The 16MP selfie camera is staged in the top centre of the phone, semi-circled by the notch.Because of the central position of the front shooter, the selfies are at just the right angle you intend them to be at — which is great — rather than being displayed tilted on screen.The Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor supported multi-tasking and running multiple apps simultaneously smoothly making the overall performance of the phone satisfactory.Even after running several social media apps multiple times a day along with gaming and video-browsing, the battery lasted more than one day.The bundled charger — which is not a VOOC (Voltage Open Loop Multi-step Constant-Current Charging) technology-enabled fast charger — in the package took more than an hour to completely charge the battery.What does not work?We found that the phone heats up a lot, but only while charging. The face-recognition feature appeared to be a little slower than expected, especially in low-light conditions.Given that the brand’s reputation is fuelled by its camera technology, in the “A7” — where the selfie camera is quite impressive, the rear cameras work just alright — there is nothing exceptional. The phone could have included more features to the camera app.The phone does not support the company’s patented flash-charging VOOC technology, which was also slightly disappointing.Conclusion: Selfie lovers and those who yearn for a big battery are likely to find the OPPO A7 very attractive although the absence of its flash charging system may disappoint others.–IANSrp/gb/vmadvertisementlast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e wearables launched in India: Price, specs and availability

first_imgAfter announcing two new tablets in India on Monday, Samsung has now launched three new wearables in the country – Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e. The first is a brand new smartwatch that is a more sportier take on last year’s Galaxy Watch. The Galaxy Watch Active highlights an AMOLED display and blood pressure monitoring. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e, on the other hand, are affordable fitness bands that come with improved fitness tracking and lightweight designs.The Galaxy Watch Active has been priced at Rs 19,999 and will be available offline via Samsung SmartCafe outlets and partner retail stores as well as online via Samsung Shop and Amazon India. The Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are priced at Rs 9,990 and Rs 2,590, respectively, and will also be available through similar offline channels. In addition to the Samsung online store, the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e will also be on sale on Flipkart and Myntra.The Galaxy Watch Active will be available in Black, Silver, Rose Gold and Deep Green colours starting June 25. The Galaxy Fit comes in Silver and Black colours and will also be available starting June 25. The Galaxy Fit e will be available in Black, White and Yellow colours online between July 5 to July 19, post which it will be on sale through select retail stores.Samsung Galaxy Watch Active specificationsThe Galaxy Watch Active comes with a circular dial but ditches the traditional rotating bezels that we have seen on previous Samsung smartwatches. It sports a 1,1-inch Super AMOLED (360×360) display with Gorilla Glass protection. The smartwatch measures 39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5mm and weighs 25 grams without the straps.advertisementThe Samsung smartwatch is powered by an Exynos 9110 chipset and runs on Tizen OS 4.0. It comes with 0.75GB memory and 4GB of internal storage. The Galaxy Watch Active is IP68 + 5ATM rated for water resistance up to 50 meters. The Galaxy Watch Active offers features like exercise, sleep, stress and health tracking, and is also the company’s first wearable to track blood pressure. The Galaxy Watch Active supports wireless charging, Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi b/g/n, among other things.Samsung Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e specificationsThe Galaxy Fit sports a 0.95-inch AMOLED (120X240) full colour display. It measures 45.1mm in height, 18.3mm in width and weighs 23 grams. The Galaxy Fit comes with 2MB RAM and 32MB storage. The Galaxy Fit houses a 120mAh battery and supports 5ATM water resistance. In addition to showing notifications, the Galaxy Fit will also support reply functionality. The Galaxy Fit e, on the other hand, gets a smaller 0.74-inch PMOLED 64×128) display. It packs a smaller 70mAh battery and shows notifications. Both the wearables can auto detect some workouts such as walking, running and dynamic workout and are water resistant up to 50 meters. The wearables also support over 90 different activities that can be accessed from the Samsung Health app. The Galaxy Fit and Fit e can also track sleep and stress along with continuous heart rate monitoring.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, Tab A 10.1 launched in India: Price, specs and availabilitylast_img read more

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a month ago​Dalot insists Man Utd ready for Europa League challenge

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Dalot insists Man Utd ready for Europa League challengeby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United youngster Diogo Dalot believes the team are ready for the Europa League.The Red Devils are involved in Europe’s second tier competition this season.They begin their Europa adventure with a game against Astana on Thursday evening.And Dalot thinks they are ready for what the competition may throw at them.”Like I said [earlier in the interview], it’s not a competition as big as this club, but we’re definitely going there to face the challenge and we know that it’ll be difficult as well, because the teams are playing better and better,” Dalot said to the club’s official website.”But we are going to face that challenge.”It could be good for some players that want to get some minutes, but it could also be difficult for the travelling as well, but that’s football. That’s what we need to be ready for and I think it’ll be a very good challenge for us.”It’s always difficult, because the Champions League third-place teams will come to play against us as well and it’s always difficult, but I think we’ll be ready.” last_img read more

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Global Terminal Operators Launch Go Green Initiative

first_imgzoom Leading container terminal and port operators have teamed up to launch the ‘Go Green’ – the first ever joint industry initiative to promote environmental awareness and make a sustainable difference in the communities in which they operate.Global marine terminal operators DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), joined by the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PRA), will start the one-week campaign on September 14 with focus on three main themes: re-use and recycling, climate change, and the communities in which they operate.“This is the right thing to do for the environment, for the communities we operate in, and our employees. Working together, we can address the critical issues facing the environment and act as a catalyst for global change,” APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer said.The campaign will also try to identify local partners in the effort to improve the environment. Creating and upgrading local green spaces, launching educational programmes, adopting waste recycling measures and community engagement are some of the activities that will take place.”Safeguarding the environment is the responsibility of all of us and by joining forces across the industry this initiative will make greater impact worldwide. International efforts require partnerships to make them a success and by coming together we can all make a sustainable difference in the communities in which we operate,” DP World Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said.”By continuing to focus on our ecosystem using innovation, new technologies and seeking behavioural change, the industry can make a major contribution to the wellbeing of our planet. This campaign is a watershed for marine terminal operators – it marks the beginning of a joint effort to bring about positive change to the lives of our people.”Image: APM Terminals/Facebooklast_img read more

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Local Filmmakers Receive Funding for First Feature

first_imgTwo Nova Scotian filmmakers are closer to making their first feature film. Announced at the 2012 Atlantic Film Festival Awards reception on Thursday, Sept. 20, local producer Rebecca Sharratt and writer/director Greg Jackson have been selected as the recipients of the First Feature Project, a collaboration between Film Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada. In its second round, the project provides funding to a producer-director-writer team to produce their first feature film. Ms. Sharratt and Mr. Jackson will receive $115,000 in production financing from the Canada Feature Film Fund and Film Nova Scotia to produce their feature film Bunker 6. “I am thrilled we will get to make this dramatic film next year,” said Ms. Sharratt. “Greg Jackson is a uniquely talented writer and director and I’m very excited to see his vision come to life on screen. I am extremely fortunate to have the experienced support of Bill Niven as our executive director and with the added experience and creativity of our line producer Jessica Brown, I feel we have an amazing team to tackle all of the challenges of producing a feature film.” Bunker 6 follows the story of 21-year-old Grace, who has lived in nuclear Bunker #6 since she was 9. After the death of Lewis, her mentor, father figure and the bunker’s technician, Grace is left to take charge of the mechanics. As things begin to breakdown all around her, and thoughts of the outside world haunt her, she must continue her struggle not just to survive, but to live. To enhance the project from last year, Film Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada have each contributed an additional $5,000 to increase program funding. Also new this year, finalists were required to pitch their projects, providing Film Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada with the opportunity to meet the teams and ask specific questions. “We were pleased with the quality of submissions we received for the project this year,” said Linda Wood, director, business and legal affairs at Film Nova Scotia. “By supporting emerging producers at this level, we are strengthening the industry by fostering and growing talent in the province.” “It is a pleasure to partner with Film Nova Scotia again this year to present this joint initiative,” said Gord Whittaker, regional director at Telefilm Canada. “This year’s team presented a very strong package and a confident, compelling creative vision and we look forward to helping them produce a strong first feature film.” Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audio-visual industry. Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.last_img read more

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Edmonton landscaper needed time to think let 60million lottery win sink in

first_imgST. ALBERT, Alta. — An Edmonton landscaper has won big after waiting 10 months to claim a $60-million lotto jackpot.Bon Truong says he was stunned when he checked his Lotto Max ticket at a grocery store the day after the Oct. 26 draw.He says he went home and sat by himself and needed the following months to think.Truong, who immigrated from Vietnam in 1983, says he has been playing the lottery for 30 years.The lucky digits were a combination of important dates and family birthdays.The single dad says he plans to keep working, pay off all his bills, buy a new home and take his family on a holiday.“I’m not sure where just yet. I think we’ll try to go everywhere!”His niece said she’s happy for him.“My family came as boat people. Coming here with nothing, nothing, after the Vietnam war,” the woman, identified only as Mina, told a news conference Wednesday.She said her uncle and her father both worked hard as landscapers. “That’s all they did — work and save money to buy a house and live their lives here. You know, have a better life for their children.”Truong’s win is tied for the largest ever Lotto Max win in Alberta. A couple from Peers, Alta., won $60 million in September 2017.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Home Capital Group reports higher earnings but below analyst expectations

TORONTO — Home Capital Group Inc. says it earned nearly $30 million in its most recent quarter, but fell just short of analyst estimates.The Toronto-based mortgage lender’s net income for the second quarter of its 2018 financial year was $29.6 million compared to a $111.1 million loss in the same quarter the previous year.It says its diluted earnings per share were 37 cents for the quarter ended June 30, compared to a loss of $1.73 per share in the second quarter of its 2017 financial year.Home Capital receives new credit line from two Canadian banks as Buffett backing expiresEvidence of mortgage fraud in Canada raises red flag at credit rating giantAnalysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon estimated a net income of $31.16 million or 38 cents per share for the quarter.CEO Yousry Bissada says in a statement that the company experienced its third consecutive quarter of mortgage origination volume growth, up 10 per cent or $112.1 million from $1.12 billion in the second quarter of 2017 to $1.23 billion in the second quarter of this financial year.He says the company’s core residential and commercial lending business continued to show resilience amid factors like rising interest rates and a softer Canadian housing market. read more

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European Commission president Greater political union needed to solve debt crisis

European Commission president: Greater political union needed to solve debt crisis by Sarah Dilorenzo, The Associated Press Posted Sep 12, 2012 7:33 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email STRASBOURG, France – European Union officials are asking national governments to give up control of their banks as they try to pull the region closer together to solve its crippling financial crisis.In a proposal that represents one the most significant surrenders of national sovereignty since the creation of the euro in 1999, the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, proposed Wednesday to make the European Central Bank the single supervisor for all 6,000 banks in the 17 countries that use the currency.Jose Manuel Barroso, the Commission’s president, warned that giving up control of banks would be just the start and that countries would have to get used to handing over powers to Europe in order to solve the region’s debt problems.“We cannot continue trying to solve European problems just with national solutions,” he said in his annual State of the Union address to Parliament in Strasbourg, France.“A deep and genuine economic and monetary union … means ultimately that the present European Union must evolve,” he added. “And let’s not be afraid of the words. We will need to move toward a federation of nation states.”Barroso’s remarks go to the heart of the debate about the survival of the eurozone — whether countries can continue to share a common currency without a unified political system.As part of forging a tighter EU, many observers and politicians have called for a “banking union” — a unified playbook for all the region’s banks. The creation of a single bank supervisor is an important part of this plan.Other measures being debated include: a European-wide system of depositors’ insurance; a single method for winding down bankrupt banks; and allowing the European bailout fund to directly help banks in trouble, instead of lending money only to governments.In its proposal, the Commission called for the European Central Bank to take over supervisory roles from the member countries’ national banking regulators. Currently, the ECB is only in charge of monetary policy for eurozone countries — setting interest rates and printing money.The plan would also give the ECB the ability to issue and revoke banking licenses, approve large mergers and acquisitions, investigate banks and fine institutions that break the rules.The Commission hopes its proposal will take effect Jan. 1, 2013, first handing ECB power over the eurozone’s bigger banks and eventually adding the rest of the 17-country bloc’s lenders a year later.Europe’s banks are at the heart of the region’s financial crisis. The government bonds that the banks bought up during the eurozone’s boom times are no longer considered safe bets, and the banks are struggling to unload them — usually at hefty losses. On top of this, banks have also had to contend with real estate loans that have turned toxic following the collapse of real estate markets in some countries.Across the eurozone, governments have had to step in and prop up the banking sector. But rescuing banks is expensive and has added to investor concerns that European countries’ debt loads are becoming increasingly unsustainable.Many banks have also drastically cut back their business: lending to fewer companies and households and ditching investments in other eurozone countries — especially in Greece, Italy and Spain. As well as freezing up the eurozone’s economy, this retrenchment has undermined one of the primary purposes of the single currency — to allow money to flow freely and cheaply across national borders.The Commission’s proposal, published Wednesday morning, still needs to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council, on which the heads of state or government of all 27 countries of the European Union sit.It could be a tough fight since Germany, one of the eurozone’s most powerful members, has said it wants the ECB to supervise only those banks which, if they were to go bankrupt, would cause major damage to the eurozone.German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has argued that ECB cannot be an effective supervisor if it has to supervise all 6,000 eurozone banks, many of which only do business in their home countries.But a European Union official warned that a slimmed-down supervisory system would be irresponsible.“What the crisis has taught us is that even medium or small banks can create lots of damage,” said the official, who would speak only on condition of anonymity to describe how the proposal was put together.“So it would be irresponsible to devise a system that basically says we’re going to focus our attention on the large ones and the small ones: just, you know, don’t think about them,” she said.Germany has also balked at the Commission’s implementation timeframe, calling it unrealistic, although the French have pushed for a quick start.In a statement issued Wednesday, the ECB said it welcomed the Commission’s proposal.The plans could heap even more responsibility on the central bank. There is a provision allowing any of the 10 countries in the European Union that don’t use the euro to sign up to the supervisory system as well.In his speech Wednesday, Barroso also warned that the financial crisis is “fueling populism and extremism” in Europe.“Europe needs a new direction,” he said.___Don Melvin in Brussels contributed to this report. Melvin can be reached at http://twitter.com/Don_Melvin . DiLorenzo can be reached at http://twitter.com/sdilorenzo . read more

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Loonie rebounds after hitting lowest value since mid2004 North American stock markets

TORONTO – The loonie bounced back after falling to its lowest levels in more than a decade in early trading on Thursday to end the day higher as Toronto and U.S. stock markets declined.The Canadian dollar traded at levels not seen since the summer of 2004 early in the session before recovering to end trading up 0.17 of a cent to 75.09 cents US.The S&P/TSX index ended the day down 45.02 points to 13,338.67, adding to losses earlier in the week. The Toronto market dropped 107.40 points on Wednesday after tumbling 288.35 points the day before.Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company, said the Canadian dollar’s close ties to the price of oil means the loonie is unlikely to recover the value it has lost over the past year any time soon.“With evidence coming out that oil prices are in no rush to go up, we’re seeing pressure on the loonie as a result,” he said.The Dow Jones industrial average of 30 stocks close down 78.57 points to 16,201.32, the broader S&P 500 index declined 6.52 points to 1,932.24 and the Nasdaq index lost 18.26 points to 4,734.48.Caterpillar, one of the 30 companies in the Dow Jones average, fell $4.33, or 6.2 per cent, to US$65.88 after cutting its 2015 revenue forecast by $1 billion to about $48 billion, saying it may eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs between now and 2018.The maker of mining and construction equipment is suffering amid a global slump in commodity prices driven by oversupply and a cooling Chinese economy.“On several fronts there is further conviction that the slowdown in China, combined with a building of supply, is leading to commodity prices staying weak for the foreseeable future,” Pashootan said.On the commodity markets, the December gold contract rose $22.30 to US$1,153.80 an ounce, the November crude contract was up 43 cents to US$44.91 a barrel and the November contract for natural gas rose 3.6 cents to US$2.674.The soaring gold price pushed up shares in the gold subsector, which rose 7.36 per cent as the biggest gainer on the day.The financials subsector fell 0.49 per cent on the day, and Pashootan said Canadian financial institutions have been having a rough year on the stock market.He said Canadian banks are dealing with exposure to a struggling oil patch and low interest rates, which have cut into their margins.Another storm cloud on the horizon is loan growth, he said, which is set to slow over the next few years because of Canada’s sky-high levels of household debt.“At some point the consumer reaches a point where they can’t borrow anymore because they’re already so heavily indebted,” he said.Selling more loans to more people and businesses had been helping the banks’ bottom lines despite years of low interest rates, Pashootan said. by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 24, 2015 6:52 am MDT Last Updated Sep 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie rebounds after hitting lowest value since mid-2004, North American stock markets decline read more

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UN launches initiative to achieve zero hunger in Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations today launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific, calling on governments, farmers, scientists, business, civil society and consumers to work together to end hunger in the region where the majority of the world’s undernourished people live.“Sustainable development and inclusive growth will not happen on empty stomachs,” said Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). “It is unacceptable that in the 21st century, with all of our technological and agricultural expertise, more than 870 million people globally wake up hungry every morning, try to find the energy to make a living for their families through the day, and then still go to bed hungry at night,” she added. First proposed at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil last June, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Zero Hunger Challenge aims for a future where every individual has adequate nutrition. Its five objectives are to make sure that everyone in the world has access to enough nutritious food all year long; to end childhood stunting; to build sustainable food systems; to double the productivity and income of smallholder farmers, especially women; and to prevent food from being lost or wasted.According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one in every eight people in Asia and the Pacific suffers from chronic hunger, and nearly two-thirds of the world’s chronically hungry people live in the region. “We cannot rest while so many people go hungry in a world where there is enough food for all,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said at the regional launch of the campaign, which took place as ESCAP kicked off its 69th session in Bangkok. Halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger is one of the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, along with improving education, gender equality, child and maternal health and environmental stability.“The MDGs have been the most successful global anti-poverty drive in history. But there are still many gaps,” Mr. Eliasson said in his remarks to the session, noting, among other things, that one billion people worldwide do not have enough to eat. “With less than 1,000 days until the end of 2015, the agreed deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, I urge you to seize the opportunity of this Commission session to scale-up action to accelerate our efforts, be they national, regional or global.”He added that the range of issues before the Commission is both “exciting and challenging” – from charting new development paths to building resilience to natural disasters, and from promoting social protection to accelerating economic integration and South-South trade.“These are the key issues which will shape the region’s promising future, strengthen its human and natural capital and ensure its central role, not only in the global economy, but also in forging a better, more sustainable world for all.”The theme of the Commission’s current session, which concludes on 1 May, is “Building resilience to natural disasters and major crises,” with discussions focusing on the many challenges to inclusive, sustainable and resilient growth in the region, particularly economic shocks and increasingly severe and frequent natural disasters. read more

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Lotto contest to send 5 to Times Square on New Years Eve

Kentucky Lottery LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Lottery says five people with losing Powerball tickets will win another prize: a trip to see the ball drop at Times Square on New Year’s Eve and a chance to compete for a $1 million prize.Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie says people with non-winning Powerball tickets worth at least $4 can enter the contest , though higher-priced tickets will get more entries.- Advertisement – Five people will win a four-day trip for two to New York City from Dec. 29 to Jan. 2 and will compete with winners from other states for a $1 million prize during the live broadcast of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.Entries can be submitted through Sep. 29 and winners will be chosen on Oct. 1.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) read more

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Brock University Media Clips for Tuesday Aug 1

Did we miss something? If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.The Good and Bad of School Dress Codes: The research by Prof. Tony Volk on school dress codes was covered in The Good Men Project Magazine. Reach: 607,000. Brock has an eye on the future with its next Vice-President, Research: Online publication Erie Media published a story about incoming Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon. Reach: 5,000The drug issue: Prof. Dan Malleck was recently on CHML 900’s Scott Thompson in Hamilton discussing cannabis production and cannabis as a substitute for opioids. Malleck’s interview starts at 13:20 into the recording. read more

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Beside The Points For Tuesday Nov 6 2017

Oh, and don’t forgetThe men’s bobsled winner of “Scouting Camp – The Next Olympic Hopeful” — just a walk-on, essentially — won 4 medals with the team for Team USA at the North American cup. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeLuck runs outMost teams that get good breaks in close games in the first half of an NFL season will regress, and likewise many teams that lose a lot of their close games will do better in them in the back half. Lots of teams have won or lost lots of games decided by one score or less: the Giants are 0-3, Browns are 0-4, and 49ers are 0-5 in those contests, and on the other hand Washington and the Cardinals are 3-0, the Panthers and Dolphins are 4-1 and the Eagles, Pats, Steelers and Titans are 3-1. If fortune’s favored your team so far in that kind of contest, don’t get cocky is all we’re saying. [ESPN]The Jags are sneakyThe Jacksonville Jaguars have a really, really good defense this year, but don’t fret if you didn’t expect that going in. Through the first nine games they’re number one in the league on points, passing yards, and expected points added. Last year they were 25th, 5th and 13th by those same metrics, respectively, and in 2015 they were 31st, 29th and 24th by them. To say their ascent has been rapid is an understatement. [FiveThirtyEight]Notre Dame in prime timeCollege football sees two marquee matchups this weekend, with Georgia a 55 percent favorite over Auburn and Notre Dame a 61 percent favorite over Miami. The Notre Dame-Miami matchup has bigger playoff implications for each team. A win for the Irish would raise their chances of making the playoff from 30 percent to 47 percent. A win for Miami would crank up their playoff chance from 26 percent to 47 percent, and would effectively eliminate independent Notre Dame from the postseason. [FiveThirtyEight]The greatest pitcher of the millenniumRoy Halladay was killed in a plane crash Tuesday. His time pitching for Toronto and Philadelphia for 16 seasons saw him pitch over 2,700 innings and winning 203 games. Based on wins above replacement since 2000, Halladay is the greatest pitcher of the millennium despite not pitching for four years. [FiveThirtyEight]Four nations this weekendThe Olympics are right around the corner, and the Four Nations Cup — a tournament for the Finnish, Swedish, Canadian and American women’s national hockey teams — is an excellent preview for some of the top talent in that group. Sunday will be the championship games in Tampa. [The Ice Garden]LeBron needs four other people to make shotsCleveland’s win on Tuesday pushed its offensive efficiency in the NBA from seventh place to second place, but there’s a lot of reason for concern. Essentially everyone alongside LeBron who’s name is not Kyle Korver needs to step it up. Looking at how his teammates are shooting off passes from LeBron, Channing Frye, J.R. Smith and Jae Crowder are underperforming on observed effective field goal percentage compared to the expectation. [FiveThirtyEight]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number50 in 50Only five NHL players have scored fifty goals in their team’s first fifty games. As it stands, there’s been a drought of people scoring 50 in 50: The last time someone pulled it off was Brett Hull in the 1991-92 season. As it stands, Nikita Kucherov of Tampa Bay is nearly on pace for the achievement, with 15 goals in Tampa’s first 16 games. Still, it’s the next 30+ games where this milestone is truly won, and this year may look different defensively than previous years thanks to some rule changes that favor offense. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: Trust The Process (almost.)walt:!!kyle:lolthat aggressive shrugging off of the offseason reversionis delightful“actually, model, we didn’t get any better. in fact we’re even worse now”Predictions NFL All newsletters See more NFL predictions neil:Sixers have finally almost dug out of the Hinkie eraneil [4:38 PM] read more

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Ohio State football players battle for positions in spring practice

OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson runs drills with players during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternSpring is said to be a season of new beginnings, and that is the perfect way to describe the Ohio State football team as it continues through spring practice.Many new faces are gracing the field this spring and some of those might even be called upon right away to suit up on fall Saturdays in Ohio Stadium.Even though players are traditionally grouped together on first and second teams, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said no position on defense is set in stone.“They are all competing,” Ash said of his defensive unit. “Whether you are on the first line, second line, it doesn’t matter right now. We just want to see guys compete and see who is going to be consistently doing things the right way.”With sophomore safety Vonn Bell out for the rest of spring practice with an ACL injury, Ash said Bell will need to focus from the sideline.“Right now Vonn has got to take advantage of the mental rep opportunities that he gets and he is doing that so far,” Ash said. “He is still in all of our meetings, he is getting coached extremely hard in the meetings and he is getting a lot of good mental reps out here at practice.”Stepping in for Bell this spring has been sophomore safety Cam Burrows, who saw limited playing time as a freshman, but was highly recruited out of Trotwood, Ohio.“Cam Burrows has stepped in and has taken advantage of the opportunity and done a great job,” Ash said. “Vonn will be healthy soon and we’re going to have a great competition for those safety positions.”Another position battle has been the logjam at running back, where redshirt-senior Rod Smith and redshirt-sophomores Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball are competing with young talent such as sophomore Ezekiel Elliot to see who will replace the void left by Carlos Hyde.Dunn, who redshirted the 2013 season after seeing limited time in 2012, said he is looking forward to the competition.“Everybody is in the mix right now, there is really no depth chart,” Dunn said. “It is really competitive … everybody wants to play for Ohio State University.”Running backs coach Stan Drayton had plenty of complimentary things to say about Dunn, who ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman in 2012.“We are starting to see the things that Bri’onte already had within himself,” Drayton said. “It’s just a matter of him becoming a student of the game, learning the game and now he is playing it fast.”Elliot, who saw significant time as a freshman last season echoed Dunn’s excitement and said despite the competition, there are no ill feelings between the stable of backs.“We compete against each other every day and that just makes us all better,” Elliot said. “We are all brothers, we are here to help each other.”This was made clearly evident during practice when Dunn took a shovel pass from redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and after scampering for around a 40-yard gain, the first person to greet him was Smith, who was not even in during the play.Drayton was adamant that the running backs will have to step up this season, and he believes they will.“This is the Ohio State University and it’s the next man up,” Drayton said. “I am sure that if you ask Carlos Hyde, he will tell you the same thing. Somebody has to step up and fill the shoes of Carlos Hyde and if it takes more than one guy to do that, I promise you it is going to get done.”Another note to take away from Thursday’s practice was the presence of former Rutgers University and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano who took in the Buckeye practice.“One thing that stood out to him, you know he has been in the NFL for the last couple years, practices are different in college,” Ash said. “The effort is a little bit better, there’s a little more physicality in the college game than there is in the NFL game. He likes the way that we practice.”OSU is scheduled to take on Navy Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

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How I Spend My Money We want to hear your top tips

first_img Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 7:30 PM TheJournal.ie team Short URL By TheJournal.ie team https://jrnl.ie/4785776 34 Comments 30.01.19 How I Spend My Money: An Irish engineer in Toronto on €62,000 looking to put down roots and buy a house Share1 Tweet Email1 center_img DO YOU TRACK how you spend your money? Are you trying to find new ways to budget? Do you have top tips on how to manage your savings? We want to hear from you!We’ve kicked off our second series of ‘How I Spend My Money’, which looks at how much our readers earn, how much they save and what they spend their money on over the course of one week.For our new series we’re looking for readers who will keep a money diary for a week and share their tips and secrets to maintaining a healthy budget.Do you have expenses you want to cut or what’s the main thing that impacts your finances?Do you have tips for saving regularly or identifying potential spending triggers? Get in touch and let us know.In series one, we published a range of money diaries from people across Ireland – including teachers, construction workers, Irish expats living abroad and students.Earlier this week, we kicked off our second series with a diary from a public policy worker on €91,000 who saves €1,000 a month and has recently purchased a home in Dublin. In her diary she identifies her spending triggers as well as her top tips for saving every month.Now we want to hear from you! Are you a spender, a saver or a splurger? Get in touch at money@thejournal.ie if you want to participate. How I Spend My Money: We want to hear your top tips for saving and splurging We’ve kicked off our second series of ‘How I Spend My Money’ and we want to hear from you. Related Read Sep 5th 2019, 7:31 PM 30,071 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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MacBook Touch un concept hybride entre la tablette et lordinateur portable

first_imgMacBook Touch : un concept hybride entre la tablette et l’ordinateur portableLe concept MacBook Touch se situe à mi-chemin de la tablette tactile et du MacBook. Ce produit hybride pourrait faire le bonheur de nombre d’utilisateurs…Un mélange de MacBook et d’iPad apparaît dans un concept dont certains d’entre vous avez sans doute rêvé. Le MacBook Touch peut se replier sur lui-même, à 360°, et offrir alors un confort assez proche de celui d’une tablette tactile.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’avantage d’un tel dispositif est de disposer d’un support pour la tablette, qui peut être utilisée à la verticale et non plus à l’horizontale. Ce que bon nombre d’utilisateurs trouvent peu pratique, surtout lorsque la diagonale est grande. L’appareil n’as pas encore été fabriqué, il se décline pour l’instant seulement en photo et en vidéo, en ligne. Mais il ne faut pas désespérer de le retrouver un beau jour dans les Apple Store…Il s’agirait ni plus ni moins que d’une version “Apple” de la tablette hybride Asus Transformer Prime. Mais le travail inspiré de ce designer pourrait toutefois donner de bonnes idées à la firme à la Pomme, qui sait ?Le 30 mars 2012 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Business sector activated will meet Government this week for new strategies

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Two hundred and sixty members of the TCI business community were today represented by the Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) and the Chamber of Commerce when the two organizations met with media to say they are ready to partner for action against the surge in violent crime.Speaking at the meeting, Nikheel Advani, TCHTA President said “we don’t have a serious problem when we’re the lowest crime destination. It hasn’t impacted us today. That is why we’re here. We need action and we need action now to just make sure that we can preserve what we’ve built. We’ve all worked hard; the community, the government, the private sector. We’ve all worked hard to make this one of the best islands in the world, not just in the Caribbean. So if we let things go, it only takes one weak link for this to fall apart.”Also speaking was Kyle Smith, President of the Chamber of Commerce, who urged community participation, saying “This community, if we stand together and hold hands and speak out on this, I am sure we can get an instant response. And sometimes that takes being a bit more aggressive in your voice.”Meetings with their memberships will happen from tonight and by the end of the week, the groups will have a face to face with the Governor, Premier, and Commissioner of Police about the crime problem in Grace Bay. The case of Kevin Newman, who was on Friday shot while near his resort in Grace Bay has spawned international headlines but gotten locals fired up about more serious strides to abate crime.The Hotel and Tourism Association says there are five points which top their list of must-dos, including greater synergy for more openness for better intelligence sharing, consistency in that communication and a plan that is tracked for performance on a week to week basis.The group expects that whatever is agreed upon in that meeting with the government this week will be implemented by Monday.“From those meetings, for the association itself, we are looking for, through that partnership, a minimum of five tangibles that we can easily implement next week.” Stacy Cox, TCHTA Executive said. Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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