Sumit Nagal, Ramkumar Ramanathan Confirm Availability for Davis Cup Tie vs Pakistan

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. aitadavis cupIndiaIndia vs Pakistan First Published: November 8, 2019, 8:20 PM IST New Delhi: India’s best singles players Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan are set to be named in the Davis Cup squad for the tie against Pakistan after confirming their availability for the matches on November 29-30 at a neutral venue.Nagal, who has played his best tennis this season, sent a confirmation to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Thursday night while Ramkumar had conveyed his availability a few days ago. “Sumit has sent an email confirming his availability after new captain Rohit Rajpal spoke to him,” an AITA official said.With both Nagal and Ramkumar now available, India will have its best singles players taking on Pakistan.Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who is India’s best-ranked player, is unavailable since he is getting married on the first day of the tie.For the doubles rubber, veteran Leander Paes will make one half of the Indian team. The AITA took the decision after the seasoned campaigner made himself available without any condition when others refused to travel to Pakistan.It will be Paes’ first tie since winning the record-shattering doubles match with Rohan Bopanna during the China tie.The 46-year-old became the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup when he won his 43rd match.It will be interesting to see if Bopanna will be approached and asked for his availability after publicly lashing out at the national federation for removing non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi.Skipper Rohit Rajpal has said that he is keen to field the best possible team and it has been learnt that he is in favour of having Bopanna in the side.”Rohit is keen to have Bopanna in side but he has to agree to play with Paes,” said a source who is privy to the discussions in AITA on the issue.”Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Saketh Myneni are other options to play doubles with Paes,” added the source.Both Nedunchezhiyan and Myneni made themselves available for trip to Islamabad before the ITF moved the tie out of Pakistan.The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) has appealed against the ITF decision, citing the soon-to-be-opened Kartarpur corridor for pilgrimage to the Nankana Sahib Gurdwara.The PTF has asserted that if Indians can be on pilgrimage to Pakistan without security concerns, the tennis players from the country can also come and play. last_img read more


Winning La Liga will be difficult, not impossible: Zinedine Zidane

first_imgAfter the 1-1 draw against Malaga in their La Liga match, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admitted that his team’s mission is getting more “difficult,” but he believes that winning the title “isn’t impossible” after all, as “there are still 38 points left to play for”.In a press conference held at La Rosaleda Stadium after the match on Sunday, Zidane said, “of course, you think the league is lost, but for me and my players it isn’t, in any way, shape or form.” (Cristiano Ronaldo misses penalty as Madrid teams falter in La Liga) “I don’t believe that we didn’t play well. We have to keep going and stay positive because we’ve been outstanding in our games until now,” the Frenchman added.After Sunday’s away draw, Real Madrid now have 54 points. They are in third place, nine points behind leaders Barcelona. Atletico Madrid are in second place with 55 points.last_img read more


Important to recognise Northeasts contribution to ISL: John

first_imgGuwahati, Sep 10 (PTI) Northeast United FC owner John Abraham says the opening ceremony of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2016 will inspire the youth from the region and give recognition to the people here. “I cannot even begin to tell you how big it is for us. It is fantastic! Finally, we can give the Northeast an occasion to be proud off and to feel good about being the centre of attraction for the Indian Super League. We are a football hub and it was important for the people of the region to feel recognised. We are privileged and honoured,” the Bollywood actor said. For the first time, the ISL opening ceremony will be held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium and nobody is more excited than John, who thanked Nita Ambani, chairperson of Football Sports Development Ltd (FSDL), for giving the franchise an opportunity to host the opening ceremony. “I want to especially thank Mrs Nita Ambani for awarding Guwahati the honours of hosting this mega event. We have been working towards this for quite some time now and I am ecstatic that we will finally be hosting the opening ceremony at one of the homes of Indian football,” he said. In the past, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Goa have hosted either the opening ceremony or the final. “When young kids will watch this mega event, they will hopefully be inspired by the magnitude of it all and tell themselves I want to perform on a stage like this one day. Such events always give a fillip to the community and aspire athletes. I can assure you that the entire region will be gearing up for the opening ceremony,” said John. PTI AH CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more


Binnington, Blues Beat Bruins 2-1, Lead Stanley Cup 3-2 (Pics, Video)

first_imgBOSTON— From last place in the league to the brink of their first Stanley Cup championship, the St. Louis Blues need one more win to complete their improbable journey.They have a young goaltender leading the way.Jordan Binnington stopped 38 shots, and the Blues withstood the emotional rush of Zdeno Chara’s return to beat the Bruins 2-1 on Thursday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven final. They can win the championship at home in Game 6 on Sunday night.“We’ve had quite the season so far. We’ve been through quite a lot,” defenseman Colton Parayko said. “But we continued to battle. We never gave up on each other. It put us closer together, especially now.”One game after chopping down the Bruins’ giant captain with a deflected puck off his jaw, the Blues quieted the rest of a city still celebrating its last championship: The New England Patriots were receiving their Super Bowl rings a few miles away, the second in what Bostonians hoped would be a third title in the last 12 months.But it’s St. Louis — whose Rams lost to the Patriots in the 2002 Super Bowl, and whose Cardinals fell to the Red Sox in the 2004 and 2013 World Series — that is one win from skating off with the Stanley Cup.“We’ve got a big job ahead of us, that’s the way I look at it,” said coach Craig Berube, who took over when Mike Yeo was fired in November with the team mired in last place in the Central Division. “I hope our team looks at it that way.”Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron scored for St. Louis, which has won two straight since a 7-2 loss at home in Game 3. It was the first time in the series a team has won two in a row.Tuukka Rask stopped 19 shots and Jake DeBrusk scored for Boston.“It’s behind us now, but it’s tough,” said Bruins forward Noel Acciari, who was flattened on what the Bruins thought was an illegal hit right before Perron’s goal. “Tough pill to swallow. It’s a must-win from here on out.”Chara left Game 4 dripping blood after taking that puck off his face, but he gave the building a lift when he followed Rask onto the ice for the pregame skate wearing a full-face shield. He got a lengthy cheer for his introduction, and he went out of the way to deliver the game’s first hit, just 15 seconds in, on Brayden Schenn. When things went bad later, the crowd tried to spur the team on with chants of “Chara!”But the 42-year-old defenseman’s toughness could only carry so far.Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, skates against the St. Louis Blues during the first period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)O’Reilly scored in the opening minute of the second period, backhanding in a rebound for his third goal in his last five periods. It was still 1-0 midway through the third when the referees disregarded a leg sweep by Tyler Bozak that knocked Acciari out of the game. But he was still on the ice when Perron followed with a shot that banked off Rask’s pad and into the net. The fans responded with a vulgar chant and a shower of rally towels; the public address announcer eventually asked them to stop.St. Louis Blues’ David Perron, center, celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins with Jay Bouwmeester, left, and Ryan O’Reilly, right, during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston did seem inspired — or at least desperate — and cut the deficit to one goal on a delayed penalty with about 6 1/2 minutes left. Torey Krug took a high stick to the face at the blue line but he played on, straightened his helmet and dished the puck to DeBrusk for a one-timer past Binnington.Boston pulled Rask with a little more than a minute left and earned several chances, but couldn’t get the puck past Binnington.Notes: Binnington’s nine playoff road wins is the most by a rookie in NHL history. Ron Hextall won eight in 1987. … Derek Sanderson and Bobby Orr, the connection that gave the Bruins the game-winning goal against the Blues in the 1970 clincher, were the pregame banner wavers. … Actors Michael J. Fox, Woody Harrelson and John Krasinski were in the crowd. … Blues D Vince Dunn was in the lineup after missing almost three weeks after taking a puck to the face. … Boston D Matt Grzelcyk missed his third straight game. … The Blues improved to 9-3 on the road in the playoffs.UP NEXTThe series returns to St. Louis, where the teams split Games 3 and 4. The Blues are 6-6 at home so far in the postseason.By: Jimmy Golen, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Did Sachin Tendulkar bat or bowl in his last day as India cricketer?

first_imgNovember 16, 2013 was a day like any other. Only it was not. On this day, Sachin Tendulkar bid farewell to international cricket.The Test match was historic for several reasons. It was Tendulkar’s last and his 200th. No man has played those many Test matches and no man will anytime soon.But nothing else mattered to the packed house at the Wankhede for the the three days that the Test lasted. India were all over the West Indies and on the second day, the capacity crowd got what it wanted – a Sachin Tendulkar masterclass for one final time.Read – November 16, 2013: The end of the Sachin Tendulkar eraA packed house at the iconic stadium saw Tendulkar unleash some of those textbook drives. He faced 118 balls, hit 12 boundaries and scored 74. In the 150 minutes he spent at the crease in his final innings, there was hope of a farewell hundred.There was stunned silence when Tendulkar edged Narsingh Deonarine and Darren Sammy held on to a smart catch at slip and then refused to celebrate. That was a mark of honour to the greatest batsman that ever played the game.The shocked Wankhede crowd finally rose to their feet and applauded the ‘Little Master’ as he walked up the steps back to the dressing room. In those final moments, it was almost easy to forget that Tendulkar had played an unprecedented 200 Test matches. Throw in those 100 international hundreds and you would have a perfect career. Exactly 24 years after his fabled debut in Pakistan, the Master Blaster had decided to walk away from the game that had brought him the adulation and admiration from kings, presidents and ambassadors.advertisementThere was an outpouring of emotions across the country for well over a month after Tendulkar had announced his retirement in October.Read – Sachin Tendulkar reveals what happened on the morning he decided to retireThe fans had got what they wanted – there was no Tendulkar hundred but their hero had played a superb knock and India were about to bid goodbye to its favourite cricketing son with a resounding victory.However, MS Dhoni had a special gift in mind.When West Indies lost skipper Darren Sammy (at that stage West Indies were 162/8), Tendulkar was brought into the attack. There was a huge roar around the ground as the Little Master marked his short run-up.Tendulkar bowled the 41st and 43rd overs, giving away eight runs. He did not pick a wicket but for millions of emotional cricket fans, that was a sight to behold. Ironically, one of the greatest batsmen in the game’s history, bowed out by bowling a couple of overs. But then he had done his job as a batsman the previous day and by all accounts, Tendulkar loved bowling.. he loved playing mindgames with batsmen.Shortly after, Ravichandran Ashwin replaced Tenulkdar and got the ninth West Indian wicket. Dhoni got his troops around as Tendulkar walked back to take his fielding position.Also read – November 15, 29 years ago: 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar begins quest for greatnessAs Mohammed Shami castled Shannon Gabriel, the last wicket to fall, Tendulkar got surrounded by his teammates and was asked to lead the team off the field for one final time. Dhoni and the rest of the players gave Tendulkar a never-seen-before rolling guard from the pitch towards the pavillion. Tendulkar had a tough time controlling his tears as the packed stadium erupted in chants of “Sachin, Sachin”.Watch – Sehwag feels Kohli can break all records except Tendulkar’s 200 TestsFormer India all-rounder Ravi Shastri quickly completed the formalities of the post-match presentation and then promptly handed over the mike to Tendulkar, who had both the teams, his wife and kids for company on the field. Former teammates Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble were also present, while his mother and coach Ramakant Achrekar witnessed the scenes from the VIP stand. Then came the speech which everybody was waiting for. Tendulkar started with the words, “My life between 22 yards, for 24 years”, and everybody was reduced to tears almost instantly. Tendulkar then went on to thank everybody from his family to his coach, former and current teammates, the media, fans and the goundsmen.READ – Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell speech: FullFor nearly 20 minutes, Tendulkar mesmerised the crowd for one last time, this time with the mike in his hands and gave the most emotional and fitting farewell speech any sportsperson has ever given.Also watch –last_img read more


Former NDMC chairman asks Sisodia to compare Delhi-run and NDMC-run govt schools

first_imgFormer NDMC chairman Umesh Sehgal has asked Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to compare the Delhi government-run schools, and the schools run by the New Delhi Municipal Council, which comes under the Centre.His reaction came after Sisodia challenged BJP working president JP Nadda to compare the top 10 government schools in the BJP-ruled states, with the ones under the AAP government and then debate after Nadda had claimed that the AAP in Delhi had become a laughing shock.What Umesh Sehgal wrote in his letter “I read with interest your challenge to compare the best 10 government schools with the best in any of the other states. Please note that for comparison purposes you do not have to go anywhere else, please compare your schools with those run by the NDMC! Even your best 10 with their worst 10,” wrote Umesh Sehgal.”This will not just be an idle boast but may prove a wake-up call for you and maybe enable you to take effective steps to improve your own schools even further,” he wrote.”Training teachers abroad may seem an attractive idea but it is uselessly expensive. Recruiting better teachers and arranging both off the job and on the job training here may be a better idea,” the letter said.” Please give up your uselessly expensive ‘cameras in classrooms’ scheme, the government cannot be seen spying on its teachers and students. Also, do not build classrooms in vacant land or open mobile clinics and so on, this land be used to develop sports and recreational activities in the school,” Sehgal added.advertisementManish Sisodia’s tweet:I challenge @JPNadda & @VijayGoelBJP to choose top 10 govt schools of BJP education model from any BJP state. I’ll choose top 10 govt schools of Kejriwal education model. I’ll visit your schools, you can visit ours. Let’s then debate- what’s laughing stock and what makes one cryManish Sisodia (@msisodia) June 30, 2019What was the debate about?Addressing BJP Delhi leaders on Saturday on the second day of the state working committee’s meeting, Nadda asked them to work together for the Delhi assembly elections due early next year. Referring to the 2015 Assembly election results, where the Aam Aadmi Party had won 67 of the 70 seats, Nadda claimed the people of Delhi were now realising what the leaders had actually done.”They (AAP) have become the laughing stock. Delhi, being the national capital, needs leadership which has a serious vision for the city,” he said.Nadda claimed the people were not happy with the Arvind Kejriwal-led government. “I am fully confident that we will succeed in Delhi,” the BJP working president said.Reacting sharply to Nadda’s words, the Delhi deputy minister said, “By calling the choice made by the people of Delhi a subject of ridicule. I want to remind him about what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his maiden speech in the new Lok Sabha. He said that when some people make fun of the elected government, they are making fun of the people of the country. Perhaps Nadda-Ji’s views differ from the prime minister’s.”Read: Govt. taking steps to promote regional languages in higher education: HRD Minister Ramesh PokhriyalRead: Lok Sabha passes Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre Bill 2019: Colleges, universities to be considered single unitRead: Arts integrated pedagogy can strengthen academic learninglast_img read more


Swire Pacific’s AHTS Vessel Gets Makeover at …

first_imgZamakona Yards, October 17, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom For the past weeks, among the relevant jobs performed at Zamakona Yards in Canary Islands, there was the docking of the Pacific Wyvern.Pacific Wyvern is 68.9 m long AHTS Vessel that operates on the western coast of Africa. The vessel belongs to Singapore-based company Swire Pacific, that it is one of the leading marine service providers to the oil and gas industry. It operates more than 75 offshore support vessels which include a mix of anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels, platform supply vessels (PSV), ice breaking supply vessels (IBSV), anchor handling tugs (AHT), and seismic survey vessels, and windfarm installation vessels.SPO and its subsidiaries are fully equipped to support a wide range of offshore activities, including drilling, production, exploration, pipe-lay, subsea construction seismic, salvage and environmental response requirements, as well as windfarm installation and support.The works performed included cleaning, painting, grit blasting of the hull, cathodic protection, reconditioning and repairing the propeller, electrical works, thruster works, main engines general overhaul, rudder works, deck machinery repairs and rescue boat and crane 5 years inspection. Some minor jobs including valves, piping, chain cable, anchors …. were also included. My location Print  Closelast_img read more


Members Named to New Industrial Expansion Fund Advisory Committee

first_imgAn advisory committee on the Industrial Expansion Fund has been established as part of the province’s ongoing commitment to increase transparency and accountability. Five Nova Scotians with a range of business and investment leadership experience have been appointed to a new Industrial Expansion Fund Advisory Committee. The appointments were announced today, June 29, by Premier Darrell Dexter. The independent committee will ensure an impartial analysis of potential investments through the fund and provide advice to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development on transactions. Committee members are: Sandra Greer, president and CEO of Amirix Systems Inc.; Bernd Christmas, owner of Bernd Christmas Law Group; Ann MacLean, former Mayor of New Glasgow and past president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Ron Smith, chartered accountant; and Robbie Shaw, president and CEO of the IWK Health Centre Foundation. “Government made a commitment to ensure that there is an independent review of recommendations for IEF assistance, and that is what it has done,” said Premier Dexter. “By having an independent committee review potential investments before they go to the minister, it will ensure we continue to make smart investments that create good jobs and grow the economy.” Last year, the province authorized $222 million in transactions through the Industrial Expansion Fund. The investments have helped establish new industries and created or sustained about 6,600 jobs. Recent investments include the Halifax and Shelburne Shipyards, Sydney’s Harbourside Commercial Park, and DSME Trenton–a manufacturing facility for wind turbine blades and towers. The formation of the committee has been under development for several months. Terms of reference for the committee have been developed. Members will serve for a maximum three-year term. The committee will review recommendations as required and meet with the minister twice annually to provide general advice. Administered by the Department of Economic and Rural Development, the Industrial Expansion Fund is one of the tools government uses to help industries with productivity and innovation. Investments made through the fund help to protect jobs and support businesses to be more competitive and sustainable. Through the fund, Economic and Rural Development provides financial support, such as loans and guarantees, when many traditional sources are reluctant to do so. More information on the fund is available on the Economic and Rural Development website at www.gov.ns.ca/econ .last_img read more


Province Enhances Aerial Services to Fight Wildfires

first_imgThe province is looking skyward to support wildfire fighting capabilities and help provide better protection for Nova Scotians and our valuable resources. The Natural Resources Department has an agreement with a Halifax company to assist the department’s fleet of five helicopters, when required, to help put out wildfires. “While our current fleet is sufficient to handle the wildfire suppression needs across the province, there are times when additional help may be required,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “We need to be prepared for such an event to help better protect Nova Scotians as well as our forests, wildlife and other resources that are at risk.” Vision Air will operate on a contract basis and there may be times during the year when the service is not used. Nova Scotia does have the Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement in place with other provinces and New England states, but a local helicopter company is expected to help provide a quicker response. The province also has a contract with Central Valley Aircraft Inc. to provide a fixed wing aircraft, when required, to support the department’s existing fire tower system for detecting wildfires.last_img read more


BJP hatching conspiracy to topple Bengal government Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came down heavily on the BJP accusing them of trying to engineer riots in the state by spreading rumours and hatching conspiracy to topple her government.”If they think that they will conspire to topple our government and send me behind bars to throttle my voice as I have been vocal against them, they must remember that an injured tiger is more dangerous than a dead one. I will thwart all efforts to demean Bengal by any means,” Banerjee told reporters at Nabanna on Monday. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaShe alleged that the saffron party is spending crores of rupees to spread fake news through various social networking sites and are thus trying to incite violence in the state. “Rumours about violence in Bengal have been spread through social media to defame the state. There were two, three post-poll incidents due to BJP, who are trying to incite violence in Bengal,” she added. Banerjee maintained that the Central government has an equal responsibility as the state in case of any violence or riot in any state. “If there are instances of riot or violence in any state, then the Central government cannot shrug off its responsibility,” she said hitting out at the Centre for sending an advisory to her government in the wake of the Sandeshkhali killings. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA clash broke out between Trinamool Congress and BJP workers in Sandeshkhali’s Hatgachi area over the removal of the saffron party’s flags on Saturday. The police have so far confirmed deaths of three political workers — two from BJP and one from TMC in the incident. “They (BJP) want to wash their hands off the incident and that’s why they have sent an advisory to the state government. But I will not speak on it because the Chief Secretary has already given his reply. A letter has also been sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs,” she said. Banerjee also accused the saffron party of telling lies about deaths of their workers in the incident. “They are also telling lies about the number of deaths. Two (BJP) persons died (in Sandeshkhali) but they claimed three of their supporters were missing without mentioning details of their identities,” Banerjee alleged. Reiterating that she would not allow any sort of hooliganism in the state, Banerjee stated: “I have received information that some OC and SI in the police ranks are not discharging their duties properly in three to four districts in the state. We are looking into the matter and we will handle such incidents strongly.” Commenting on results of the general elections, Banerjee asserted her doubts on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). “Will you believe that CPI(M) would transfer all its votes (in favour of the BJP)? Can anyone control all the votes? They should look into this. I have heard that the CPI(M) got no votes in two booths in Siliguri. It means their polling agent did not vote for the party. Is it “an outcome of pre-planned) programming,” Banerjee claimed.last_img read more


Retired Canadian found slain at his residence in Mexico

first_imgMEXICO CITY — Mexican officials say a Canadian retiree who once served as an honorary consul in Mexico has been found slain at his residence in the Caribbean resort of Cancun.The attorney general’s office for Quintana Roo state said Sunday that 62-year-old Daniel Lavoie had been killed “with violence.”The attorney general’s office declined to discuss a possible motive.Lavoie’s Facebook page showed he enjoyed nature and photography.The Associated Presslast_img


Lake St Martin demanding Indian Affairs flooding help

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Manitoba community made their way to the Indian Affairs office in Winnipeg.Lake St.Martin is desperate to save their homes from flooding and wants Indian Affairs to come up with a permanent fix now.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img


Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,297.55, down 24.20 points).Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI). Health care. Down one cent, or 20 per cent, to four cents on 14.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 45 cents, or 1.86 per cent, to $23.80 on 9.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down two cents, or 0.93 per cent, to $2.13 on 8 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Up four cents, or 0.76 per cent, to $5.33 on 6.9 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 24 cents, or 0.49 per cent, to $49.41 on 6.9 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up one cent, or 0.09 per cent, to $11.26 on 6.7 million shares.Companies reporting:Freshii Inc. (TSX:FRII). Down six cents or 2.7 per cent to $2.15. Freshii Inc. plans to launch higher-quality protein ingredients as it attempts to win back customers amid continued negative sales performance. Yet its chief executive is convinced the eatery chain is headed in the right direction. Freshii, which opened its first store in 2005, struggled with trying to do too much at once and suffered from slower-than-expected store growth and shrinking same-store sales, a key retail metric. Its same-store sales for the first quarter fell 0.9 per cent compared to the same quarter the previous year. Its net income plummeted to US$103,000 from $431,000 while revenues rose seven per cent to $5.2 million.Recipe Unlimited Corp. (TSX:RECP). Up 37 cents to $27.57. Recipe Unlimited Corp. says its core first-quarter earnings and same-store sales decreased despite a 12.5 per cent growth in system-wide sales. The company formerly known as Cara Operations says it earned $22.7 million for the period ended March 31, compared with $21.5 million a year earlier. System-wide sales rose to $850.7 million from $755.9 million, primarily due to the addition of The Keg and increases in the retail and catering segment from Swiss Chalet branded products and increases in frozen pot pie sales.Enbridge Inc. — Enbridge Inc. is working with shippers to optimize its Mainline pipeline system in a bid to boost throughput by 50,000 to 100,000 barrels per day. Chief executive Al Monaco said Friday that although its Liquids Mainline System — the largest export option for western Canadian producers — was full and hit a record this quarter, storage levels in Alberta remain “stubbornly high.” Permitting issues in the U.S. have delayed Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement pipeline project until the second half of 2020, a year later than expected. The Line 3 project is expected to add 370,000 barrels per day of export capacity of Canadian crude.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). — Bombardier Inc. is facing a possible ban from World Bank-financed projects after it received a show-cause letter related to a rail equipment deal plagued by corruption allegations. The letter is the latest development in an ongoing investigation into a roughly $340-million contract awarded to a Bombardier-led consortium in 2013 to supply signalling equipment in Azerbaijan. Bombardier says it disagrees with the allegations in the letter, which include accusations the company engaged in delaying practices or obstructive behaviour regarding the audit. The Canadian Press read more


Somalia UN envoy talks to African Union on force to back transitional

19 January 2007The top United Nations envoy for Somalia went to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today for a meeting of the African Union (AU) that is expected to discuss plans for the speedy deployment of a protection force and training mission to back the transitional Government there after it ousted Islamist groups with Ethiopian help. The visit by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative François Lonsény Fall to attend the AU Peace and Security Council follows his trip yesterday to Mogadishu, the Somali capital, where he called on the transitional Government to seize this “rare opportunity” to expand its authority and prevent a resurgence of the warlords who tore the country apart for the past 16 years. “The Council is expected to consider the situation in Somalia and discuss the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1725, which authorizes the creation of a protection force and training mission in Somalia to help protect the country’s Transitional Federal Institutions,” the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), based in Nairobi, Kenya, said. Under the resolution the new force, to be known as IGASOM, is to be set up by the AU and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African group, and have an initial mandate of six months. No countries bordering Somalia will be able to deploy troops.Among the issues on today’s agenda is the need for the AU and IGAD to deploy its forces expeditiously to facilitate the earliest possible withdrawal of the Ethiopian troops currently protecting the transitional Government.Since the ouster of the Union of the Islamic Courts (UIC), which seized control of Mogadishu in June and progressively extended its control, UN officials from Secretary-General Ban down have underscored the historic opportunity the country now has to restore peace and stability to a country that has had no functioning central government since the regime of Muhammad Siad Barre was toppled in 1991. read more


NP Governor says he was misquoted on Bachelet comments

Dr. Suren Raghavan said that he has the utmost respect for the High Commissioner and her work. “I am deeply disappointed by the spin that has been put on my discussion with the Sri Lankan Government delegation,” she said, noting that other news outlets in Sri Lanka were also continuing to significantly misrepresent the Human Rights Council process in Geneva.The High Commissioner said she and her Office remained committed to assisting the Government and people of Sri Lanka to implement the Human Rights Council’s resolutions 30/1 (2015) and 34/1 (2017). And last week the Human Rights Council in another resolution (40/1) gave the Government two more years to deliver fully on the set of commitments it originally accepted four years ago. (Colombo Gazette) Monday’s article in a local newspaper cited a member of the Government delegation, Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghavan, claiming the High Commissioner “admitted that certain facts incorporated in the UNHRC report against Sri Lanka could not be condoned whatsoever.” It also said he claimed she had advised two of her senior officials who attended the meeting “to be more responsible and cautious hereafter.”“Neither of these claims are true,” Bachelet said. “Either the newspaper misunderstood the Governor, or the Governor misunderstood – or misquoted – me.” The High Commissioner said she stands fully behind the report and the oral statement she made when presenting it to the Human Rights Council, and that she believes it fairly and objectively reflects the situation in Sri Lanka. Bachelet said this week that a newspaper article quoting a senior Sri Lankan official “seriously misrepresents” her discussion of the recent UN Human Rights Office report on Sri Lanka with a Government delegation attending the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 20. Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghavan says he was misquoted by some local newspapers on comments he made with regards to the meeting between the Sri Lankan Government delegation and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet in Geneva last week.The Governor said that his comments made to the media had been particularly misquoted by some English newspapers resulting in the High Commissioner’s office issuing a clarification. read more


Boart Longyear to debut advanced MDR700 mobile drill rig at DrillFest 2015

first_imgBoart Longyear will debut the new MDR700 and showcase a range of other innovative drilling products at DrillFest 2015 this week in Western Australia. “Now more than ever, companies are increasing their focus on reducing costs and creating efficiencies in order to drive productivity and safety on the mine site,” said Mark Dogan, Boart Longyear’s Sales Director for Australia. “Innovations and technological developments in drill rigs and drilling products are increasingly being seen as the way forward.”Boart Longyear’s product experts will be on hand during DrillFest 2015 to showcase a wide range of innovative drilling solutions, including:MDR700 Mobile Drill Rig: The MDR700 combines Boart Longyear’s best underground coring technology with advanced mobility, enhanced automation and engineered safety controls. The powerful MDR700’s wide drilling angles reduce rig moves, and quick-and-easy setup enhances ease of operation and maintenanceReverse Circulation (RC) Rods: Boart Longyear’s RC rods are manufactured from high-grade, quality steel, which ensures less wear and longer lifetime, straighter holes and easier assembling of inner rods in outer tubes. Drill rods are available with Metzke-type, Remet-type and Matrix-type threadsBLH™ DTH Hammer Series: Boart Longyear’s BLH™ down-the-hole-hammer and bit line are designed to increase productivity in RC and conventional drilling. The series can be used for geotechnical drilling, quarrying, water well, geothermal and mineral exploration. BLH5 DTH hammers and bits will be on display at DrillFest 2015DrillFest 2015 is held at Perth’s Ascot Raceway from October 21 to 22.last_img read more


Google Mobiles Twitter account says that Gingerbread is baked

first_imgAlthough it’s not slated to be as drastic an update as Froyo, Android version 2.3 aka Gingerbread is still worth getting excited about, if only because it is rumored to bring the first humble tweaks to the Android operating system making it appropriate for tablets… therefore closing the lead between Android and iOS.When will Gingerbread go live, though? It’s still unknown, but there have been a lot of hints lately that Android’s release might be imminent: Adobe unofficially confirmed that it was coming soon, and the HTC Nexus One is supposed to get an OTA update to Gingerbread in the next few day, according to rumors.Even so, this is the first we’ve heard official confirmation from Google that Gingerbread’s almost done: a recent Twitpic post sent from Google Mobile’s official Twitter account shows a tray full of Android-shaped gingerbread men being pulled from the oven.Coy, but if that’s not an official announcement that Gingerbread is baked, I don’t know what is! Prepare your handsets.Read more at Twitpiclast_img read more


International Rugby Action this weekend – Bahamas vs TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for you Related Items:bahamas, rugby, Tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Apr 2015 – This weekend it is The Bahamas vs the home team, Turks and Caicos in Rugby at the Meridian Field. The main event is at 4pm this Saturday, April 18 but there is planned an exhibition match featuring the ladies at 3pm and the juniors will play at half time. Admission to the field is free. last_img read more


Update from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 24, 2017 – Providenciales – Following the instances of crime in the last week in the Grace Bay and Leeward areas, including the shooting of a visitor the Islands, the RT&CIPF have increased the visible policing in these areas and others areas of Providenciales.   The increase in Policing is to provide reassurance to the local community, those visiting the Island and those who work here.The recent crimes that have caused harm and concern are unacceptable and condemned by the Police Force. Work is continuing to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.   Overnight a person has been arrested for robbery and another person is in custody for an offence of burglary. These arrests are not connected to the shooting of the visitor to the Island in the early hours of Friday morning but reflect the hard work that the officers of the RT&CIPF are undertaking to keep their community safe.With regards to the shooting of the visitor, the victim remains in a serious condition and his family are being supported by officers from the Serious Crime Team of the RT&CIPF.Acting Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting said this morning;   “The shooting of the visitor to the Turks and Caicos Islands is condemned and my team are working tirelessly to identity those responsible and bring them to Justice.   I know this incident will cause concern in the community.    The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have increased their visible presence in the areas of Grace Bay but also in other areas of the Islands. However, my officers need the support of the community.We need information as to who is carrying out these crimes and causing such harm to those who live, work and visit the Islands.   We also need people to tell us about anything or anyone suspicious, if you see something tell us so we can check it out.   We need our communities’ eyes and ears to help us keep the Islands safe. I have spoken to partners within the Tourist Industry this morning and we are committed to working together to keep people safe.I would ask that people remain alert and vigilant but not alarmed. Sensible precautions should be taken when walking around the Island late in the evening. These include walking together in groups and where possible not carrying more valuables than you need to and making use of safes and security measures where possible.I would be grateful for the public’s support and patience if they are delayed at all through the increase in policing. If you are concerned, speak to my officers, they are here to serve, support and assist you. My officers are working hard to keep you safe and we will use all available tools and tactics to prevent offences and bring those who seek to commit crime to justice. ”Press Release: RTCIPF#TCIpoliceupdates Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#TCIpoliceupdateslast_img read more