Ambedkar’s statue vandalised in Ambala

first_imgUnidentified miscreants have vandalised a statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in Dadupur village near Barara, around 30 km from here, the police said on Sunday. The incident took place on Saturday night and came to notice on Sunday morning when a villager reported the matter to the police, they said. Deputy Superintendent of Police Sudhir Taneja reached the spot and tried to pacify villagers angered by the incident, officers said. The DSP assured the villagers that the police would nab the accused soon. A few months ago, unidentified miscreants had damaged Ambedkar’s statue in Kalpi village, also close to Barara. A case was registered in the fresh incident, the officers added.last_img read more

Like mother, like daughter: Kaitlin wins SEA Games gold, repeats mom’s feat

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “That’s where she won gold medals in the States,” said the proud mother. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Kaitlin de Guzman of the Philippines competes in uneven bars category of women’s artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Malaysia Trade and Exhibition Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Cintamoni dela Cruz-De Guzman knew her daughter Kaitlin had what it takes to become a champion when the latter was just four.A former preschool teacher who often towed Kaitlin to her class, the ex-Southeast Asian Games gold medalist said she marveled at the ease with which Kaitlin performed gymnastics stunts.ADVERTISEMENT Perlas rebounds, routs Myanmar by 90 points Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ READ: Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal“She can do straight cartwheels. One time she made a pull-up in a bar and hold, and I never taught anything her yet at that point. I was like, ‘you want to take up gymnastics?’” recalled Cintamoni.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNow her daughter, at 17, is a newly minted SEA Games uneven bar champion right on her first try. It was the same event Cintamoni scored gold back in 1995 and bronze in 1997.Cintamoni dela Cruz-De Guzman and gold medalist daughter Kaitlin. Photo from Marc ReyesThe De Guzmans relocated to Rockwall, Texas, when Kaitlin was eight and there, she continued her training and eventually competed with Metroplex Gymnastics. “She knows that she’s good at it and it’s a means to an end,” said Cintamoni who bared that Kaitlin is committed to University of Oklahoma for her athletic scholarship.READ: Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA GamesCintamoni, who is now project director for Infinite Bounds Gymnastics, said her elder son took up swimming and it was Kaitlin who dabbled in gymnastics.“She also took up dancing and swimming,” said Cintamoni. “It was only last April when we learned that she can compete for the Philippines.”Kaitlin is entered in beam and floor events. Of the three events Kaitlin is competing in, Cintamoni said her daughters favorite is the beam.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

IPL Live: Chennai Super Kings vs Pune Warriors India- CSK win by 25 runs

first_imgChennai opener Michael Hussey scored 61 and then Albie Morkel scalped three wickets as Chennai beat Pune by 25 runs during their IPL match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai, on Monday. Score | PhotosChennai batsmen were slow starters, but the bowlers were not as Albie Morkel struck in the third over of the match to send back opener Mohnish Mishra when the Pune score was 19. A short of length ball from him took the inside edge of Mishra’s bat and crashed into his stumps on 9.Then a round the wicket ball from Chennai offie R Ashwin saw big-hitter Kiwi Jesse Ryder depart in the fifth over of the innings 15 runs against his initials. Pune were 27/2 at the stage.Pandey too could not survive for long became a victim to Albie Morkel’s pace. A fiery ball from Morkel took the inside edge of Pandey’s bat and crashed into his stumps when he was batting on 12. And Pune fell to 40/3.The change of pace seemed to be working well for Chennai bowlers as after paceman Morkel had finished with his job in the fifth over, offie R Ashwin got another head to roll. And he clean bowled Robin Uthappa on a duck to reduce Pune to 40/4.Ultimately it was left for Pune skipper Yuvraj Singh and Ranji Trophy veteran Mithun Manhas to come to the rescue. The two batted with confidence to salvage the Pune innings which was in tatters earlier.But the two had put 38 runs for the fifth wicket when Doug Bollinger broke their stand in the 13th over by scalping Manhas on 20 when the team total was 78.advertisementCaptain Yuvraj Singh tried hard to bail the team out from doledrums, but after putting 34 runs on the board he too was shown the door as Chennai bowlers went for the kill and the fielders stopped every run that came their way.In the penultimate over of the innings, Yuvraj holed out off Albie Morkel and Shadab Jakati took a diving catch in the extra cover region and the Pune captain was walking back with the team total reading 109. The same over also saw Rahul Sharma walk back run out and things were gradually getting tougher for Pune.Soon it was all over for the visitors with Pune going down by 25 runs. They could manage just manage 117/9 in 20 oversChennai innings Michael Hussey scored 61 to help Chennai post 142/6 on board against Pune in this 29th IPL match. Pune captain Yuvraj Singh won the toss and elected to field. And Chennai got off to a rather shaky start with opener Murali Vijay surviving two run outs in two balls in the second over. Gradually the two openers Vijay and Michael Hussey settled down and upped the tempo a bit.But just when the two decided to increase the run rate a notch higher, Chennai lost a wicket. An Alfonso Thomas bouncer that climbed on to Vijay took the top edge of his bat to settle in the safe hands of Nathan McCullum at mid-wicket on 64/1 in 9.2 overs. Vijay scored 31.There was another reason to cheer for the Pune team as next man in the middle Suresh Raina walked back as soon as he came with Thomas scalping him on last ball of the 10th over to reduce Chennai to 66/2.Post those dismissals, Chennai skipper MS Dhoni and opener Michael Hussey batted, but their batting lacked the momentum needed to put up a challenging total on board. In 15 overs Chennai were 99/2 – an average of 6.60 per over.At death, more wickets fell with skipper Dhoni going down to a Rahul Sharma ball in the 17th over and Aussie Michael Hussey falling to Jerome Taylor on 61 on the first ball of the 18th over. Albie Morkel to departed in the same over when the team total was 123/5.Finally, a late charge by S Badrinath and Srikkanth Anirudha helped Chennai post 142/6 on board. Anirudha was the last wicket to fall from the Chennai camp. He fell on the last ball of the innings to a Taylor delivery that was easily caught by keeper Robin Uthappa. Taylor finished with 3-30 on board.last_img read more

AIFF to Review India U-19 Team’s Performance in AFC Championships Qualifiers

first_imgNew Delhi: Taking a serious note of India U-19 football team’s disappointing showing in the AFC Championships qualifiers, the national federation on Saturday decided to review the performance of the Floyd Pinto-coached side.Pinto has been asked by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to meet national team director Abhishek Yadav, technical director Isac Doru and senior side head coach Igor Stimac for a review meeting. India had lost all their group matches of the recently-concluded AFC U-19 Championships Qualifiers — 0-2 against Uzbekistan, 0-4 against defending champions Saudi Arabia and 0-3 against Afghanistan.The team had gone into the tournament with hopes of making into the main round after winning the OFC Youth Development Tournament and SAFF U-18 Championship. A lot of money were also spent to send the team for exposure trips to Serbia, Russia, Croatia and Turkey.”We are very concerned about the performance of the U-19 team and I have asked Pinto to meet Abhishek, Isac Doru and even Igor Stimac for a detailed review of what went wrong in the AFC Championships qualifiers performance,” AIFF general secretary Kushal Das told PTI.”The players have been doing well generally but the results (in the AFC U-19 Championships Qualifiers) were strange. We know Saudi Arabia are the defending champions and Uzbekistan have been doing well recently but still we should have produced a much better performance and we are definitely concerned about the performance of the team,” he added.The 0-3 loss to Afghanistan was the one the AIFF was not able to digest.”That was a horrible match,” Das said.He said the video footages of India’s matches will be analysed and the technical committee of the AIFF will also be asked to give its inputs.”It is not an inquiry, it is just a review. On the basis of this review, we will see what can be done and what steps can be taken. On the inputs given by these experts, we will see whether we can have a different approach to the game or change the playing style, like that.”Asked if the coach’s position may be on the line, he said, “No, as of now it will be a detailed analysis of the performance of the team. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. afcAFC Championships QualifiersaiffIndia U-19 team First Published: November 16, 2019, 6:24 PM ISTlast_img read more

Canberra clinch WNBL championship with rain of three-pointers

first_imgThe University of Canberra Capitals have secured their eighth WNBL championship, defeating Adelaide Lightning 93-73 in game three of the grand final series. Steve Kerr ejected as Warriors’ winning streak ends at hands of Blazers With captain Kelsey Griffin (29 points, 15 rebounds) leading from the front, the Capitals completed a 2-1 series win on Saturday evening at AIS Arena for their first title since the 2009-10 season.A two-time WNBL champion and grand final MVP winner with the Bendigo Spirit, Griffin claimed both honours for a third time after averaging 25 points and 16 rebounds over the series.The minor premiers shook off the disappointment of Wednesday’s controversial finish to game two, won 74-73 by Adelaide, to blow out the visitors after a tight opening half.Canberra’s long-range assault (14 three-pointers at 60 per cent accuracy) proved too much for the Lightning to handle with all five starters scoring in double figures.Adelaide reserves Colleen Planeta (15) and Aimie Clydesdale (14) stepped up, with star import Nia Coffey restricted to four points in 16 minutes after getting in early foul trouble.But the visitors could not keep up with Canberra as they fell short of a dream finish to an impressive second half of the season.The Lightning made an ideal start to the championship decider by jumping out to a seven-point lead, but Canberra’s outside shooting came to the fore, sinking five-of-seven three-point attempts to lead 25-24 after one quarter.Adelaide suffered a blow when Coffey picked up her third foul early in the second quarter but Planeta tallied 12 points for the half.The home side went into the main break ahead 49-45 and outscored Adelaide 18-7 to open the third stanza, triples from Griffin, Kia Nurse (twice) and Leilani Mitchell extending the lead to 15 points.Adelaide stayed in the contest by holding Canberra scoreless for a four-minute stretch, but Kelly Wilson and Mitchell combined for seven points to close the quarter with a 74-62 advantage.Canberra went for the kill early in the final quarter with Marianna Tolo joining Griffin to push the lead beyond Adelaide’s reach. Read more Share via Email Share on Pinterest Australia sport Share on Facebook Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share on Messenger Topics Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content news Basketball Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Modric reveals Spurs regret amid Real struggles

first_imgLuka Modrić Modric reveals Tottenham regret amid Real Madrid struggles Chris Burton 16:47 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luka Modric Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur Primera División Premier League The Croatian midfielder admits he is still disappointed at having failed to land a trophy at Spurs before departing for Spain in the summer of 2012 Luka Modric has revealed that “one regret” from his time at Tottenham still bugs him, despite having left for Real Madrid back in 2012.The Croatia international spent four years with Spurs before heading to Spain, during which he made over 150 appearances and established himself as one of the finest playmakers in world football.He was, however, to depart with no tangible reward to show for his efforts, and that still rankles the 32-year-old. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Modric told FourFourTwo on his time at White Hart Lane, which ended rather acrimoniously as he forced through a move elsewhere: “My one regret is that I didn’t win a trophy with Tottenham, despite us being a strong team who played good, attractive football.“I’m sorry for the way I left. I wish we had parted in a nicer way. I hope fans understand that I followed my dreams.“My emotions when I think about the time I spent at Spurs are always really positive. Tottenham is the club that first gave me my opportunity to play in one of the strongest leagues in the world.“I had a fantastic relationship with the people at the club, and also the fans. The whole atmosphere in and around the club at that time was brilliant, and our results were mostly very good.“We played in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, against Real Madrid, and in a League Cup final too.“Do I still follow their results? Yes, when I have time.“I always enjoy watching Tottenham’s games and I really like what the club has become over the last few seasons.“They play the kind of enjoyable and attacking football that I like to see, and I definitely think Spurs could win the Premier League title in the near future – they’ve got excellent players.”While Modric is keeping half an eye on events at Tottenham, his priority at present is to help Real rediscover their spark.Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 01132018The La Liga and Champions League double winners from 2016-17 have endured a humbling fall from grace this term, although there is a confidence within the camp that they can turn things around.“The results haven’t been what we expected,” Modric said on the struggles of the Spanish giants. “But this is football. Last season things went well, this season we have played quite well but it wasn’t always enough.”I have no doubt that it is a temporary crisis and that we will achieve our goals from here to the end of the season.”We are aiming to defend the titles we won last season, and I know it won’t be easy, but I will always trust in our quality.”last_img read more

Health Ministry to Review Integrated Vector Management Programme

first_img He was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 7. Story Highlights “This will occur during the course of this year and the review will look at rightsizing the number of permanent employees in each parish… and… at equipment upgrade and maintenance of equipment,” Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said. The Ministry of Health and Wellness is to undertake a comprehensive review of the Integrated Vector Management Programme, including methods aimed at mobilising public support, so that citizens can more effectively play their part. The Ministry of Health and Wellness is to undertake a comprehensive review of the Integrated Vector Management Programme, including methods aimed at mobilising public support, so that citizens can more effectively play their part.“This will occur during the course of this year and the review will look at rightsizing the number of permanent employees in each parish… and… at equipment upgrade and maintenance of equipment,” Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said.He was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 7.The review is also expected to improve the protocols for triggering alerts and outbreak management when necessary.Another important component of the review is the extent to which Jamaicans breach the actual law in facilitating breeding sites that create a nuisance to persons.Dr. Tufton noted that last year, 2,948 citations were served for prosecution under the Public Health Act.For 2018, vector workers inspected 374,530 premises in 2,819 communities, and 60,867 or 16 per cent of the premises were found to be positive as breeding sites for the Aedes mosquito.In addition, the Ministry inspected 759,529 containers, and 89,987 or 12 per cent were found to be positive as breeding sites for the mosquito. The acceptable World Health Organisation (WHO) limit for breeding sites is less than five per cent.last_img read more

Military seeks further restrictions of airspace near station

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The U.S. military is seeking to expand restricted airspace around Alaska’s Clear Air Force Station.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Sunday that the U.S. Missile Defence Agency’s plans for a new Long Range Discrimination Radar include a proposal to increase restrictions beyond those of the existing radar facility north of Healy.Public meetings to inform pilots and others about the proposed changes are scheduled this week in Anchorage, Anderson and Fairbanks.Officials say the agency already prohibits airplanes from flying in the immediate vicinity of the station about 112 miles (180 kilometres) southwest of Fairbanks.Officials say additional restricted airspace is needed at Clear to protect aircraft from a high-intensity radiated field from the new system.Owner and pilot groups say they are evaluating the proposal.___Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.comThe Associated Press read more

WatchWe will all lose Trudeau goes off script in China speech warns

“In this new era, we refuse to get left behind; instead we have chosen to lead. We know there are significant disruptions around the world, in our workplaces, within our borders in our countries.”Canada and China are still working towards starting formal free talks, a task that has been given to International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, who stayed behind in Beijing where Trudeau held meetings earlier in the week.Trudeau’s meetings in Beijing with China’s top leadership failed to move Canada-China free talks forward from a long round of exploratory talks to the start of formal negotiations. But both countries say economic bonds are stronger than ever as Trudeau was warmly welcomed by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing.Trudeau had separate meetings and dinners with Xi and Li before jetting south, where he spent the first of two days glad-handing with business leaders from Fortune 500 companies.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech at the Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou, China, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press GUANGZHOU, China — The world is at a “pivot point” and will fail unless countries embrace free trade and elevate their citizens who have been left behind by globalization, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Wednesday.Trudeau delivered that dire, anti-protectionist message to a high-powered business audience at a major international conference in this bustling southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.Trudeau came to the Fortune Global Forum, a Davos-style gathering of the world’s business elite, to sell Canada as good place for foreign investment, but he went off script and delivered a stern warning about the dangers of allowing protectionism and inequality to flourish.Terence Corcoran: Trudeau can’t land a trade deal — because he’s no free traderPush to launch Canada, China free trade talks falls flat in Beijing“We are at a pivot point in the world right now, where we decide whether we work together in an open and confident way and succeed or whether we all falter separately and isolated,” he said.“As that anxiety spreads, people start to turn inwards. They start to close off. They start to get fearful,” he added. “If that continues to happen, make no mistake about it, we will all lose.”Trudeau didn’t mention the Donald Trump administration in Washington, but he’s already spoken out in China on the need to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from demise. He was delivering the message to a gathering of business leaders meeting under the banner of “Openness and Innovation: Shaping the Global Economy,” that brought together the chief executives from the world’s biggest companies.In his speech, he singled out China as kindred economic spirit, saying it is “well aligned” with Canada to fight for liberalized trade.We are at a pivot point in the world right now, where we decide whether we work together in an open and confident way and succeed or whether we all falter separately and isolatedPrime Minister Justin Trudeau Trudeau began Wednesday with a meeting of Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, who decried the forces of protectionism as like living in a “dark room.”Trudeau displayed a fond nostalgia for this city, which he visited 22 years ago he was a student backpacker. He told Wang the connections between this city and Canada run deep because many of the earliest Chinese immigrants came from this region.He returned to Shamian Island, a beautiful tree-lined garden oasis in the city, where families with young children, millennials, and many others strolled on the square cobblestone boulevard lined with green and pink foliage under a canopy of Banyan trees.Trudeau said he vividly remembered walking the streets of the picturesque neighbourhood, in what was once the city’s embassy district, during a visit with the Li Xi, the secretary of the Communist Party of Guangdong province, at an ornate yellow Spanish Colonial guesthouse with stained glass windows.Trudeau capped a whirlwind day by marking a much darker memory in the history of another city much closer to him: he took part in a candle lighting ceremony at the Canadian consulate to mark the 28th anniversary of the 1989 massacre at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, where a gunman killed 14 women. Trudeau renewed his friendship with billionaire Jack Ma, the founder of the Asian e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba, who praised the prime minister for a new policy that will speed the Canadian visa process for skilled workers.“It’s going to be huge news among the Chinese young people,” Ma told him.They have gathered at a 36-story luxury hotel that shoots through a dense haze overlooking the Pearl River, the grand waterway that winds through the busiest industrial concentration of companies on the planet — 70 million people in nine southern Chinese cities.Canada is no slouch either, the prime minister said.“We’re becoming the go-to economy for ambitious companies looking to take their business to the next level,” Trudeau said in his keynote address.He said Canada is becoming a world leader in artificial intelligence, robotics, and quantum computing. He said Canada is a stable and predictable destination for investment with a good banking system.The prime minister made it clear he wants Canada to move forward with the trade talks with China but said there needs to be an agreed framework that includes progressive elements such as gender, labour rights and the environment.“China and Canada share the belief that more openness and more collaboration is the right way forward. Closing our doors will only hurt our businesses, and our citizens,” Trudeau said.“The old model won’t cut it anymore.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is broadcast on a large screen as he delivers a speech at the Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou, China, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. read more

BC cracks down on condo flippers with new registry that gathers identity

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government says it has launched Canada’s first registry aimed at cracking down on pre-sale property flipping and tax evasion in B.C.’s real estate market.The Ministry of Finance says the Condo and Strata Assignment Integrity Register will improve fairness and transparency in property transactions.Finance Minister Carol James says in a news release that the register will take “real action to moderate the condo market,” and is already starting to see results in Metro Vancouver.Condo developers will be required to securely gather and report the identity and citizenship of anyone completing a contract assignment in a project. High Vancouver home prices fuelling an exodus of young professionals one official calls a ‘crisis’ Condo flipping was never the culprit behind Vancouver and Toronto’s home price spikes If you sell real estate, expect the taxman to take a close look in continued CRA crackdown A contract assignment occurs when a buyer sells, or “flips,” their purchase contract of a condo to another buyer, often at a higher price, before construction of the building is complete.Currently flipping can occur without any oversight and the province says the practice has been a factor in raising real estate prices while facilitating tax evasion when capital gains and other taxes are not applied.“For too long, speculators and tax evaders have been taking advantage of loopholes in our real estate market, driving up prices and shutting British Columbians out of the market,” James says in the news release.The finance ministry says it’s unknown how many pre-sale property flips occur each year because the transactions aren’t reported.Developers are now required to collect and record assignment information and file a report each quarter, with the first due April 30, covering the period from Jan. 1 to March 31, 2019.“The B.C. government will use this information to ensure that people who assign condos are paying the appropriate income tax, capital gains and property transfer tax,” the release says.The filing fee per assignment is $195, which the government says is a small fraction of the cost of flipping a condo unit.The register is one part of the New Democrat government’s 30-Point Housing Plan to address housing affordability. read more

Macerich adopts poison pill to block 16B bid from Simon that would

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Mall operator Macerich has rejected a $16 billion hostile bid from competitor Simon Property Group and adopted a “poison pill” defence to defend against a takeover.Simon Property Group Inc., already the nation’s largest mall operator, went hostile earlier this month after saying that Macerich refused to negotiate a deal that would combine two of the largest U.S. mall operators.Indianapolis-based Simon offered $91 per share in cash and stock for each Macerich share. The offer is valued at about $22.4 billion, counting Macerich debt.Macerich said Tuesday that Simon’s offer significantly undervalues the company and isn’t in the best interests of its shareholders. The company also said that it has concerns over Simon’s plan to sell some of its assets to fellow mall operator General Growth Properties Inc.Macerich said it thinks the partnership between Simon and General Growth Properties “raises serious antitrust concerns as it is a concerted effort by the two largest companies in the industry to acquire the No. 3 company.”Macerich said that it feels it needs to be proactive to protect shareholder value and prevent the accumulation of stock by any group that may want to force the sale of the company. Macerich said that its shareholder rights plan, which is often referred to as a “poison pill,” will expire at its 2016 annual shareholders meeting unless redeemed or otherwise exchanged.The company also announced that it was adopting a classified board structure, saying that it was only intended to protect shareholder value. The company said directors would be assigned to one of three classes and would each serve three-year terms. Macerich said the classified board structure isn’t intended to be permanent and that it is committed to reviewing the ongoing need for it in 2016.Simon Chairman and CEO David Simon said in a statement that the company was disappointed Macerich wouldn’t meet to talk about its proposal. He added that the company was confident Macerich shareholders would receive more value by combining with them than by being a stand-alone business.Simon is a real estate investment trust that operates more than 200 properties in the United States, with a heavy presence in Florida, Texas and California, among other states. It also runs shopping centres in Canada, Japan, Mexico and other countries.Macerich has 51 shopping centres in its portfolio, including locations in Chicago, the metro New York area and Washington, D.C. Its malls include Tysons Corner Center near Washington, D.C., and Queens Center in New York City.Shares of Macerich Co., based in Santa Monica, California, fell $2.91, or 3.1 per cent, to $91.98 in afternoon trading on Tuesday. Simon Property shares fell $1.37 to $185.70. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 17, 2015 6:43 am MDT Macerich adopts ‘poison pill’ to block $16B bid from Simon that would create mall behemoth FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2014 file photo, shoppers look for deals inside the Flatiron Crossing Mall, a Macerich property in Broomfield, Colo. Mall operator Macerich on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 rejected a $16 billion hostile bid from competitor Simon Property Group and adopted a “poison pill” defense to defend against a takeover. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) read more

Feds stick with July 2018 deadline to legalize pot despite provincial worries

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau speaks with the media following meetings with his provincial counterparts in Ottawa, Monday June 19, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is sticking with its deadline to legalize recreational marijuana by July 2018, despite provincial fears that there’s not enough time to address the legal, social and health challenges of ending Canada’s pot prohibition.The federal Liberals delivered that message Monday after Manitoba’s finance minister said he felt rushed by Ottawa’s tight timeline and asked for an extension.In making his argument, Cameron Friesen said the provinces are bearing the bulk of the work involved, as well as the “very real” costs needed to create a regulated cannabis market.The federal government introduced legislation in April, with a goal of legalizing and regulating the use of recreational marijuana by July 2018.With the countdown underway, Friesen insisted there were still many unanswered questions on issues like public safety, enforcement and finding legal supplies of marijuana.“We have one year on the clock to put all this in place,” Friesen said before a meeting in Ottawa with his federal and provincial counterparts to discuss, among other issues, how best to tax Canada’s forthcoming legal pot industry.“This is a very significant shift in how we’ll operate, and we need to have that adequate time to develop the tools that we will need as a province to be able to implement this the correct way.”Friesen said he had already raised the idea of an extension with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and would push the issue again. Later in the day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself essentially snuffed out the idea.“We gave everybody lots of time,” Trudeau said in Ottawa. “We’ve been working for a long time with all the provinces, with the municipalities… It’s time for us to move forward on this.”Morneau acknowledged after the meeting that several of the provinces said there’s still much work to be done.For provinces that aren’t ready in time for the “fixed date,” Morneau said, Ottawa will oversee a mail-order sales program. Consumers would be able to buy pot through a federally licensed producer and receive home delivery.The legalization date, however, appears to be non-negotiable.“We need to get a firm date out there,” he said. “We accept that there’s much work to be done, but we’ve started down that path… We believe that it’s entirely possible.”Morneau said the ministers agreed to the principle that pot taxation should stay low to ensure the regulated market squeezes out the illegal activity.The challenge will be identifying the sweet spot — where pot prices are high enough to cover government costs, but cheap enough to beat out the black market.Morneau added that they have yet to determine how tax revenues would be shared between provinces and the federal government.Provincial ministers have said they intend to push the feds to ensure they receive a share of pot-related tax revenue that fairly reflects the added costs provinces will have to assume on the road to legalization.After the meeting, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci said his province would be “ready” by July 2018.Prior to the meeting, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa insisted he had yet to consider how much pot-related revenue his province could bring in because he’s been more concerned about ensuring legalization is handled properly.“We’re going to be asking for fairness and flexibility, so that when there are some possible revenues that come from this that it’s properly shared,” Sousa said.His Quebec counterpart, Carlos Leitao, said the provinces should receive most of the tax revenue from legalized pot because they will “have to shoulder most of the costs of putting in place regulations.”The federal government has vowed to work with provinces on implementation and to commit more resources to needs such as public security, policing and educational campaigns. It has also argued that marijuana prohibition is very expensive and that legalization could significantly cut down on costs.Ottawa has not shared details about how much tax revenue could be generated by a recreational pot market, nor has it publicly discussed its potential benefits for the wider economy.But they have repeatedly said the primary goal is to get pot out of the hands of young Canadians and to cut off the criminal trade.In addition to cannabis, the finance ministers also focused on how to improve information sharing between jurisdictions as a way to address tax avoidance, tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist financing.They also spent time discussing the Canada-U.S. trade relationship and their respective experiences interacting with American officials, particularly anything related to upcoming NAFTA negotiations.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz also delivered a presentation for finance ministers Monday on the state of the economy.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with files from Mylene Crete by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2017 11:26 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Feds stick with July 2018 deadline to legalize pot despite provincial worries read more

Central Africa still burdened by multidimensional crisis Security Council told

“The crisis in the CAR continued to have regional and multidimensional consequences with almost half a million refugees; ongoing gross violations of human rights; growing gang-related criminality; and environmental degradation in refugee areas,” Abdoulaye Bathily said, briefing the Security Council about the situation for the first time since November 2014.In a Presidential Statement adopted during the same meeting, the Council echoed Mr. Bathily’s concerns, while welcoming the holding of the Bangui Forum for National Reconciliation from May 4 to11, which ended “with the signing of a number of key documents, including a Republican pact for peace, national reconciliation and reconstruction, as well as with an agreement on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR).In the Lake Chad Basin, “the dire humanitarian situation, resulting from attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram, continued to affect the population, including in Cameroon and Chad”, stressed Mr. Bathily, who also heads the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA).The Security Council Presidential Statement condemned the increase in attacks perpetrated by the terrorist group and expresses concern that its activities continue to have adverse humanitarian impact: along with the displacement of an estimated 74,000 Nigerians into neighbouring Cameroon, there are 96,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) within Cameroon, and in Chad almost 20,000 Nigerian refugees, 8,500 returnees and 14,500 IDPs. “Recent attacks by the terrorist group highlight the need for the affected States to remain vigilant and engaged”, the Special Representative warned.Further, over the past six months, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) also continued to pose a threat to regional security, particularly in CAR and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, noted UNOCA chief. In spite of ongoing efforts, the number of civilians abductions unfortunately increased, he said, adding that more than 200,000 persons still remain displaced across the region.Nonetheless, the surrender of senior LRA commander Dominic Ongwen in January 2015, and his subsequent transfer to the International Criminal Court, marks a significant step forward with regard to criminal justice, stated Mr. Bathily. “Ongwen’s removal from the battlefield sends a strong message to remaining LRA fighters and signifies that international efforts to combat the group are bearing fruit.”UNOCA, as well as UN political and peacekeeping missions in the region, were urged by the Council to enhance these efforts in support of the implementation of the United Nations Regional Strategy to Address the Threat and Impact of the Activities of the LRA.In coordination with the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), UNOCA also continued working to consolidate their activities in combatting maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, the Special Representative assured, as well as working on a sub-regional strategy to tackle the growing phenomenon of poaching in central Africa. read more

Strong bus market leaves coaches trailing in July

Bus and coach registrations rose 20.3% in July, taking 2014-to-date volumes up 5.4% to 7,943 units.July growth driven by 69.8% rise for purpose-built buses, while coaches dipped 27.4% in the month.Converted bus registrations were stable in the month, but volumes still 12% up in 2014-to-date. “July proved a good month for the bus and coach market, with registrations posting a 20.3% growth,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The strong showing was thanks to a 69.8% rise in purpose-built buses, which offset a 27.4% fall in coach registrations. The overall picture for buses and coaches remains positive, with the past 12 months showing a 14.5% growth.”UK bus and coach registrations: 2014 and % change on 2013 Click through to download the July 2014 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

You cant change facts Savita report with government next week

first_imgThey have two weeks to respond to it and if they want to respond, they need to do so by next Friday.The chairman said that he believed that “there are in the region of 30 people who are named in it” and that previous drafts had followed the same two-week protocol.When asked about whether previous drafts had resulted in amendments being made, he said: “I don’t know. You can’t change facts.”An earlier draft of the report by the Health Service Executive is believed to have said that Halappanavar’s blood infection had gone undiagnosed for days.Savita’s husband, Praveen, refused to cooperate with the HSE enquiry, believing that it should have been conducted in public and held independently.Read: Leaked Savita death report backs government’s decision to legislate – Rabbitte > AROUND 30 PEOPLE are believed to be mentioned in the final report into the death of Savita Halappanavar, which is to be delivered to government a week from today.The chairman of Regional Health Forum West, Councillor Pádraig Conneely, told that the final report was sent to “all the people named in the report or were on the investigating team” last week.last_img read more

Your weekend GAA round up

first_imgWhat was said here?That brief conversation between referee Cormac Reilly and Cork selector Ciaran O’Sullivan with free-taker Colm O’Neill also in shot. Source: James Crombie/INPHOPick it outMayo’s Cillian O’Connor holds off James Loughrey to kill the ball with a fine first touch before laying off to Alan Dillon. Source: Balls.ieCool as you likeAidan O’Shea showed great composure to step inside his marker and go around the goalkeeper for his goal on 67 minutes. Source: RTE playerMinorsDonegal booked their place in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship after edging Roscommon out at Markievicz Park. The Ulster champions were frustrated by the Rossies’ defensive tactics but earned a 0-10 to 1-5 victory.On Sunday, holders Mayo were convincing against Armagh with Brian Reape scoring 2-1 in their 3-13 to 0-9 to book a spot in the last four.Dublin face Cork and Kerry take on Kildare in the remaining two quarter-finals this afternoon.Ladies footballThe weekend’s GAA action isn’t over just yet. As well as two minor football quarter-finals, Monday see Donegal and Kerry meet in the All-Ireland Ladies SFC qualifiers before Cork take on Galway in the All-Ireland minor A football final.Fan of the weekendThis young Armagh supporter is some mover. Source: RTE playerComing up next…Football showdowns next Saturday. All Ulster battle between Donegal and Armagh at 4pm while Dublin face Monaghan at 6pm. Both in Croke Park. Then on Sunday, it’s hurling with Kilkenny and Limerick going head to head.How was the weekend for you?Kerry beat Galway to secure All-Ireland SFC semi-final spotMayo book All-Ireland MFC spot with storming second half Meath have never won their subsequent game after playing in a Leinster final in the qualifier era. #GAA— Pat Nolan (@pat_nolan) August 2, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Good causeDarran O’Sullivan tweeted this pic of the Kerry team supporting Donal Walsh LiveLife, a foundation dedicated to providing suicide prevention support in memory of the inspiration teenager, who passed away last year. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Source: Pat Nolan/Twitter How significant was Monaghan’s win?Here’s how much. It has been a long time coming but, 84 years after their last senior championships win at GAA HQ, they claimed another on Saturday. Grimley won’t talk to WoolyThere’s been plenty made of Armagh’s media ban and it doesn’t look like ending any time soon. Newstalk reporter Colm Parkinson looked to talk to winning manager Paul Grimley after Saturday’s game but he opted not to. Grimley also later turned down Sky Sports for an interview. NEED TO CATCH up on another super weekend of GAA? Look no further. Aidan O’Shea after scoring a goal for Mayo. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOTalking pointsGreat weekend for Ulster: Armagh and Monaghan got the better of Leinster opponents Meath and Kildare at Croke Park on Saturday meaning Ulster possesses three (Donegal, Armagh and Monaghan) of the six counties left in this year’s senior football championship along with Dublin, Kerry and Mayo. Monaghan earned a meeting with the All-Ireland champions by overcoming the Lilywhites after extra-time. Armagh, meanwhile, are pitted against Donegal. Kerry coast into last four: The Kingdom ended up comfortable winners over Galway with the help of man-of-the-match James O’Donoghue, who capped another impressive performance by chipping in with 1-5. Kerry against Mayo is going to be an interesting semi-final tie. Former Mayo coach Cian O’Neill is now involved with the Kerry back room team while ex-Kerry selector Donie Buckley is now involved with the Mayo back room team. Plenty of intrigue there.Mayo made to work hard: Last year’s beaten finalists, who reached their fourth consecutive semi-final, were not at their very best against Cork but just got over the line in an enthralling finish in which Aidan O’Shea and Brian Hurley scored goals in the space of a minute. Mayo could easily have been beaten after concdeding two soft goals and manager James Horan has work to do with his defence ahead of their semi-final against Kerry.Late controversy: Cork were trailing by two points when they won a free in a promising position with 72 minutes on the clock. Referee Cormac Reilly and Cork selector Ciaran O’Sullivan exchanged words before Colm O’Neill put the ball over the bar. The full-time whistle went seconds later and Reilly and the Cork players were irate with the man in black. Had he said there would be time for another play and should time-keeping be taken out of the referee’s hands?Meath’s appalling qualifier record continuesThis stat doesn’t make for good reading for Royals fans. Armagh look to DonegalArmagh certainly won’t fear playing Donegal next week given the historical advantage they’ve enjoyed over them. Armagh have triumphed against Donegal in the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Ulster senior football finals along with the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park. Armagh’s Aaron Findon and Aidan Forker celebrate after the final whistle. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO That’s Monaghan’s first senior championship victory in Croke Park since the 1930 All-Ireland semi-final— Fintan O’Toole (@fotoole13) August 2, 2014 Soaked ParkConditions at Croker on Saturday evening were far from ideal due to heavy rainfall: Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Conor McManus of Monaghan on his knees at full-time. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHORained offThe GAA was forced to cancel this year’s Poc Fada finals on Saturday after torrential rain at Annaverna Mountain, Ravensdale, Co. Louth. A new date for the event will be announced early next week. The Annaverna Mountains on Saturday. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOGoing soloThis wonderful effort from Galway midfielder Tom Flynn is one of the best individual goals we’ve seen at Croke Park this summer. Would he have been let run through the Kerry backline in the days before the black card? Source: RTE playerWatching from a land Down UnderFormer Kerry stars Tadhg Kennelly and Tommy Walsh were rewarded for tuning in to the match in the early hours from Oz. Source: Fintan O’Toole/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet  Lack of hunger?Joe Brolly was extremely critical of the Tribesmen after their defeat to Kerry, claiming they never believed they could win.“They’re not a serious team,” Brolly said. “They didn’t come with real ambition.They wanted it like the Rose of Tralee would like world peace. She’s not actually serious about world peace. They didn’t come here believing they would win the game.”Fair analysis or harsh comments?last_img read more

Déforestation les forêts du Congo surveillées par satellite

first_imgDéforestation : les forêts du Congo surveillées par satelliteAlors que la déforestation est à travers le monde responsable de 15 à 20% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre, les grands pays du bassin du Congo vont désormais pouvoir surveiller leurs forêts grâce à des photos satellites. Des images d’une très grande précision financées par l’Agence française de développement (AFD).L’AFD a en effet signé un partenariat avec Spot Image, une filiale d’Astrium, pour fournir aux pays du bassin du Congo des images satellites qui leur permettront de surveiller avec une extrême précision la santé de leurs forêts. Spot Image mettra à leur disposition les photos satellites actuelles, mais aussi celles des années précédentes, afin qu’elles puissent être comparées. À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airCes images “vont nous garantir un suivi de nos forêts”, souligne Jacqueline Madozein, l’une des responsables du ministère de l’Environnement de la République centrafricaine. Et Didier Rigal,  responsable du développement durable chez Spot Image, de préciser : “Les images satellites ont une résolution de 2,5 mètres, ce qui signifie que l’on peut voir un trou dans le couvert forestier de cette taille”. La marge de manoeuvre des responsables de coupes illégales s’en trouvera alors extrêmement réduite, et devrait l’être encore plus d’ici deux ans, avec le satellite Spot 6.Restent alors plusieurs problèmes de taille : la formation de techniciens capables de lire et interpréter les cartes, mais aussi le simple accès aux images. “Si la République démocratique du Congo est en train de s’équiper avec du haut débit, la République centrafricaine va pour l’instant fonctionner avec des DVD”, explique Denis Loyer, expert climatique à l’AFD. A plus long terme, la consultation des images devrait également être facilitée grâce à un projet de station de réception qui sera installée à Libreville, grâce au financement de la France et du gouvernement gabonais.Le 19 décembre 2010 à 18:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

ADzero le nouveau smartphone en bambou

first_imgADzero, le nouveau smartphone en bambouLes constructeurs se sont toujours efforcé de rester au top au niveau du design de leurs smartphones. Le tout, en essayant de rester dans la course du smartphone le plus fin ou le plus léger. Mais un étudiant fait mieux, en lançant le premier smartphone en bambou. Un étudiant anglais de la Middlesex University, Kieron-Scott Woodhouse, vient de lancer sa propre création: un smartphone… en bambou. Non vous ne rêvez pas, l’ADzero n’est pas un concept mais bien un téléphone. Il est fabriqué à partir de bambou, issu du développement durable. Ce dernier a ensuite été traité pour améliorer sa résistance. Son créateur a précisé avoir créé ce téléphone lorsqu’il n’était pas cours, car il trouvait que les téléphones se ressemblaient tous.Aucune information n’est donnée sur ses fonctionnalités, si ce n’est qu’il devrait embarquer Android, voire la version Ice Cream Sandwich, et une caméra au dos. Le nouvel appareil devrait même posséder un “anneau de lumière” permettant de rendre les photos prises par le téléphone encore plus lumineuses.Côté pratique, l’ADzero pèse deux fois moins lourd qu’un iPhone et possède même un écran plus grand.Kieron-Scott Woodhouse, toujours étudiant dans les programmes Conception de produits et Directeur de l’ingénierie de l’université, a déclaré “il peut sembler étrange d’utiliser du bambou pour un téléphone, mais en réalité, c’est un matériau extrêmement résistant et durable. En réalité, la qualité est parfaite pour ce genre d’utilisation”.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?À la base prévu pour le marché chinois, mais face à l’engouement, ce téléphone devrait tout de même débarquer dans son pays d’origine, le Royaume-Uni. Cependant, aucun prix n’a été annoncé. Le Telegraph précise que le mobile devrait arriver sur le marché cette année. Toutefois, ce smartphone devrait rester inédit, et ne sortir qu’en très petite quantité.Alors, à quand un iPhone ou un Galaxy en bambou ? Le 4 février 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

House fire destroys house in Big Pine Key

first_imgBIG PINE KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — Fierce flames tore through a house on Big Pine Key, Friday morning.The house, located around West Sandy Circle, near Journeys End Road, caught on fire at around 5:30 a.m.Six people who live in the house were able to get out safely.Officials declared the home a total loss. They believe the fire started in a garage or storage shed.The fire marshal is investigating the cause.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

New Owner to Restore Mountain Gazette to Former Glory

first_imgSummit Publishing, the owner of several outdoors publications, has acquired Mountain Gazette from Active Interest Media’s Skram Media unit. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Under Summit, Mountain Gazette will be a part of the Outdoor Adventure Network, a network of small publications brought together into one group to sell national advertising into regional publications. Summit also publishes Blue Ridge Outdoors, Elevation Outdoors and Breathe magazines. Mountain Gazette will continue to be edited by John Fayhee, Summit says, and will keep its other current staffers. “We are going to work hard to restore this publication to its former glory,” Summit president and owner Blake DeMaso wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “That means everything from edit, to look and feel, to advertising. Mountain Gazette is an incredible brand and publication and it really just needs some attention and the guidance of a company that specializes in regional publications.” Launched in 1966 as Skiers’ Gazette, Mountain Gazette was purchased by Skram Media in 2008. Skram, in turn, was acquired by Backpacker and Yoga Journal publisher Active Interest Media this summer. The deal was structured to allow AIM to manage Skram operations under an agreement to purchase the company in three years based on certain performance benchmarks.According to Skram Media founder and publisher Mark Crowther, the divestiture will help Skram to focus all of its efforts on the company’s other titles—Climbing and Urban Climber.The first issue of Mountain Gazette under Summit will be the September 2010 issue. The magazine will continue to be published monthly (45,000 circ) and be distributed in its home state of Colorado, as well as parts of Arizona, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.last_img read more