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Six killed in Meghalaya landslides

first_imgFresh landslides kill 5 in Bangladesh The death toll rose to five with the recovery of two more bodies in a rain-hit landslide in Ri-Bhoi district today, while a child was killed in a separate landslide in Meghalaya.While three persons were killed in the landslide at Umiam industrial area yesterday, bodies of two missing women were found this afternoon, SP Ramesh Singh said.All the five persons belonged to two families, he said.Nine injured persons were admitted to hospital.He said the incident took place at around 5 a.m. when the people were asleep inside the makeshift quarters of a sawmill at the Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation area.In another landslide at Mawjrong in East Khasi Hills district one child was killed yesterday, a delayed report said. The parents of the victim escaped with minor injuries, police said.The incessant rain in the past 48 hours have triggered several landslides in the state causing extensive damage in several roads.Also Readlast_img read more

Cannes 2016: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan paints the French Riviera red in a Naeem Khan outfit

first_imgIn a startling contrast to her shimmery-yet-subtle golden outfit that she chose for her first appearance at the 2016 edition of Cannes Film Festival, Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s second outfit at the festival made it a point to smear the French Riviera in hues of red.Dressed in a red floor-length gown by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan, the former Miss World looked every inch her usual elegant self as she graciously posed for the press that was in attendance to celebrate her 15 years at the festival. The actress looked stunning in a red Naeem Khan number. Photo: APAlso Read:  Aishwarya turns on Goddess Mode at Cannes red carpet in her 15th year Staying loyal to her duties of being the brand ambassador of beauty giant L’Oreal Paris, Aishwarya sported a fiery red shade of lipstick that blended seamlessly with her gorgeous outfit. She decided to complete her look with a fiery shade of red lipstick. Photo: APHaving established herself as a Cannes veteran, Aishwarya is celebrating her 15th year at the festival–a milestone that the L’Oreal Paris team celebrated by cutting a cake and by presenting the gorgeous actress with a bouquet of red roses.Also Read: Cannes 2016: Blake Lively, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan add a dash of magic on day 3 While Aishwarya’s association with L’Oreal and Cannes is a big-enough reason for celebration–things only get better with the festival all set to  premiere her upcoming Bollywood movie, Sarbjit.last_img read more

Michigan QB Shea Patterson Makes NFL Draft Decision

first_imgShea Patterson of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass while playing the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 38-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson announced his plans to return to the Wolverines for the 2019 college football season. According to several reports earlier in the month, Patterson was undecided about his future, but appeared to be leaning towards entering the draft.Clearly something changed his mind. Patterson spoke with Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News and revealed why he made the decision to return to the Wolverines.He said the loss to Ohio State had a significant impact on his decision:“I’ve been thinking about it for the past month, ever since after that game. I just thought to myself there’s no way in hell I’m leaving this place on that note. Regardless of a draft grade, whatever the case may be, I would never end my career with an opportunity to come back with a loss to that team. That’s the one thing that has ignited me. I think one of the biggest things that impacted me coming back – one of them – was that last game in Columbus.”You can read Patterson’s full interview here.This is huge news for a Wolverines program that was very close to the College Football Playoff this season. Patterson’s return, and the loss of Urban Meyer for Ohio State might finally give Michigan the upper hand it needs.[Detroit News]last_img read more

Virat Kohli will be India’s best-ever captain if he keeps learning: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgVirat Kohli will be India’s best-ever captain if he keeps learning: Sunil Gavaskar4th Test, Day 4, Brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178), Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71), Australia trail India by 386 runs. Sunil Gavaskar and Michael Clarke felt Virat Kohli has out-captained Tim Paine in the India-Australia series.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri New DelhiJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 6, 2019 08:06 IST Virat Kohli took over Team India’s captaincy in Test cricket in 2014. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTS4th Test Day 3, brief scores: Australia 236/6, trail India (622 for 7 declared) by 386 runs. Marcus Harris (79), Kuldeep (3 for 71)Steve Waugh said the fact that his players want to play for him, makes Virat Kohli a strong captainMichael Clarke and Sunil Gavaskar felt Virat Kohli has shown his growth as a captain in India-Australia series4th Test, Day 4: (Full scorecard)Brief Scores:India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178)Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71)Rain washes out first session.Australia trail India by 386 runsSunil Gavaskar was impressed with the growth Virat Kohli has shown as the captain of Team India over the last year and believes that he will be the best-ever captain Indian cricket has had in terms of results if he continues in the same vein.Kohli’s captaincy has been under scanner ever since India began touring overseas under him for Test series early last year.Kohli’s aggression, his team selections and on-field decisions have been a constant point of debate but what he has shown in Australia, he has managed to impress one of his critics in Gavaskar.”As a captain I still have my little concerns but I think now what has happened, he [Virat Kohli] is a fast learner, and we have seen that in this series. If we keeps learning, he is going to be the best-ever [captain] that India has had, in terms of results and in terms of getting the players to perform at the highest level,” Gavaskar told Sony Sports on Sunday.Kohli’s captaincy was particularly praised by Michael Clarke on Saturday due to the way he set up Marnus Labuschagne’s wicket. His field change for that very Mohammed Shami delivery got them the wicket when vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane took a sharp catch.It’s actually quite refreshing to not see him the leading run-scorer and still getting India in positions to win games of cricket- Michael ClarkeKohli has also impressed one and all with the way he has rotated his bowlers and the attacking intent he has shown in his field placements throughout.advertisementClarke firmly believes that Kohli has out-captained Tim Paine in this series and felt his captaincy has been the “shining light” in this series rather than his batting that usually dominated the headlines.”At the moment India has won the battle on the field in regards to the two teams and Virat Kohli has won that captaincy battle against Tim Paine. I think this has been a really good series for him tactically. Individually I think he hasn’t scored as many runs as he would like. I mean he has got one hundred in this series, which in my opinion was probably the best hundred he has scored in his career so far, and he has batted beautifully.”But it’s actually quite refreshing to not see him the leading run-scorer and still getting India in positions to win games of cricket. Everyone knows how good a batsman he is, this Test series I think he has been the shining light in regards to his captaincy rather than batting which is I think a good change for Virat Kohli and it shows how he continues to grow,” Clarke told Sony Sports.Clarke felt a captain is judged by how he gets the best out of his players. For Kohli, he felt that losses have taught him a lot and the fact that he remembers those losses, it pumps him up to win and do better.”It’s wins and losses that go against your record as captain so you judge partially on that but I think what you’re judged on is getting the best out of your players. That’s why it’s hard to compare, I think you need to see the team a captain has. Right now Australia is not good enough to be the No.1 team in the world and so, you can’t expect Tim Paine to get Australia to that but I think you can expect Australia to perform better than No.6 in the world. Virat Kohli and this Indian team might think they are good enough to be the No.1 team in the world and they’ve got higher expectations. So that’s Virat’s challenge – to be winning majority of the games.”Sometimes, the tough times and the losses, I have no doubt that Virat remembers the losses he has had in Australia and that’s why he seems so excited and so pumped up and making sure when he has got his foot on Australia’s throat, he is not letting them off. The way they kept batting in this innings – ‘let’s make 600, not 400 nah, I have been in the field, I have watched Australia make 500-600 so I have gone through that pain. Now it’s our chance, now we are on top so let’s make the most of that,” Clarke said.advertisementKOHLI’S STRENGTH AS A CAPTAIN Sunil Gavaskar said Virat Kohli is the undoubted leader of Team India. (AP Photo)Gavaskar opined that Kohli’s strength as a captain is that he is the outright leader of the team and one that leads from the front.”The fact that he’s the leader of this team [Virat Kohli’s strength as a captain] and there are no two ways about that. Tactically like Michael Clarke said, he has got the better of Tim Paine but Paine has got a team in transition may be with the banned duo of Smith and Warner not there.”Having said that I feel some of the tactical moves Virat has made has been faultless in this series, not so much in South Africa, not so much in England. But over here certainly I think he has led from the front and he has shown everybody not just his team but the opposition, who’s the boss,” Gavaskar said.Australian great Steve Waugh felt that Kohli has players who want to play for him and that shows that he is a very strong leader.”He [Kohli] likes the big occasions like Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Vivian Richards and Javed Miandad, all the great batsmen. They all want the big occasion and that brings out the best of their cricket.”He leads the way with the players following, they want to battle for him and they want to play for him as a captain. That’s a big thing to have as a captain – the guys are playing for you and playing for the country. So, he is a really strong leader,” Waugh said in a video shown by the broadcasters.KOHLI’S AGGRESSION Michael Clarke said Virat Kohli has been an aggressive cricketer since his U-19 days. (Reuters Photo)Gavaskar spoke about Kohli’s aggression and said “to each his own”. He felt Kohli does it because it works for him but if it doesn’t work for the others, it’s not necessary to follow the captain exactly.”Well if you look at the team, nobody actually does that [aggressive moves], he is probably the only one. May be the bowlers when they get a wicket, they show a little more emotion but not too many.”When they won in Melbourne, everyone was excited because at that stage, it was clear they couldn’t lose the series, they have a very good chance of winning the series because of what had happened in South Africa and England, when they had lost the series, by winning at Melbourne it was certain they couldn’t lose the series and there was a little bit of excitement there but to each his own.”Whatever works for every individual to pump himself up. He likes to pump himself up with that show of aggression, may be for others it doesn’t. It doesn’t have to be that everybody in the team is following what the captain is doing in terms of showing that emotion, you work according to what works for you. By no stretch of imagination it means you’re less passionate if you’re not emotional. I mean you can have a look at the Tendulkar, Dravids and Dhonis, I mean if anybody tells me they were not competitive – they were not demonstrative but oh God, they were very competitive.”advertisementClarke, on the other hand, said that Kohli has always been like that and aggression is a”A lot of people don’t like his aggression and his style but Virat’s been like that from day 1. I mean you look at Virat playing U-19 cricket for India, he was exactly the same. So he hasn’t changed, he hasn’t just become captain and said like ‘okay I’m going to be this aggressive intent cricketer’. He has been that from day 1, he has backed that. You see that when he bats, when he fields, when he gets a wicket, when somebody else scores a hundred. He is in the front in the change room, standing, applauding and pumping his fists. So, that’s his style and it’s working.”Also Read | Virat Kohli is still a work in progress as captain: VVS Laxman to India TodayAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s special gesture for Pink Test wins Glenn McGrath’s heartFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow Michael ClarkeFollow Steve Waughlast_img read more

OOCL Christens Final 20413 TEU Boxship

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-based container shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has christened OOCL Indonesia, a 21,413 TEU boxship newbuilding.The christening ceremony was held at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard on Geoje island on January 17.The ship, which has a length of 399.87 meters and a width of 58.8 meters, is the sixth and the last in a series of the company’s six 21,000+ TEU class ultra large container vessels (ULCVs).OOCL Indonesia will begin its maiden voyage this month and join its five sister vessels on OOCL’s Asia-North Europe Loop 1 (LL1) trade lane. In a 77-day round trip, its port rotation is: Shanghai / Ningbo / Xiamen / Yantian / Singapore / via Suez Canal / Felixstowe / Rotterdam / Gdansk / Wilhelmshaven / Felixstowe / via Suez Canal / Singapore / Yantian / Shanghai.On the occasion of the christening ceremony, Andy Tung, Chief Executive of OOCL, said: “The flexibility provided in our newbuilding program is one of the crucial elements to how we can better manage our fleet and operations in such a dynamic and challenging industry.”Tung further said that the celebration also marked a “wonderful start” to the new year in 2018 as the industry is seeing a much healthier global economic environment not seen in many years since the 2009 financial crisis, and that various governments around the world are continuing to fuel the growth momentum with policy agendas to boost trade and economic cooperation.“In addition to China’s leadership in the One Belt One Road Initiative to help bring markets closer together and opening new opportunities for trade, another policy agenda closer to home is the signing of the Hong Kong-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement just last November,” Tung added.“Once ratified, the new FTA arrangements will not only open opportunities for trade growth, but also facilitate more effective and efficient trade links through the elimination of import duties and streamlining of regulations that would inevitably help improve supply chain flow over the long run. In our industry, speed is of essence and we are very excited to see these kinds of policy directions pushing forward,” Tung pointed out.last_img read more

Mise à jour sur les précipitations dans le sudouest de la NouvelleÉcosse

first_imgLes états d’urgence locaux ont été étendus à des régions de Barrington, Yarmouth et Argyle en raison d’inondations et de dommages causés par la tempête. La région a reçu plus de 200 millimètres de pluie au cours des derniers jours. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences signale des dommages à des ponts et des routes fermées dans ces régions, incitant des évacuations. « Les autorités continuent de surveiller la situation et font leur possible pour assurer la sécurité des résidents, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Je sais que les résidents se joindront à moi afin de remercier les autorités pour leur travail et leurs efforts inlassables. » La Croix-Rouge a ouvert des centres de bien-être au Club des Audacieux, à Quinan dans la Municipalité du district d’Argyle, et à la caserne de pompiers de Lake Vaughn, à Tusket dans le comté de Yarmouth. Environ 120 familles ont été évacuées de leur maison en raison des inondations et les autorités locales sont prêtes à évacuer encore plus de gens, au besoin. Nova Scotia Power, le ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure et les représentants régionaux de la gestion des urgences continuent de surveiller étroitement le barrage du lac Vaughn, le barrage Carleton et le barrage Gardner Mills alors que les niveaux d’eau continuent d’augmenter. Les plus récentes prévisions d’Environnement Canada indiquent que la pluie a cessé ou cessera bientôt dans les régions touchées de la province. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences de la Nouvelle-Écosse travaille en étroite collaboration avec les municipalités afin de s’assurer que tout appui provincial nécessaire est offert rapidement et efficacement.last_img read more

Delhi court allows Robert Vadra to travel abroad

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday allowed Robert Vadra, accused in a money laundering case, to travel abroad for six weeks for health reasons.Special Judge Arvind Kumar allowed him to travel to the US and the Netherlands and directed him to submit his travel schedule. It also imposed various conditions on him. The court, however, did not allow Vadra, brother-in law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, to go to United Kingdom (UK).During the arguments, Vadra’s counsel KTS Tulsi told the court that Vadra will not go to the UK, as per his earlier prayer, “in view of objections raised by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) regarding his UK visit”. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCSolicitor General Tushar Mehta and advocate Nitesh Rana, appearing for the ED, had opposed Vadra’s plea in which he had sought permission to travel to the UK and other countries citing health reasons. The agency had expressed apprehension that the accused may destroy the evidence if allowed to go to UK. Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering in purchase of a property in London at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. In its order, the court directed Vadra to submit the address of his stay abroad, along with his contact numbers, to the court before his departure. The court also directed him to furnish a bank guarantee for Rs 25 lakh, and inform the court about his arrival in India within 24 hours. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”He shall not tamper with the evidence nor try to influence any witness in any manner and shall not use the permission granted to him contrary to the rules. The applicant shall join the investigation within 72 hours of so informed by the investigating officer (IO),” the court said. Vadra had told the court that as per Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, he has a “small tumour in the large intestine for the further management of which he can take a second opinion in London if he wishes so”. ED had opposed the application, saying the medical condition was merely a pretext to go where laundered money is parked.last_img read more

Quebec barber praised for getting on floor to cut hair of young

first_imgROUYN NORANDA, Que. – The photo shows a bearded, tattooed barber lying on his side on the floor, using a pair of clippers to trim the hair of the young boy lying facedown beside him.Francis “Franz” Jacob says it’s just part of a day’s work, but the barber from Rouyn-Noranda, Que. has become an unlikely celebrity after the boy’s mother posted the photo online to thank him for going out of his way to accommodate her son Wyatt, who has autism.Jacob owns an old-fashioned barber shop that specializes in 1920 to 1950’s-style punk and rockabilly haircuts, but he says he’s also developed a connection with special needs clients like Wyatt.“Each time I’m doing Wyatt’s hair, he’s always going on the ground, moving around, sitting on his mom’s lap, standing beside the chair,” said Jacob, 45.“That’s why I have a wireless clipper now, because at first I had to follow Wyatt around and plug my clipper into (different outlets).”Jacob opened his salon two years ago in the mining city some 600 kilometres northwest of Montreal.Wyatt was his first client with autism, but since meeting him he’s taken on others.“Each one has different needs and reactions, so each time it’s about adjusting to the client,” he said.He also occasionally cuts hair for clients who are terminally ill.The boy’s mother, Fauve Lafreniere, told CBC News that haircuts are a challenge for Wyatt because he moves a lot and can be hypersensitive to touch.She said she posted the picture online in the hopes others would follow Jacob’s example in finding “other ways to approach differences.”Jacob says he’s received countless messages and phone calls since the photo began to make its way around the Internet.Since most of the photos taken at his shop are of slick rock-style haircuts, he’s glad people are getting to see another side of what he does.“In this case you can see the extra mile that the barber is doing,” he said.“I don’t mind going on the floor, I don’t see any difference between musicians or an autistic kid, it’s the same extra mile.”– with files from Morgan Lowrie in Montreal.last_img read more

Naughty Boy And Naughty Bob Join PETA Campaign

first_imgHot on the heels of his Brit Award nomination, comes a new collaboration from chart-topping sound creator Naughty Boy: a brand-new PETA campaign that shows the Hotel Cabana producer reclining with his beloved cat, Naughty Bob, in his lap above the words “It’s Naughty Not to Neuter.”Naughty Boy’s PETA Ad“There’s no excuse for not neutering,” Naughty Boy says. “Animal shelters are severely crowded with dogs and cats, and that will continue as long as too many puppies and kittens are being born. We can fix the problem by ‘fixing’ our dogs and cats.”Why are Naughty Boy and PETA so fixated on getting animals fixed? One unspayed female cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 cats in just seven years, and an unneutered male can help create limitless litters of kittens. Every year in the UK, many thousands of unwanted animals are left at crowded animal shelters, where many must be put to death. The less fortunate ones will never make it to a shelter – they will be forced to fend for themselves in all weather extremes, lose battles with traffic and disease and have no constant food source. Fixing cats and dogs is also an easy way to ensure healthier, happier animals. Spaying females eliminates stressful heat periods and the risk of developing uterine infections, and it greatly reduces the risk of developing mammary cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight and prevents testicular cancer.Naughty Boy, also known as Shahid Khan, has worked with numerous musicians, including Chipmunk, Wiley, Leona Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, Cheryl Cole and Emeli Sandé. Hotel Cabana is his debut album, and its first single, “La La La,” featuring Sam Smith, reached the top of the UK’s music charts.Naughty Boy joins a growing list of musicians and producers – including Jay Sean, Waka Flocka Flame, Mark Ronson, Simon Cowell, Joss Stone, Paul McCartney and Morrissey – who have teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals.For more information, please visit read more

Polisario Leader Pictured With Israeli Minister ProPalestine Claims Fall Apart

Rabat – Brahim Ghali, the leader of the Polisario Front, has been pictured in conversation with an Israeli minister.The Times of Israel’s French edition reported that the Israeli Minister of Communications, Ayoub Kara, met with Ghali on Wednesday in Ecuador during the the investiture ceremony of Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno.The Likud party minister was photographed talking to the president of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (RASD). The picture stands in total contrast with the Polisario’s claims of being pro-Palestinians.The separatist group, along with Algeria, its main sponsor and ally, has long proclaimed themselves as supporting Palestine.Algerian pro-state media have constantly accused Morocco of establishing links with Israel even though the Rabat cut diplomatic relations with Tel Aviv in 2000 during the second Intifada.Ghali’s picture with the high Israeli official refute former the group’s claims of holding anti-Israel stances.Polisario has long sought to instrumentalize the Palestinian cause by using a similar flag and presenting itself as a “liberation movement.” read more

At Paralympics top UN official highlights rights of people with disabilities

“The Paralympics are a powerful example of what can be achieved when everyone is given the opportunity to participate and perform to their full potential,” said Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace.Last Thursday, he carried the Paralympic torch in downtown Vancouver and the following day, together with Philipp Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), opened the Olympic Truce Wall.The traditional age-old truce urges warring parties to lay down their arms as the Olympic Games’ ancient Greek founders did some 2,700 years ago.Last week, he also addressed students at a Model UN Conference in Vancouver on the importance of the Paralympic movement in advancing the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Canada ratified the day before the Paralympic Games kicked off on 10 March.The Convention, which entered into force in May 2008 and has so far been endorsed by 144 countries, is the culmination of years of global efforts to ensure that the rights of the world’s estimated 650 million persons with disabilities are guaranteed and protected.It asserts the rights to education, health, work, adequate living conditions, freedom of movement, freedom from exploitation and equal recognition before the law for persons with disabilities. 16 March 2010The Paralympic Games currently under way in Vancouver, Canada, highlight the contribution sport can make in promoting the inclusion and well-being of people with disabilities, a senior United Nations official said today. read more

German carmaker Volkswagens beats market expectations as sales rise 26 per cent

by News Staff Posted Apr 26, 2012 9:58 am MDT German carmaker Volkswagen’s beats market expectations as sales rise 26 per cent AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FRANKFURT – Sharply higher sales in the United States and a stronger foothold in Russia helped German carmaker Volkswagen AG beat market expectations for its first-quarter profits.Net profit rose to €3.19 billion ($4.2 billion) from €1.71 billion in the same period the year before, the company said Thursday. Earnings were boosted by a much bigger profit on financial items that reflected the revaluing of share options related to the company’s attempt to fully integrate sports car maker Porsche and its hedging against currency fluctuations.Operating earnings — which exclude such financial complexities — rose 10 per cent to €3.2 billion, ahead of market analysts’ expectations for €2.6 billion. Revenues were up 26 per cent to €47.33 billion on the year.Volkswagen’s luxury brand Audi saw stronger sales of its A6, A7 Sportback and A8 models, which contributed to an increase in the division’s operating earning of 26 per cent to €1.4 billion. Volkswagen’s brands include mass-market nameplates SEAT and Skoda as well as luxury businesses Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini as well as commercial vehicle makers Scania and MAN.Volkswagen shares shot higher, trading up 6.2 per cent at €122.70.The carmaker’s business boomed in a stronger United States economy, where sales rose 34 per cent, and in Russia, where sales climbed 77 per cent to 66,000 vehicles.CEO Martin Winterkorn confirmed the company’s bullish outlook for rising sales in 2012 despite the uncertainties stemming from Europe’s persistent sovereign debt crisis. “The results show that we are on the right road,” he said in a statement.The company’s financial results swung from a loss of €0.7 billion last year to a plus of €1.1 billion, lifted by the value of currency hedging instruments, the Porsche options and Chinese joint ventures.Volkswagen is trying to complete a merger with Porsche but integrating the sports car maker has been held up by legal issues. Share options held as part of the deal have meanwhile continued to affect the companies finances as their value is restated. Options worth €8.409 billion at the end of the year were revalued to €8.990 billion, the company said. read more

Back to school How mature students can fund continuing education

Back to school: How mature students can fund continuing education VANCOUVER – When Kear Porttris decided to pursue a university degree in 2010, he had to contend with responsibilities that don’t cross the minds of many freshman straight out of high school, including paying his mortgage and feeding his daughter.Mature students who return to education have much more complex financial lives, experts say, and determining how to pay thousands of dollars in tuition, books and other expenses can be tricky. But with proper planning, a university degree can offer a good return on investment.Money coach Melanie Buffel, who returned to complete her MBA as a single mom more than 20 years after finishing her last degree, says adults must plan carefully before returning to school as a mature student.“There’s a lot of homework,” says Buffel, who works with Money Coaches Canada.She suggests prospective students should first add up all the costs of school, including easily overlooked items such as additional childcare and transportation.With a clear picture of how much money is needed, the next step is to determine whether to work full-time, part-time or not at all during their studies.Continuing to work can be good for more than just a paycheque, she says.Some employers will help fund continuing studies — usually so long as the worker remains with the company for a set period of time after graduation — and may continue to provide various health and life insurance benefits.After estimating how much they’ll earn while in school, she says, students can determine other sources that can be tapped to make up for any shortfall.Porttris, now a 32-year-old master’s student at the University of Victoria, says he applied for student loans and took a reduced course load at first so he could still work part time.He has since learned it’s key to apply for scholarships and grants, including some specifically designated for older students.Adding a couple thousand dollars that way during an academic year can mean spending fewer hours at a job, he says.“You can work less and focus on the more important things,” he says, such as studying or spending time with family.Once a mature student is enrolled, they can take advantage of tuition tax credits to reduce their tax burden, says Buffel. Depending on their situation, they can transfer some of that credit to a spouse or save it for future years when they may be earning more money.One of the most important considerations for prospective students is determining whether their new degree will boost their future earning potential enough to overcome the up-front cost of heading back to school, says Buffel.Henry Coll, 42, worked as a delivery truck driver when his wife encouraged him to return to school.He now has a undergraduate degree under his belt and is pursuing his master’s in applied sciences at the University of Victoria.He says he doesn’t expect to get a job as soon as he is done his graduate studies that will “magically pay for everything,” but believes he’ll still be better off than when he was driving trucks.“It’ll take time, but I will be on top.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2017 8:52 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Money coach Melanie Buffel, who returned to school to complete her MBA as a single mom more than 20 years after finishing her last degree, poses for a photograph in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday August 16, 2017. Mature students who return to education have much more complex financial lives, experts say, and determining how to pay thousands of dollars in tuition, books and other expenses can be tricky. But with proper planning, a university degree can offer a good return on investment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck read more

Rail firm threatens legal action against passenger who mocked their poor service

first_img“Why? Turns out they haven’t got one. I’m struggling to find the right word to describe the depths of ineptitude being encountered here.”Head of customer experience at Arriva, Barry Lloyd said: “Mr Fletcher remains a valued member of our Passenger Panel and we will continue to work closely with him and Google to resolve the matter.” A train company has threatened to sue a member of the public after he set up a parody Facebook account to mock the firm’s frequently late-running trains.Arriva Trains Wales warned Steven Fletcher he could face legal action over the account called ‘Arriva Trains Fails – Wales’.The page, which was set up in 2014,  pointed out late-running trains and other mistakes, and has amassed more than 4,000 likes.Fletcher is a member of Arriva’s Passenger Panel,  a “consumer forum that represents the demographic of customers that use our network”.The panel’s profile page describes Fletcher as a “regular commuter on the Cardiff Valley network” who “urrently runs a website with more than 3500 active train-using members, from a variety of different backgrounds, showing his keen interest in helping improve train services.”He has been proactive and enthusiastic when providing us with information to improve our service”.However, Arriva bosses were left red-faced after a simple Google search for their company returned Fletcher’s logo rather than their own, and has threatened him with legal action if he doesn’t remove it.Mr Fletcher, of Cardiff, posted from the parody account page: “So, the #Logogate latest:”I’ve politely told ATW that I won’t be removing the below image as I don’t feel it infringes their trademark for Arriva Trains Wales. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Drive through Newlands Cross Major roadworks begin from tonight

first_imgThe flyover’s due to be completed in May of next year, and is being constructed in a number of phases.The upgrade will mean the removal of the last set of traffic lights on the motorway, and significantly reduce travel times for motorists using the N7.Read: Tolls could be lifted at the East Link, but council bosses say they should stay IF YOU HAPPEN to be one of the 80,000 or so drivers who pass through Dublin’s Newlands Cross junction every day, you’d be best advised to leave extra time for your journey over the next few weeks.A new flyover’s being constructed to ease traffic on what’s currently a major bottleneck on the N7 — as part of that process lanes are being shifted on the existing junction, and drivers are being told to expect delays as that’s carried out.From 9pm this evening, mainline traffic heading out of the city from the M50/Red Cow will be shifted to the left onto three newly constructed temporary lanes. That’s being done so lanes heading the other direction can also be shifted in the coming weeks, making space for the flyover to be built.The National Roads Authority says commuters can expect longer wait times at the junction both eastbound and westbound for the moment:This anticipated traffic delay is expected due to the extension/widening of the interchange at Newlands Cross, as a result, requiring more time at the traffic lights to allow for traffic to turn onto and off of Fonthill and Belgard Roads.It therefore requires longer waiting times at the traffic lights affecting the mainline traffic heading to and from Dublin.last_img read more

Eric Bristow sacked by Sky Sports for suggesting sex abuse victims not

first_img 53,733 Views 92 Comments The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Shane Costello Eric Bristow sacked by Sky Sports for suggesting sex abuse victims not ‘proper men’ The former world champion will no longer be used as a pundit by the British broadcaster. Disgusted with Eric Bristows remarks tonight #stoneagementality— Steve Walters (@steven_walters4) November 28, 2016 Share135 Tweet Email Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 12:01 PM Source: Source: morning, Sky Sports announced they have ended Bristow’s role as a pundit with the station ahead of the 2017 PDC World Darts Championship, which is set to be broadcast next month.“He was a contributor to our darts coverage in the past but we will not be using him in the future,” said a Sky spokesperson. Bristow was made a MBE in 1989. Source: EMPICS SportSince former Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward waived his anonymity and publicly spoke out at the abuse he suffered at the hands of his former youth coach, convicted sex offender Barry Bennell, more than 20 former players have come forward with further allegations in the game in the UK.Five police forces are now investigating claims of historical sexual abuse.Another former Crewe player, Steve Walters, who also revealed this month that he was abused by Bennell as a child, said he was “disgusted” with Bristow’s comments. Updated 12.00FORMER DARTS WORLD champion Eric Bristow has been dropped by Sky Sports after sending a series of controversial tweets about the recent sexual abuse scandal that has rocked football.The five-time world champion, who was made an MBE in 1989, queried why the players did not “sort out” their abusers “when they got older and fitter”.The 59-year-old also claimed that darts players were “tough guys” while footballers were “wimps”. Source: Source: Source: Follow us: Bohemians launch investigation over Roddy Collins’ claims he reported paedophile at clubFootball coach at the centre of abuse scandal hospitalised with ‘fear for welfare’ Nov 29th 2016, 12:01 PM Source: Steve Walters/Twitter Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Report Manchester United agree terms with £53m star

first_imgManchester United have reportedly agreed on personal terms with Juventus’ Alex Sandro for a move this summer, claims 101GreatGoalsThe Red Devils are in the market for a new left-back following Luke Shaw’s disappointing spell at Old Trafford.The England international is expected to leave United this summer after falling out of favour with head coach Jose Mourinho, who had instead opted to use Ashley Young in Shaw’s favoured left-back position last season.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…But now the Portuguese coach is keen to sign a specialist left-back for next season and has listed Sandro as an ideal replacement for Shaw.The 27-year-old has established himself as one the best in the world in that position in recent years at Juventus and would make a good fit to Mourinho’s playing style at United.But Juventus are demanding £53m for their highly-rated Brazilian, which may prove to be a major stumbling block for United – despite having already agreed on personal terms with Sandro.last_img read more

Washington Poll Liquor initiative leads road tolls measure too close to call

first_imgA state ballot initiative that would privatize liquor sales leads by a significant margin in the new statewide Washington Poll, but one on project-specific road tolls is too close to call.The poll also indicated that in the 2012 governor’s race, Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican, leads Rep. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, by 6 percentage points among all voters and by 16 among independents. In the presidential race, Barack Obama is far ahead of Republican rivals.If Initiative 1183 is passed in the Nov. 8 election, state liquor stores would be closed and assets auctioned off. Private parties would be licensed to sell and distribute liquor, set license fees, regulate licenses and change regulation of wine distribution. In the poll, 50 percent of voters favored the initiative; 43 percent opposed it.Initiative 1125 would prohibit use of motor vehicle fund revenues and vehicle toll revenues for non-transportational purposes. It would also require the Legislature to set road and bridge tolls and make them project specific.The survey showed voters evenly divided: 41.4 percent in favor of the measure, 40 percent against, with 19 percent undecided.Almost 45 percent of voters favored McKenna in next year’s gubernatorial race while almost 38 percent favored Inslee. In the presidential race, voters said they would favor Obama over former Gov. Mitt Romney, 50 percent to 41 percent, and would favor Obama over Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 54 percent to 41 percent.last_img read more

Saving early for college tuition

first_img Beth Cooper helped her 9-year-old son, Jace, open his own bank account, where he stashes half his $4-a-week allowance. He was thrilled when the balance reached $100.“Mom,” he said, “surely I can pay for college now.”If only.The price of tuition, even at state schools, has been rising faster than middle-class families’ earnings. According to a recent report by the student loan company Sallie Mae, families draw on grants, scholarships, paychecks and savings, but still end up borrowing heavily for college. The price tag is so daunting that half of families don’t save for their children’s college at all.Who can blame them? They’re wary of the stock market after the 2007 financial crash, but interest rates on CDs and savings accounts are almost nil. And even the investment that was supposed to be a sure thing — Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition plan — gets called into question every legislative session.“For us, bills have to get paid first,” said Ridgefield resident Rebecca Stapper, mother of two. “It’s very difficult to save for college when you’re lucky if you get 1 percent in a savings account.”Tuition at state universities, on the other hand, has risen between 6.6 percent and 19 percent a year over the past decade, according to the state actuary. Attending the University of Washington will cost an estimated $27,587 next academic year, a figure that includes tuition, fees, room and board, and all associated expenses. Click image to enlargelast_img read more

Anchorage detectives 30year career started with fleeing Communism

first_imgA longtime Anchorage homicide detective, Slawomir Markiewicz, recently retired after three decades on the force. As detective sergeant of the Anchorage Police Department’s homicide unit, Markowitz was a familiar face and voice in news stories about Anchorage murders.Now-retired Sgt. Markowitz spoke to Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove.Retired Anchorage homicide detective, Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz (Anchorage Police Department photo)Grove: If you don’t mind, I know it’s an interesting story, can you tell me how you got to the U.S., and how you ended up in Alaska?Markiewicz: So I’m originally from Poland, and when I was growing up in Poland, actually, my dad was a police officer and that was kind of my dream at the time, that’s what I thought I would do. But then when I went to high school, became a teenager, became more aware of the Communist system in which I was living, and basically in the Communist Bloc, I realized that that I would never want to work for the communist government. There were demonstrations, that was martial law. A lot of people were immigrating. People were leaving Poland escaping the Communist repression by the thousands and then tens of thousands. So myself and my wife we were able to get on a trip to Rome to see the pope, and we went to Italy and we never came back. Once in Italy, we asked for political asylum, we were put in a refugee camp near Rome and then we got immigration visas and we came here in 1985. The way we ended up in Alaska was that we had some friends here who were sponsoring us, so they were our sponsors and they basically picked us up at the airport and took care of us while we were still, you know, learning how to function here. The day when we arrived here was actually one of the happiest days in our life.Grove: So you said that your dad had been a cop and is that sort of the driving force to getting here and realizing that dream?Markiewicz: Maybe one word about my dad, that he was just a street cop walking his beat. Certainly, it was the communist government, but he was keeping the peace and protecting citizens. But, yes, when I came here, I had an engineering degree and I had friends that went to work to like for the oil industry. I, kind of, from the beginning started looking into getting into law enforcement and when an opportunity arose I took the tests for APD in 1987, and I passed them and eventually I was hired.Grove: When did you start deciding you wanted to pursue being a homicide detective?Markiewicz: As it happens in life, there are, sometimes it’s just a coincidence or opportunity or doing the right thing at the right time. I was in detectives, actually, was approached by the sergeant and asked if I wanted to come to the homicide unit. At that time, I had two small children, and my wife sometimes had to travel on business, so I just didn’t see that as a possibility, because how could I go out in the middle of the night to go investigate a homicide if there are two little kids at home and there’s no no one else to take care of them? So I had to wait, and then the opportunity arouse my when my kids were 12 years old. There was an opening for the sergeant position in the homicide unit. At that time, I was already a sergeant, and I got the position and that was in 2005 and I remained there until my retirement.Grove: What do you think is the biggest misconception that people have, about the job that you had for such a long time?Markiewicz: I think the challenge that we saw and other detectives saw, and the misconception, is seen like in the jury room, sometimes maybe the jurors expected too much. Not all of them, but there was a time when everyone believed in DNA magic, if there is DNA, you know, you have the case solved. If there’s no DNA, you know, you can’t prove it. But it’s not as easy as that, you know, 90 percent of the time it’s good detective work. It’s not actually the technology or the crime scene that you see on TV, a lot of times, that solves it. It’s actually hard work, talking to people, interviews, looking for inconsistencies. Sometimes you get like “golden nuggets,” we call them, some nice pieces of evidence that will make the case stronger. But it’s still the detective that puts it all together. I imagine you’re not going to miss getting woken up in the middle of the night to go to a crime scene, but is there anything about it that you are going to miss you think? I have always been proud of working for APD. It’s been an honor and privilege to be a member of APD and I will just miss being around so many talented and smart people, and I will miss serving the wonderful people of Anchorage.last_img read more