TVS Victor brings in flamboyant styling

first_imgMore than 80 per cent of the Indian motorcycle market is dominated by commuter motorcycles in the 100-110cc segment. So don’t balk at the fact that yet another 110cc motorcycle hits the already teeming market. It is after all, the bread and butter segment where TVS, until now, has had only two entrants.Consumers of this segment are looking for a dash of premium but what theyy’re really after is where TVS excels- Engines. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)Both the Star City + and Sport have raked in a lot for TVS, both in terms of sales and visibility in the segment. Moreover, TVS motorcycles have been known for their reliability and most importantly, fuel efficiency. Analogue-digital instrumentation highlights a big tachometer with readouts displayed on the LCD screen. (Photo: Pawan Dagia) But without a constantly updated product portfolio, there’s always the possibility of fading amongst the plethora of options available out there for the consumers.Enter the all-new TVS Victor. This was a brand name that worked wonders for TVS when it was launched back in 2002. Contemporary styling, Power and Eco ‘modes’ among other features saw it sell about 40,000 units a month at the time. It was eventually phased out in 2007 only to be reincarnated nearly a decade later.Series springs for the rear suspension offer versatility for ride and load bearing. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)Now, the new bike brings in flamboyant styling albeit picking up cues from its stable mates. For instance, the headlamp follows the design elements of the Sport’s unit. The fuel tank and rear sections closely resemble the ones on the Star City +.advertisement I’ve always found TVS to follow a conservative approach to sporty design and it works for them. Consumers of this segment are looking for a dash of premium but what they’re really after is also where TVS excels – the engine.Spacious seat offers comfortable room for both rider and pillion. (Photo: Pawan Dagia) A 3-valve Ecothrust engine resides within the single downtube frame. Apart from the healthy power and torque figures, it is the engineering that has gone into the motor that’s interesting. The focus here was to increase refinement levels which in turn would result in better riding comfort and reduced NVH. In went a silent cam-chain and spring loaded rocker arms to reduce tappet noise.Further, a cooling jacket has been incorporated in the combustion chamber which dissipates heat better, by channelling heat away from the intake valves. While the front suspension is telescopic, the rear suspension is a trick little unit. A stiffer spring has been integrated with a lower rate spring mounted above the former, to counter heavier pillion loads without compromising the ride quality. Hazard light switch can be mistaken for an engine kill switch. (Photo: Pawan Dagia) On the move, this setup comes across as slightly stiff and higher speeds amplified the stiffness, transferring jolts onto the arms and back.TVS claims to have built the Victor for family use and that’s evident from the roomy seats and the fact that the suspension was more pliant while riding two up. Furthermore, the engine packs enough grunt to even feel sporty. There’s ample power in the mid-range, running through gears on the well spaced 4-ratio gearbox.The new engine claims 76kmpl while still being sporty in nature. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)The reach to the handlebar is comfortable and so is the seating and peg positioning. Slow rush hour commutes aren’t going to leave you tired. The Victor is also agile and much of it is credited to the TVS Remora tyres that offer enough grip and confidence to carry speeds into flowing corners.We rode the disc brake equipped variant and it displayed excellent braking duties although devoid of brake feel at the lever.Disc brake offers good stopping power. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)VERDICTRider and pillion comfort, refinement and smoothness, engine and gearbox performance. (Photo: Pawan Dagia) TVS has put in a lot of effort in the new Victor and all of it comes across when astride it. The outstanding refinement levels of the engine, the enthusiastic performance and brilliant comfort levels for both the rider and pillion are all aiming at factors that really matter in this segment.Stiff ride quality when riding solo, conservative styling may age faster, may not stand out in a crowd. (Photo: Pawan Dagia) Better still, value-add features like alloy wheels are standard on the bike. Disc brakes, while optional, still result in a price tag that reflects better value than its closest rivals.advertisementlast_img read more

Imagination and lies, says Gianni Infantino of UEFA election link

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino has dismissed as “imagination and lies” any suggestion that he lobbied in favour of Aleksander Ceferin who was elected head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA this week.Ceferin, little-known outside his native Slovenia until three months ago, swept to a resounding win on Wednesday, picking up 42 of the 55 votes cast by UEFA’s member associations.The other 13 went to his only rival, experienced Dutch administrator Michael van Praag.”Mr Ceferin has said it as well, this is imagination and lies and I think the result speaks for itself,” former UEFA general secretary Infantino told reporters. (Also read: Slovenia’s Aleksander Ceferin elected as the new UEFA president)”It’s an insult to the intelligence of the 55 associations who go and vote…convinced by a programme.”In July, world soccer’s ruling body FIFA denied a report in the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant that Infantino was interfering in UEFA’s election. However, the allegations have continued to gather momentum and a report by the Norwegian website Josimar last week, which made similar claims, led to a brief spat between the two candidates. Van Praag said in a tweet that he was “shocked” to read the story and that UEFA was back to its old way of doing business.Ceferin, elected president of Slovenia’s football federation in 2011, replied that his rival was trying to pollute the campaign.Infantino said Wednesday’s voters were looking for a fresh approach from the replacement for Michel Platini who had governed UEFA since 2007 and been re-elected twice until he was banned by FIFA in October for ethics violations. advertisement”It was a very convincing success,” explained Infantino. “He has some very good ideas, he is a new face for many but he is a very competent person, head of a national association. (Also read: FIFA president Gianni Infantino cleared of wrongdoing in ethics probe)”I think the associations who voted have sent a clear message they wanted somebody new. This is the democracy, it was an important success because also with the numbers it gives him the legitimacy to do the reforms.”last_img read more

HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle launched in India, price starts at Rs 15,990

first_imgHTC launched its mid-level Desire-range phone, the Desire 10 Lifestyle in India on Thursday at a price of Rs 15,990. The Desire 10 Lifestyle was recently unveiled by HTC alongside another Desire phone, the Desire 10 Pro. The Desire 10 Lifestyle will be available for buying starting from September 30 exclusively on Amazon India.The Desire 10 Lifestyle is, in no way, related to the HTC 10. And yet, it has one thing in common. The phone is banking heavily on its looks and probably its feel as well, to help, HTC come out of its slump in profits. Its pricing is also clear indication that HTC is looking to change its game, ever so slightly, to get back into the game.”Today, our Desire line is about to make its biggest leap since the original Desire. Inspired by many of the same innovations that have made the flagship HTC 10 so popular, we’re bringing these innovations to the Desire 10 Lifestyle, making it the most brilliant Desire ever,” Faisal Siddiqui, president, South Asia, HTC said.The Desire 10 Lifestyle has an all plastic body with golden trims thrown in just to up that premium quotient. The phone is also flatter than HTC’s previous Desire phones and has a camera module that is, without a doubt, its most striking feature. The Desire 10 Lifestyle will be available in two colors: Stone Black and Polar White.The Lifestyle comes with a 5.5-inch 720p display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 2TB via mciroSD card. The phone sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with autofocus and LED flash and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. Just like the HTC 10, the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle supports 24-bit high-res audio.advertisementThe dualSIM phone runs Android Marshmallow and 4G LTE connectivity option. It is backed by a 2,700mAh battery.Also Read: HTC Desire 10 Pro & Lifestyle bank on premium looks and mid-level pricinglast_img read more

Former National champion boxer passes away

first_imgNew Delhi, May 16 (PTI) Former national champion boxer Dennis Swamy today passed away in Hyderabad after suffering a stroke. He was 74 and is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Swamy, who competed in the flyweight and bantamweight divisions, was an eight-time national champion, six of them back to back starting 1961. He never competed in the Olympics for India but went on to be conferred the Arjuna award in 1968. Swamy also served as a coach with the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh. “It is a huge loss for Indian boxing. Mr Swamy was king of the ring in his prime. He will be missed,” former World Cup bronze-medallist V Devarajan said expressing his condolences. Multiple world champions woman boxer MC Mary Kom also took to twitter to share her condolence message. “Its very sad to hear about the loss of Denis Swamy #Olympian and #Arjuna awardee, I express my sincere sympathy his family. RIP,” she wrote in her twitter handle. PTI PM SSC SSClast_img read more

Delhi to not get international game till 2020, BCCI’s rotation policy comes into play

first_imgBCCI’s rotation policy might do what Sri Lankan team’s complaints of poor air quality could not — keep international cricket away from Delhi at least till 2020.Delhi’s viability as an international sports venue has been called into question after Sri Lankan players complained of breathing problems due to smog and continued to wear anti-pollution masks in the ongoing third Test against India here.”BCCI is pitching for their exclusive home season slot in February-March every year. They will only get that slot in February-March 2020 as per the new Future Tours Programme (FTP). Therefore, Kotla may or may not be in line for a Test match before 2020,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.”As per the rotation policy, Kotla has now got its Test match and in November it got an ODI. Their turn will not come next year as India will perhaps have at the most one full-fledged series,” he said.”There are other venues waiting for their turn. Similarly in 2019, when the fresh Future Tours and Programme (FTP) starts, it will take some time for Kotla to get another game,” he added.The Sri Lankan grievance came close on the heels of the furore that preceded last month’s Delhi Half Marathon which took place despite high pollution levels and an appeal by the Indian Medical Association to cancel the event.The second day’s play in the ongoing match was halted for 26 minutes after Sri Lankans complained of breathing problems forcing Indian captain Virat Kohli to declare the innings at 536/7.advertisementThe Indian team, however, has taken the conditions in its stride with pacer Mohammed Shami casually stating that they are “used to suffering” and didn’t want to make a big deal out of it.The BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, during a media conference on Monday, admitted that scheduling Test matches in New Delhi during this time of the year will come up for discussion.However, another BCCI official observed that the Board will be relieved for the time being as Kotla has had its share of matches for the time being.”Now what will be the environmental condition in 2020 can’t be predicted in 2017. So if Kotla doesn’t get a match, it will be purely because of rotation,” the official said.On Tuesday, the Lankan players wore N95 masks, required to protect the lungs from the poor air quality that has plagued the national capital for years now.Pacer Suranga Lakmal had a rough time on the field after bowling three overs. Fielding at third man, he started throwing up on the ground and was taken off.In fact, groundsmen had to come out and put sand and sawdust on that particular area.Lakmal later came back and bowled a second spell and was quite impressive. He was one of the rare Lankan players not wearing a mask.The Indian players, however, did not need anti-pollution masks during the 135 odd overs they fielded on Monday.last_img read more

AAC Football’s Official Twitter Account Trolled Penn State

first_imgAmerican Athletic Conference twitter page trolls Penn State.American TweetPenn State made some news yesterday when it was revealed that the team literally buried the game tape of its 27-10 season-opening loss to Temple with a shovel. In the embarrassing defeat, the Nittany Lions surrendered 10 sacks. While Penn State was ready to let that game go, the American Athletic Conference, of which Temple is a member, wants to relish the memory of it . That’s why the AAC’s official football Twitter account dropped a solid troll job on Penn State this morning. Penn State may have buried the game tape, but you can watch all 10 @Temple_FB sacks from Sat on our YouTube page https://t.co/xkp5lidkzS— American Football (@American_FB) September 9, 2015That’s tremendous. This was Temple’s first win over PSU in over 70 years, and they set a conference sack record in the process. The AAC doesn’t have many opportunities to brag about its football accomplishments, so it is understandably proud of the Owls’ performance.last_img read more

Judge bars Trump from using 25B to build border wall

first_imgOakland: A federal judge on Friday prohibited President Donald Trump from tapping USD 2.5 billion in military funding to build high-priority segments of his prized border wall in California, Arizona and New Mexico. Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. in Oakland acted in two lawsuits filed by California and by activists who contended that the money transfer was unlawful and that building the wall would pose environmental threats. “All President Trump has succeeded in building is a constitutional crisis, threatening immediate harm to our state,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who led a 20-state coalition of attorneys general in one lawsuit. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ The decisions are in line with Gilliam’s ruling last month that blocked work from beginning on two of the highest-priority projects one spanning 46 miles (74 kilometers) in New Mexico and another covering 5 miles (8 kilometers) in Yuma, Arizona. But the fight is far from over. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to take up the same issue of using military money next week. At issue is President Donald Trump’s February declaration of a national emergency so that he could divert 6.7 billion from military and other sources to begin construction of the wall, which could have begun as early as Monday. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Trump declared the emergency after losing a fight with the Democratic-led House that led to a 35-day government shutdown. The president identified 3.6 billion from military construction funds, 2.5 billion from Defense Department counterdrug activities and 600 million from the Treasury Department’s asset forfeiture fund. The judge Friday didn’t rule on funding from the military construction and Treasury budgets. In the second suit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, the judge determined that the use of the 2.5 billion for two sectors of the wall was unlawful, although he rejected environmental arguments that wall construction would threaten species such as bighorn sheep.last_img read more

Some facts about automatic citizenship by birth around the world

first_imgOTTAWA – Countries with automatic citizenship by birth: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Lesotho, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.Examples of countries that have ended or modified automatic birthright citizenship in recent decades: Thailand (1972), Portugal (1981), United Kingdom (1983), Australia (1986), India (1987), Malta (1989), Ireland (2005), New Zealand (2006), Dominican Republic (2010).Countries with automatic birthright citizenship that have one or more explicit exceptions: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States.(Source: Minister of Citizenship and Immigration’s filing in the current Supreme Court case of Alexander Vavilov, who along with his brother Timothy was born in Canada to parents who were Russian spies)last_img read more

CANADIAN ACTRESS SHAY MITCHELL REVEALS SHE HAD A MISCARRIAGE IN 2018 WITH

first_imgAdvertisement Mitchell continued with a message about not understanding one’s struggles based on what they share on social media. “We all have to deal with various struggles and challenges in life,” she wrote. “And sometimes it’s easier to only showcase the good times on social media, which is what leads so many people to criticize it for its lack of authenticity.” Login/Register With: Shay Mitchell revealed on Instagram yesterday that she miscarried in 2018. While looking back at some of the biggest moments of her year on her Instagram story, the Pretty Little Liars alum opened up about one of her “darkest days” and shared an ultrasound photo of the baby she lost.“Lastly, although it was an amazing year, it didn’t come without some hardships,” the 31-year-old actress wrote. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

UN hands over refurbished ministry building to Liberian Government

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, the UN Deputy Envoy in Liberia, Jordan Ryan, said on Wednesday that the Ministry was “a crucial arm of government in consolidating peace and fostering development,” after the end of the country’s civil war.The UN provided $200,000, or nearly three-quarters of the cost, to rehabilitate the building.Meanwhile, the UN Envoy to Liberia, Ellen Margrethe Løj, called on the country’s parents to make some sacrifice to send their children to school.Presenting school and sporting supplies to residents in Brewerville, close to the capital Monrovia, Ms. Løj said: “I know it is sometimes difficult to send your children to school. You may need them around the house to help you with some household tasks, but you need to make a little sacrifice today. By doing so you are building a better future or your children and your country.”The supplies were donated by the Jordanian medical contingent serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). 2 May 2008The United Nations has handed over a newly-refurbished Ministry of Internal Affairs building to the Liberian Government, calling the hand-over a crucial step in the country’s post-war recovery. read more

Canadas clean tech revenue growth stalls in 2014 but employment in the

OTTAWA — A new report finds that revenues from Canada’s multibillion-dollar clean technology industry contracted slightly in 2014 after six consecutive years of growth that outpaced the rest of the economy.But the study by Analytica Advisors still determined that almost 800 clean tech companies directly employed more than 55,000 people in 2014, an increase of 11 per cent over the previous year.The numbers point to a Canadian sector that’s facing intense international competition from a flourishing global industry.Fossil fuels are no match for wind and solar as clean energy investment breaks recordsCleaner coal-burning technology causing financial problems, delays at Saskatchewan power plantNationally, clean tech revenues were pegged at $11.63 billion in 2014, down marginally from Canada’s $11.7 billion in 2013 — after climbing by eight per cent in each of the previous two years.Analytica president Celine Bak says Canada has lost 41 per cent of its global clean tech market share since 2005 as other countries have moved aggressively into the growing field.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will be on hand today when Bak formally releases the 2016 report, signalling the emphasis the Liberal government places on fostering home-grown clean tech growth.“This is not a consumer-focused industry, generally,” Bak said in an interview.“Both the public sector and industry are important buyers, where regulation and prices on externalities (such as carbon pollution levies) are key factors.”Bak convinced 107 public and private companies in 2015 to open their books to Analytica Advisors in order to benchmark themselves against others in the clean tech industry. The unique access provides research that’s attracted the attention of government.Canada’s clean tech companies invested $1.2 billion in research and development in 2014, a bigger share of R&D against revenues than the aerospace industry. For the first time in 2014, more than half the industry revenues — $6.6 billion, or 57 per cent — came from exports.The average clean tech company in Canada has 68 employees and 21 per cent of workers across the industry are under age 30. Twenty per cent are engineers.The Canadian industry’s top concern in financing. The heavy innovation spending has come at the expense of growth, and companies are having difficulty borrowing in order to scale up their operations.Bak noted that 70 per cent of clean tech firms are based in cities, yet municipalities find it difficult to buy from innovators because new start-ups don’t have deep enough balance sheets to provide long-term warranties. Private companies may be even more risk-averse buying their wares.“If we do business as usual, investment in infrastructure will not necessarily be a tide which (lifts) all boats”The clean tech industry should get a boost later this week when some 147 countries convene at the United Nations in New York to sign the Paris climate accord, signalling a global intention to decarbonize.Coupled with the Liberal government’s budget emphasis on green infrastructure, it’s a clean tech opportunity that needs to be carefully considered, said Bak.“If we do business as usual, investment in infrastructure will not necessarily be a tide which (lifts) all boats,” she said.Bak suggests the public sector act as a backstop for private-sector lending, as we do with home mortgages, to encourage more aggressive financing and growth.“We need to work on that and do so quickly, because the investments that are being made in infrastructure are important in the next few years and these should be opportunities for us to renew our economy and build some new companies.” read more

UN rights experts call on Bolivian authorities to safeguard protesters liberties

The five experts, attached to the UN Human Rights Commission, cited “allegations of excessive use of force by the army and the police in their ongoing law enforcement operations, as a result of which 50 persons, many of them belonging to indigenous communities, have died during the last few weeks and more than a hundred have been injured.”They urged Bolivian authorities “to ensure that law enforcement officials engaged in these operations carry out their duties in strict compliance with human rights standards.”Concerns have been expressed over the possibility that new confrontations could increase the number of civilian victims, the experts said.The UN World Food Programme (WFP), meanwhile, said because of the violent clashes between government troops and protesters, it had suspended operations distributing emergency food aid across the country, except for one region and the General Hospital, last Friday. It usually fed some 400,000 Bolivians, it said.WFP’s Christiane Berthiaume said in Geneva it was difficult and even dangerous to walk around the Bolivian capital, La Paz. Most people were staying at home and many schools and shops were closed. read more

Canfor to shut down sawmill in Quesnel BC due to lack of

Canfor to shut down sawmill in Quesnel, B.C., due to lack of timber supply by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 24, 2013 5:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Canfor Corp., will permanently close its sawmill in Quesnel in British Columbia’s Cariboo region due to lack of timber.The company says 209 employees will be offered positions elsewhere in the company when operations in the Cariboo are shut down next March.Canfor (TSX:CFP) president Don Kayne says dwindling timber supply because of the mountain pine beetle infestation means the company is unable to continue running the mill.The Vancouver-based company has entered into an agreement with West Fraser Mills for an exchange in forest tenure rights.It’s exchanging 382,000 cubic metres of replaceable forest licence allowable annual cut in the Quesnel timber supply area and nearly 54,000 cubic metres of replaceable forest licence allowable annual cut in the Morice timber supply area.A statement from Canfor, which primarily produces softwood lumber, says the companies are also exchanging non-replaceable licenses and undercut volumes.Kayne says the additional fibre the company has secured in the deal with West Fraser enhances the fibre requirements for Canfor’s facility in Houston. read more

Cenovus taking steps to improve performance at Foster Creek oilsands project

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Cenovus Energy logo is pictured at the company’s annual meeting in Calgary, April 25, 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2014 5:42 am MDT Cenovus taking steps to improve performance at Foster Creek oilsands project CALGARY – Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) says it’s taking steps to improve performance at its Foster Creek oilsands project, which has been sucking up more steam than the company would like.Foster Creek, in northeastern Alberta, was the first commercial development to use an extraction technique called steam-assisted gravity drainage, or SAGD. Instead of scooping out oilsands ore from an open-pit mine, SAGD operators pump steam underground through one well, and then draw the liquefied crude to the surface through a second well below.At 13 years old, the project is facing some challenges. Steam chambers from each well pair are coalescing, making operations less efficient. Instead of managing steam on a well-by-well basis, Cenovus will now have to consider how heat travels throughout the whole reservoir.“Every SAGD reservoir will encounter this,” CEO Brian Ferguson said in an interview Thursday. “This is a natural evolution.”At Foster Creek, it took Cenovus 2.5 barrels of steam to produce a barrel of crude in 2013, up from a steam-to-oil ratio of 2.2 a year earlier. As well, output from the site dropped eight per cent year-over-year to 53,000 barrels per day.Steam-to-oil ratios, or SORs, are a closely-watched number for SAGD players like Cenovus. The lower the SOR, the lower the cost and environmental impact.Cenovus says Foster Creek is still capable of eventually producing 300,000 barrels of crude per day, but it has decided to shift some timelines and tweak start-up practices to adjust to the reservoir’s changes.Cenovus is planning three 30,000-barrel-per-day expansions to Foster Creek, with steaming on the first expected this spring.“One of the beauties of SAGD is we get smarter every time we bring on a new phase,” said Ferguson.In starting up the new phases, Cenovus will allow steam to circulate underground, heating up the whole length of the wellbore, for a month before producing oil.It’s also adding some instrumentation to track how each well pair is performing.“What we’re doing is making sure that we basically get better information on a real-time basis about how the temperatures and pressures are performing along the horizontal section of the well pair, which will allow us to tweak the amount of steam that we’re seeing and also give us a little bit better indication with respect to the preventative maintenance that we need to do,” said Ferguson.Cenovus is also speeding up additional wells that allow steam to be shifted around the reservoir, as opposed to drilling those just before they’re needed.Foster Creek’s SOR for 2014 is expected to be between 2.6 and three — a temporary increase resulting from the new startup practices.“Cenovus anticipates this will result in long-term production benefits that outweigh the added costs of a temporarily higher SOR,” the company said in a release.Also Thursday, Cenovus announced a 10 per cent hike in its quarterly dividend, starting next month, to 26.6 cents per share.The Calgary-based company also reported $212 million of operating earnings, equal to 28 cents per share. That missed the 36 cents analysts had been expecting, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters, and reversed a year-earlier operating loss of $188 million or 25 cents per share.Its operating earnings exclude a number of items, including the impact of the company’s risk-management programs.With those items included, Cenovus had a fourth-quarter net loss of $58 million or eight cents per share, which was improved from the year-earlier loss of 15 cents per share or $117 million.Combined production from its Foster Creek and Christina Lake oilsands projects rose 14 per cent to average almost 103,000 barrels per day in 2013.Cenovus shares were down three per cent at $28.76 in afternoon trading Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter read more

Sisters Overcome Hardship of Being Homeless to Achieve Academic

Three young Black sisters have resisted the pitfalls of their circumstances to achieve greatness as star athletes and cover models.According to Sports Illustrated Kids, runners Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard are siblings whose goals soar higher than their past tribulations.But the shift wasn’t easy. In 2013, their 17-year-old half-brother died from gunfire, and the family wound up in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, New York, with their mother, Tonia Handy, in Sept. 2015. Upon their arrival, they faced an infestation of vermin that Handy had to exterminate herself.However, after overcoming such adversity, the girls found their way to an indoor track meet last winter. Coached by Jean Bell as members of the Jeuness Track Club, it was then that their love of racing blossomed.The sisters have achieved astonishing results as runners and have now set their sights even higher. Eleven-year-old Tai and 10-year-old Rainn each qualified in the 4×400 relay at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games in 2015, where they helped lead their team to a gold medal. This past year, Rainn also earned gold in the 3,000 meters.Tai said she would like to qualify for the Junior Olympics each year, and Rainn hopes to go back to the AAU Games.“I plan to go to the Olympics one day in [a distance race],” Tai said. “My track and field goals are just to keep getting emotionally and physically stronger. It’s all about what’s inside, in your mind.”Not to be outdone, youngest sister Brooke, 9, also seeks to improve her endurance.“My goals are to get faster as a runner and jump higher,” she said. “For college, I would want to stay nearby, so I can see how the team’s doing.”The Sheppard sisters (Sports Illustrated Kids)But athletics is not the only area where the Sheppard sisters shine. Handy said they earn stellar grades, too. Because of that, she initially had reservations about her daughters joining the team.“The first thing I thought about was, ‘Will their education be interrupted?’” she said. “Because these are great kids. When it comes to schoolwork, they are No. 1. They were never into sports, so I was kind of leery, but [the parents and coaches] were so welcoming.”That proved not to be a problem. The girls all earn A’s and B’s in their classes, and their training has led them to branch out into other activities, including participating in a school performance of “Alice in Wonderland.” The Sheppard sisters pose with coach Jean Bell and her sister, fellow coach Karel Lancaster (Al Tielemans/Sports Illustrated Kids) read more

HAMMER Mikkel Hansen DINGDONG against Mirko Alilović

The best world’s shooter, guy who has hammer in his arm, Mikkel Hansen showed, once again, how is difficult for goalkeepers to stand in front of him. PSG Handball beat MVM Veszprem 29:27 in derby match of the VELUX EHF Champions League Round 6, Danish star netted 11 goals for the new success of “Galacticos” and remained at the TOP goalscorers list.Take a look… ← Previous Story FULL PACKAGE IN PLOCK: SG Flensburg divide Group A on two parts Next Story → VIDEO: How Magdeburg save point in 40 seconds… hansenMikkel Hansen read more

Holy roller Popes Harley to be sold at auction

first_imgMOVE OVER POPEMOBILE, make way for the “Popebike”: a Harley-Davidson that briefly belonged to Pope Francis and is being auctioned off in Paris tomorrow has already garnered significant advance interest from around the world.A day ahead of the much-anticipated sale, Bonhams auction house said it had received some 30 purchase orders worth much more than the €12,000 to €15,000 valuation of the 1,585cc Dyna Super Glide signed by the pontiff himself.“Unsurprisingly, there is real interest. The sale of the pope’s motorbike promises to be hotly contested. The result will no doubt live up to its first owner. The papal signature, a first on a vehicle, makes this sale unique,” Bonhams France said.Harley-Davidson gave the bike to the pope in June to mark the 110th anniversary of the US motorbike maker.The pope donated the Harley in November to the Roman Catholic charity Caritas Roma and the funds from the sale will go towards the restoration of its hostel and soup kitchen based at Rome’s Termini railway station.Pope Francis, 77, is not thought to have ridden the Harley, a brand well known for its use by motorbike gangs including the “Hells Angels”.The famously humble pontiff is more of a fan of buses. He opted to ride one the day after his election last year instead of taking a limousine, and regularly used them in his homeland Argentina instead of taxis.The bike is already on show at the Grand Palais in Paris — where the auction takes place tomorrow — among hundreds of other iconic vehicles such as Rolls-Royces and Cadillacs.- © AFP, 2014Read: Vial thieves ‘threw away’ John Paul II’s bloodRead: Peace doves released by the Pope are immediately attacked by a seagull and crowlast_img read more

Against Fine Gaels wishes Right2Water will be invited to speak before water

first_img 9,802 Views Share371 Tweet Email Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 10:34 PM Short URL 41 Comments Feb 1st 2017, 10:34 PM ANTI-WATER CHARGE activists from the Right2Water campaign group will be invited to speak before an Oireachtas committee after Fine Gael was outvoted by opposition deputies.The Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water could hear from Right2Water campaigners as early as next week after today’s decision.It came after the six Fine Gael members of the committee were outvoted by left-leaning members who were also supported by Fianna Fáil.The committee is tasked with deciding on the future of water charges in the State and has representatives from all parties. It is chaired by Independent Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh.Speaking after today’s decision, Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon claimed that inviting the Right2Water campaigners into the committee could delay its work.“The mandate we have is to hear from experts in the field and come to a consensus on the basis of fact. We do not need interest groups wielding agendas, be it on the pro or anti water charges side of the debate,” the deputy said.The Right2Water group was the largest umbrella organisation that organised the nationwide water protests that came about following the introduction of water charges.Prior to last year’s general election, it also identified like-minded politicians and created a platform for them to sign up to.Heydon was also critical of Fianna Fáil for voting with the “hard left” to allow Right2Water address the committee.Speaking on RTÉ’s Late Debate this evening, Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil said that not inviting Right2Water would sent the wrong message.“I don’t see what harm it’s going to do, they have been to the forefront of this issue for a start and it would weaken the committee is if they weren’t invited,” he said.Read: Irish Water: ‘We did not waste €70m on consultants’ >Read: Regulator denies saying water metering programme should be abandoned > A Right2Water protest from January 2016. Image: Niall Carson/PA Imagescenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3218000 By Rónán Duffy Against Fine Gael’s wishes, Right2Water will be invited to speak before water committee The all-party Oireachtas group is looking at the future of water charges. Image: Niall Carson/PA Images A Right2Water protest from January 2016. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Irredentist claims in Melbourne protest

first_imgHundreds of people who identify with FYROM marched to the steps of Parliament House in Victoria last Saturday in a protest remembering the ‘partition of Macedonia’ as they claimed. The march – organised by the ‘Macedonian Australian Community Organisation’ – was said to commemorate, they stated, the 100th anniversary of the division of Macedonia, as a result of the Bucharest Treaty signed on 10 August 1913. The protestors claimed among others that Thessaloniki will become their capital again and that ‘Macedonia’ has been occupied and subsequently divided because of the treaty. The organisers invited ‘Macedonians and all supporters of the oppressed nations in Melbourne’ to take part in the march. Their claim was that 1913 “began the agony of the Macedonian people”, because the Treaty of Bucharest led to the annexation of Macedonia by Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece. However, irredentist claims for a greater ‘Macedonia’ were also part of the rallying concerns of the Melbourne protestors last week. As was reported by Neos Kosmos last month, the aftermath of the Balkan Wars and the Bucharest treaty will be the subject of an international conference organised in Melbourne from September 4 to September 7 by the self-identified ‘Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee’. The Treaty of Bucharest was concluded on 10 August 1913, by the delegates of Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro and Greece. The Treaty was concluded in the aftermath of the Second Balkan War and amended the previous Treaty of London, which ended the First Balkan War. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mae Young Classic Results – 8/31/17 (Laith vs. Gabert kicks off Round 1)

first_img Pinterest Google+ Winner of the 2018 Mae Young Classic Finals; Triple H, Stephanie, Sara congratulate WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next NXT UK Results – 5/15/19 (Fatal 4-Way Qualifying match, Jazzy Gabert debuts) Facebook Mae Young Classic ResultsAugust 31, 2017Commentary: Jim Ross, LitaResults by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.comOpening video package narrated by Stephanie McMahon highlighted the past and present of women’s wrestling in WWE. First Round Match: Princesa Sugehit (Mexico) def. Kay Lee Ray (Scotland) to advanceSugehit won with a Fujiwara Armbar after avoiding Kay Lee Ray’s Swanton. Sugehit is a veteran from CMLL out in Mexico, while Kay Lee Ray is known for her time in SHIMMER plus her home promotion of ICW in Scotland. Full Sail crowd lively throughout this entire show, louder than they were thru the course of the Cruiserweight Classic. Good opener, surprised Kay Lee Ray went out in Round 1. First Round Match: Serena Deeb (USA) def. Vanessa Borne (USA) to advanceDeeb won with the Spear after avoiding a Borne diving headbutt. Serena is the redemption story of the tournament, making a comeback after being retired for 2 years and formerly being in WWE back in 2010 with the Straight Edge Society. Borne is a NXT prospect, formerly Daniele Kamela, and has a cheerleading and dancing background. Borne, while still under-developed, showed good presence against the veteran babyface in Deeb, who showed great babyface fire. First Round Match: Shayna Baszler (USA) def. Zeda (China) to advanceBaszler won in a quick match with a Falcon Arrow into a rear naked choke, tapping out Zeda instantly. Baszler is part of the MMA Four Horsewomen, as the other 3 members, Ronda Rousey, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke, were shown at ringside during the match and celebrated with Shayna after. As a way to showcase Baszler, this was very well done and made her an instant threat in the tournament. Main Event in a First Round Match: Abbey Laith (USA) def. Jazzy Gabert (Germany) to advanceLaith won after countering a Powerbomb with the Alligator Clutch, an old Mae Young staple. Very good main event that saw Gabert be very impressive in defeat, showcasing a ton of power. Laith is the former Kimber Lee from the indies, now a NXT prospect and played a fun underdog babyface. Gabert, the former Alpha Female, showed a ton of presence and looked like a monster. They shook hands after to close out the first episode. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need ItVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:37/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 35.05%0:03Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE ranks the Top 25 Matches of 2018 featuring Evolution, NXT and Survivor Series Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problemslast_img read more