‘I stand with farmers even today; sugar barons have now shifted to BJP’

first_imgAfter losing the Lok Sabha election, farmer leader and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raju Shetti is now geared up to take on the BJP and Shiv Sena government by allying with Congress and Nationalist Congress party (NCP). Even though he isn’t contesting, he wants to make sure his candidates win. In an interview with The Hindu in Abdul Lat village of Shirol tehsil in Kolhapur while campaigning, Mr. Shetti accepts that he is upset with opposition front, claims young and fresh faces in opposition are the future and how floods in the region may impact sugar industry next year. You seem to be very upset with Congress and NCP despite being in an alliance. What is the reason? Why shouldn’t I? We formed an alliance and seat distribution took place. But look at what they have done. Nandurbar was given to us and Congress has given AB form to its candidate. Similarly in Buldhana’s Khamgaon. In Shirol, the NCP candidate has rebelled against mine. None of the Congress-NCP workers and leaders are joining us in the campaign. When I met Sharad Pawar and other Congress leaders yesterday, I strongly registered my protest over such petty tactics. Our workers are honestly supporting them in other seats. I hope they will withdraw their candidature on Monday.Do you feel joining the opposition front was a mistake?No. I agree that there are flaws in both these parties, but look at whom are we fighting against. The Bharatiya Janata Party is destroying the basic foundation of this nation, its farmers and its value system. We are together because we firmly believe in secular and constitutional values and want to save them. We are with the opposition front for this sole reason. As far as problems within the opposition front are considered, do you think ruling coalition is working fine? BJP did not even allow a single candidate of the allies to contest on a different election symbol. They are all forced to fight on Lotus symbol. We have not lost our independent identity, like the smaller allies in ruling coalition. But you lost the Lok Sabha election after joining them?Yes, I paid the price. There are other reasons for my defeat. There was a bit of over-confidence. We have learned since then. Assembly will not be easy, but I am sure that we will make a comeback.When Congress-NCP was in power, you aggressively attacked these parties for being pro-sugar factory owners. Now you are accused of going soft on them. What led to this change?This is how BJP wants to defame me. Take Kolhapur for example. There are 23 sugar factories in this district. Except for two, all other owners have either joined the BJP or established close ties with BJP leaders. Whom am I supposed to target now? I am with sugarcane farmers and I continue to voice their demands against the sugar factories. But the sugar barons have switched to the BJP. What’s the point in slamming Congress now? I have to talk against the BJP.Does that mean you have amended your differences with Sharad Pawar?I never had personal animosity against Sharad Pawar. My problem was the way he handled co-operative sector, especially the sugar lobby. He may have his own political calculation of controlling sugar factory means controlling politics of the that region. But I always pointed out loopholes in that model. Now, when the exodus in NCP happened and people joined the BJP, the whole party collapsed in those areas. I was proven right. That’s it. I had problem with his way of doing politics.With established leaders joining the BJP in hordes, do you see an opportunity for new, young leadership in Maharashtra?Yes of course. It is extremely good that those old, traditional politicians are quitting the opposition to make way for the young leadership. There will be tough days for some time, but let me tell you one thing. The people are watching how BJP is poaching leaders from other parties. They, especially the young generation, does not like this. The young voters don’t like betrayal and these leaders joining the BJP is seen as betrayal in rural areas.How important will be the issue of recent floods in western Maharashtra in this election?My entire campaign is revolving around this issue. The administration totally failed to warn farmers about the calamity and when it happened, it again failed in disaster management. The warning of possible heavy rains was issued seven days earlier and still no preventive measures such as making dams half-empty, or warning Almatty in Karnataka were taken. The relief measures were nothing but disaster. Not a single elected representative could live up to the expectations. There’s been no talk of monetary help to farmers and those who lost their houses. The loan waiver scheme is flopped and since loans are not waived off banks are not ready to give more loans. There has to be a committee of elected representatives of Maharashtra and Karnataka along with government officials to avoid such future incidents.Will floods impact sugarcane production next year as well?May be not the production, but surely the fair and remunerative price for it. The floods have affected sugarcane production. The living crop may not yield enough weight. Sugar production will drop. It will affect next year’s FRP. There is a possibility that FRP may drop by around ₹500-550 per tonne next year. You have been leading farmer struggles nationally. But farmers seem to be voting for the BJP despite all your allegations of the government being anti-farmers. Why is it so?Maharashtra has seen over 16,000 farmers suicides. These are not my numbers. The MSP issue is not my creation. Poor yield, government apathy are not my creations. These are real issues and farmers are really affected by it. But whenever elections come, this government cleverly rakes up issues of patriotism, nationalist, Pakistan or terrorism and successfully diverts the attention. Yes, I accept that as an opposition we are lacking. We are failing to give a counter-narrative to government’s propaganda and credible alternative. We need to work on that. You challenged Chandrakant Patil [State BJP president] for electoral fight and instead of accepting, he shifted to Pune. What’s your message to him?The most powerful BJP minister in State cabinet could not nurture a single Assembly seat out of 10 in Kolhapur district. This speaks volumes about himself and his failure as the guardian minister of this district. He ran away and chose safest of seats for himself. He could have lost. This is how BJP worked in last five years. It is all talk, nothing on ground.last_img read more

Asian Games Champion Arpinder Wins Triple Jump Gold But Misses World Championships Mark

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Lucknow: Asian Games gold medallist triple jumper Arpinder Singh won the gold but failed to touch the World Championships qualifying mark on the second day of 59th National Inter-State Athletics Championships here on Wednesday.Arpinder managed the season’s best jump of 16.83m, 12cm short of World Championship qualifying standard of 16.95m under hot and humid conditions at the PAC Stadium here. Karnataka’s U Karthik and Tamil Nadu’s Mohammed Salahuddin took the silver and bronze respectively with jumps of 16.0m and 16.79m.The 26-year-old Arpinder, who has a personal best of 17.17m (of 2014), will have another shot at World Championships qualification in the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi on September 5.Day 2 : 59th NISSAC 2019 Winners of MENS TRIPLE JUMP Gold: Arpinder Singh (Punjab)Silver: Karthik.U (Karnataka)Bronze: Mohammed SN (Tamil Nadu)Congratulations to all the winners#59thNISSAC2019 #PHDchamber #radicokhaitan @phdchamber @afiindia @ONGC_ @MukeshSinghPHD pic.twitter.com/sMwt0WrHKp— 59th National Inter State Seniors Athletics Champ (@59thNISSAC2019) August 28, 2019 None of the Indians could come close to the qualifying marks of the World Championships to be held in Doha from September 28 to October 6.Balakumar Nithin and Alex Antony won the men’s 200m and 400m gold respectively in the absence of top runners.Having won the sprint double in the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune earlier this year, Nithin’s winning time of 20.91 seconds here was the third-best on the list among Indians over the 200m this year.Only Arokia Rajiv and Muhammed Anas Yahiya both 400m specialists — have run faster in 200m than the bespectacled sprinter from Tamil Nadu.The 200m qualifying time for the World Championships is 20.40.Kerala runner Alex, who first gave glimpses of his potential with a 46.66 second run in the Indian Grand Prix V in Patiala earlier this month, improved his personal best with a 46.17 second effort.It’s creditable that he won a race that included runners of the caliber of Ayyasamy Dharun (400m hurdles national record holder) and Tamilarasan Santhosh.Dharun and Santhosh finished fifth and seventh while Haryana’s Harsh Baljeet Singh and Karnataka’s Sachin Roby took the silver and bronze respectively by finishing inside 47 seconds.Kunhu Mohammed, who has been part of the Indian 4x400m relay team, was unable to go past the semifinal run in the morning, clocking 47.69 to finish third in his heats.Iranian Mahdi Pirjahan won the men’s 400m hurdles in new meet record time of 49.33 seconds. The Athletics Federation of India had invited some foreign athletes for the meet.P U Chithra won the women’s 800m in her personal best time of 2:02.96 while Mohammed Afsal pocketed the gold in men’s 800m in the absence of Manjit Singh and Jinson Johnson with the year’s best by an Indian, clocking 1:48.35.THE RESULTS (ALL FINALS):Men:200m: 1. Balakumar Nithin (Tamil Nadu) 20.91 seconds; 2. Akshay Nain (Delhi) 21.39; 3. Abhinav Panwar (Delhi) 21.47.400m: 1. Alex A Antony (Kerala) 46.17 seconds; 2. Harsh Baljeet Singh (Haryana) 46.64; 3. Sachin Roby (Karnataka) 46.96.800m: 1. Mohammed Afsal (Kerala) 1:48.35; 2. Mujamil Ameer (Tamil Nadu) 1:49.03; 3. Ankit (Haryana) 1:49.95.400m Hurdles: 1. Mahdi Pirjahan (Iran) 49.33 seconds; 2. Jagdeesh Chandra (Karnataka) 50.85; 3. Jithin Paul (Kerala) 50,92.Triple Jump: 1. Arpinder Singh (Punjab) 16.83m; 2. Karthik U (Karnataka) 16.80; 3. Salahuddin Mohammed (Tamil Nadu) 16.79.Shot put: 1. Inderjeet Singh (Haryana) 19.73m; 2. Jasdeep Dhillon (Punjab) 17.77; 3. Shakti Rathore (Rajasthan) 17.20.Decathlon: 1. Gurpreet Singh (Chandigarh) 6667 points; 2. Durai Murugan (Tamil Nadu) 66621; 3. Krishna Kumar (Tamil Nadu) 6587.20km walk: 1. Sandeep Kumar (Haryana) 1:27:25.47; 2, KT Irfan (Kerala) 1:28:20:94; 3. Chandan Singh (Uttarakhand) 1:28:21.29.Women:800m: 1. PU Chitra (Kerala) 2:02.96; 2. Jessy Joseph (Kerala) 2:07.09; 3. Pramila Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) 2:07.62.400m Hurdles: 1. Arpitha Manjunatha (Karnataka) 59.98 seconds; 2. Aarthi (Tamil Nadu) 1:00.48; 3. Dhivya (Tamil Nadu) 1:01.06.Long Jump: 1. Nayana James (Tamil Nadu) 6.20m; 2. Priyanka Kerketta (Jharkhand) 6.13; 3. Harshini Saravanan (Tamil Nadu) 6.07. arpinder singhathleticskt irfanNational Inter-State Athletics Championships First Published: August 28, 2019, 10:07 PM ISTlast_img read more

Amazon India Fashion Week: The final countdown

first_imgThe grand finale of the 27th edition of Amazon India Fashion Week at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium looked to the future of desi fashion, as nine designers showcased their capsule collections under the ‘India Modern’ theme on Sunday night.The tradition of exalting the final show with a group of established designers has become the norm of recent editions, with the thread of ethnic weaves running through individual creations.This time around, the finale followed an almost rainbow-like passage of colours, beginning with indigo and moving onto white, ochre, pink, orange and beige.It was befitting for the collections to be opened by Delhi-designer Rajesh Pratap Singh, who had already presented gilded ranges for womenswear as well as the first even men’s show. For the last show, Singh took to deep ivory dresses with origami-like folds in the front, worn with diaphanous trousers and vintage shoes with his motif of birds in gold painted on them.A model sports a design by Amit Aggarwal.The ensembles were followed by a collection by Aneeth Arora for ‘Pero’, which was a pleasant surprise for many in the audience, given her proclivity towards younger, anti-fit silhouettes. This time around, Arora showcased a sophisticated range of handwoven fabrics with gold flowers artfully painted on the overcoats and dresses.Other designers that presented at the finale were Rahul Mishra who focused on blue and white layered separates, Abraham and Thakore who blended earthy brown hues with gold, Anju Modi who brought in a regal feel with lehengas and crinkled anarkali dresses, and Pankaj and Nidhi who colour blocked bright pink with orange to create tasseled epaulettes and interspaced detailing on the dresses, jackets and skirts.advertisementA highlight of the multi-designer collection was the bright and quirky range by Amit Aggarwal, a four-ensemble range that caught the pulse of the theme in a most unique manner. Aggarwal certainly stood out with his quirky designs. Orange hued neoprene dresses and organza skirts were treated to large skirts and metallic ruffles and frills, making for a delightfully whimsical collection.A model flaunts a creation by designers Rohit and Rahul at the grand finale show.Designer-duo Rohit and Rahul brought in chic, city styles in pink, orange and white abstract prints, with the image of a jharokha (architectural element) repeated in a pattern. The duo also presented a lone creation for menswear. Lastly, Samanth Chauhan stuck to beige neutrals in floor-length anarkali gowns and skirts with his trademark pleats in the design.As for the make-up, the looks were divided into three parts, and Elton J Fernandez, official Maybelline makeup artist explained, “For the finale, all three looks were luminous and perfected. The look with the blue painted hair had a blue wide eyeliner and a blue dot just below the eye. The second look with orange and pink paint in the hair we had bushy brows inner corners of the eyes were highlighted with orange, whereas the third look had gold highlights in the hair.”On the whole, the grand finale was well-executed, and the live music added to excitement. The excitement was caught in a picture-perfect moment as FDCI President, Sunil Sethi lifted Aneeth Arora to express his happiness.last_img read more

Spanish court drops fraud investigation against Neymar

first_imgA Madrid court has dismissed a case into alleged irregularities regarding the transfer of Brazil striker Neymar to Spanish club Barcelona.National Court judge Jose de la Mata dismissed the complaint brought against Neymar, his father, and Barcelona by Brazilian investment group DIS.DIS was entitled to 40 per cent of Neymar’s transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013, but it claimed it received a smaller compensation than it should have because part of the transfer fee was concealed. (Neymar signs five-year contract extension with Barcelona)Neymar and his father, who acts as his agent, and Barcelona’s current president and predecessor all denied any wrongdoing when they appeared in court in February.last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Gambhir flops in comeback Test, Ronaldo stars in Portugal win and more

first_imgGambhir falls on 29 in his Test comebackGautam Gambhir making a comeback after two years failed to convert the start as he fell for 29 trapped lbw by Trent Boult on day one of the Indore Test.Ronaldo puts Portugal back on track; France also win in World Cup qualifyingCristiano Ronaldo returned to action by scoring two of his four goals less than five minutes into the 6-0 rout of nine-man Andorra in Group B.Rosberg secures pole for Japanese Grand Prix World championship leader Nico Rosberg will start the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix from pole position after setting the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday.Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif named in second Pakistan Super League’s players draft Both the former Pakistan players were ignored for the first PSL draft as they had just completed their five-year bans for spot-fixing.India stunned by South Korea in Kabaddi World Cup opener India suffered a shock defeat in the inaugural match of the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup as they were upstaged 32-34 by South Korea.last_img read more

APPLE ISLE ON TRACK FOR 2007 NATIONAL 18 YEARS CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgTasmania, one of Touch Football’s growth States, will be out to impress at the 18 Years National Championships in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, from 17 – 20 September, 2007. Tasmania’s best young players have been plucked from around the State to form the Boys and Girls teams that will contest the premier event on the National junior calendar. The teams will be mentored by two of the most experienced coaches in Tasmania, John Dowling (Boys) and Deb Button (Girls). Mr. Dowling, who has coached at representative level for 12 years, and socially for more than 20, has been in charge of the Tasmanian 18 Years Boys team for the past four years.He said he was satisfied with the team that has been picked, but said the key to a successful campaign was not to be overconfident. “You’re goals have to be realistic, and we should realistically be aiming to play on the Saturday, which is finals day,” Dowling said.  In 2004, Dowling’s first year in charge, Tasmania defeated Victoria and South Australia.“That was a magnificent result for us because everyone expected us to finish at the bottom of the table,” Dowling said.Unfortunately the team couldn’t repeat the positive result, finishing near the bottom in 2005. Last year Tasmania drew with the Gold Coast and defeated the Crusaders and Northern Territory.Dowling was looking to 2007 for better results from his charges.“Our main goal is to play on finals day because in 2005 we didn’t win a game and we actually finished up on the Friday, which wasn’t pleasant.” Mr. Dowling said.The standard of Touch Football in Australia’s island state has improved markedly over the last five years.This is largely due to the introduction of a development program from under-12s to opens, as well as an increase in the amount of people qualified in technical areas of the game.The three major affiliates, the Southern, Devonport, and the Launceston Touch Associations, have provided all players in both the selected sides. Training sessions will rotate between the affiliates to offset the tyranny of distance and minimize the costs of travelling for all. Some players will have to travel as far as 300km to attend some of the sessions. The Girls’ first training camp will be this weekend 16 – 17 June, with the Boys meeting the following weekend. “I’ve got some parameters that I would like the team to achieve. I’ve got a vision for the team as to what I expect, and I’ll actually give the players, in partnership with myself and the other officials, some team goals,” Mr. Dowling said. Dowling will also be constructing individual training programs for each of his players. One of the main objectives of the team will be to gain respect. “We certainly want to finish as high as we possibly can. We’re not going to make the top four or five, that’s an unrealistic expectation, but I’d be confident that we could make the playoffs for the plate or shield finals. I want the opposition to think of us as being highly skilled and disciplined. We’ll play with a high level of intensity and meet all the challenges thrown at us and hopefully earn the respect of our opponents,” he said.  The Boys’ side will feature four players that played in the National Touch League Under-20s division in 2006. There will also be a number of experienced players that have progressed from the Under-15 ranks. One of the strike weapons for the Tasmanian Boys team will be newcomer Trent Gutteridge, who has only been playing Touch Football for about 18 months but has plenty of potential. “He’s still learning the game, but he’s exceptionally quick. We’ll be looking to develop him further through our training program,” Dowling said. The girls will be similarly strong. Last year the team aimed to finish in the top 15, and achieved its goal. This year they will be trying to improve on the result.One of the stars of the girls’ team will be 2006 TFA National 18 Years Youth Development Squad member Emily Hudson.  This year’s event will be the bubbly Hudson’s third tournament. In 2005, aged 15 and in just her first year of Touch Football, Hudson participated in her first Under-18 National Championships. She, along with current National Youth training squad member Emma Haines impressed all and sundry who attended the Inaugural National Youth Development Training Camp at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast in 2006.The two “Tassie devils” competed well with their more experienced squad mates from NSW and Queensland, and showed great talent and determination at the Youth Camp to stamp themselves as players of the future. This year Emily is looking forward to taking on more of a leadership role. She said she was excited about the upcoming tournament. “For me the best thing will be seeing the other talent, especially in the NSW and QLD teams. You learn heaps from playing against quality players.  For the team it will definitely be about progression for the next two years because we’ve got a pretty young team this year,” Hudson said.  Hudson believed the Tasmanian side was definitely on the improve. “We’re a very quick side this year. Even though we’re a young group, we’ve all been playing for five or six years, so we know the game pretty well.” Both the boys and girls’ teams will be busy in preparation for September. When the 18 Years National Championships role around, keep an eye out for the Tasmanian teams and let’s hope they get their wish and extend their tournament into Finals day.last_img read more

New senate study says Indigenous history must be taught before moving forward

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsThe Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples has released a report on the history between Indigenous people and Canada.The vision of the committee in releasing How did We Get Here?, was to implement parts of the study into the classroom.“So we imagined for instance an audience of high school kids, who may not know a whole lot of Indigenous people, who may be able to pick up this kind of report find it interesting,” said Senator Daniel Christmas.The study looks at an unvarnished account of the development of Canada, to treaties and polices that have affected Indigenous communities.Melissa Campbell Schwartz, department head of First Nations, Metis and Inuit studies at Hillcrest High School, picked up the report for her grade 11 Indigenous Literature course.“The senate report is exciting,” Schwartz told APTN News.“It gives us another piece to move the steps forward.”Schwartz believes educators play a big role in shifting the conversation to include Indigenous perspectives.“As a settler within a colonial structure, I play a really interesting role, trying to change the conversation and trying to get kids to understand their role as a settler.”She says Indigenous history needs to be taught in order to create a better future between Indigenous people and Canadians.The grade 11 Indigenous literature class often starts with a discussion circle, exploring various topics affecting Indigenous people in Canada.Schwartz says her students eagerly participate in the conversation and are passionate about creating a better relationship with Indigenous people.She says some of her students after taking the class begin to challenge negative stereotypes they hear at home and in school.“They see the injustice, they see a simple answer and they want that to happen,” she said.“They become agents for change.”Students enrolled in the Indigenous literature class would like for more Canadians to learn about Indigenous history in Canada.“I think if everyone had this knowledge at a young age, there wouldn’t be any adults like there were in first contact,” said Azan Mubasher, a grade 11 student at Hillcrest High School.Students are hopeful with the Indigenous history they’ve been learning about in Schwartz class.“Knowledge is key and right now we’re taught an in depth knowledge of Aboriginal history, that personally I never knew of,”  Bassant Mohamed said. “It’s definitely going to shift dynamics.”Schwartz hopes the Senate report can be used widely by educators in Canada and is confident her students will create positive change.“When I was reading it (the senate report,) I actually wrote a note to myself that Murray Sinclair had said a couple years ago about education getting us into this problem and education is what’s going to get us out,” she said.“Because I see the education getting us out.”abernard@aptn.calast_img read more

Walmart ends involvement in program for people with intellectual disabilities

first_imgMONTREAL – Walmart Canada has confirmed it is ending its involvement with a Quebec program that provides job training to people with intellectual disabilities and those on the autism spectrum.Company spokesperson Anika Malik confirmed in an email Friday that the program, which was in place in several stores, will be phased out in the coming weeks.“We are pleased to have been able to collaborate over the years with these organizations and to allow program participants to gain new knowledge and opportunities to grow,” she said.“However, after analysis, we had to make the difficult decision to terminate Walmart’s partnership in the professional training program.”She said the decision was made after a review that took into account legislative changes and Walmart’s own policies.Walmart has been facing criticism over the decision since a health agency in the Mauricie region alerted the media to the job losses.While some social media users and organizations representing people with disabilities have denounced the company, others have said it should be commended for having participated for so many years.Malik insisted the decision did not amount to firing the employees, even though they are losing their positions.“These people participated in a voluntary program coordinated by local agencies who partnered with our stores to provide an environment in which they could get involved,” she said.The company would not confirm how many people will be affected by the change.last_img read more

Ottawa takes promised steps to prevent transshipments of aluminum steel

Ottawa is taking promised steps to prevent aluminum and steel from entering Canada as a way to circumvent trade measures that led to the U.S. lifting tariffs earlier this year.Starting Sept. 1, certain aluminum products will be added to the Import Control List (ICL) under the Export and Import Permits Act.Importers will be required to report details of the imported products to the Canada Border Services Agency and be subject to penalties for inaccurate or fraudulent filings.Ottawa is also amending anti-dumping regulations to ensure the appropriate duties can be applied to goods dumped into Canada and give the CBSA additional flexibility to compare the price of imports with prices charged by the exporter to a different country.Global Affairs Canada will monitor the steel sector by being able to ask certain importers to submit detailed reports.The changes come ahead of a meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump at the G7 summit in France. Canada and the United States agreed in May on measures to prevent transshipments and monitor aluminum and steel trade between the two countries.“These additions to the ICL will allow the government to track and monitor imports of aluminium and help ensure that Canada does not become an entry point for transshipment or circumvention of Canadian or U.S. trade measures,” said Jean Simard, CEO of the Aluminum Association of Canada, in a statement.The Canadian Press read more

Greek elections high government borrowing costs confront traders this week

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 17, 2012 5:10 pm MDT TORONTO – The eurozone will be in focus this week as traders hope for more clarity as to whether Greece remains in the 17-nation eurozone and also look to moves by officials in the monetary union that could ease the growing pressure on borrowing rates for Spain and Italy.Investors also looked to the U.S. Federal Reserve to provide an indication that it is willing to provide another round of stimulus to help a slowing economy.In Greece, the conservative party that backs keeping the country in the eurozone won the national election Sunday and immediately proposed forming a pro-euro coalition government — a development that eased, at least briefly, deep fears that the vote would unleash an economic tsunami.The outcome of the election was seen as crucial as it will determine whether the country sticks to its highly unpopular austerity program of tax hikes and spending cuts that a previous government accepted in order to receive billions of euros in bailouts that are keeping the country afloat.There was fear that if political parties were elected that favour reneging on the austerity program, the international bailout and Greece’s membership in the euro currency union would be at risk.It was considered doubtful that traders will wake up Monday morning with a clear idea of whether Greece is, in fact, in or out of the eurozone.“There are still going to be a lot of ifs there, even when you get an answer as to who won the election,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.He says there could be a boost to markets if parties backing austerity win, but it won’t last.On Friday, traders showed some confidence about the impact of the election on the European economy after the president of the European Central Bank said it would continue its “crucial role” of making sure the financial system has sufficient cash.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index ended 58.48 points higher to 11,524.90 last week, rising 0.2 per cent over the week.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was ahead 115.26 points at 12,767.17, up 1.7 per cent for the week. The Nasdaq composite index rose 36.47 points to 2,872.80.Equally important to traders is how the eurozone government debt crisis contagion has spread to Spain and Italy and what officials will do about it.Spain’s borrowing costs jumped close to the unsustainable seven per cent mark last week, despite fellow eurozone countries making available up to €100 billion to bail out banks crushed by the weight of bad loans, a legacy of the collapsed real estate market.But Moody’s downgraded Spain’s government debt last Wednesday. It sees the bailout funds adding considerably to the country’s debt burden.And Italy’s 10-year borrowing rate rose to 6.07 per cent from 6.02 per cent, and the interest rate on its one-year bonds also rose sharply. Italy is seen as the next most likely eurozone country to seek a bailout.“(Eurozone officials) know what to do, they probably have the instruments to do it,” said John Johnston, chief strategist at Davis Rea Ltd.“But they need to be creative and forceful and the Germans are the ones who need to do it. They don’t seem to be willing.”He said the eurozone can survive but it must move to greater integration.In particular, Johnston said the banking crisis is the critical focus in the short run.“You have to have a central bank that’s dedicated to financial stability,” he said.“The European Central Bank hasn’t been given that mandate, it must be given that. This means they pump more money into the system, cut interest rates, regardless of their views on inflation.”The U.S. Federal Reserve will also be in focus as it makes its next interest rate announcement Tuesday.There is no mystery insofar as rates are concerned since the Fed is committed to keeping rates near zero for the foreseeable future.But slowing economic conditions around the globe, partly because of worsening economic conditions in Europe, have encouraged traders to believe that the central bank will embark on another round of stimulus.“Certainly, there’s a growing recognition at the Fed that it probably needs to do another round of something,” said Johnston.“I guess the question is whether the case is strong enough just yet. The things we’re all doing our hand wringing about are all offshore. And the Fed can’t do a whole lot on that front.”A couple of problems confront Fed chairman Ben Bernanke.It’s an election year and further stimulus measures could attract huge criticism from the Republicans.But it’s also a question of how much support Bernanke would have for further stimulus.“Bernanke may not have enough support, he may have to say, well, we will keep monitoring it and by the time August rolls around, things should be clear enough where maybe they have to do it.” Greek elections, high government borrowing costs confront traders this week read more

Analysts dubious of railway merger deal between Canadian Pacific CSX

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 14, 2014 9:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Analysts say they’d be glad to see Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) join forces with U.S. rival CSX Corp., but a number of hurdles stand in the way of a deal getting done.A Wall Street Journal article over the weekend, citing anonymous sources, said Calgary-based CP made an overture to CSX last week, but had been rebuffed. A combination of the two railways could create a US$62-billion railway capable of moving crude from North Dakota’s prolific oilfields to refineries on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.Spokeswomen for both railways said they don’t comment on rumours.Analysts said there would be plenty of benefits from this potential railway link-up, but they’re skeptical a deal will be done any time soon.Desjardins analyst Benoit Poirier said he’d view such a deal “positively,” but “we remain concerned about the likelihood of completion given the reluctance of CSX’s management and the need for regulatory approvals in the short term.”If authorities were to approve a CP-CSX merger, it would likely lead to other railways following suit in order to compete, he added.Poirier said CP CEO Hunter Harrison could help improve efficiency at CSX, which lagged its peer group last year.Harrison took the top job at CP in mid-2012 after Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management successfully campaigned for a shakeup in CP’s management ranks.Under Harrison, CP drove its operating ratio — the proportion of revenues used to operate the railway — down to 65 per cent this year, two years ahead of its 2016 target. Florida-based CSX’s operating ratio was 69.7 per cent in the third quarter.“We note that a merger between CP and CSX would be beneficial for the crude-by-rail sector as it would create a single network that joins the Bakken region with the refineries on the U.S. east coast, and believe it would create a strong player in the intermodal business given the network would provide a unique route from British Columbia to Florida,” Poirier wrote in a research note.Canaccord Genuity analyst David Tyerman said a note that a merger looks “quite speculative” right now, but would add “significant value” if it were to occur.He also agreed CSX’s network could benefit from CP’s management team.RBC Dominion Securities analyst Walter Spracklin said in a report Tuesday that it’s unlikely the U.S. Surface Transportation Board will give full support to mergers among the major North American railways. But to the extent such deals are allowed, he sees western and eastern railways pairing up.While the most recent speculation is focused on a CP-CSX merger, Spracklin wrote in March that a different U.S. railway, Kansas City Southern, would be a good acquisition candidate for the Canadian company. It would be a “perfect fit” from a geographic perspective, he said at the time.Canadian Pacific shares closed up 83 cents at $213.03 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Canadian markets were closed on Monday for Thanksgiving.In New York, CSX shares gained nearly six per cent on Monday. On Tuesday, the stock added another 2.9 per cent to close at US$32.61.After markets closed on Tuesday, CSX posted third-quarter profit of $509 million, or 51 cents per share, up from $455 million, or 45 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. Revenue grew by eight per cent to $3.2 billion. Analysts dubious of railway merger deal between Canadian Pacific, CSX read more

DR Congo UN chief notes launch of national dialogue towards elections urges

“He remains convinced that only an inclusive political dialogue will help pave the way towards peaceful and credible elections, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2277 (2016),” Mr. Ban’s spokesman added in a statement.The Secretary-General urged the political groups that have not yet joined the dialogue process to “play a constructive role which contributes to the holding of timely and credible elections,” the spokesman said.Furthermore, the Secretary-General encouraged the Government to continue confidence-building measures and to uphold the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution, the spokesman said.Mr. Ban also urged all actors to refrain from any action that could increase tensions or lead to violence, the spokesman added. read more

Uncorked Eric and Ernies drinkdrive ad

It is previously-unknown, according to Morecambe’s son Gary, who said: “I thought I’d seen every possible recording of Morecambe and Wise, so was both surprised and delighted.” A public information drink-drive Christmas advert made by the legendary comedy duo more than half a century ago has been discovered, and is being described by the British Film Institute (BFI) as “90 seconds of pure comedy genius”. Drink-driving is no laughing matter, but Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise used their irreverent, infectious humour to warn against it. In the footage, which is just like one of their beloved comedy sketches, Morecambe tells Wise to “be wise” and not drive home after a Christmas party. Trying to… read more

Bundesliga begins Kiel thrashes Flensburg

← Previous Story Kielce, Metalurg, Savehof and Partizan qualify to Champions League! Next Story → Atletico Madrid wins Super Cup and set a new record – 12.000 fans TSV Hannover-BurgdorfFüchse Berlin2831 SC MagdeburgFrisch Auf Göppingen2522 MT MelsungenTV 05/07 Hüttenberg2821 TV GroßwallstadtRhein-Neckar Löwen07.09.20:15 Hrs HSV HamburgTuS N-Lübbecke2822 THW KielSG Flensburg-Handewitt3521 HSG WetzlarEintracht Hildesheim3028 The Toyota Bundesliga had begun this weekend, and if the day is known by the morning, then we’re likely to see another title-chase between THW Kiel, HSV Hamburg, and perhaps Fuchse Berlin and Rhein-Neckar Lowen. THW Kiel “trashed” Flensburg at home, with huge 35:21 victory, while HSV Hamburg beat Lubbecke at home with 28:22. Fuchse got their first away this weekend by beating Hannover-Burgdorf with 31:28, and on the 7th Rhein-Neckar Lowen are to play after playing the Wild Card tournament.Complete Results: TBV LemgoBergischer HC07.09.20:15 Hrs HBW Balingen-WeilstettenVfL Gummersbach3628 read more

Papandreou attacks EU and New Democracy for debt crisis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A day after the European Union (EU) provided Greece with political support in its bid to rescue its public finances, George Papandreou accused Brussels of being “timid,” lacking coordination and of using Greece as a scapegoat to hide the 27-nation bloc’s own failings.Speaking to his Cabinet on Friday after returning from an EU leaders’ summit with plenty of encouraging words but no specific financial commitment from the other members, Papandreou suggested that Brussels should also share some responsibility for Greece’s perilous predicament.“Greece has no political or economic superpower to fight this battle alone,” he said. “In the last few months of this crisis, the EU gave its political support but in the battle against the impressions and the psychology of the market, it was at the very least timid.”He said that speculation about the country had “created a psychology of imminent collapse”.The prime minister then turned on the previous New Democracy government, accusing it of covering up the true state of the Greek economy. The conservatives had projected a 3.7 percent deficit for 2009 last spring, several months before PASOK came to power.But Papandreou said it had been remiss of Brussels not to double-check the figures and now put all the blame on Greece.“There was quite a big effort in the European Union to hide their responsibilities behind Greece,” he said. “The Union, the Commission, even Eurostat had the responsibility to be vigilant and to point out to the previous government the slippery slope it was on.”The premier said that the lack of a coordinated response by the EU to Greece’s problem had led to Greek bond spreads reaching a 10-year high and the euro coming under pressure from speculators.“There was a lack of coordination between the various bodies of the Union, the Commission, the member states and the European Central Bank. There were even differing opinions within those bodies.”Mr Papandreous comments followed the European Union offer to back Greece through its debt crisis after the European Leaders summit in Brussels.Despite the EU offer to back Greece it gave no details of any plans to help. European Council president Herman Van Rompuy told reporters after a summit of European Union leaders that assisting Greece was “not necessary today”.The leaders’ broad political commitment came as Greece struggled to tame a towering budget deficit seen endangering other markets in the 16-country eurozone. Among these are other highly-leveraged members such as Portugal and Spain.“Euro-area member states will take determined and co-ordinated action if needed to safeguard financial stability in the euro area as a whole,” Mr Van Rompuy said.“Greece did not ask for any financial support,” he added.Mr Papandreou also reinforced this message after the Leaders summit, insisting that EU leaders didn’t discuss specific plans because Greece didn’t need financial help.He described the leaders’ political agreement as a sign that they would support Greece as it corrects past mistakes and returns its economy to stable footing, dismissing recent market moves as pure speculation.“It’s a crystal clear message for the Greek economy and also for the eurozone,” Mr Papandreou said.European stock markets and the euro fell sharply as it became clear the EU leaders made only a political commitment to help the country.last_img read more

Zissis sues McDonalds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Anastassia Zissis is set to sue fast food giant McDonald’s for injuries sustained when she slipped outside of their restaurant in Adelaide.The 60-year-old cleaner slipped on liquid that had been spilled in an access passage at the back of the company’s Myer Centre outlet in Rundle Mall in October 2008 and is now suing McDonald’s and the building’s manager, Colonial First State Property Management, in South Australia’s District Court.Ms Zissis claims that she injured her neck, lower back and buttocks and has suffered from headaches and psychological injuries which have impaired her ability to lead a normal life and return to full employment, as appeared in documents presented to the court. She claims that the dropped liquid was a result of negligence by McDonald’s staff so to was the lack of warning of the hazard by both the defendants. Her husband, Mr Angelo Zissis is also joining the fight against McDonalds claiming that since the incident he has suffered a loss of companionship, services and assistance as a result of his wife’s injuries.Both McDonald’s and Colonial First State Property Management have denied the claim with McDonald’s stating the spill was obvious and that Ms Zissis was not wearing proper footwear, adding the injuries were caused by Ms Zissis’ own negligence. Colonial First State also denies it had a duty of care to Ms Zissis and argues she was obliged to inspect and clean the area. The company also argued that her injuries were temporary and that she has now fully recovered. The matter will return to court in March.last_img read more

ArsenalSpurs issue warning to fans ahead of crunch tie

first_imgArsenal and Tottenham have appealed to fans to be on their best behaviour in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie. after a racist abuse marred the last encounter.Arsenal ran away 4-2 winners in the last encounter earlier this month but it made headlines for the wrong reasons when a Spurs fan threw a banana onto the pitch as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated scoring a goal.A Tottenham supporter has been fined and handed a four-year football banning order after pleading guilty to throwing a missile and both sides are keen to avoid a repeat of any such unsavoury incidents for the Carabao Cup quarter-final clash.“Local derby matches are always passionate affairs and it is important that supporters play their part on these occasions by getting behind the team in a positive way and making them memorable for the right reasons,” Tottenham said on their official website.A message to all supporters attending tonight’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 19, 2018Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We have enjoyed some unforgettable north London derby encounters over the years and the vast majority of fans have generated incredible atmospheres on these occasions.“However, there were incidents in our most recent Premier League fixture against Arsenal earlier this month where a small number of supporters of both sides behaved unacceptably.“Ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final tie, we wish to remind supporters travelling to Emirates Stadium that any kind of racist, discriminatory or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated by the club.“As a club that has suffered from abuse in the past from opposition supporters, we wish to make clear that there is absolutely no place for this kind of behaviour in or outside of football.”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for August 1 Wilmington Man Arrested Injured Baby Skunk Rescued Vandalism

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, August 1, 2018:Police came across a vehicle running in the parking lot at Michael’s Place on Lowell Street. Two parties stated they had too much to drink and are awaiting a ride from a friend. The vehicle will be staying at this location overnight. (1:01am)Police were out in the Woburn Street area after reports of picketers in the roadway. (7:07am)A passerby reported two turkeys were “stuck together” at West Street and Kilmarnock Street. Animal Control Officer unable to locate. (7:42am)A River Street caller reported her dog caught a baby skunk. Animal Control Officer brought skunk, which was still alive, to Best Pets and then Andover Animal Hospital. (7:46am)A 16-year-old was arrested on a warrant of apprehension (a child requiring assistance warrant) and brought to Lowell Juvenile Court. (8:27am)A Dorchester Street caller reported a squirrel inside their house. (9:04am)A walk-in party reported their debit card was stolen on or about July 30. (2:34pm)Nicholas Evan Belanger (21, Wilmington) was arrested on a warrant. Belanger was arrested at Speedway on Main Street. (4:32pm)A walk-in party reported that on the 129/62 sign by Rotary Park, someone wrote a derogatory term on it. Police notified Mass Highway. (7:06pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 29: Burlington Man Arrested For OUI; Injured HummingbirdIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 1: Lowell Woman Arrested For OUI; Billerica Teen Arrested On Warrant; 2 Drivers Issued SummonsesIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 27: Stranger Enters Resident’s House; Man Denies Asking Young Girls To Follow HimIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Robot uses supersonic air jets to climb on walls and ceilings w

first_img Citation: Robot uses supersonic air jets to climb on walls and ceilings (w/ video) (2011, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-robot-supersonic-air-jets-climb.html (PhysOrg.com) — Instead of using sticky footpads to climb on walls and ceilings, a new robot takes advantage of fast-moving air that can generate an adhesion force on just about any kind of surface. The robot’s grippers, which don’t ever actually touch the surface as the robot climbs, operate on Bernoulli’s principle of fluid dynamics. Da Vinci surgical robot makes a tiny paper airplane More information: IEEE Spectrum The robot was developed by researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, with the results published in a recent ICRA paper by Matthew Journee, et al. According to Bernoulli’s principle, when a fluid (such as air) moves faster, its pressure decreases. To generate extremely fast-moving air, the researchers designed round grippers with tiny 25-μm gaps around the rim, out of which high-speed air can be forced. This design can compress the airflow so much that the air reaches supersonic speeds of Mach 3. The fast-moving air creates a low-pressure vortex inside the grippers that’s strong enough to pull the robot toward nearby surfaces, such as walls and ceilings, without actually touching them. The robot can roll on its two wheels, but the grippers are separated from the surface by a small gap. Explore furthercenter_img The robot demonstrates adhesion with supersonic air jets on a variety of surfaces. Video credit: University of Canterbury. Non-contact Bernoulli grippers have previously been used to pick up lightweight objects, especially those that are sterile or fragile. But in order to use the principle to enable a robot to climb, the researchers had to make the grippers five times stronger than the conventional version. They achieved this increase in strength by the carefully designed gaps, without the need for additional air pressure.The non-contact grippers could have applications in industrial inspections, and should be available in the coming months. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In this clip from the video below, the robot crawls up a wall using a non-contact vacuum grip, due to Bernoulli’s principle. Image credit: University of Canterbury. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Drinking coffee may lead to longer life

first_imgYour daily cup of joe may help you live longer, say scientists who have found that drinking coffee may lower the risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. People who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 per cent less likely to die compared to those who did not drink coffee. This association was even stronger for those who drank two to three cups a day – 18 per cent reduced chance of death. Lower mortality was present regardless of whether people drank regular or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine, said Veronica W Setiawan, associate professor at University of Southern California (USC) in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, used data from the Multiethnic Cohort Study, a collaborative effort between the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and USC’s Keck School of Medicine. The ongoing Multiethnic Cohort Study has more than 215,000 participants and bills itself as the most ethnically diverse study examining lifestyle risk factors that may lead to cancer. “Until now, few data have been available on the association between coffee consumption and mortality in nonwhites in the US and elsewhere,” researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Such investigations are important because lifestyle patterns and disease risks can vary substantially across racial and ethnic backgrounds, and findings in one group may not necessarily apply to others,” they said. Since the association was seen in four different ethnicities, Setiawan said it is safe to say the results apply to other groups. “This study is the largest of its kind and includes minorities who have very different lifestyles,” Setiawan said. “Seeing a similar pattern across different populations gives stronger biological backing to the argument that coffee is good for you whether you are white, African-American, Latino or Asian,” he said. Previous research by USC and others have indicated that drinking coffee is associated with reduced risk of several types of cancer, diabetes, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. Setiawan said any positive effects from drinking coffee are far-reaching because of the number of people who enjoy or rely on the beverage every day. “Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention,” Setiawan said. “Although this study does not show causation or point to what chemicals in coffee may have this ‘elixir effect,’ it is clear that coffee can be incorporated into a healthy diet and lifestyle,” he said.last_img read more