Tata Jaguar Land Rover unveils new James Bond cars

first_imgTata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled its latest fleet of cars to be seen driven around in the new James Bond film ‘Spectre’, set for its global release next month.Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and the iconic Land Rover Defender stole the show at a special 007 event at the palatial Thurn und Taxis in Frankfurt yesterday, on the sidelines of the motor show.The actors of the new James Bond film ‘Spectre’, Naomie Harris and Bond villain David Bautista posed with the vehicles for their first public view.”I made my Bond debut in the Defender, and I have so many fond memories shooting that sequence in Istanbul. It’s such a special franchise to be a part of, and I’m thrilled to be here in Frankfurt with the Jaguar Land Rover team,” said Harris, who plays Miss Moneypenny, and was first seen in the 2012 Bond film ‘Skyfall’.’Spectre’ is the 24th film in the Bond franchise and will feature the Jaguar C-X75 drive through the moonlit streets of Rome in one of the movie’s most iconic high speed chase scenes.The C-X75 supercar, dubbed the most advanced Jaguar ever created, was provided by JLR Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in collaboration with development partner Williams Advanced Engineering headquarters in Oxfordshire, England.”To have the opportunity to be a part of an iconic chase scene in a Bond movie and to drive the C-X75 supercar was like a dream come true for me. It truly is a beautiful beast of a car that will go down in movie history,” said Bautista, who plays Mr Hinx in the movie.”For Jaguar Land Rover to once again be a part of the iconic vehicle line ups in one of the most celebrated film franchises in the world represents a proud moment for us. “It’s an incredible opportunity to showcase production and concept cars alike and we look forward to continuing this relationship well into the future,” said JLR Special Operations managing director John Edwards.advertisementlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli’s message to India after ICC World Twenty20 exit: Thank you for the support

first_imgVirat Kohli had a sensational run in the ICC World Twenty20, smashing 273 runs from five matches but India failed to put it across the West Indies at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Thursday night.However, the 27-year-old run-machine has come out to say that he is ready to move on and learn from the mistakes that led to the team’s ouster from the World T20.Kohli blasted an unbeaten 82 from 51 balls as India posted what seemed like a challenging 192 for 2 off the 20 overs. But the West Indies, aided by the fiery Lendl Simmons and Johnson Charles gunned down the target with three balls to spare.It was a heartbreaking defeat because India were touted as the pre-tournament favourites and had won 13 of their last 15 T20Is coming into the semis. But Kohli has taken the defeat in his stride and posted this message on social media.Kohli has had an exceptional run in ODIs and T20Is this year and has already smashed 1,006 international runs.advertisementlast_img read more

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Olympiacos-Madrid For Hoop Title

first_imgMADRID — Point guard Vassilis Spanoulis scored 11 fourth-quarter points May 15, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, to lead Olympiacos to a 70-68 comeback win over CSKA Moscow and into the Euroleague final.Real Madrid also reached the May 17 game after Gustavo Ayon scored 18 points in the host’s 96-87 win over Turkish club Fenerbahce.Olympiacos beat Madrid for the European title in 2013.Spanoulis, a three-time Euroleague champion and former Houston Rocket, shook off an 0-for-8 first-half shooting performance by hitting three 3-pointers and another jumper to help the Greek club erase a nine-point deficit with under five minutes to play.Spanoulis finished with 13 points, with Giorgios Printezis leading Olympiacos with 14. “One more time we showed our character and heart,” Spanoulis said. “They tried to put me out of the game, but I stayed in there and at the end I knew that I could do it again.”Nando de Colo led CSKA with 18 points off the bench.In the second semifinal, Ayon scored 12 early points and guard K.C. Rivers hit all four 3-pointers he attempted in the first half to give Madrid a 55-35 lead by halftime.Madrid was ahead by 26 points in the third quarter, and held on after the Turkish visitors whittled the deficit down to 10 points with two minutes left.Guard Andrew Goudelock scored most of his game-high 26 points for Fenerbahce in the final period.The match had an ill-tempered finish filled with fouls, as Madrid saw Ayon and two other centers foul out along with Fenerbahce’s Emir Preldzic and regular-season league MVP Nemanja Bjelica.Madrid reached the last two Euroleague finals, losing to Maccabi last year.“This is championship game No. 3 for some of our guys, there is no celebration tonight,” Rivers said. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Peru Advances in Copa América after Suárez Misses Penalty

first_imgSALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Underdogs Peru advanced to the semifinals of Copa América on Saturday after a goalless draw and a penalty shootout miss from Uruguay striker Luis Suárez.Peru’s next opponent will be defending champion Chile, who eliminated Colombia also on penalties Friday night. The match will take place Wednesday at the Arena do Grêmio in Porto Alegre.Brazil and Argentina will face off Tuesday in Belo Horizonte for the other spot in the July 7 final at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.Suárez was the only player to miss from the spot and left the field in tears.Edison Flores scored Peru’s last goal in the 5-4 penalty shootout win.Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, who was under severe criticism after Peru was routed 5-0 by Brazil a week ago, saved Suárez shot with his belly and decided the match for the Peruvians.“He is a goalkeeper that always appears in the important moments,” said Peru coach Ricardo Gareca.Peru got through the group as one of the top two teams finishing third place. Its only win in four matches was a 3-1 against weak Bolivia.Peru’s goalkeeper Pedro Gallese stops a penalty shot during a Copa America quarterfinal soccer match against Uruguay at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)The match in Salvador offered few opportunities for both teams and was played under rain in the entire first half. Only 21,000 fans were at the 48,000-seater Arena Fonte Nova to watch.Uruguay, the team that has won the most Copa Américas, with 15 titles, created the best opportunities during the 90 minutes, but the goals scored by Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Edinson Cavani and Suárez were disallowed by offside.Coach Óscar Tabárez started the match with two of his most aggressive midfielders, Federico Valverde and Giorgian de Arrascaeta, hoping to take advantage of Peru’s defensive troubles during group stage. But those problems were not there anymore for the knockout stage match.“Soccer is not about deserving. They took their penalty shots better,” said Uruguayan defender Diego Godín. “Three goals disallowed. We missed the efficiency to score that goal that would have opened the match.”Coach Tabárez agreed. “Nothing was done against the rules,” he said.After winning Copa América 2011 in Argentina, Uruguay failed to get out of the group in the 2015 and the 2016 editions. The team known as the Celeste advanced to the quarterfinals after beating Chile 1-0, winning Group C and leaving the impression it could fight for the title again.The Peruvians netted all their penalties against goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. Paolo Guerrero, Raúl Ruidíaz, Yoshimar Yotún, Luis Advíncula and Flores got it right from the spot. After Suárez missed, Cavani, Cristhian Stuani, Rodrigo Bentancur and Lucas Torreira converted their shots for Uruguay.Peru’s Gareca said his team deserved to advance because of its will power. His top goal scorer Paolo Guerrero agreed.“We have shown that this group has the will, the blood and the courage,” the striker said.Peru could not count on injured midfielder Jefferson Farfán, one of the most important players of his squad.The match in Salvador marked the third goal less draw in the quarterfinals of Copa América in Brazil. The only goals of this phase were scored in Argentina’s 2-0 victory against Venezuela.Players once more suffered with the poor pitch of the Arena Fonte Nova, filled with bare patches and uneven regions.Poor fields have been a constant complaint during Copa América in Brazil.In the Copa América semifinals there will be extra time if the matches finish in a tie. In the quarterfinals stage the decision went straight to the penalty shootouts if the teams ended level after 90 minutes.___By MAURICIO SAVARESE AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Thai junta-linked party descends on Shinawatra stronghold

first_imgBangkok, Dec 23 (AFP) A political party tied to Thailand’s junta took its message of stability and development to the backyard of the ousted Shinawatra clan Sunday, as leaders dash to connect with voters ahead of an election in February.The junta this month lifted a ban on political campaigning that had been in place since 2014, when the army kicked out the administration of Yingluck Shinawatra, and the race is now on to shore up votes.The military-backed Palang Pracharat party held a meeting in the northern city of Chiang Mai intended to reveal the names of candidates running for office.Thailand’s rural northern heartland has long been a bastion of support for Yingluck and her brother Thaksin — who was himself ousted in 2006 — thanks to welfare schemes and farming subsidies.Chiang Mai is even more symbolic as it is the hometown of the brother-sister political duo, both of whom live in self-exile to avoid what they say are politically motivated convictions.Speaking at a provincial sports stadium, officials from Palang Pracharat, which was started by members of the junta cabinet, presented the party as a new option to bridge Thailand’s divides.”We cannot let the country walk in the old footsteps. We need to become the third choice who can change politics,” said party secretary general and current minister of commerce Sontirat Sontijirawong in a meeting streamed live on Facebook.Palang Pracharat is up against a number of challengers, including Yingluck’s former party Pheu Thai and newcomer Future Forward, which is hoping to lure the youth vote.advertisementParties loyal to the Shinawatras have won every Thai general election since 2001, but both star leaders are outside the country.Junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha has repeatedly insisted that he has no interest in politics.But he has spent the last few months criss-crossing the country, building alliances with local politicians, and offering handouts. He has also attempted to show his softer side to the public through photo ops and public appearances.Palang Pracharat party leader Uttama Savanayana, who is also the minister of industry, made a thinly veiled reference to Prayut as a potential next leader.”We want to overcome conflict, I know you know there is a man who will guide us through the conflict, and in time he will reveal himself,” Uttama told the audience. But no matter the outcome in February critics say Thailand will not return to full democracy.A new charter embeds government policy for the next 20 years, enshrines a hand-picked upper house and the possibility of an appointed prime minister. (AFP) KUNKUNlast_img read more

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ERNST & GRASSLEY RELEASE STATEMENTS ON FEDERAL SHUTDOWN

first_imgIowa’s Republican U.S. Senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both blame the Democrats for the shutdown of the Federal Government that began Saturday.Much of the debate surrounds the inability to compromise on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA act, which would allow children of illegal immigrants born in the United States, the opportunity to remain in the U-S.Grassley released a statement that says “If the 2016 presidential election proved anything, it’s that Americans wanted a new way of doing things, and just want their government to work. That’s true in Iowa and the entire country.”He says “It’s disappointing that Democratic leaders chose to vote against legislation that would have kept the government up and running just to make a point about a policy unrelated to government funding.Joni Ernst statement says she doesn’t like funding our federal government from one short-sighted, band-aid bill to another and that we must establish plans to responsibly fund our government long-term.Democrats in turn blame the Trump Administration and an unwillingness to compromise on that issue and others like a proposed border wall with Mexico for the shutdown.last_img read more

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Arsenal v Southampton: match preview

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Arsenal Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Arsenal, as usual, have begun performing since pressure has been relieved from their league campaign. Helpfully their 4-1 demolition of CSKA Moscow on Thursday also makes the trip to Russia next week much more appealing than it might have been. Arsène Wenger’s side should be in relaxed mood and able to fire on all cylinders. Southampton’s chances of securing a much-needed win look bleak after failing to score in their past three league matches. Graham SearlesSunday 2.15pm Sky Sports Premier League /info/2016/jan/05/the-fiver-email-sign-up Venue Emirates StadiumLast season Arsenal 2 Southampton 1Referee Andre MarrinerThis season G22 Y55 R2 2.59 cards/gameOdds H 4-7 A 28-5 D 7-2ARSENALSubs from Macey, Iliev, Chambers, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Mavropanos, Mertesacker, Elneny, Iwobi, Nelson, LacazetteDoubtful NoneInjured Ospina (ankle, 29 Apr), Cazorla (achilles), Mkhitaryan (knee, both unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y47 R0Form WLLLWWLeading scorer Lacazette 10SOUTHAMPTONSubs from Forster, Taylor, Bednarek, Pied, Davis, Hesketh, McQueen, Obafemi, Sims, Ward-Prowse, Long, Carrillo, Romeu, Boufal, Valery, Flannigan, Jones, WoodDoubtful NoneInjured NoneSuspended NoneDiscipline Y44 R0Form WLDDLLLeading scorer Austin 6 Topics resources Premier League Match previews Reuse this content Southampton Share on Twitter Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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CBS Has Bombshell Report On Oregon QB Justin Herbert

first_imgJustin Herbert of the Oregon Ducks attempts a pass.EUGENE, OR – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on September 22, 2018 in E (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)Any NFL team hoping to tank for an elite QB prospect in the 2019 NFL draft may have just felt a sharp kick in the gut. Because as of now, one of the top QBs on the board might not be going to the NFL next year.In a new report from CBS Sports, it was revealed that Oregon QB Justin Herbert is likely returning to school in 2019.The report states that NFL scouts and even agents are not optimistic about Herbert joining the NFL next year.The 6’6″ Herbert is considered the top QB prospect by many pundits. Some have predicted Herbert would be the No. 1 overall pick in 2019.2018 has been a breakout year for Herbert. He has 1,883 passing yards with 18 TDs and just five INTs – just shy of career highs in all categories.Several NFL QBs who were No. 1 prospects in their junior year ultimately stayed for a senior year and were still the No. 1 overall draft pick. Peyton Manning chose to stay at school in 1997, while Andrew Luck stayed at Stanford in 2011.The 2019 NFL Draft is set for April 25.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Jasprit Bumrah 2nd fastest India bowler to take 100 ODI wickets

first_imgadvertisement World Cup 2019: Jasprit Bumrah 2nd fastest India bowler to take 100 ODI wicketsIndia vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019: Jasprit Bumrah picked up his 100th ODI wicket when he dismissed Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne in the fourth over of the match in Headingley. Next graphs view more view less scorecard Rohan Sen HeadingleyJuly 6, 2019UPDATED: July 6, 2019 19:09 IST Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah took just 57 ODIs to pick up 100 wickets for IndiaBumrah is the second fastest Indian behind Mohammed Shami to achieve the featBurmah has taken 16 wickets in 8 matches so far in World Cup 2019 at an average of 19.75Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah on Saturday became the second fastest Indian to complete 100 wickets in one-day international cricket in the ongoing match against Sri Lanka in Headingley.Bumrah, playing his 57th ODI for India, got the wicket of Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunratne to achieve the milestone. Teammate Mohammed Shami, who has been rested for this game, is the fastest Indian bowler to take 100 wickets in the format.Overall, Bumrah is the 8th fastest bowler to take 100 wickets while Shami is ranked joint-7th on the list with New Zealand’s Trent Boult, both of whom took 56 matches to get to the landmark. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan (44 ODIs) is the fastest to 100 wickets. (India vs Sri Lanka Live Score, ICC World Cup 2019)Bumrah removed Karunaratne in the fourth over after Sri Lanka opted to bat, getting the batsman to edge to the wicketkeeper MS Dhoni.Bumrah then got rid of Kusal Perera in the 8th over, who again was caught-behind to Dhoni.Bumrah has been sensational for India in this World Cup, having taken 16 wickets in 8 matches so far at an average of 19.75 with one four-wicket haul.Bumrah is the sixth-highest wicket taker in the tournament so far behind Mitchell Starc (24), Mustafizur Rahman (20), Lockie Ferguson (17), Mohammad Amir (17), Jofra Archer (17) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (17).Bumrah though, has the best economy rate among the top-10 bowlers in the tournament with 4.51.India were asked to bowl first in their final group match on Saturday by Sri Lanka, who got off to a poor start and lost the openers inside the first eight overs, thanks to Bumrah’s first spell.advertisementIndia, who are already through to the semi-finals, made two changes with Yuzvendra Chahal being rested and Kuldeep Yadav playing in place of him. All rounder Ravindra Jadeja was given his first opportunity to play in the World Cup in place of pacer Mohammed Shami.”We would have batted first as well, used pitch, will get slower as the match progresses. The team is doing well, we are striking a good balance at the right time. Two changes for us, one forced. Chahal has been rested and so is Shami. Kuldeep and Jadeja are in,” Kohli said at the toss.Also Read | Ravindra Jadeja a street-smart cricketer, says Sanjay ManjrekarAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s common joke: We do not like coffee, we do not like teaAlso Read | India vs Sri Lanka: How the teams have fared against each other at World Cups?For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow World Cup 2019Follow India vs Sri Lanka commentary No data available!last_img read more

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Workplace Mental Health and PTSD Conference Kicks Off in Halifax

first_imgGovernment, emergency responders, health-care professionals, and community advocates are meeting today, Oct. 31, in Halifax to discuss workplace mental health and specifically post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Nova Scotia’s first Workplace Mental Health and PTSD Conference is hosted by the province, the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and the Tema Conter Memorial Trust. “For too long mental health injuries haven’t been discussed, or even acknowledged, in our homes, our communities, and our workplaces,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “Fortunately, that’s changing. The conference will keep this important conversation going and help build more awareness and understanding.” At the conference local and national experts will discuss workplace mental health injuries, PTSD, prevention and early intervention strategies, support system best practices, and innovative treatment options. Participants will also take part in facilitated workshops. “For some workers, including first responders, trauma is a workplace hazard,” said Stuart MacLean, CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board Nova Scotia. “Awareness is so important. People need to know about work-related PTSD and the support available to people whose work affects them in this way. That’s why we’re so pleased to be part of this event.” Education sessions throughout the rest of the week will offer mental health training for emergency responders, resiliency workshops and psychosocial first aid training. “The aim of our psychosocial first aid course is to provide early and supportive interventions that will assist people with the emotional distress that may result from involvement in an accident, injury or sudden shocking events,” said Tema Conter’s executive director Vince Savoia. “We are thrilled to bring this, and other educational tools to Nova Scotia and hope we will be able to continue supporting those who help others every day.” For more information on the Workplace Mental Health and PTSD Conference, visit http://novascotia.ca/lae/PTSD-week/.last_img read more

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Bihar MLAs caught dancing with girl while on study tour

first_imgNew Delhi: There are only a few lawmakers in Bihar that make news for good reasons, but there are MLAs in plenty making news for bad reasons and the fresh incident has come into notice after a video of some MLAs, who had visited Manipur as a part of a study tour went viral since Sunday.The MLAs in the viral video were seen hugging and dancing obscenely with a girl while they were on their study tour to Manipur. The lawmakers were the members of the Committee on Internal Resource and Central Assistance of the Bihar Legislative Assembly. The Committee was led Yaduwansh Kumar Yadav, the RJD MLA representing Pipra (Supaul) assembly constituency. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCHowever, Yadav, while talking to the Millennium Post, has dubbed the video as ‘fake’ saying that the men in the video are not the MLAs, who had visited Manipur. “We had left Bihar on May 30 and reached Imphal on May 31. After completing the works of the Committee, we returned back on June 3. The video in circulation is ‘fake’,” Yadav told this reporter. Meanwhile, Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary has issued a showcase notice to all the members of the committee. Yadav had visited along with MLAs Sachin Prasad Singh (BJP), Raj Kumar Rai (JD-U) and Shivachandra Ram (RJD). As per a Imphal Times report, an evening daily, the members of the Committee led by Yadav had visited border town Moreh on June 1 to take stock of the development programme being taken up under the Act East Policy of the Central government. However, they were recorded on camera while dancing with a girl in a room in broad daylight.last_img read more

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Nine years ago this Ojibway woman was murdered and now her children

first_imgMorrisseau was originally from Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, where she is buried, but some of her family live in Ottawa, where she did at the time of her death.Morrisseau was struggling with the wide swath of addictions in the inner-city community of Vanier, on the outskirts of downtown Ottawa.Because she was found on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River, police there have investigated her death.Soon after she was found, Gatineau police released a sketch of a man they called a person of interest and the description of a car they believe she was in before her murder.However, after all these years, her murder remains unsolved.Over the last year, APTN National News has tried to get police to open up Morrisseau’s file and allow reporters to see the work they have done to solve this case. Offering to respect any evidence police needed to hold back.Composite sketch released by Gatineau Police of man believed to have been involved in Kelly Morrisseau’s death In September, after months of uncertainty, Gatineau police spokesman Const. JP Lemay said they couldn’t do it.It would have been uncommon for police to open their file to the media said Lemay.The former lead detective, who retired two years ago, never knowing who killed Morrisseau, also wasn’t available.“The fact that it is an active police investigation, our people do not want to talk about details,” said Lemay.He said it’s active in the sense that police still occasionally get “new tips so investigators work the info in priority.”The lead investigator on Morrisseau’s case had “communications” with the family this week.“Their response is touching and motivating for him,” said Lemay.Morrisseau’s cousin Roxanne, was on Parliament Hill Tuesday when the national inquiry was announced.“We’re just hopeful we’ll get some closure as a family and get some healing,” said Morrisseau of a national inquiry.Her and Kelly’s aunt, Glenda Morrisseau, was found murdered in 1991 in Winnipeg, Man.Her murder also remains unsolved.There was a sign of hope about two years ago when APTN first reported that police had a potential new suspect in early 2013.They had their eyes on Marc Leduc, a man who was charged with the murders of two Ottawa women, one dating back to 2008.They were going to compare Leduc’s DNA to evidence the killer left behind, suggesting police at least have DNA of the man who killed Morrisseau.That determined to be inconclusive.Leduc wasn’t the first person police had asked to take a DNA test. The investigation has taken them throughout the country and it’s believed parts of the United States.Lemay said, while all murders are terrible, Morrisseau’s left a lasting impact on those within the force.APTN visited the parking lot where Morrisseau was found Thursday.The sun was shinning and it was warm as joggers and cyclists moved about.As for her two youngest children they are growing up in a world without their mom, waiting for answers, like so many Indigenous families across the country.kjackson@aptn.ca‎ (Kelly Morrisseau, 27, was found stabbed in a Gatineau park across the river from Ottawa)Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOn the eve of the first meeting with federal ministers and families of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Ottawa to discuss a national inquiry, there are two young boys starting to ask questions of their mother’s murder nine years ago.They were about two and four-years-old when the life of their mom, Kelly Morrisseau, 27, was taken Dec. 10, 2006 on the edge of Gatineau Park.Morrisseau was seven-months pregnant and left for dead on the cold pavement of a parking lot, bleeding from stab wounds about a kilometre from Hull hospital.Clinging to life she was found by a man walking his dog just before dawn.The only thing keeping her alive was the cold temperature.She would be pronounced dead within an hour, along with her unborn baby.Morrisseau was a mother of three and her two youngest children, now 13 and 11, want to know what happened to their mom – more importantly they want to know why no one has been arrested for killing her.“This time of the year, they have heavy hearts, especially with the uncertainty and general lack of information about progress in the investigation,” said one of their adoptive parents who asked that their names and location be kept anonymous. “The children are becoming concerned that Kelly’s death will be forgotten by the system as they are becoming aware of the challenges faced by Aboriginal people in this country.”The system is soon going to be put under the microscope by the Liberal government who called a national inquiry into the crisis of nearly 1,200 Indigenous women who have either been killed or vanished over the last three decades.The Liberals will begin by meeting with families Friday in Ottawa to hear what they want in an inquiry.last_img read more

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Bosnian Serb indicted on genocide charges handed over to UN tribunal

Zdravko Tolimir, 48, was transferred to the custody of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague in the Netherlands after being detained by authorities yesterday in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Tolimir had been on the run for two years before his arrest.Mr. Tolimir, who served as Assistant Commander for Intelligence and Security of the Main Staff of the Bosnian Serb army and reported directly to Mr. Mladic, faces charges of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and numerous crimes against humanity, including extermination, persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, forcible transfer and deportation.His arrest and transfer means only the ICTY’s two most wanted men, Mr. Mladic and former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic, remain fugitives from justice for crimes committed in Srebrenica. In total, only five people of the 161 indicted by the Tribunal since it was set up in 1993 are still at large.Prosecutors allege Mr. Tolimir has responsibility for the murder of thousands of Muslims at Srebrenica in July 1995, when the town was supposed to be a UN-protected area. The indictment also accuses him of making life unbearable for the civilian residents of Srebrenica and Žepa and forcing them to leave the UN-protected areas.Mr. Tolimir was involved in the murder of Bosnian Muslim prisoners being held in temporary locations around eastern Bosnia in 1995, the indictment states, including the summary execution of more than 1,700 men and boys by an army detachment at the Branjevo Military Farm and the Pilica Cultural Centre.The ICTY said today that Mr. Tolimir is scheduled to make his first appearance before the Tribunal’s trial chamber on Monday. 1 June 2007A Bosnian Serb ex-army officer and aide to the notorious army chief Ratko Mladic was today handed over to the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to face genocide charges over the massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. read more

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Doctors condemn hockey violence

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 Violence has been a part of hockey forever. But now Canadian doctors are saying the violence has to stop, in order to protect both the careers and lives of the players.The issue was brought up at this year’s Canadian Medical Association meeting Wednesday. Mia Gordon joins us with the details.

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Average US rate on 30year mortgage drops to 384 per cent 15year

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage drops to 3.84 per cent; 15-year rate down to 3.06 per cent WASHINGTON – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.84 per cent from 3.93 per cent a week earlier. The benchmark rate hasn’t been that low since May 21.The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages declined this week to 3.06 per cent from 3.15 per cent.The panic selling and extreme gyrations in stock markets sent investors to the safety of U.S. government bonds, raising their prices and dampening their rates. Mortgage rates often track the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond, which dipped below 2 per cent on Monday, a day of epic losses and price swings on Wall Street. The yield recovered to 2.18 per cent Wednesday. That compared with 2.22 per cent last Wednesday.On Monday, a brief 1,000-point plunge in the Dow Jones industrial average just minutes after stocks opened for trading sent shivers from Wall Street to Main Street. The average ended the day down 3.6 per cent. The market staged a robust recovery Wednesday, clocking its best day in nearly four years as the Dow average gained 4 per cent.The recent economic jitters and stomach-churning markets have thrown into question whether the Federal Reserve will raise a key interest rate next month, as has been long anticipated. A rate hike by the Fed could bring higher rates for home loans. The Fed has kept its key short-term rate near zero since the financial crisis year 2008.Steady U.S. job growth and low mortgage rates have improved home sales this year. Data issued Thursday by the National Association of Realtors showed that slightly more Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, as pending sales edged up after dipping in June.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged from last week at 0.6 point. The fee for a 15-year loan also held steady at 0.6 point.The average rate on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages fell to 2.90 per cent from 2.94 per cent; the fee fell to 0.4 per cent from 0.5 point. The average rate on one-year ARMs was unchanged at 2.62 per cent; the fee held at 0.3 point. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2015 10:21 am MDT Last Updated Aug 27, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this file photo photo taken, June 8, 2015, a sold sign is displayed outside a new home under construction in Mechanicsville, Va. Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week of Aug. 24, 2015, to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) read more

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One dead 2 others being treated following bee attack at Imbaimadai

Donald McIntosh is now dead, and Raymond Oselmo and Tyrone Charles are being treated for stings they received after being attacked by a swarm of Africanized bees at Imbaimadai, Region Seven, on Tuesday last.The body of the late Donald McIntosh being taken to the morgue as resdients looks onThe three miners were reportedly driving an excavator along a trail in the Imbaimadai area when they encountered a tree that blocked their path.They used the excavator to push down the tree, but were attacked by swarms of Africanized bees that were inhabiting a hive in the tree. Panicking, McIntosh allegedly ran into the nest while his two companions ran in the opposite direction. His body was found sometime later.It is believed that when McIntosh jumped off the excavator, his foot got stuck in “quicksand”, and this detained him long enough for the bees to concentrate their attack on him.After getting out of the quicksand, McIntosh reportedly ran a short distance before collapsing.His companions recalled hearing him screaming for help for more than an hour before he finally went silent, but they claim they were afraid to go to his assistance.This was reportedly the second time that McIntosh had had an encounter with Africanized bees. His body is at the Bartica Regional Hospital awaiting a post mortem.Apiculturists from Kingdom Apiary have since been called in to capture the bees, and they have reportedly removed several hives, which will be harvested for honey.Linden Stewart has said this attack underscores the need for miners to receive urgent training regarding how to operate when attacked by bees. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice machine operator killed by African beesOctober 21, 2017In “Crime”Corentyne sugar worker dies after bee attackOctober 11, 2016In “latest news”Sugar worker killed in deadly bee attack – several other GuySuCo workers injuredMarch 27, 2016In “latest news” read more

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Alliance and BHP Nickel West extend air charter services agreement

first_imgAlliance Aviation Services Limited has extended the air charter services to BHP Nickel West for a further five years.This service, which has been operational since November 2006, was Alliance’s initial service in Western Australia and has become the cornerstone for the company developing a large presence in the state, the company said.Lee Schofield, Alliance’s CEO, said: “Alliance has worked with BHP Nickel West as a partner in the provision of these services accommodating changes during the resources downturn and now we are experiencing growth of up to 17 charters per week as economic conditions continue to improve.“As with our other resources customers throughout Australia, we are seeing growth in the number of charters as the current demand for resources is maintained and production increases.”In July, Alliance won a three-year extension to its aviation services contract with St Barbara’s Leonora gold operations in the state.BHP Nickel West, meanwhile, has recently signed a mining services contract extension with Thiess, part of the CIMIC Group, to continue operations at the Leinster underground mine.last_img read more

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Leading Australian underground coal contractor Mastermyne sees earnings jump as market improves

first_imgMastermyne Group Ltd has announced its 2018 second half year results. Mastermyne has continued to capiltise on the strong coal market recovery and is well positioned for future growth. For the half year ended 31 December 2018 the company recorded a profit after tax of A$3.2 million. This result is a significant increase on the previous corresponding period, which was a net profit of $A1.8 million.Revenue in the period of A$116.8 million was an increase of 28% on the previous corresponding period (A$91.0 million). The increase in revenue is attributed to the award of new contracts in the mining division along with scope increase and extensions of existing mining contracts. Despite the increase in activity and revenue, the overhead cost has remained relatively unchanged.Mastermyne’s Managing Director, Tony Caruso said, “the continued strong financial performance, significantly improved order book, our favourable position as the leading underground coal contractor, and a robust coal market outlook has Mastermyne well positioned to capiltise on the continuing strong market conditions.”Key highlights for the half year include nine sites had zero recordable injuries and Mastermyne’s injury rate continues to improve; significant increase in roadway development metres; workforce numbers continue to increase with a forecast workforce of 1,250+ by year end; equipment hire fleet ultilisation of 86%; strong firs half financial performance with stronger H2 based on current run rate and new projects; significantly improved Order Book at A$489million (includes Anglo contract extension) with A$324 million contracted beyond FY19; and a positive industry outlook including brownfield and greenfield expansion is supporting a strong pipeline.During the period Mastermyne has operated a record seven development units. The total output of these units was also a record for Mastermyne since its inception. This, and the general strength of the market has delivered growth in the workforce and increased man hours across all projects. These results are being driven by a buoyant coal sector which continues to deliver record levels of coal production for the export market. These high production levels will continue to support strong demand for mining services, and in turn underpin continued growth for the company.Whilst up compared to H1 FY18, revenue and margins were affected by the suspension of the North Goonyella contract and difficult mining conditions incurred on the Narrabri and Wambo unit rate development contracts. Both the Narrabri and Wambo contracts will see improved margins in the second half as these contracts were renegotiated with better terms insulating the company from the full impact of poor mining conditions. The company has maintained its strong focus on a low overhead base with only minimal escalation to support the increased activities. Subsequently, overheads have materially decreased as a percentage of revenue, resulting in improved EBITDA margins. Overheads will remain largely unchanged in H2 FY19 and are expected to continue to decrease as a percentage of overall revenue. Over the past six months the majority of the equipment fleet has been hired out and where the opportunity has presented, improved hire rates have been secured. Capital investmentof A$3.7 million was expended to overhaul the company’s mining equipment for hire into new contracts. As a result, the group’s equipment utilisation rate improved to 86%, and has been a strong contributor to the improvement in the EBITDA margin.With the ongoing demand for mining equipment the company has taken the opportunity to acquire additional equipment which has also been placed on hire. Whilst the demand for equipment remains strong there has been no material change in the availability of equipment or the introduction of new equipment and the company continues to leverage the fleet to secure further work and stronger pricing.The Mining division has underpinned the strong first half performance with revenue of A$100.5 million, representing a growth of 30% from H1 FY18. The division has successfully secured contract extensions on several projects which underpin the significant improvement in the order book. Contract extensions were secured at Wambo (two additional years), at Integra, where purchase order work was converted to contract work for a two year period with two x one year options, and lastly at Appin, where the option period was triggered for another 12 months. Negotiations on extension of the Anglo Moranbah Regional Umbrella Contract are well progressed. Given the value of the three year contract (plus options), it is expected to take most of the second half to finalise approval. “The relationship with Anglo remains very positive and the company remains confident this contract extension will complete. The Mastertec division delivered improved financial results with revenue up 18% on H1 FY18 to A$16.3 million and a significantly improved EBITDA contribution compared to a loss in previous results. The consolidation back to core business in scaffolding and protective coating services has resulted in improvements across all aspects of the division. The company has maintained its strict focus on operational flexibility enabling it to move quickly to increase and decrease costs as work necessitates.”“Margins should remain strong in the second half and will improve further where the company can increase revenues and leverage the fixed overhead costs. The outlook for Mastermyne remains very positive underpinned by a buoyant coal sector. The company will continue to focus on growth through the depth and quality of the order book and the significant pipeline in both the contracting area and the whole of mine projects. The Order Book currently stands at A$489 million (includes Anglo contract extension) with A$115 million to be delivered in the second half, (excludes purchase order and recurring revenue that tracks at approximately A$30 million per annum). In the outer years, revenue of A$166million for FY20 and A$208 million beyond FY20, exclusively with Tier 1 mining clients, provides a very strong platform for growth. Second half activities will be dominated by recruitment and resourcing of new projects and will require a continued focus on project execution to unlock the margin upside still within the current projects. Equipment will continue to be onboarded as new projects are mobilised and the company will remain focused on maximising utilisation as this occurs. Any capital expenditure will continue to be aligned with contract terms ensuring satisfactory returns.”“The robust outlook further supports the reemergence of greenfield and brownfield expansion projects with several proponents undertaking feasibility studies, or recommencing stalled underground projects. The company continues to be involved in discussions with proponents who are acquiring existing underground mines and are looking to restart operations utilising contract miners. This is driving the company’s Whole of Mine growth strategy. Whilst the most advanced Whole of Mine opportunity has not proceeded due to external factors outside the control of the company, other opportunities continue to present.”last_img read more

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Leaders vie for independents after first hung parliament in 70 years

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott will meet with independent MPs today after Saturday’s federal election resulted in Australia’s first hung parliament since 1940. Another election might be needed if agreement can’t be reached between either of the major parties and the independents who hold the balance of power in the House of Representatives. Counting continues today, after neither party secured the 76 seats required to form government in Saturday’s election. Labor currently has 73 of the 150 seats, according to the Australian Electoral Commission, in Parliament’s lower house, while Liberal holds 70 seats.There are five confirmed minor party and independent MPs, and five seats still too close to call, including another possible independent.Liberal beat out Labor in Queensland and NSW, but Labor claimed McEwan and LaTrobe from the Liberals in Victoria, where it was last night holding on to Corangamite, with postal votes still to count. The national 2 per cent swing against the ALP means it could become the first government to be denied a second term since the Scullin Labor government was voted out in 1931.In a bid to woo independent members, both sides could be set to modify their policies including faster broadband, better mental health services, bush jobs and increased dental care.Labor leader Julia Gillard said stable government would continue, while she and Greens leader Bob Brown move to reassure financial markets.The Greens, who created history when Adam Bandt won the seat of Melbourne, and will hold the Senate balance of power from July next year, said they wanted action on climate change, reconsideration on gay marriage and a parliamentary debate on keeping troops in Afghanistan.Labor and the coalition are now battling for the support of three critical rural independents, Bob Katter, from far north Queensland, and Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott, from NSW.Greek Australian Labor MPs look set to retain their seats. In South Australia, Labor’s Hindmarsh MP, Steve Georganas, who has held the position for two terms, is leading against Liberal candidate Jassmine Wood with Labor tallying 36, 672 votes and Liberal 28, 380 votes, at last count. In Victoria’s Calwell electorate incumbent member Maria Vamvakinou is leading with 52,848 votes against Liberal candidate Wayne Tseng who tallied 22,903 votes, at last count. Long-standing Liberal moderate Petro Georgiou’s replacement in Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg, sustained a small swing against him to retain the seat for the Liberals, while Liberal MP for Indi in Victoria, Sophie Mirabella, was reelected for a fourth term on Saturday, with increased margins on her already safe seat. Julia Gillard has asked the Australian population to look past Labor’s recent history and instead consider her personality as a basis for a stable federal government.“I think I can credibly offer stability because people, I think, know about me and perhaps the Australian people see in me someone very focused, determined, methodical, gets a lot of work done, and I would run a government in that style,” she told the Herald yesterday.Opposition leader Tony Abbott said Saturday’s result indicated that the public expected a change of government.“It is historically unprecedented for a first-term government to receive the kind of rebuff that the Rudd-Gillard government received yesterday,” he told the Herald Sun on Sunday, adding that a minority Labor government would be “chronically divided and dysfunctional”.last_img read more

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Historic Israeli Moon Mission Will Carry Time Capsule to Space

first_img Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface Stay on target Israel’s first spacecraft—packed full of national, cultural, and traditional symbols—is scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral in February.Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and nonprofit SpaceIL this week unveiled a time capsule that will travel to the Moon with next year’s historic sendoff.The cache comprises three discs, each containing hundreds of digital files, including details about the spacecraft and the crew building it; Israel’s Declaration of Independence, national anthem “Hatikvah,” and flag; the Wayfarer’s Prayer (Tefilat HaDerech); and a children’s book inspired by SpaceIL’s lunar mission.“This is a very emotional moment,” Yonatan Winetraub, one of three SpaceIL founders, said as he inserted the time capsule into the craft. “”It is very possible that future generations will find this information and want to learn more about this historic moment.”The Good Ship Beresheet (Hebrew for “Genesis”) will launch early next year alongside other satellites, as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.“This is another step on our way to the Moon,” SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby said in a statement.“[We] have completed testing of the spacecraft and its systems, and are preparing for the beginning of an the amazing and complex journey that exemplifies innovation, creativity, and courage,” he continued. “The spacecraft’s historic journey, which also includes a scientific mission, makes a significant contribution to advancing the space industry and the subject of space in Israel.”In October, SpaceIL and the Israeli Space Agency announced a collaboration with NASA that will enable the country to improve its ability to track and communicate with the spacecraft before, during, and after landing on the Moon.“We are proud to be the first non-governmental entity in the world to go to the Moon,” Opher Doron, IAI’s Space Division General Manager, said. “Landing on the Moon was for many years a little-discussed topic among the public, but recently we see growing interest as world superpowers seek to return to the Moon in a variety of commercial missions.”Russia’s federal space agency Roscosmos last month unveiled plans for construction of lunar bases by 2040. NASA, meanwhile, expects to have a continuous manned presence on the Moon within a decade.“There is no doubt that the technological knowledge acquired by IAI during the development and construction of Beresheet, together with SpaceIL and combined with the space capabilities developed over more than 30 years at IAI, puts us at the global forefront in the ability to complete lunar missions,” Doron said.With no plans to return to Earth, the spacecraft and time capsule will remain on the Moon indefinitely—perhaps a souvenir for future generations who colonize Earth’s satellite.More on Geek.com:China Launches Lunar Probe to Far Side of the MoonThe Full Moon is Electric, Boogie Woogie WoogieJapanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Is SpaceX’s First Private Astronautlast_img read more

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