Xiaomi unveils special Cherry Pink edition of Mi Note

first_imgAfter unveiling the Redmi 2 variant, Redmi 2A during the fifth anniversary of the company, Xiaomi has now introduced a special edition of the Mi Note. It will also come along with a 5000 mAh power bank and be packed in a pink box. Xiaomi has claimed that the smartphone has been colored using enhanced blasting technology for a uniformly cherry pink color.The specifications will be similar to the Mi Note. Which means the smartphone will sport a 5.7-inch IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, Android 4.4 KitKat with MIUI, and dual-sim support. Other features include a 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, 4K video recording, 4MP front camera, 4G LTE, and a 3000mAH battery. Some connectivity options include WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS. The special edition is priced at 2499 Yuan (roughly Rs 25,215) and will go on sale starting from April 8.last_img read more

SC allows Centre, BCCI to suggest names of administrators

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 24 (PTI) In a fresh twist to the ongoing case on cricket reforms, the Supreme Court today allowed the Centre and embattled BCCI to suggest names for appointment in the committee of administrators to run the apex cricket body, making it clear that no one over the age of 70 years should be considered.The court, which had initially sought names from amicus curiae, Anil Divan and Gopal Subramaniam, for appointing the administrators, deferred the decision to announce the names of administrators till January 30 after BCCI and the central government successfully argued that they should also be allowed to give names in sealed covers for consideration.The bench, comprising Justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, allowed BCCI to shortlist three names from among the existing office bearers who are not disqualified by following due procedure, to represent the Board in the ICC executive meeting to be held from February 2.The names to be considered for the post of administrators and representing BCCI in the ICC meet respectively, have to be submitted in sealed covers in the court by January 27, it said.The bench took note of the submission made by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared for BCCI, that the cricket body was also given the liberty to suggest names for appointment of administrators and due to some “inadvertence” it was not availed of.It also considered the arguments of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that the Centre, which was “mulling” the idea of coming out with a legislation, be allowed to suggest names.advertisement”We permit them (Centre and BCCI) to suggest names for committee of administrators,” it said, adding that the names “should be in consonance with the main judgement (of July 16, last year) and subsequent orders thereafter”.The bench clarified it would decide the size of the panel and set up the committee of administrators after considering the names suggested by amicus curiae, BCCI and the Centre.At the outset, Rohatgi submitted that the appointment of administrators be “held back” for two weeks as the Centre was mulling the idea of bringing a “law or an executive order” on the issue of autonomy of sports bodies, including BCCI. Sibal concurred and raised the similar plea.”This case has to move both ways. The committee of administrators has to be constituted to assist the R M Lodha committee,” the bench said, while rejecting the plea. (More) PTI ABA MNL SJK ARClast_img read more

Experts criticise Wanderers pitch, term it “dangerous”

first_imgJohannesburg, Jan 26 (PTI) The Wanderers pitch on offer for the ongoing third cricket Test between India and South Africa has come in for sharp criticism with former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding terming the surface “dangerous”.”This pitch, I think, is dangerous. I would hate to be a batsman on this pitch given what I am seeing happening out there at the moment on the third day of a Test match,” Holding told PTI.”Look, I am happy with lateral movement, like we saw in the first Test (at Cape Town). I have no problem with that. But when balls start exploding off a length and people start getting hit left, right and centre, I dont think thats a good pitch,” he added.The Wanderers pitch has coming under criticism from former cricketers and commentators for its dangerous nature.The talk of the entire third day was about the uneven bounce of the track with some of the cracks on good length and short of it opening up.As many as three Indian and one South African batsmen were hit on day three as the ball rose from good length area.Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli were hit on their hands in the morning session, in the 31st and 35th overs respectively, while Ajinkya Rahane was hit too post lunch, in the 58th over. All instances happened off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada.Later in the day chasing 241 runs for a win, Deal Elgar was struck on his hand by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the third over of their second innings.advertisementEarlier in the day, two umpires ? Aleem Dar and Ian Gould ? had a long chat in the middle and inspected the pitch before play resumed. Surprisingly, there is no official word from the match referee on this issue yet.Holding, here on commentary duty with official broadcaster Super Sport, also criticised the pitch on air as well.He rated the pitch “2 out of 100″ and called for the abandonment of the game as early as the pre-lunch session.”They should have called it off when (Murali) Vijay got hit,” Holding later explained, off air.”This is not a cricket pitch, this is dangerous. Call it off, forget it. You cant play cricket on that. I have no idea what has gone wrong but I know its not a good cricket pitch,” he said.”The last time I saw something like this, the match was abandoned in Jamaica in 1998, and it didnt even last this long.”From the beginning of the match, the ball was kicking off length from Corlett Drive End but today the ball started rearing up from Golf Course End as well.This behaviour of the wicket also drew sharp criticism from other former cricketers, also here on commentary duty.”Uneven bounce is the problem, not lateral movement. It is quite dangerous from batting point of view when you have tall bowlers hitting the deck hard and bowling around 140. It is dangerous and its not ideal,” said former South African captain Kepler Wessels.”We want a good contest between bat and ball, and this pitch is not providing that. I would give it 3 out of 10.”Former South African captain Shaun Pollock had deemed it a bad pitch as early as day two, and agreed with both Holding and Wessels that the game should be abandoned.Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar, also here on commentary duty with Super Sport, criticised the inconsistent bounce of the track but didnt go as far as calling for the match to be abandoned.”The Indian batsmen should be commended for scoring 240- odd because it is a difficult pitch no doubt. No batsman can feel certain on a wicket like this and the unpredictable bounce makes it dangerous as well. But I dont think the match should be abandoned,” Gavaskar told PTI, just as Elgar was hit by Bhuvneshwar early in the South Africas second innings. PTI CN SSC SSClast_img read more

Dallas Cowboys Release Brandon Weeden

first_imgThe Dallas Cowboys have announced Tuesday that they are cutting ties with former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.Cowboys Officially Release Brandon Weedenhttps://t.co/LGEjNpB6Q9— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 17, 2015The move comes to clear room to activate Tony Romo for this weekend to the active roster after having been injured since week 2.Dallas went 0-3 as the starter this season and lost his starting job to Matt Cassell during the week 6 bye week.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Allegri hits back at Juve critics

first_imgJuventus It’s crazy to think we’d beat Spurs 3-0 – Allegri hits back at Juve critics Dejan Kalinic 15:41 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juventus UEFA Champions League Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur The Juve manager hit out at critics following the club’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Spurs on Tuesday Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri dismissed criticism of his team after their Champions League draw with Tottenham, saying it was “crazy” their opponents were being underestimated.Gonzalo Higuain scored an early brace in the first leg of the last-16 tie in Turin on Tuesday but missed a penalty late in the opening half.Harry Kane had already pulled a goal back for Spurs, who earned a 2-2 draw thanks to a Christian Eriksen strike in the second half. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Allegri, who expects Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi back for the return leg, said expectations Juve would kill off the tie in Turin were misplaced.”Juventus play to win the Champions League but we are not the favourites to win it. And it’s impossible to reach the final every year,” he said.”We are doing our best and my players should be happy because they are having an amazing season. And I’m also happy for what they are doing. We know that we need to improve.”We still have a good chance to qualify in London, but it’s totally crazy to think that Juventus has to win 3-0 in the round of 16 in the Champions League.”It’s something that makes me crazy because you aren’t able to analyse how good teams are in the Champions League. I cannot accept that people think this 2-2 result against Tottenham can make us depressed.”Triplice fischio all’Allianz Stadium: 2-2 nell’andata degli Ottavi tra Juve e @SpursOfficial, alla doppietta di @G_Higuain rispondono Kane ed Eriksen.#JuveTOT #UCL #TOGETHER pic.twitter.com/0BWkBHDcux— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) February 13, 2018Juve have been runners-up in two of the past three Champions Leagues, but have work to do against Tottenham.Allegri said his side were never favourites against Spurs as he prepares for a “final” in the second leg at Wembley next month.”We had a 50 per cent chance before and we still have 50 per cent. Tottenham are amazing,” he said.”Anyway, football is weird because [Gianluigi] Buffon saved us at 2-0, then we had the chance to go ahead 3-0. We didn’t, then they scored for 2-1. After that we had the chance for 3-1 with the penalty but Higuain missed it.”We knew that it was going to be a difficult match. We are facing Tottenham in the Champions League, a really physical and technical team.”Now, in London it will be a final and we will have to fight to go through.”last_img read more

Details of messages Sala sent to friend emerge as search resumes

first_imgThe search and rescue operation that is attempting to find the missing plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala resumed on Wednesday, with Leganes forward Diego Rolan having revealed how the player reportedly contacted a friend prior to the disappearance.Sala, Cardiff City’s £15 million ($19m) record signing , was travelling to Wales on Monday evening having said his goodbyes to his Nantes team-mates prior to linking up with his new club on Tuesday.But the plane disappeared off radar off the coast of Guernsey in the English Channel between the UK and France, with efforts to find any trace of the aircraft having proved unsuccessful thus far . Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Guernsey police confirmed on Wednesday morning that attempts to find the plane have now resumed and that a targeted area that “has the highest likelihood of finding anything” has been identified.They tweeted: “We have resumed searching. Two planes are taking off and will search a targeted area we believe has the highest likelihood of finding anything, based on review of the tides and weather since it went missing.”Coastal areas around Alderney and off-lying rocks and islands will also be searched from the air. Updates will be provided once information is available.”This follows revelations from Leganes player and Uruguay international Rolan, who claims that Sala contacted a friend prior to the plane going missing, suggesting that the 28-year-old had predicted that he was going to be in difficulty.Emiliano Sala Cardiff City“I’ve had several private flights on that type of aircraft, you always have that fear, but no one ever expects that situation,” Rolan told  Radio 1010 AM .”I received a message that Emiliano had sent to one of his friends in Argentina and I was very scared by everything that’s happened. I am in shock. Before he had left he predicted everything that happened and sent it to a friend who was also very scared.”He told a friend that he was very scared about the plane and that if they could not find it, they would already know what happened. What he predicted is what happened.”Argentine publication Ole  have released what they claim to be the audio WhatsApp messages sent by Sala, revealing the Cardiff striker’s concern with the plane and the conditions he was travelling in.”Hello, little brothers, how are you crazy people? Brother, I’m really tired, I was here in Nantes doing things, things, things, things and things, and it never stops, it never stops, it never stops,” Sala reportedly said in a first recording.”I’m here on a plane that looks like it’s about to fall apart, and I’m going to Cardiff, crazy, tomorrow we already start, and in the afternoon we start training, boys, in my new team.”A later message, reportedly sent by Sala again, says:  “How are you guys, all good? If you do not have any more news from in an hour-and-a-half, I don’t know if they need to send someone to find me… I am getting scared!”Prior to suspending the search on Tuesday evening, Guernsey police released an update to suggest that the chances of finding survivors was now slim.Tu es plus qu’un joueur, @EmilianoSala1 . #PrayForSala pic.twitter.com/P5D9wtkoTK — FC Nantes (@FCNantes) January 22, 2019 They wrote on Twitter: “During the course of the 15-hour search, which used multiple air and sea assets from the Channel Islands, UK and France, a number of floating objects have been seen in the water. We have been unable to confirm whether any of these are from the missing aircraft.”We have found no signs of those on board. If they did land on the water, the chances of survival are at this stage, unfortunately, slim.”Cardiff released a statement  on Tuesday from club CEO Ken Choo, who said the club were “praying for positive news”, with Nantes also expressing their concern at the situation .Supporters of Sala’s former club Nantes held a vigil in the city on Tuesday evening, gathering at the Place Royale to lay yellow tulips at the foot of the fountain as they prayed for positive news over the player’s disappearance. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Bills Sign Former USC Star As Backup QB

first_imgA Buffalo Bills player picking up his helmet off of the field.FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: A helmet is shown before a game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)The QB situation in Buffalo has gotten so bad that the Bills are signing guys off the street who might play games within a week. With injuries to Josh Allen and Derek Anderson, along with the perpetually underproductive Nathan Peterman, the Bills are turning to one former USC QB to help salvage the position.According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Bills are signing QB Matt Barkley to a one-year deal.Rapoport indicated that a concussion to Derek Anderson may make him unavailable in the Bills’ next game. This in turn could force Barkley into the lineup as at least a backup very quickly.Barkley, who was a starter for the Trojans from 2009 to 2012, has bounced around the league almost endlessly over the course of his five-year NFL career.The #Bills signed QB Matt Barkley to a 1-year deal, and he may end up backing up Nathan Peterman if Derek Anderson’s concussion makes him unavailable.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 31, 2018Barkley owns many significant passing records from his four years at USC. He is the school’s all-time leader in passing yards, passing TDs, total yards, and total TDs. Additionally, Barkley holds the three highest passing yardage totals in team history.The Bills, at 2-6, have already started three different QBs this year with Peterman, Anderson, and the rookie Josh Allen.However, the offense has been completely stagnant for most of the season. The Bills have been held to 13 points or fewer in six of their eight games.last_img read more

Bobby Petrino Coaching Rumor Has Been Shot Down By Missouri

first_imgBobby Petrino with his arms folded ahead of a Louisville game.CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 01: Head coach Bobby Petrino of the Louisville Cardinals looks on prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Bobby Petrino was fired by Louisville following the end of the 2018 college football season, but has the notorious head coach already landed a new job?That’s what one of his former quarterbacks is claiming. Former Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson says that Petrino has landed a job at Missouri.Wilson broke the news during a radio show appearance on “The Morning Rush” with John Nabors.BREAKING: Former Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson says Bobby Petrino is the new QB coach for Mizzou football, while talking on ESPN Arkansas radio show “Hit That Line”— Shain Bergan (@ShainKCTV) April 18, 2019Missouri, though, says that isn’t accurate.Petrino has been at Missouri, observing some spring game practices, though he hasn’t been hired.Regrading report that Bobby Petrino is coaching Mizzou QBs, MU administration spokesman says “not true.” Petrino has been in Columbia observing some spring practices. Obvious connection with WR coach Garrick McGee— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) April 18, 2019In the radio segment where former Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson said Petrino is Missouri’s new QB coach he also said Garrick McGee is Missouri’s offensive coordinator. Obviously that’s not true. McGee is WRs coach. Derek Dooley is still MU’s OC.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) April 18, 2019Petrino does have a noted history of developing prominent quarterbacks, as he had Lamar Jackson at Louisville and Ryan Mallett at Arkansas. The former NFL head coach also has experience coaching Michael Vick.So, he could be valuable as an offensive assistant for a major program, though it doesn’t appear that it’s happening at Missouri.last_img read more

IPL 2019: MS Dhoni and wife Sakshi take a nap at airport after another late night finish

first_img India Today Web Desk ChennaiApril 10, 2019UPDATED: April 10, 2019 13:19 IST MS Dhoni took to Instagram to post a photo of himself taking a nap at the airport (mahi7781 Instagram Photo)Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni and his teammates had very little time to celebrate their table-topping win at home over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Tuesday. The defending champions had to take an early morning flight on Wednesday to Jaipur where they will take on Rajasthan Royals in their seventh Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match on Thursday.Skipper MS Dhoni, who loves his sleep, seems to have struggled due to the lack of it ahead of Chennai Super Kings’ early morning flight to Jaipur from Chennai. Poor over rates during Tuesday’s match against KKR hasn’t helped either. Despite CSK chasing a 109-run target in 17.2 overs, the match finished well after the scheduled time.Dhoni took to Instagram to post a photograph of himself and his wife Sakshi taking a nap at the Chennai airport while waiting for their flight. Both of them can be seen using a backpack as a makeshift pillow.”After getting used to IPL timing this is what happens if u have a morning flight,” Dhoni wrote as caption.View this post on InstagramAfter getting used to IPL timing this is what happens if u have a morning flightA post shared by M S Dhoni (@mahi7781) on Apr 9, 2019 at 9:36pm PDTCSK had camped in Chennai over the last five days and managed to win two matches during the said period at Chepauk, which has been their fortress over the years. However, Dhoni’s men will be on the road for the next 10 days during which they will play four matches.advertisementAfter the match against former champions Royals in Jaipur, Chennai Super Kings will head to Kolkata on Sunday, April 14 for a stiff test at the Eden Gardens following which they will play Sunrisers Hyderabad in a repeat of last year’s final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on April 17.CSK also travel to Bengaluru for an away match against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 21 before returning home ahead of their 11th match against SRH on April 23.Dhoni’s men have been brilliant in their title defence so far. Having won four matches on sluggish wickets at home, it will be interesting to see how CSK adapt to different conditions in their upcoming away matches.Notably, CSK’s only defeat in IPL 2019 so far came against former champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. Dhoni’s men failed to chase a 171-run target as they were restricted to 133 for 8 in their quota of 20 overs last week.Also Read | MS Dhoni doesn’t tell you much but gives key inputs, says Deepak ChaharAlso Read | MS Dhoni slams Chennai pitch again: Don’t want to play on wickets like theseAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow MS DhoniFollow Chennai airportFollow IPL 2019Follow Sakshi Dhoni IPL 2019: MS Dhoni and wife Sakshi take a nap at airport after another late night finishChennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni took to Instagram to post a photo of himself managing to get a nap ahead of an early morning flight at the Chennai airport. CSK are travelling to Jaipur on Wednesday, hours after their big win over Kolkata Knight Riders at Chepaukadvertisementlast_img read more

Kiara Advani turns airport fashion sexy in sports bra and pyjamas with Rs 2 lakh bag. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See pics 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Priyanka Chopra in satin red mini wrap-dress enjoys date night with Nick Jonas in NYC 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani in spaghetti strap top and mini shorts shows how to add oomph to casual lookOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Kiara Advani was snapped outside the airport today in Mumbai.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: The diva returned from Lake Como vacation with her family today.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: For her airport look, the Kabir Singh actor went for a chic and sexy outfit and we are definitely taking notes.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: Kiara wore a flamingo pink Nike sports bra.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: The diva flaunted her washboard abs in matching pyajamas.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: She also added a oversized jacket over her sexy yet comfy attire.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Caption: The diva carried a Valentino Garavani medium VLogo escape bag with her outfit.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Image: Caption: The bag is worth Rs 2,02,965.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 7Image: Caption: She styled the ensemble with sunglasses, shoes and sleek chains.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 8Image: Caption: For her glam, Kiara went with an au-naturel look with nude lips and middle-parted tresses.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 9Tags: kiara advaniSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: Kiara Advani was snapped outside the airport today in Mumbai. She wore a flamingo pink Nike sports bra and matching pyjamas with a Rs 2 lakh.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5d947ef4765581570012916_1605552_editCommentContent Publish date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 – 15:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Kiara Advani turns airport fashion sexy in sports bra and pantsApp headline: Kiara Advani turns airport fashion sexy in sports bra and pants1200x675:last_img read more

DP World Starts Operating Saint John Canada Terminal

first_imgzoom DP World Saint John has begun operating a multi-purpose container, bulk, and breakbulk terminal at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.Saint John is said to be ideally positioned to serve the needs of shippers and receivers in New England, Eastern Canada, and the Midwest.DP World Saint John offers year-round, ice-free access, with a deep draft and no air draft restrictions. The multi-purpose terminal can handle all types of cargo, including containers, breakbulk, heavy-lift and vehicles.Its capability is expected to grow soon as the Port of Saint John has plans underway for a major facility expansion. DP World Saint John will work in partnership with the Saint John Port Authority and with the governments of Canada and New Brunswick to embark on a previously announced CAD 205 million infrastructure modernization program expected to be completed in 2021, with the DP World Saint John lease continuing for 30 years after.With the Port Authority’s completion of the expansion works, a 350 metre deep-water berth will be created, an enhanced stacking area and a 12,000 foot intermodal rail yard capable of handling a full train, DP World said.DP World Saint John will begin operations implementing DP World’s own Zodiac Terminal Operating System (TOS). Zodiac provides an integrated platform to track vessel, yard, gate and rail movements equipped with advance optimisation modules.With the October 2016 arrival of two new quay cranes, DP World Saint John is adding new terminal cargo handling equipment to further expand capacity and productivity. Once modified, the new cranes will be capable of working a 16 container-wide, 6,500 TEU capacity vessel, as compared to the average 3,000 TEU vessels currently serviced.The cranes will also have the ability to handle larger vessels through all loading and tidal conditions. Saint John has some of the largest tides in the world and being able to continuously work a vessel through a 7.7m tidal cycle improves current operational capabilities, DP World said.Upgrades will also be made to the existing Rodney Terminal wharf infrastructure to prepare for the arrival of the larger cranes.last_img read more

UN development agency seeks 10 million to help women and girls in

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appealed for $10 million for a two-year initiative to help women and girls affected by conflicts or natural disasters. “Neglecting women and girls in crises makes no sense from a development perspective,” said UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Crisis Bureau Kathleen Cravero. “Not only do we fail to address the needs of half the population, we also fail to gain from their insights and resourcefulness during the critical stages of the recovery process.” In seeking the funds, the agency pointed to the disproportionate impact of crises on women and girls while underscoring their potential to contribute to solutions. “One of the most common and disturbing images of war is of women uprooted from their homes and communities, reeling from the effects of sexual violence and struggling to provide for their children in the harshest of environments,” said Ms. Cravero. “But if we continue to see women only as victims – and not as problem solvers and decision makers – we do so at their peril, and at the peril of peace. We need to seize opportunities to ‘build back better’ during the recovery period,” she added. The appeal is based on an Eight Point Agenda for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality in Crisis Prevention which deals with: protecting women from violence in crisis; ensuring women have access to justice; strengthening women’s voices and representation; building peace with and for women; promoting gender equality; putting women’s needs first in the recovery effort; urging governments to work for women; and strengthening women’s networks in crisis. 8 November 2007The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appealed for $10 million for a two-year initiative to help women and girls affected by conflicts or natural disasters. read more

KP claims Indira Gandhi asked RAW to aid the LTTE

He is believed to possess crucial information about the LTTE’s vast international assets. A former CBI inspector, who took voluntary retirement in 1997, had alleged that the explosives used in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi were sent to Chennai from Singapore by KP.Kumuran Pathmanathan was arrested in Malaysia and was brought to Colombo in 2009 after a global manhunt.In 2015, KP was barred from leaving Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan Court of Appeal. (Colombo Gazette) He also revealed that former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran, popularly known as MGR, supplied the terror outfit with money.KP was the subject of a worldwide manhunt, with organisations including the CIA and MI-5 on his tail. Former prominent Liberation Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) leader Kumaran Pathmanathan claims former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi asked RAW to help the LTTE.Pathmanathan, who was the chief international financier and helped smuggle weapons for the terror outfit, spoke to WION in an exclusive interview. Ironically, as KP revealed, it was Rajiv Gandhi’s mother Indira Gandhi who asked RAW to aid LTTE. In his heydays, KP was a reclusive, overseas financier for the LTTE based in Thailand and avoided capture by constantly changing addresses and aliases. He would later repent and become an orphanage father. KP, as he was known, took over leadership of the LTTE following the death of Velupillai Prabhakaran and was wanted in India in connection with Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. read more

Ice day in Norfolk County

JACOB ROBINSON / Simcoe Reformer Wednesday’s ice storm caused closures and dangerous driving conditions throughout the county.The Grand Erie District School Board and Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board facilities were closed for the day – as was the Fanshawe College Simcoe campus. Ride Norfolk also cancelled service for the day, but many organizations and businesses carried on as usual.Norfolk’s director of corporate communications Matt Terry issued a release saying that inclement weather was causing some delays in the collection of garbage and recycling.Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist Peter Kimbell said the agency issued freezing rain warnings for a large swath of the province, covering the Greater Toronto Area, extending west to Lake Huron and south to Lake Erie. Precipitation was expected north of those areas as well, though Kimbell said it will be more likely to take the form of ice pellets and snow.“At this moment in time most arterial and collector roads are bare and wet while concession and local roads are centre bare or track bare with slush present,” Shawn Vanacker, Norfolk’s director of roads said in an email just before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. “As a result of ice build up we have had a few roadside trees and large branches come down but this has not resulted in any road closures.”Vanacker said roads staff will continue to monitor road conditions and apply salt and sand, as well as plow, where needed.“Motorists are advised to slow down and drive according to road conditions,” he said.By the afternoon, Hydro One reported between 500 and 5,000 customers affected by an outage in a large area just south of Brantford, through Waterford and down into Port Rowan. Also affected were Windham Centre, Delhi, Courtland, Teeterville and Otterville among other communities west of Norfolk such as Straffordville and Tillsonburg.Ice accumulation would likely range between five and 15 millimetres in impacted areas, Kimbell said, largely falling short of maximums of 30 millimetres set during ice storms that blanketed eastern Ontario in 1998 and the Toronto region in 2013.“It’s certainly significant,” Kimbell said, citing the impact on schools and transportation. “But it’s not in the same category as the bigger ice storms that we’ve seen before.”The effects of the storm should be further mitigated on Thursday, Kimbell said, when sub-zero temperatures climb above the freezing mark for much of the impacted area and help melt some of the accumulated ice.Environment Canada called for a 60 per cent chance of freezing drizzle in the morning and also a risk of freezing rain early in the afternoon.Friday will bring a mix of sun and cloud, a 40 percent chance of flurries and a high of minus-4, low of minus-11. Wednesday’s ice storm brought down some trees and branches in Norfolk such as these along Gilbertson Drive. JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer read more

Colouring Townsend for Maeve

A pair of Haldimand County neighbours are turning an art project into a fundraiser for a Townsend girl injured in a motor vehicle collision.Julie Crawford and Angie Bell, who live in Townsend, are planning an event to colour all of their community with chalk for five-year-old Maeve Field, who was struck by an out-of-control vehicle in Hagersville in March.The Colouring Townsend for Maeve event will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Townsend Lions Park on 58 Forest Park Dr. All donations will go to the Field family. A Go-Fund-Me account has already raised more than $136,000 for the family.Maeve’s recovery is expected to be a long one. Her left arm and right leg suffered irreparable damage from the accident and had to be amputated, her family said. The accident also left her blind in one eye.Crawford said she had to explain what happened to Maeve to her sons, who would see the girl when they got dropped off on the bus from school.“I was very honest with them about what happened with the accident, and they’ve been showing concern of what they can do,” she said. “They’ve been wanting to empty their piggy banks for her.”The idea for Saturday’s event came when Crawford’s sons wanted to colour the sidewalks.She suggested they do it for Maeve to send positive vibes her way. And Bell came up with the idea to get the whole community involved.“I know there were other fundraisers but I just really felt like the kids needed an outlet for them,” said Bell. “They need to know what a community is capable of doing.”Crawford and Bell said they have contacted a lot of people to help with the event, but an equal number of people have contacted them.The event will feature entertainment for children, including the chalk art, a bouncy castle, Ohsweken Speedway cars and OPP cruisers.There will be a silent auction featuring donations from The Urban Parisian Café, Cottage North Soapworks, Broncos, and many more businesses.The Townsend Lions will be running a barbecue, starting at noon, at the pavilion in the park.A craft table will be set up for anyone that would like to make a card for Maeve or her family.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Upcoming elections must be safe and free Annan tells Afghanistan conference

In a message delivered by Lakhdar Brahimi, his Special Adviser and former envoy for Afghanistan, the Secretary-General said “the magnitude of the election task is enormous,” but added that a successful election held the promise of a fully representative government – “a decisive step in the democratic transition.”To achieve this, Afghan political parties and candidates deserve more political freedoms, he said, such as the ability to campaign openly and safely, and the right to communicate through the media.Mr. Annan told the conference, being held in Berlin, that improved security is also vital to ensure that both polling – scheduled now for September – and voter registration can occur in a safe and balanced way.He said Afghans, regardless of their ethnic or political background, want all factions to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate. “This will be essential in order to clear the political arena of all factional militaries and to allow for political party activity to be carried out in accordance with the new constitution.”The Secretary-General’s speech was one of several key addresses to the two-day summit, where Afghanistan’s leaders, including President Hamid Karzai, are holding talks with the international community and seeking nearly $28 billions in financial support to help with the country’s reconstruction.In December 2001, shortly after the fall of the Taliban regime, a similar conference in Bonn mapped out the timetable for Afghanistan’s transition to a stable, functioning democracy.Today, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Afghanistan, Jean Arnault, told the conference that the increasing numbers of Afghans who have registered to vote in this year’s elections shows there is a tangible momentum away from scepticism and towards political participation.Mr. Arnault said he was also heartened that the percentage of voters who are women has risen from 14 per cent three months ago to 28 per cent today, and that registration is taking place – so far confined to major cities only – across the large and ethnically diverse country.The SRSG said the UN welcomed recent moves towards granting Afghans greater political freedoms, including the right of freedom of organization and expression, and instructing civil servants and military personnel to remain politically impartial.But Mr. Arnault warned that the recent outbreak of deadly violence in the western city of Herat, once considered relatively stable, highlighted how important it is that rival factions are disarmed. The vast majority of Afghans no there can be no election without disarmament, he said.”Afghans are determined not to maintain the status quo, but to put the past, the decades of war, lawlessness and the rule of the gun, behind them,” Mr. Arnault said. “And they would resent nothing more than the prospect of an election tainted by interference, intimidation, corruption or violence.”Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), told the conference that already about $4.7 billion has been disbursed by international donors since a previous conference in Tokyo just over two years ago.He said money is flowing into Afghanistan through government institutions and multilateral organizations, and trust is developing between them so that valuable long-standing relationships are being formed.But Mr. Malloch Brown said there was still a lot of scope for greater involvement in UN or Afghan Government projects in education, health, refugee resettlement, security, community development and rural improvements. read more

Motor industry welcomes OFT report

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today confirmed that new car warranties are operating in a fair and honest way, offering significant value and peace of mind to consumers.Following a six month investigation into warranties across a range of consumer products, the OFT report recognised the importance the free policies offered to new car buyers protecting them against manufacturing faults.The investigation found that although about 50 per cent of car manufacturers’ warranties allow servicing to be carried out by independent repairers, over two thirds of new car buyers assumed otherwise. Warranty policies that recommend the use of franchised repairers are not automatically invalidated if the service is correctly undertaken elsewhere. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is continuing work with the OFT to clarify the details in a New Car Code of Practice to be launched next year.‘SMMT fully welcomes the findings of the investigation and is keen to work with the OFT, to ensure its recommendations are met. Changes to Block Exemption will see an increasing number of authorised repairers appearing across the country, giving consumers a greater choice of service and repair sites. Combined with the New Car Code of Practice, the motor industry remains committed to offering consumers high value warranties for what is fundamentally a complex mechanical product needing regular specialist servicing and maintenance’, commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan.The OFT investigated new car warranties following changes to its powers under the Enterprise Act 2003 giving them the authority to approve consumer codes.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Pistorius back in court as lead detective faces attempted murder charges

first_imgOSCAR PISTORIUS IS back in court in South Africa for the third day of his bail hearing over the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day.The lead detective in the Oscar Pistorius murder case is himself facing seven attempted murder charges for shooting at a taxi in 2009 to try to stop it, police have said today.“We were only informed yesterday that attempted murders charges against Hilton Botha have been reinstated,” said police spokesman Neville Malila.Charges were initially brought against investigating officer Botha in 2011, but later withdrawn. Botha told eNCA’s Karyn Maughan that he didn’t understand why the case was reinstated and that he could only think that it was linked to his work on Pistorius’ case.It is not clear whether he will continue working on the case, though he told eNCA that he will stay on the case.Yesterday, Botha’s evidence came under scrutiny from Pistorius’ defence team, forcing him to admit to multiple errors in the case, including not wearing protective clothing when attending to the athlete’s house, where the shooting happened.Under cross-examination, Botha was forced to admit that Pistorius’s version of the early morning shooting last Thursday fitted the crime scene, weakening the state’s claim that the killing was premeditated.- © AFP 2013.Additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Related: Oscar Pistorius bail hearing adjourned until tomorrow>Front Pages: South Africa’s papers report Pistorius case>PICTURES: Oscar Pistorius in court>last_img read more

It turns out the Mahon Tribunal is going to cost less than

first_imgTHE OVERALL COST of the Mahon Tribunal will come in around 20 per cent lower than the government estimated two years ago, the Public Accounts Committee has heard.As of last month the estimated overall cost of the long-running tribunal, which investigated corruption in the local authority planning system, is €159 million down on the €196 million that had been given in 2012.Disputes over the payment of third-party legal fees and others costs mean that the tribunal is still costing the State money even though it reported over two years ago.The Department of Environment has so far spent €106 million on the tribunal with remaining estimated costs of €53 million, its recently-apponted secretary general John McCarthy told the Public Accounts Committee this morning.The Mahon Tribunal was the longest-running tribunal in the history of the State having been opened by Judge Fergus Flood in January 1998 before it was later taken over by Judge Alan Mahon.It sat for more than 900 days and heard from more than 400 witnesses before it finally published its report in March 2012 finding primarily that former taoiseach Bertie Ahern had lied about the source of over STG£215,000 lodged in bank accounts connected to him.  He rejected the findings of the tribunal.The report also made findings of corruption against former Fianna Fáil minister Padraig Flynn, developer Owen O’Callaghan, the late Fianna Fáil TD Liam Lawlor and 11 councillors.Read: Key Mahon Tribunal witness Tom Gilmartin passes awayRead: The who’s who of the Mahon TribunalRead: Mahon Tribunal timeline: From whistleblower to digoutslast_img read more