Patkura BJD MLA passes away

first_imgSitting Biju Janata Dal MLA and candidate in the Patkura Assembly seat Bed Prakash Agarwalla died at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. He had been undergoing medical treatment for the past few days.The 82-year-old former Minister is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. Patkura is one of the seven Assembly segments under the Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat in coastal Odisha from where former BJD MP Baijayant Panda is seeking re-election as the BJP nominee.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled the death of Agarwalla, who was elected to the Assembly six times — four times from Kendrapara and twice from Patkura, in 2009 and 2014.Describing the late leader as an able parliamentarian and administrator, Mr. Patnaik conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved family. “His death is a great loss for all of us. His organisational ability and dedication for the welfare of general public will be remembered forever. He was also a close associate of Biju Babu,” he said.The Patkura Assembly election is likely to be countermanded in view of Agarwalla’s death. The Election Commission is likely to issue a fresh polling schedule. Among others, former Minister and BJP nominee Bijoy Mohapatra is in the fray in Patkura. He returned to the party recently. Patkura was scheduled to go to the polls along with six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly seats on April 29.last_img read more

World T20: Virat Kohli ready for Australia, says can perform even without provocations

first_imgIndia’s batting mainstay Virat Kohli suggested Australia will make the grave mistake of adding “fuel to fire” if they needle him in Sunday’s win-or-bust World Twenty20 contest but asserted he is good enough to excel without provocations.A self-admitted admirer, as well as practitioner, of Australia’s passionate, aggressive brand of cricket, it was almost inevitable that the 27-year-old has featured in several on-field spats with them. (Dangerous Australia stand between India and semifinals )With a place in the semifinals at stake, sparks may fly again in Sunday’s mouth-watering contest between inaugural T20 champions India and reigning 50-over world champions Australia.”I’ve always said that I sort of thrive on those situations,” Kohli told reporters on Friday. “But you just can’t go in with that sort of mindset only. You need to be versatile…””If I get into a debate with anyone, if I have to take a certain stance, that doesn’t necessarily put me off my game. If anything, that motivates me more,” said India’s Test captain.”It doesn’t mean if I don’t get into a debate with someone, I won’t be motivated to win the game for my team.”It’s better to plan your innings without that situation and if that situation comes in, you have to take in as more fuel to the fire.”Kohli gave an animated send-off to Steve Smith in an Adelaide T20 earlier this year while the Indian also featured in an on-field spat with James Faulkner, telling the Australian all-rounder “I’ve smashed you enough in my life”. (Warner wary of Bumrah, ready for Ashwin )advertisementHe, however, has enough respect for rival captain Smith, who anchors Australia’s top order teeming otherwise with power-hitters.”Obviously he’s been a very important player for Australia,” Kohli said. “The way their batting unit works, someone like Steve Smith gives them solidity in the middle order which is great for any team.”If we can have a person who can play the least number of dot balls and still keep the scoreboard ticking while the others are having a go at a few bowler, it always helps as a batting unit.”Kohli acknowledged Smith’s class but was optimistic his bowling colleagues can silence the right-hander.”You want to get everyone’s wicket… but top quality players around the world tend to have answers for them more often than not.”You just have to make life as difficult as possible for them and take up the challenge that ‘yes, he is a very good player, he is a world class player but I am going to take his wicket today’.”last_img read more

Tatas develop safety watch for workers; to focus on wearables

first_imgMumbai, May 4 (PTI) The Tata Group today said it has developed a watch exclusively for factory workers which can provide critical real-time safety data and announced that it is looking to sell wearable devices to tech-savvy consumers in the future.”This is the very first safety wearable in the world designed specially for a factory floor worker,” the conglomerates Group Chief Technology Officer Gopichand Katragadda told reporters, displaying an image of the watch sporting a Tata logo.He said the watch has been designed by multiple Tata Group companies.The basic idea came from Tata Steel whose workers will be using it soon, with user inputs from Tata Chemicals and Tata Motors whose shop-floors will also benefit. It is supported by TCS cloud-based analytics platform, designed by Tata Elxsi and will be manufactured by Titan.The watch will give real time data on critical elements of safety like the workers body temperature, pulse rate and also excessive gases in the ambiance, Katragadda said.He added that the Group is also looking at marketing it to other manufacturing companies and going ahead, will develop products for savvy digital consumers as well.”When we enter the digital consumer space, we will have a unique product because if you design something for the shop-floor, the design is much more onerous than doing it for a consumer. We will have a product which is unique in that market,” Katragadda said.The wearables space is already congested with offerings from global majors like Apple, Google, Samsung and also dedicated fitness companies.advertisementEven though digital is the key focus, Katragadda said the safety watch made for Tata Steel workers has an analogue display with digital sensors.It is a retro design watch with a “digital heart” which will help one track the worker in his work environment.Apart from the watch, the close to USD 110-billion salt-to -software group, which spent nearly Rs 18,000 crore in R&D efforts in 2014-15, is working on other global firsts like the material of future graphene.Katragadda said Tata Steel has set up a Graphene Development Cell and the group is working with IIT-Madras on the project.With companies like Tesla making in-roads into the electric vehicle segment, Tata Sons Group Executive Council Member and Brand Custodian Mukund Rajan said Tata Technologies is also working on a similar vehicle.Katragadda, however, said with the bulk of the company dependent on coal for its power needs, the timing for an EV is not right at present.With concerns around the ill-effects of excessive use of pesticides on crops, the group is also developing a drone to spray the pesticides which can help reduce the volumes used on crops by uniform spraying, he added.Katragadda said the group is also working in areas like soft robotics, bio-inspired products, stretch sensors, gene editing and deep learning. PTI AA BEN NRB ABM BASlast_img read more

AB de Villiers ready for Test comeback with Zimbabwe warm-up

first_imgWicket-keeper-batsman AB de Villiers is likely to play in a three-day warm-up game against Zimbabwe to make a comeback in the four-day day/night Test which is slated to begin from Boxing Day in Port Elizabeth.De Villiers, regarded as one of the best batsmen of his generation and also as one of the greatest of all time, stepped down from Test captaincy in December 2016 following an elbow injury, which kept him out of the team for a long period. Later a self-imposed exile sidelined him from Tests in 2017.”We’d like to get him back in whites as soon as possible and we have some plans in place. There’s the practice match which will be good for him,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Linda Zondi, South Africa’s convener of selectors, as saying.The 33-year-old is currently playing in the Ram Slam T20 and his form in the competition has made Zondi believe that he is ready for a comeback.”For us as selectors, it’s about getting him into the squad and then it will be worked out from there. It’s a nice problem to have,” Zondi said about de Villiers’s position in playing XI.South Africa will play a home Test series against India at the beginning of the new year and the Zimbabwe series will be a good warm-up for De Villiers to show some aggression with the bat.last_img read more

Xiaomi announces C+86 sports wristwatch with multi-function chronograph dial

first_imgXiaomi not only makes smartphones but also smart TVs, air purifiers, smart LED bulb and so many other ecosystem products. The company is now making lifestyle products as well like Mi Trimmer (launched in India recently), Mi Men’s shoes, among others. Now, Xiaomi announces another interesting product for its lifestyle lineup. It is the Xiaomi C+86 sports wristwatch.The Xiaomi C+86 sports wristwatch has been announced only in China for now. As of yet, there are no reports whether the Xiaomi C+86 sports wristwatch will hit the Indian market or not. However, we will believe it will be very interesting if the company brings the watch to India.The Xiaomi C+86 sports wristwatch looks classy, beautiful and sports a clean design. The watch is also extremely sturdy and can undergo rough day to day usage, the company claims. The key highlight of this Xiaomi C+86 sports wristwatch is the multi-function chronograph dial.The watch includes three separate small dials inside a large dial. One of the three dials is a seconds timer, second is a minute timer and third is an hour timer. With the multi-function chronograph dial, Xiaomi aims to help users monitor the timer for up to 24 hours. It also features a hollow pointer and a control button on the side.As far as the design is concerned, the Xiaomi C+86 sports wristwatch looks neat and feels sturdy. The watch is made of 316L stainless steel. The company claims that the stainless steel has been polished by multiple processes to get high gloss. The watch uses high-hardness mineral glass that prevents it from scratches. The watch also comes with waterproof functions that can sustain water depth of up to 30 meters.advertisementThe company is yet to reveal the pricing and availability details of the Xiaomi C+86 sports wristwatch. Notably, the Xiaomi C+86 sports wristwatch is currently in crowdfunding and depending on the demand it will be made available for everyone. Xiaomi is yet to reveal whether it will bring the C+86 sports wristwatch to India or not.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro beats Google Pixel phones in getting August Security Patch, brings other bug fixesALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro flash sale ends, available on open sale in India starting todaylast_img read more

Video: Notre Dame RBs, WRs Give Shoutouts To Fighting Irish NFL Hall of Famers Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown

first_imgNotre Dame's Jerome Bettis.Notre Dame Jerome Bettis Tim BrownSaturday night was a good night for the Notre Dame football program. The Fighting Irish witnessed two of their former players, Jerome Bettis and Tim Brown, reach the sport’s pinnacle. Bettis, who played running back at ND from 1990-92, and Brown, a wide receiver in South Bend, Ind., from 1984-87, were inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. This morning, Notre Dame’s current running backs and wide receivers gave shoutouts to Bettis and Brown for their achievements. One more shoutout to our Hall of Famers ( @JeromeBettis36 & @81TimBrown ) from our RBs/WRs. #GoIrish— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 9, 2015Bettis and Brown are certainly two players the current Notre Dame student-athletes should be aspiring to emulate. Notre Dame opens its season Sept. 5 against Texas.last_img read more

England vs Australia: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 32

first_img Next India Today Web Desk LondonJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 21:17 IST England play defending champion Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday in the Cricket World Cup 2019, determined to recover from an upset loss to Sri Lanka last Friday.Indeed. After their first setback in the group stage against Pakistan, the England lineup defeated Bangladesh five days later.Captain Eoin Morgan has stressed that his top-ranked side expected to lose games, but the pressure on them to make the semifinals is rising, with games against the three strongest teams ahead: five-time champion Australia, then two-time champion India, then 2015 finalist New Zealand.What’s more, England hasn’t beaten any of those teams at a World Cup in 27 years. England needs to beat at least one of them, as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are breathing down their necks.Australia on the other hand, have been improving since its loss to India, having smothered chases by Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.All-rounder Marcus Stoinis and fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile are fit, and David Warner and Steve Smith have reintegrated successfully with lots of runs after their 12-month suspensions.BatsmenWith Jason Roy getting ruled out of Tuesday’s game, the best pick for the openers would be David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. Both players opened for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019 and are in rampaging form since then. Steve Smith and Eoin Morgan and the next two should be the obvious picks along with Joe Root, who already has two centuries in this World Cup so far.WicketkeeperThere is no doubt that Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey is a talented batsman and excellent behind the stumps but he is no Jos Buttler. The England vice-captain is the best batsman in his team and terrific with his glovework as well. What’s more, Buttler has been averaging over 50 with the bat since the beginning of 2018 so picking him in the side should be a no-brainer.advertisementAll-roundersBen Stokes nearly pulled off the run chase for England in the last match against Sri Lanka but unfortunately ran out of partners at the other end. He is averaging over 50 in this World Cup with the bat and an impressive 26.20 with the ball so he walks into the side 9 times out of 10. Glenn Maxwell can be the other pick being the big-hitter that he is and a handy off-spin bowler with the ability to break partnerships.BowlersThe match will be played at Lord’s where the pitch is expected to suit the batsmen which is why Jofra Archer and Mitchell Starc would be the best bets in the bowling lineup. Both speedsters are tied with 15 wickets each in 6 games along and are the joint-highest wicket-takers along with Mohammad Amir. Adil Rashid can be the specialist wrist-spinner in the squad.England vs Australia Dream 11 team: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Steve Smith, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes (vice-captain), Glenn Maxwell, Jofra Archer, Mitchell Starc, Adil Rashid.SquadsEngland: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Liam DawsonAustralia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow England vs Australia dream11Follow England vs Australia dream11 predictionFollow eng v aus dream 11Follow eng v aus dream11 prediction England vs Australia: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 32Dream11 Prediction, England vs Australia Captain and Vice Captain Prediction: Cricket’s oldest rivalry will be renewed on Tuesday at the Lord’s cricket ground in London as England host Australia in a blockbuster encounter in Match 32 of the World Cup 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

Mukesh Ambani keeps salary capped at Rs 15 cr for 11th yr

first_imgNew Delhi: Richest Indian Mukesh Ambani has kept his annual salary from his flagship firm Reliance Industries capped at Rs 15 crore for the eleventh year on the trot. Ambani has kept salary, perquisites, allowances and commission together at Rs 15 crore since 2008-09, forgoing over Rs 24 crore per annum. This is at a time when remunerations of all whole-time directors of the company, including cousins Nikhil and Hital Meswani, saw a handsome increase in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “Compensation of Shri Mukesh D Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, has been set at Rs 15 crore, reflecting his desire to continue to set a personal example for moderation in managerial compensation levels,” RIL said in its latest annual report. His remuneration for 2018-19 included Rs 4.45 crore as salary and allowances, which is marginally lower than Rs 4.49 crore he got in the previous 2017-18 fiscal. Commission has been unchanged at Rs 9.53 crore while perquisites have risen to Rs 31 lakh from Rs 27 lakh. Retirement benefits were Rs 71 lakh. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Ambani voluntarily capped his compensation at Rs 15 crore in October 2009 amid a debate over right-sizing of CEO salaries. The salary cap continued even as all other executive directors saw their remunerations go up. Ambani’s cousins Nikhil R Meswani and Hital R Meswani saw their compensation rise to Rs 20.57 crore each. They earned Rs 19.99 crore each in 2017-18 and Rs 16.58 crore in 2016-17. In 2015-16, Nikhil had got Rs 14.42 crore while Hital took home Rs 14.41 crore. In 2014-15, they had got Rs 12.03 crore each. Also, one of his key executives, Executive Director P M S Prasad saw his remuneration go up to Rs 10.01 crore from Rs 8.99 crore in the previous year. He too has seen his remuneration rise steadily — from Rs 6.03 crore in 2014-15, to Rs 7.23 crore in the next fiscal and Rs 7.87 crore in 2016-17. Refinery chief Pawan Kumar Kapil saw his compensation rise to Rs 4.17 crore from Rs 3.47 crore in 2017-18. In the previous fiscal, his remuneration had fallen to Rs 2.54 crore, from Rs 2.94 crore in 2015-16. He had earned Rs 2.41 crore in 2014-15. The two however did not get any commission in 2018-19. “Performance criteria for two Executive Directors, entitled for Performance Linked Incentive (PLI), are determined by the Human Resources, Nomination and Remuneration Committee,” RIL said in the annual report. RIL’s non-executive directors, including Nita Ambani, also got Rs 1.65 crore each as commission, besides sitting fees. The commission was Rs 1.5 crore in 2017-18 and Rs 1.3 crore in the previous year. Former State Bank of India (SBI) chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya got only Rs 75 lakh as commission as she was appointed to the board of RIL only with effect from October 17, 2018. Ambani’s wife Nita Ambani, a non-executive director on the company’s board, earned Rs 7 lakh as sitting fee, up from Rs 6 lakh in the previous year. Apart from Ambani, the RIL board has Meswani brothers, Prasad and Kapil as wholetime directors. Besides Nita Ambani, other non-executive directors include Mansingh L Bhakta, Yogendra P Trivedi, Dipak C Jain, Raghunath A Mashelkar, Adil Zainulbhai, Raminder Singh Gujral, Shumeet Banerji and Aruundhati Bhattacharya.last_img read more

Paul McCartney To Perform At Robin Hood Benefit

first_imgPaul McCartney and The Robin Hood Foundation today announced that McCartney and his band will be performing at Robin Hood’s annual benefit, to be held May 12 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.Robin Hood is New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization and every dollar raised at the benefit will go to support the most effective poverty-fighting programs throughout the five boroughs.Paul McCartney is no stranger to Robin Hood. Immediately following the 9/11, he generously donated his legendary talents to the Concert for New York City, which raised more than $36 million to provide direct financial assistance to the families of victims who lost their lives in the terror attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. In addition, the money raised provided emergency assistance and support, as well as long-term mental health care and other health services to First Responders, their families and low-income New Yorkers who lost their jobs as a result of the attacks.More recently, McCartney headlined the Robin Hood 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, which raised more than $50 million in one night to help front-line organizations that were helping victims of Hurricane Sandy throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.“I know that with Robin Hood 100% of the money raised goes right to the organizations helping people on the edge,” said Mr. McCartney. “As an honorary New Yorker, I’m proud to help Robin Hood continue their efforts to help the neediest people get the support and tools they need to build better lives for themselves and their families.”“All of us at Robin Hood are honored to have Paul perform at our Benefit,” said David Saltzman, executive director of Robin Hood. We know from past experience he will blow the doors off the Javits Center with a musical performance that should not be missed; we continue to be overwhelmed by Paul’s generosity of spirit and his willingness to use his incredible talents to aid New Yorkers in need.”Please contact Debbie Fife at 212-245-6570 × 20 or for tickets and table information.last_img read more

Brandon Marshall Accepts 50000 Donation For His Charity

first_imgThis week, National Football League wide receiver Brandon Marshall, accepted a $50,000 donation from The NFL and the United Way of Essex and West Hudson to benefit his charity, Project 375.New York Jets director of community relations, Jesse Linder, United Way Worldwide director of NFL partnership, Tracey Howard Holmes, and United Way of Essex and West Hudson president and CEO, Catherine Wilson, were all present to give their congratulations and bestow the gift.The donation came in conjunction with the prestigious NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award, which recognizes players for their community service and athletic performance. The New York Jets selected Marshall as their team’s 2016 nominee for the national title.“I’m honored to have been selected as the 2016 Man of the Year for the New York Jets,” said Brandon Marshall, 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year for the New York Jets. “Project 375 is incredibly important to me and to the millions of Americans of all ages who live with mental health concerns. This donation will help change lives and end the stigma, and the matching one for Character Playbook will help empower the next generation to be compassionate.”In 2011, Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, and spent three months at McLean Hospital in Boston, Mass. for treatment, but had to grapple with the stigma around his diagnosis in the public eye. Marshall and his wife Michi Marshall, who holds several behavioral science degrees and certifications, founded Project 375 to tackle that stigma and address mental health illness. The organization provides professional development for educators and youth workers, mental health workshops for teens, funds and resources for treatment and support programs, and media coverage to build awareness. Last year, Brandon spoke to more than 3,000 students across the country, and will provide Youth Mental Health First Aid training to teachers and staff at more than 10 high schools in Brooklyn, New York.“United Way is proud to partner with the National Football League and the New York Jets to celebrate Brandon Marshall for his service to others and dedication to the community,” said Tracey Holmes, director of NFL & strategic partnerships for United Way Worldwide. “Brandon’s ability to use his personal challenges to strengthen others speaks directly to his character. We look forward to continued opportunities with Brandon to inspire character and community service in young people throughout the nation.”Marshall’s honor also comes with an additional $50,000 in funding to the New York Jets/United Way of Essex & West Hudson chapter of Character Playbook, a digital education program from United Way Worldwide and the NFL that teaches middle school students to cultivate healthy relationships. This funding is currently covering Essex & West Hudson local schools; schools and community organizations in all 32 NFL team markets can implement Character Playbook via their local United Way chapter. This national curriculum was created in partnership with EVERFI in 2016; Verizon is also a sponsor of the New York Jets chapter.last_img read more

International community should help Africa with border issues – Ban Kimoon

“Since African countries gained independence, the borders – drawn during the colonial period in a context of rivalries between European countries – have been a recurrent source of conflict,” said the Secretary-General in a message to the Seminar on the Implementation of the African Union Border Programme, held in Djibouti on 1 December.“The situation is particularly challenging in cases where strategic or natural resources are located in cross-border areas,” he said. “Demarcation of all borders between States before they become a source of conflict is thus an important preventive measure.”The Secretary-General hailed AU efforts to address the issue, including through the adoption earlier this year of the Declaration on the African Union Border Programme which aims to conclude the delimitation and demarcation of African borders so that they may cease to be potential sources of problems.The seminar should assist in the effort to determine the nature and scope of the resources required for such a venture. “I am convinced that the international community should assist the African Union in this endeavour,” said the Secretary-General, pledging the UN’s support. 3 December 2007The international community should support efforts by the African Union to address border issues so that they will no longer be a potential source of disputes, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said. read more

TSX sinks with falling gold prices Wall Street rallies on earnings

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Thursday as a sell-off in gold stocks accelerated alongside a drop bullion prices.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 68.88 points to 14,458.69 as traders also balanced a strong reading on U.S. third-quarter economic growth. The Canadian dollar was down 0.04 of a cent to 89.32 cents US.U.S. growth in the July-September period came in at an annualized pace of 3.5%. Economists had expected a gain of 3%.A strong showings by credit card payment company Visa also helped lift New York markets and the Dow Jones industrials ran up 221.11 points to 17,195.42. The Nasdaq was up 16.91 points at 4,566.14 and the S&P 500 index climbed 12.35 points to 1,994.65 .The real story behind why oil prices went down so far so fastGoldcorp shares are getting hammered today after earnings disappointTraders also considered an investing environment without massive stimulus from the Federal Reserve a day after the U.S. central bank said its third round of quantitative easing would end this month. The massive program of buying bonds was seen as a huge benefit to stock markets as the program kept long-term rates low and encouraged a strong rally.Quantitative easing had also helped support higher gold prices because of worries the stimulus program would stoke inflation. But gold prices continued to retreat Thursday as the December contract dropped $26.30 to US$1,198.60 an ounce and the TSX gold sector fell almost 8%.“Longer term, gold prices should move with inflation expectations and with inflation coming down, obviously that is going to hurt,” said Ben Jang, portfolio manager at Nicola Wealth Management in Vancouver.“Also, with gold prices around US$1,200 an ounce, we‘re just below the marginal cost of production for gold. So you really need to see the gold companies improve their operations. If not, we will continue to see volatility in gold equities.”Commodity prices were also hit by a U.S. currency that strengthened following the Fed announcement. A stronger greenback makes it more expensive for holders of other currencies to buy oil and metals, which are dollar-denominated.Lower gold prices are affecting major producers such as Goldcorp Inc., which lost US$44 million or five cents per share in its latest quarter compared with a profit of $5 million or a penny per share a year ago. Revenue totalled $1.09 billion, down from $1.16 billion in the same quarter last year and its shares fell $3.20 or 13.3% to $20.84.Yamana Gold Inc. tumbled $1.02 or 17% to $4.99 after it reported a US$1.02-billion loss in its latest quarter and slashed its dividend.Other resource sectors headed south as prices for oil and metals also retreated. The base metals component fell 3.65% as December copper lost four cents to US$3.06 a pound.The energy sector shed 1.3% as the December crude contract in New York fell $1.08 to US$81.12 a barrel.Suncor Energy’s earnings ex-items were 89 cents a share, versus the 77 cents that analysts had expected. Revenue was $10.3 billion, compared to $10.4 billion a year earlier and its shares gained 15 cents to $39.The TSX found support from industrial, tech and financial stocks.Elsewhere on the earnings front, Bombardier Inc. says its third-quarter revenues were up about 20% from the same time last year, rising to US$4.9 billion. Earnings ex-items were 12 cents a share, beating estimates of nine cents and its shares dipped six cents to $3.81.Visa, the world’s largest payment-processing company reported quarterly earnings that were higher than analysts’ forecasts, thanks to more transactions. Its stock jumped just over 10%. read more

Death toll reaches 30 over 14 missing

The DMC said that as of today 48,883 people have been displaced around the country from floods and landslides. The Puttalam district is so far the worst affected with 28,682 people displaced. In total over 200,000 people have been affected by the bad weather with the department of meteorology warning of more rain over the next few hours. The death toll from the extreme weather experienced in the country over the past few days reached 30 by today with over 14 still missing, the Disaster Management Center said.In the latest incident, a boat carrying 22 people capsized at Tissa wewa in Tissamaharama during bad weather this afternoon and at least 5 of them had drowned. read more

CaFFE calls for foreign monitors

“Without such an understanding the final verdict given might by the observers might be a repeat of the observations they made after the 2008 Eastern Provincial Council election. Therefore CaFFE reiterates the need to invite foreign monitors at the earliest and allow them to understand the context in which the election is conducted and how prevalent structural and immediate issues affect the outcome of an election, ” Tennakoon said. The Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) has called for foreign election monitors to observe the Northern Provincial Council elections.CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said that representatives from political parties and the election commissioner discussed the possibility of foreign election monitors observing the elections even before the northern provincial council election was officially announced. CaFFE it is of great importance that foreign observers arrive in the country as the election campaign begins, so that they understand the context, the ground realities and the challenges ahead of the election. “After the president established the council last week, opposition political parties have renewed their call for impartial foreign monitors. However if these monitors are to conduct proper election monitoring they should be here in time to understand the structural and political context in which the election is conducted,” he said. read more

UN must boost links among development security human rights Ban tells Security

“The founders of the United Nations well understood that if we ignore one pillar, we imperil the other two,” said Mr. Ban during today’s Security Council debate on inclusive development for the maintenance of international peace and security, which was chaired by Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, which holds the 15-member body’s presidency for the month.“The post-2015 sustainable development agenda is an important opportunity to reinforce the interdependence of development, peace and security, and human rights,” he told the Council debate, which coincides with the opening of the General Assembly’s three-day informal ‘stock-taking’ in the process of intergovernmental negotiations on that future agenda. The Secretary-General said he was encouraged that during debates so far held about completing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the end of this year, launching a post-2015 sustainability agenda, and reaching an agreement on climate change, Member States had paid considerable attention to peace and security and to human rights.The General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals had discussed the importance of inclusive growth and decent work, called for reducing inequality and ensuring universal access to basic services, including health care and education, had explicitly linked peace with social inclusion and access to justice for all, and had called for inclusive, representative decision-making.In the so called ‘synthesis’ report he presented to the General Assembly last month – The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet ¬– Mr. Ban underscored the importance of justice to building peaceful and inclusive societies, emphasising the need for strong and responsive institutions.“With the full membership of the United Nations beginning its negotiations later this morning, we now have an important opportunity to broaden the development agenda and highlight the fundamental importance of inclusive societies in building a more peaceful world,” he said.Every country could benefit from sustainable and inclusive development, tackling persistent exclusion and inequality, ensuring that the most vulnerable have access to basic services and can participate in political dialogue, tackling the “blatant injustice” of discrimination against women and girls, and extending social security provision to the world’s population still lacking a safety net for times of illness or unemployment.Post-conflict societies in particular need to prioritize social, economic and political inclusion in order to rebuild trust between communities. Women’s participation in reconciliation and reconstruction also depended on gender equality and women’s empowerment, he said.“The Peacebuilding Commission provides coordinated international support targeted at countries emerging from conflict,” continued Mr. Ban. “The current review of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture should help to make that support more robust and flexible.”Even in countries at peace, governments, the private sector and civil society must demonstrate commitment to inclusive development in education, health and job creation. It is also necessary to strengthen institutions of governance and political representation as they were some of the most crucial determinants of inclusive development.“People need effective, responsive channels for voicing their views and addressing their grievances and concerns,” he said.During the meeting, Security Council members adopted a Presidential Statement reaffirming the body’s commitment to sustainable peace and underlining the close linking and mutually reinforcing relationship between security and development, and the importance of that relationship to sustainable peace.Supporting countries in efforts to emerge from conflict requires a comprehensive and integrated approach, Council members reaffirmed in the Statement, adding that such an approach should incorporate and strengthen coherence between political, security, development, human rights and rule of law activities, and addressed the root causes of each conflict.The Council also reaffirmed the importance of national ownership and national responsibility to establishing sustainable peace, and underlined the need for coordination of integrated action on the ground by security and development actors with national authorities.Also included in the Statement was the Council’s encouragement to Member States to develop a UN common approach to inclusive development as a key for preventing conflict and enabling long-term stability and sustainable peace. In that regard, identifying and addressing exclusion, intolerance and violent extremism were important.The Council also recognized the continuing need to increase women’s participation and the consideration of gender-related issues in all discussions, and called upon Member States to take concrete measures to further assist youth. read more

Global hunger rising again driven by conflict and climate change – UN

“This has set off alarm bells we cannot afford to ignore: we will not end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030 unless we address all the factors that undermine food security and nutrition. Securing peaceful and inclusive societies is a necessary condition to that end,” said the heads of five UN agencies in their joint foreword to the report. The report, launched in Rome, is the first UN global assessment on food security and nutrition to be released following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030 as a top priority. Some 815 million people were hungry last year – an increase of 38 million from the previous year – affecting some 11 per cent of the world population, according to UN figures. Some of the highest proportions of food-insecure and malnourished children in the world are now concentrated in conflict zones, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. Earlier this year, famine struck parts of South Sudan, and there is a threat of famine in conflict-affected countries such as Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Even in regions that are more peaceful, droughts or floods linked in part to the El Niño weather phenomenon, as well as the global economic slowdown, have also seen food security and nutrition deteriorate, added the agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Cindy Holleman, senior economist with FAO, said the report is one of the first to review malnutrition among children, as well as obesity among children and adults. “This is a growing problem worldwide and also has significant implications for people’s health and living,” said Ms. Holleman, noting that some countries have problems of malnutrition, as well as obesity. read more

FROM THE FIELD Enslaved Guatemalan indigenous women wait for reparations

The women of Sepur Zarco in Guatemala fought and won a groundbreaking case against two former military officers accused of crimes against humanity. (April 2018)​​​​​​​UN Women/Ryan BrownIt was a groundbreaking legal decision; the first time anywhere in the world that a national court had prosecuted sexual slavery during conflict using national legislation and international criminal law.The women were granted a total of 18 reparation measures, including education for the children of their community, access to land, a health-care clinic and other interventions which would help to confront what UN Women has described as “the abject poverty their community has endured across generations.”Read more here, about the women known respectfully as the abuelas (grandmothers) of Sepur Zarco. With the help of local women’s rights organizations, including UN Women and other UN partners, the women from Sepur Zarco in the east of Guatemala succeeded in securing the conviction of two former military officers on charges of crimes against humanity, back in 2016. read more

DLA Piper reports a 178 mean gender pay gap for 2018

first_imgInternational law firm DLA Piper has reported a 17.8% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2018, inclusive of its fee-earner and business services populations.The firm reported its gender pay gap data in line with reporting regulations and in time for the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2019.The regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the differences in mean and median hourly rates of pay for male and female full-time employees, the gap in mean and median bonus pay for men and women, the proportions of male and female employees awarded bonus pay, and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.Female employees at DLA Piper receive a mean hourly rate of £26.50, compared to £32.30 for male employees. In terms of median hourly pay, female staff earn £22.40 an hour, while men take home £26.60 an hour.DLA Piper’s 2018 median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 15.8%.The organisation’s mean gender pay gap for bonuses between 6 April 2017 and 5 April 2018 is 56.9%, with female staff achieving a mean bonus of £2,439, and male employees £5,656. Alternatively, the firm has a 0% median gender bonus gap; this is because a large proportion of its business services employees receive an equal, fixed end of year bonus. The median bonus for both men and women is £750.Over the current reporting period, 57.8% of female staff received bonus payments, versus 55.5% of male staff.Half (50%) of those in the highest pay quartile at DLA Piper are female, compared to 57% in the second quartile, 65% in the third quartile and 74% in the lowest pay quartile.DLA Piper has also voluntarily reported its partner figures, despite this not being a statutory requirement. The mean gender pay gap for partners is 20.8% and the median is 26.7%. This is based on UK partner profit share and bonuses awarded under its 2017 partner remuneration review.Analysis of the aforementioned review further revealed a 15.6% mean gender bonus gap, although the median gender bonus gap stands at 0%. Less than half (47.6%) of female partners received a bonus payment in the 2017 review, compared to 50.5% of male partners.Less than a fifth (19%) of DLA Piper’s partners in the UK are female.To address its gender pay gap, DLA Piper has been running international focus groups with employees to understand the actual and perceived barriers to career progression.The law firm has rolled out unconscious bias training, embedding key lessons from this into its people strategy. It also promotes agile working, flexible work patterns and fee-earner job share arrangements, offers an employee-led resource group, called Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW), which focuses on the advancement of women and continually moderates its salary and bonus decisions.DLA Piper is also enhancing its maternity and paternity leave policies; this will run alongside its existing coaching provision, which supports those taking a form of family leave. Coaching is also available for partners and managers, to help support the transition around maternity and paternity leave, as well as to facilitate a good return to work.Liam Cowell, UK managing partner, said: “This year, we consulted with our people across the international firm to refresh our values, which have a culture of inclusion, support and collaboration at their core. Our strategy for embedding an inclusive environment continues to focus on our culture, including encouraging agility, challenging bias and supporting working parents as specific actions to address pipeline issues for female lawyers and business services professionals.“The increase in the proportion of women in the upper quartile demonstrates that some of the actions we have been taking are having a positive impact. Additionally, we are already seeing a marked improvement in female representation at partner level. In the UK, the percentage of female partners increased from 18% to 19% in just a year.“While our 2018 pay gap stands comparison with the largest 25 UK law firms, we recognise that we still have a long way to go to achieve gender balance and are continuing to drive change in this area through the consistent application of actions and initiatives.”last_img read more

Drake Drops Degrassi Reunion Video Reveals Scorpion Release Date

first_img Facebook Watch: Drake’s “Degrassi” Reunion Video drake-drops-degrassi-reunion-video-reveals-scorpion-release-date Returning to his Canadian teen television series roots, Drake calls upon his former castmates for his new “I’m Upset” video ahead of the release of his fifth LP Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 14, 2018 – 7:22 am Drake’s new short film for “I’m Upset” is not your normal music video. The Canadian actor-turned-rapper returned to the halls of Degrassi Community School, where he played basketball star Jimmy Brooks in the teen television drama series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” a decade ago, and he brought many of his former castmates along for the ride.In the film, made by Karena Evans, Drake returns to the school for an epic reunion, and he’s joined by a slew of his old crew drinking in the bleachers, dancing in the halls and taking selfies, including Shane Kippel, Nina Dobrev, Stacey Farber, Jake Epstein, A.J. Saudin, and even the principal, played by Stefan Brogren, who does a backroom deal with Jay and Silent Bob, played of course by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith. By video’s end, the party gets out of hand and the place goes up in flames.While watching the “Degrassi” cast reunite is a fun trip down memory lane, it’s also the latest development in Drake’s mounting buzz for his fifth full-length album, Scorpion. The GRAMMY winner also revealed what appears to be the album artwork, a black-and-white headshot with his Aubrey Graham signature, and he (finally) confirmed the album’s release date of June 29. Drake Drops “Degrassi” Reunion Video, Reveals ‘Scorpion’ Release Date Twitter News Email “I’m Upset” follows two wildly popular singles, “God’s Plan” from Drake’s Scary Hours EP and Scorpion’s “Nice For What,” both of which went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. So far “I’m Upset” has peaked at No. 19. Will this charming, nostalgic short film propel the song higher up the charts?Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more