A day after five persons of a nomadic community were lynched in Dhule district of Maharashtra on suspicion of being child-lifters, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday announced a compensation of ₹5 lakh for the families of each of the deceased.“I appeal to the residents not to believe unverified rumours circulating over social media or to take the law into their own hands. We have taken serious cognisance of this unfortunate incident,” Mr. Fadnavis said, speaking along the sidelines of a function in Nashik district.Meanwhile, 23 persons were taken into police custody in connection with the lynching of five persons in Dhule on Sunday.The deceased, identified as, Bharat Shankar Bhosale,45, his brother Dadarao Shankar Bhosale, Raju Bhosale and Bharat Malwe,47, (all hailing from Khave village in Solapur’s Mangalvedhe tehsil), and Anagu Ingole (from Manewadi village in Mangalvedhe) were bludgeoned to death by a mob in Sakri tehsil on suspicion of being child lifters. The victims belonged to the Gosavi nomadic community that derived sustenance by begging for almsIn Satara district, members of the nomadic Bhatkya Vimykta community staged a protest, against the State government, demanding that the compensation be increased to ₹10 lakh for the kin of each of the deceased.Uneasy calmAn uneasy calm prevailed in Rainpada hamlet, where the vigilante action occurred. According to reports, a number of villagers have fled the area after the lynchings.Earlier, the kin of the deceased refused to accept the bodies, demanding that stern action be taken against the killers.They later relented following the announcement of compensation. M. Ramkumar, Superintendent of Police, Dhule said that the bodies of the victims had been sent to Mangalvedhe for their last rites.“No government authority has come to meet us since the incident. We demand justice for our loved ones,” said Santosh Bhosale, son of the deceased Dadarao Bhosale.“The mob that had gathered on Sunday to mete out vigilante justice was already on the edge, owing to rumours about alleged child-lifters doing the rounds on social media for the past few days,” said a senior police official from Dhule.Minister of State for Home (Rural) Deepak Kesarkar, who visited the district on Monday morning, promised stern action against the culprits.“I appeal to everybody not to believe in posts circulated over social media. No one should take the law in their hands,” said Mr. Kesarkar.The Dhule lynchings also elicited sharp condemnation from Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale and Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan.Mr. Chavan attributed the incident to the “failure” of the State Home Department — a portfolio being held by Mr. Fadnavis.
Wearing a sparkling-white dhoti in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi, the Mahatma’s role player Sir Ben Kingsley not only made the film an international box office hit, but also forever established the magic this traditional Indian men’s wear can weave on the silver screen. Aamir Khan as Bhuvan wins the heart of Rachel Shelly, playing Elizabeth in LagaanBollywood heroes in dhotis can not only beat up smart suit and tie-wearing villains troubling Indian damsels, they can even ride motor cycles or jump from horse back to perform any other act of ultimate chivalry. They can even win the hearts of ultra-sophisticated heroines with comfortable ease in their ancestral dresses. In Lagaan, Elizabeth (Rachel Shelly) falls head over heels for dhoti-clad Bhuvan (Amir Khan). And dhoti-sporting Shah Rukh Khan wins over hearts of every stripes in Devdas.The dhoti can be traced to the first Bollywood talkie Alamara in 1931. It baptized fame on Mithun Chakravorty in Mrigaya, although he traded it in for suits and tie subsequently in his career.Over the years, the silver screen has played hide and seek with the dhoti, featuring it on Amitabh Bachhan, screen world’s ever smiling “laughing Buddha” Govinda, Amir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and Anil Kapoor. Amir wears the dhoti in Sarfarosh, disguising himself as a Rajasthani gaon while trying to bust a terrorist network. Evergreen Dev Anand might now be identified with his trademark full sleeve shirt and pant, even jeans, but he performed his dhoti clad shtick in four block busters of yesteryears – Hum Ek Hai, Jeet, Age Bado and Mohan. Balraj Sahni made the dhoti famous in Do Bigha ZaminBollywood’s super character artists “Dadamoni” Ashok Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Raj Kumar Guru Dutt, Dilip Kumar, Bharat Bhooshan, Rajendra Kumar and Manoj Kumar all romped through Bollywood in the dhoti.Remember Raj Kapoor driving a bullock cart with Wahida Rahman on the rustic-rural roads in Teesri Kasam chanting “sajan re jhoot mat bolo, khuda ke pas jana hai…” (darling, do not tell a lie, we have to answer for them to the god)?Or Balraj Sahni who spun magic in the early 1950’s in the dhoti in Do Bigha Zamin. Now was it Rawalpindi style or Lahore style? No matter. So who introduced the firangi dress, pant and shirt, which displaced the dhoti in Bollywood? Incredibly the man to do so, is the dhoti icon of Indian films, Ashok Kumar, who in 1941 first wore the suit in the film Naya Sansar.The dhoti trend among males ebbed around 1974-75. Indian films turned urban and the dhoti all but vanished, even though the saree stayed. But the dhoti returned with a bang around 1982 with Anil Kapoor in Ishwar, and later Who Saat Din and Virasat. Rajesh KhannaThe dhoti now holds a special appeal even among NRIs, a la the success of Amrish Puri in Pardes. In Aankhen, Bollywood’s laughing Buddha Govinda successfully indulged in all sorts of pranks efficiently managing his dhoti, rousing jealosy among trouser-wearing super heroes. Dhoti zindabad! Guru Dutt Ashok Kumar in Nirmala Dhoti RisingActorMovieShah Rukh KhanAsoka, Devdas, Karan, Arjun Govinda Raja Babu, Coolie, No.1, Aankhen, Bade Mian Chotte Mian, Jis Des Mein Ganga Rehta Hai Suhail Khan Ab Ke BarasAmir Khan Mein Ne Dil Tukhko DiyaVenkatesh Lagaan, SarfaroshJackie ShroffAnadi Arjun RampalPhool aur Pathar, Devdas Abhisekh Bachhan Pyar- Isq-MohabbatSalman KhanYuva, Mumbai se Aya Mera , DostAkshay KumarKaran Arjun, Tumko Na Bhul , Payenge, Har Dil Jo pyar Karega, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu Related Items
I wrote earlier this week about how unaffected Oklahoma State seems with its 12-game winning streak. By how unimpressed this team is with itself. The main reason? Its two coordinators are pumping negativity in the face of 12 straight wins and a No. 4 ranking.This is the old Bob Stoops theory. Treat ’em like kings when you lose and like peasants when you win. I don’t know if that actually works, but Mike Yurcich and Glenn Spencer are giving it a go.“I know you guys are doing a story … and they’re having to answer these questions about why this has happened,” Glenn Spencer told the Tulsa World, “but as soon as I get ‘em in that meeting room tomorrow: ‘Guys, forget about that. That’s garbage. That has nothing to do (with beating Baylor). That can only hurt you if you’re thinking about that at all.’”Haha, I can actually imagine this happening which makes it even funnier.““It’s really put up or shut up time now,” Mike Yurcich told the O’Colly. “They don’t give you a trophy for 10-0. There’s no trophy for 10-0. There’s a trophy for the Big 12. We’re playing for a lot of things. Obviously, our guys are smart enough to understand what’s at stake.”Yes they are.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!
Rangers have yet to finalise their plans for the summer, with Steven Gerrard’s side eager to win the silverware in 2019-20 that eluded them this term.Their primary goal is to block Celtic winning a record-equalling nine league titles in succession, though having finished second and having twice beaten their great rivals in the league this season, they appear stronger than they have at any point since they were demoted to League Two in 2012.Here is your complete guide to Ranger’s 2019-20 pre-season and Scottish Premiership fixtures, with dates, venues and all you need to know about their summer preparations. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Rangers pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 7 Oxford United 3pm / 1am Ibrox, Glasgow Jul 14 Marseille 3pm / 10am Ibrox, Glasgow Jul 21 Blackburn Rovers 3pm / 10am Ibrox, Glasgow Jul 28 Derby County 3pm / 10am Ibrox, Glasgow Rangers have announced that they will play four pre-season friendlies at Ibrox, with English sides Oxford United, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County all visiting the Glasgow venue.The headline act, however, will be Marseille, who they will play on July 14 in a repeat of the Champions League clashes of 1992-93, when the Gers finished as runners up to the eventual winners in the group stage, which acted as a semi-final at that time.Rangers 2019-20 transfer activity Steven Gerrard has indicated that he wants to strengthen his squad in order for them to be able to more successfully compete with Celtic. Increasing the depth of his options is likely to be the focus, but there will also be a desire to strengthen the defence.Aberdeen attacker Greg Stewart is expected to seal a move to the club, while Gerrard is pushing to ensure Ryan Kent can extend his loan spell from Liverpool. Meanwhile, the Gers are closely following Oldham’s George Edmundson.Jake Hastie and Jordan Jones have already agreed pre-contract deals with the Glasgow outfit, arriving from Motherwell and Kilmarnock respectively.The Liverpool legend will also be eager to ensure that there is no exodus of players during the summer. Alfredo Morelos continues to be linked with a move away from Ibrox, though Gerrard has insisted that no feasible offer has been tabled for the Colombia international, while midfielder Scott Arfield has been the subject of Premier League interest.Transfer activity in Position Player Transferred from Fee Date LW Jordan Jones Kilmarnock n/a July 1 LW Jake Hastie Motherwell n/a July 1 CF Eduardo Herrera Necaxa loan end Jun 30 CF Greg Stewart Birmingham n/a July 1 RW Sheyi Ojo Liverpool loan July 1 Transfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date CM Lassana Coulibaly Angers loan end Jun 30 CB Kyle Bradley released n/a Jun 30 RB Lee Hodson Gillingham n/a Jun 30 LB Myles Beerman released n/a Jun 30 AM Liam Burt released n/a Jun 30 LB Lee Wallace QPR n/a Jun 30 Rangers 2019-20 Scottish Premiership fixtures Rangers’ quest to dethrone Celtic from the top of the Scottish Premiership table will begin on Sunday, August 4 away to Kilmarnock, with the first home match against Hibs pencilled in for August 10.By that point, Rangers will hope to have won through two qualifying matches in the Europa League. Should they progress as far as the group stage like last season, they will play every Thursday between July 11 and August 29, making for a hectic start to the season.Participation in Europe means that Rangers are excused from the group stages of the League Cup, which they will enter in the second round. Meanwhile, like all Premiership sides, they will enter the Scottish Cup in the fourth round, which will take place in January.Click here to see Rangers’ fixture list for 2019-20.
BOULDER, CO – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the stadium as the Stanford Cardinal face the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on November 3, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. The Cardinal defeated the Buffaloes 48-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)A college football head coach’s new contract appears to be in violation of state law.Colorado has agreed to a six-year deal with Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who’s replacing Mike MacIntyre as the program’s head coach.The Buffaloes, though, accidentally approved an illegal contract for Tucker.Colorado’s state law mandates that state employees are not under contract for a period longer than five years. Tucker’s contract was for six years.The Denver Post has the details:Wednesday morning, the board voted 6-2 in favor of Tucker’s contract to run Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2024. That’s six years. Based on the language of the approved contract, which includes annual raises of $275,000, the deal is worth $18.5 million rather than $14.8 million.However, Ken McConnellogue, CU’s vice president of communications, told The Denver Post the extra year was an oversight and the contract will be amended to run through 2023.Specifics on the process to amend the contract were not immediately available.Oops.Attorneys spent hours crafting and agreeing on Mel Tucker’s contract. The CU Board of Regents should have spent hours reading it. We all make typos. But this is a legal document released to the public that made the same significant legal error three times. That’s rough.— Matt L. Stephens (@MattStephens) December 12, 2018Tucker, 46, has been Georgia’s defensive coordinator since 2016. He was previously an assistant at Alabama and with the Chicago Bears.
Press Trust of India BengaluruMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 16:49 IST Virat Kohli wants his World Cup-bound India teammates to be smart about their workload management during IPL 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli spoke about the issue of workload management of World Cup-bound India players during IPL 2019Kohli urged his India teammates to be smart about their workload management in IPL 2019IPL 2019 kickstars on March 23 and is expected to continue at least until the first week of May”You cannot put a cap on anything,” said India captain Virat Kohli, insisting that no instructions have been issued to Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises with regards to workload management of World Cup-bound players.However, the Indian captain expects his teammates to be smart enough to manage their workload before the mega event starting May 30.”If I’m able to play 10, 12 or 15 games, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the other guy can only play that many. My body might demand I play a certain number of games and I need to be smart about that and rest,” Kohli, who will be leading RCB in the IPL, said during the launch of an app.”Someone else’s body might be more capable than mine or less, that is a very individual thing. And everyone wants to play the World Cup, so people will be smart about it because you don’t want to miss out on such a big event.”Kohli said that it is up to individual players to deal with the issue to keep their body fit and be in contention for a place in the World Cup-bound squad.”From a responsibility point of view, all the Indian players will have the responsibility during the IPL to keep a watch on their fitness and their workloads,” he said.”And to continue the frame of mind we have created in the Indian team – strive towards excellence and improve every day. Each player will take this tournament as an opportunity to go to the World Cup in a good frame of mind.”advertisementAlso Read | IPL 2019 can be great preparation for World Cup: RCB coach Gary KirstenAlso Read | Wrong decisions have kept RCB away from IPL title, says Virat KohliAlso 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 India cricket teamFollow 2019 World CupFollow Virat KohliFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers Bangalore Indian players need to keep a watch on their workload during IPL 2019: Virat KohliIndia captain Virat Kohli revealed that the IPL franchises haven’t been instructed about World Cup-bound India players’ workload management but insisted it’s up to the players to take responsibility. advertisement
BCCI’s title rights deal with Paytm comes under scannerEbix, an E-commerce company were disqualified as the agency assisting them with the bid, Sporty Solutionz works closely with M Junction, BCCI’s auction partner.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 15:36 IST The bidding controversy also brings to focus the BCCI decision not to go for e auction. (Reuters Photo)The game’s economic engine BCCI sent out a press release talking about the 58 percent incremental rise in their new title rights deal with Paytm yesterday.But it now emerges the process involved in awarding of rights was not sans controversy and may come under the scanner. Sources close to developments have confirmed one of the three parties that bid for the rights, Ebix had quoted an amount that was very close to Paytm’s winning bid of 326. 8 crores and had their bid stayed, it would have forced an e-auction.Ebix, an E-commerce company were disqualified as the agency assisting them with the bid, Sporty Solutionz works closely with M Junction, BCCI’s auction partner.Ebix did not revert to India Today’s query seeking comments but it’s learned they were confident of being clear of conflict when they bid for the rights.Question must be raised if there was any favoritism involved in awarding the rights. If Ebix were ineligible, how did they pass the muster during the technical bids? And how was MJunction allowed to complete the process if they were conflicted through their partnership with Sporty Solutionz, a BCCI official told India Today.It’s also learned the matter had reached the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (COA) table as well before the winner was declared on Wednesday. BCCI officials wrote to the COA when Ebix was disqualified. A COA member in an internal communication did question how the process could continue if BCCI’s action partner M Junction was conflicted. But the majority view in the three-member COA was that any such move at that late stage would be commercially detrimental to BCCI, an insider told India Today.advertisementThe bidding controversy also brings to focus the BCCI decision not to go for e-auction. It was decided that after financial bids were opened, e-auction would only be needed if the bid valuations were within 10 percent of each other.Dream 11, the fantasy sports platform were the third party to bid for the rights but their bid was significantly less than the winning bid.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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow BCCIFollow paytm
6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The continuation cars will be assembled by Aston Martin Works (the company’s in-house classic car restorer) to assure authenticity and meticulous craftsmanship. Like the original DB4 GT Zagatos, the continuation models will wear thin-gauge aluminum bodies covering lightweight tubular frames. Digital scans help improve the accuracy and consistency of the panels, while each application will get the hand-finished touch. Under the hood will reside a Tadek Marek-designed, straight-six engine with 380 horsepower on tap. Power will make its way to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential.Aston Martin has yet to reveal images of the second piece to the DBZ equation, but we do have a radical design sketch to go off. The DBS GT Zagato will get a new interpretation of the iconic double-bubble roof, a unique grille, and a shortened tail. Don’t expect anything under the DBS Superleggera’s hood to change, which means 715hp and 650 lb-ft of torque are still at the driver’s disposal. Limited to just 19 models, the DBS GT will be the rarest of all modern Zagato vehicles.Customers will start receiving deliveries of the DB4 GT Zagato at the end of 2019, with the DBS GT Zagato following at the end of 2020. Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Editors’ Recommendations The 2020 Living Vehicle Is a Swanky Luxury Apartment on Wheels A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Manned Flying Car Races Are Coming in 2020 For the last 58 years, Aston Martin and Zagato have been linked at the hip. The British sports car manufacturer and legendary Italian design house have, to date, co-developed 13 vehicle projects, including the latest Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.Now, in celebration of Zagato’s centenary in 2019, the premium brands have revealed their most ambitious collaboration yet. Dubbed the DBZ Centenary Collection, a pairing of classic and contemporary vehicles, will be sold in sets — and only in sets — to some very lucky car collectors. A track-only DB4 GT Zagato Continuation (modeled after the first Zagato/Aston project) and a DBS GT Zagato (based on the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera) will be packaged for £6 million (about $7.9 million) and limited to just 19 pairs.“As an engineer, I would always say my favorite Aston Martin is the next one, but I have to say, I’m struggling to think of a finer two-car garage than this!” commented Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.“I’m honored and very proud that Aston Martin has chosen to celebrate our long-standing partnership with this unique DBZ Centenary Collection,” added Andrea Zagato, grandson of the design house’s founder and current head of Zagato.Built to race against Ferrari in the 1960s, the DB4 GT Zagato’s performance prowess was matched only by its beauty. Originally, Aston Martin planned to produce 25 cars, but demand cut out at the 19th model. Each was powered by a 3.7-liter aluminum six-cylinder making 314 horsepower.
Two dogs in southwestern Ontario have tested positive for a strain of canine influenza in what health officials are calling the virus’s first known incursion into Canada.The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit said the dogs were brought to Canada from South Korea through the United States late last month and were showing signs of respiratory disease during a veterinary exam the next day.A small number of dogs that came into close contact with the pair also have mild respiratory disease but test results for those animals are not yet available, the agency said.It says the H3N2 canine influenza virus is highly transmissible between dogs and has become widespread in parts of Asia and caused outbreaks in some U.S. locations, particularly in shelters.The health unit said most dogs who develop the disease don’t get seriously ill, and typically show symptoms similar to those from other respiratory infections such as the so-called kennel cough.Dogs who show symptoms of respiratory disease, such as decreased appetite and fever, should be kept away from other dogs for at least two weeks to limit spreading, it said.Health officials said there is no known human risk from the virus, but note the risk that it might mix with human seasonal influenza viruses is “a potential concern.”“The investigation and response are ongoing, and at this point, the concern mainly involves the imported dogs and their close contacts,” they said in a statement.“Affected and exposed dogs are being confined by their owners to help prevent further spread. However, dog owners in Windsor and Essex County should be vigilant and watch for signs of respiratory disease in their dogs, particularly dogs that frequently have contact with other dogs.”
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Canadian government is facing heavy pressure to fill a leadership void at an international meeting trying to set the rules for implementing the Paris Climate Change accord.Catherine Abreu, executive director of the Climate Action Network Canada, said host Poland, which is still heavily reliant on coal, is not playing the typical leadership role.The Brexit crisis in the U.K., wild protests against carbon taxes in France, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s planned departure from politics have made all three less inclined to take on their past roles of being at the forefront of pushing the Paris goals.Abreu says there is pressure on Canada at the meeting to fill that void.Officials arrived in the small coal-mining city of Katowice last week to get the nuts and bolts of the rulebook together and the draft is coming out today.Politicians arriving this week have to do the heavier lifting to overcome political disagreements about what the world has to do to limit global warming and how they will all be held accountable for doing it.
With files from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald: http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/local/fourth-man-charged-in-coke-seizure-from-ship-241845/ FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Fort St. John man who was charged with conspiracy to import cocaine in Halifax back in June will be appearing in court early next month on a number of separate charges stemming from arrests that occurred shortly after he was released on bail.46-year-old Darcy Peter Bailey was arrested on June 9th along with two other men after Canada Border Services Agency divers discovered roughly 150 kilograms of cocaine had been strapped to the bottom of the Arica, a container ship registered in Liberia. The three men were allegedly in possession of diving equipment when they were arrested near the Port of Halifax, and were charged with conspiracy to import cocaine into Canada.In mid-July, Bailey was released on $10,000 bail along with 34-year-old Matthew Ryan Lambert of Richmond, B.C., whose bail was set at $50,000. The Halifax Chronicle-Herald is reporting that after they were released from custody on July 18th, the pair were re-arrested that evening and charged with breaching their conditions by having indirect contact through Lambert’s wife.After they were freed again the next day, the pair flew back to B.C. where they were subsequently arrested on new charges.Bailey was arrested in Baldonnel on July 26th and was charged with 16 offences, including five counts of possessing a firearm without a license, eight counts of possessing weapons while prohibited, and one count of altering a firearm serial number.Then on August 2nd, he was arrested yet again, this time in Abbotsford. He faces charges of possessing a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition and unauthorized possession in a motor vehicle in connection with that arrest.Bailey is set to appear at the Fort St. John law courts on Monday, October 1st, at 9:30 a.m.A fourth man, 29-year-old Nelson Ricardo Alvarado-Calles of Richmond Hill, Ontario was arrested in August and then transported to Halifax, where he was charged in connection with the cocaine seizure.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he’s now in favour of more legal immigration because of economic gains on his watch.Trump raised eyebrows in his State of the Union speech when he said he wanted people “to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.” His policy positions to date do not reflect that wish.Asked Wednesday during a meeting with regional reporters whether the line represented a change in policy, Trump said it did.That’s according to a transcript tweeted by a reporter from The Advocate, Louisiana newspaper, in which Trump is quoted saying: “I need more people coming in because we need people to run the factories and plants and companies that are moving back in.”Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
CALGARY — Agrium Inc. was defiant Monday as its largest shareholder, New York hedge fund Jana Partners LLC, demanded five new directors be added to the Canadian agriculture giant’s board.The company (TSX:AGU) dismissed Jana Partners LLC’s latest move as “almost certain to fail” and vowed to stick with its current strategy.The nominees Jana is proposing include the fund’s founder Barry Rosenstein and former Liberal agriculture minister Lyle Vanclief. Also on the slate are three men with the executive experience in retail and distribution that Jana says is lacking.“Agrium’s board has had every opportunity to respond constructively to our analysis and instead simply attempted to avoid the issues,” Rosenstein said in a statement announcing the board challenge.Among other things, Jana wants Agrium to spin off its retail business, which supplies farmers with fertilizers, seeds and other products, from the part of its business that produces fertilizer.In a statement, Agrium CEO Mike Wilson said the board’s independent directors spent two months evaluating Jana’s ideas with its independent financial adviser, Morgan Stanley, before unanimously deciding the retail spinoff was a bad idea.“The facts are straightforward. Agrium remains committed to its highly successful integrated strategy,” Wilson said.“Jana has been trying for over six months to obtain support for its idea that Agrium should spin off or sell its retail operations. Agrium’s shareholders have overwhelmingly rejected Jana’s ideas. As a result, we believe Jana’s attempt to run its own slate for Agrium’s board is almost certain to fail.”A source familiar with Jana’s thinking said the fund has not decided which of Agrium’s 11 board members it’s looking to replace, but it will probably “lean heavily” on the group Agrium has previously cited as having adequate distribution experience.Most of Jana’s nominees are American and it wants to make sure enough Canadians remain on the board, “so you can also assume that Americans will probably be more targeted heavily,” the source said.When it comes to replacing Wilson as CEO, the source said Jana hasn’t “gone there” and “that would obviously be a significant escalation.”In its more than decade-long history, all of Jana’s campaigns have been resolved with management before coming to a shareholder vote.“Maybe this will be the first,” the source said. “We’ll see.”Jana has said the retail spinoff, and a better focus on cost management and capital allocation, could add $50 to Agrium’s share price.Recently Agrium has bumped up its dividend and bought back $900 million in stock — moves Jana has applauded.Jana’s statement on Monday accused the current Agrium board of failing to address it’s criticism. It also accused Agrium of failing to keep shareholders informed — particularly about the weakness of its third-quarter financial results, which generally missed analyst expectations.Besides Vanclief and Rosenstein, Jana is proposing David Bullock — a former chief operating officer of United Agri Products, which was acquired by Agrium several years ago; Stephen Clark, a former CEO of Brenntag North America, and Mitchell Jacobson, chairman and a shareholder of MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc. (NYSE:MSM).Agrium shares rose about two per cent to $99.95 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The movement of the Bangladeshi troops – at the end of their one-year tour with the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) – is part of the Security Council’s decision to establish a mission for war-shattered Liberia consisting of up to 15,000 military personnel and up to 1,115 civilian police officers. Some 3,500 West African soldiers have already been put under command of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). The newly augmented force is mandated to monitor an agreement signed between rebel groups and the government last August.The spokesman, Fred Eckhard, also said the UN Force Commander for Liberia, Lt. Gen. Daniel Opande, yesterday held a meeting with the leader of the Liberians United for Democracy (LURD), Sekou Damate Conneh who, Mr. Eckhard said, reiterated that the LURD is committed to the ceasefire accord.Mr. Conneh also said he instructed his commanders to comply with an agreement reached on Monday to make the area around the capital Monrovia weapons-free within 72 hours, Mr. Eckhard added.In Monrovia, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Liberia, Jacques Klein, asked traditional chiefs from Liberia’s 15 counties for assistance in keeping the peace.”I will need your help – before us is the most difficult challenge of our collective lives,” Mr. Klein said. “I hope you will assist me in this mission to restore peace and stability of this land. It cannot be done without you. You are Liberia. You are its traditional leaders. You are its living tradition, a tradition older than the State itself.”In New York, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) had resumed food distribution to several camps. The assistance had been suspended 1 October due to clashes between LURD and government militias.While OCHA and several interagency groups have been continuing aid, and scouting new areas, other, non-essential aid activities in some areas have been put on hold for fear of new clashes, a spokesperson for the Office said.
‹ › Meanwhile, emergency relief supplies are being airlifted to Bangladesh today, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. “A UNHCR-chartered Boeing 777 flew in with 91 metric tonnes of aid,” spokesperson Adrian Edwards told the press, detailing a list that includes shelter material, jerry cans, blankets, sleeping mats and other essential items for 25,000 refugees. A second flight is scheduled to land later today with some 1,700 family tents, with more aid to be delivered shortly. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has already provided some 68,800 people with high-energy biscuits, including to women-friendly spaces supported by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and some 77,600 people with warm meals, working through a local partner. UN and aid partners have launched an emergency appeal for Rohingya refugees, calling for $77 million to cover the next three months. About 370,000 people have crossed the Bangladeshi border in the last two and a half weeks, according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM). “UN agencies and the Government were expecting the possibility that as many as 100,000 more people could come across when there were already 600,000 Rohingyas in Bangladesh. But I don’t think anyone expected a mass exodus like this, unprecedented in terms of value and speed,” said IOM Asia-Pacific Spokesperson Chris Lom, speaking with UN News from Cox’s Bazar, a thin stretch of beach in south-eastern Bangladesh. Mr. Lom, who is one of the UN aid workers on the ground, said the people he spoke with are “very vulnerable, traumatized.” There are “hundreds of people virtually camped out anywhere there is space. Any spare muddy piece of land or on hillside,” he said, calling for a coordinated, emergency response that is fully funded by the international community to avert a humanitarian crisis. About 60 per cent of the Rohingya refugees – some 200,000 – are children, according to Jean Lieby, Chief of Child Protection at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Bangladesh, who is also in Cox’s Bazar. “The first thing you see here in the different Rohingya camps is the large number of children. You see children who have not slept for days, they are weak and hungry,” she told journalists in Geneva by phone. A UN Migration Agency (IOM) mobile medical provides healthcare to the new arrivals where around 27,000 people received service from IOM healthcare facilities in the first 12 days of the influx. Photo: Saikat Biswas/UN Migration Agency AUDIO: The flow of desperate Rohingya refugees fleeing across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh is unprecedented says IOM. Arrival of new refugees continue to increase and the UN Migration Agency (IOM)is scaling up its humanitarian response in Cox’s Bazar. Photo: Saikat Biswas/UN Migration Agency Arrival of new refugees continue to increase and the UN Migration Agency (IOM)is scaling up its humanitarian response in Cox’s Bazar. Photo: Saikat Biswas/UN Migration Agency
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJailed MPs attend Spain parliament openingMay 21, 2019In “latest news”British PM May wins confidence vote in parliamentJune 29, 2017In “latest news”No-confidence motion: Opposition Chief Whip writes Top Cop over security concernsDecember 19, 2018In “latest news” Supporters of independence gathered outside the Catalan parliament as the vote was taking place (Getty Images)(BBC) The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, just as the Spanish government appears set to impose direct rule.The move was backed 70-10 in a ballot boycotted by opposition MPs.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy earlier told senators direct rule was needed to return “law, democracy and stability” to Catalonia.The crisis began when Catalans backed independence in a disputed vote earlier this month.The Catalan government said that of the 43% of potential voters who took part in the referendum, 90% were in favour of independence. But Spain’s Constitutional Court had ruled the vote illegal.In all, the motion declaring independence was approved with 70 in favour, 10 against and two abstentions in the 135-seat chamber.Immediately afterwards, Mr Rajoy called for all Spaniards to remain calm, promising to “restore legality” to Catalonia.Spain’s Senate is still to vote on whether for the first time to enact Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, which empowers the government to take “all measures necessary to compel” a region in case of a crisis.It would enable Madrid to fire Catalan leaders, and take control of the region’s finances, police and public media.
Grindex, the third largest supplier of submersible drainage pumps in the world, have implemented a comprehensive restructuring as part of company growth strategy. The company is also, soon, to launch an entirely new product series of extremely hard-wearing and service-friendly pumps. “The new Grindex will be a marketing and sales company making better use of the cooperative opportunities available within the ITT group. Examples of this include research and development and aspects of production. Our customers will benefit from a stronger partner providing high availability in terms of products, support and service”, says Grindex Managing Director, Peter Schmid.“With our own sales company and a well-developed global network of distributors we shall widen our usefulness as a dewatering partner, now being able to provide packages that include service and technical support. The new generation of pumps will be an important step in our new efforts in this direction”, he says. Grindex marketing of submersible electric pumps is focused primarily on drainage, sludge and slurry pumping.Grindex develops and manufactures submersible pumps for drainage, sludge and slurry pumping. Since 1960 the company has been focused on submersible electric pumps for mining and construction. Since then the company has delivered over 300,000 pumps to more than 100 countries. Grindex is part of the ITT group and is now represented in over 50 countries. Operations are ISO 9001 certified and environmentally certified as per ISO 140
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We are moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions, and the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months.“It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we are adding roles in certain other strategic areas,” Nadella added.- Additional reporting from the AP and AFPRead: Microsoft to build new Dublin headquarters and take on 200 extra staff > MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED plans to cut up to 18,000 jobs in its global workforce over the next year as it works to integrate the Nokia business it bought earlier in 2014.Microsoft agreed a €5.4 billion deal to acquire Nokia back in April.The company employs around 2,000 people in Ireland, and the cuts announced today are understood to have a limited impact on its Irish workforce. It recently announced the establishment of a new Dublin headquarters and the recruitment of another 200 staff.A Microsoft statement said the job cuts are part of “a restructuring plan to simplify its operations and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy.”The company’s employee headcount rose from around 99,000 before the Nokia deal to around 127,000 last month; the cuts represent a 14% drop in the company’s workforce.It also said it anticipates charges of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion over the next four quarters, which includes $750 million to $800 million for severance and related benefit costs.The company is not providing a by-country breakdown of where the cuts will be allocated, but in an email to staff, Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella said that, of the 18,000 jobs being cut, “our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers.”