Sensex rises 83 pts energy metal stocks climb

first_imgMumbai: Market benchmark BSE Sensex rose 83 points on Wednesday, led by gains in energy, metal and power stocks as global crude oil prices eased and rupee recovered against the dollar. After a rangebound session, the 30-share index ended 82.79 points, or 0.23 per cent, higher at 36,563.88. The index hit an intra-day high of 36,712.99 and a low of 36,465.92. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty settled 31.05 points, or 0.29 per cent, up at 10,848.65. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Top gainers in the Sensex pack included Tata Steel, Vedanta, SBI, Tech Mahindra, Bajaj Finance, Asian Paints, M&M, NTPC and PowerGrid, rising up to 3.95 per cent. On the other hand, ONGC, Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, HDFC Bank, Sun Pharma and Maruti fell up to 2.08 per cent. After plunging over 2 per cent in the past two sessions, equities took a breather as oil prices cooled after Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said that more than half of the country’s daily crude oil production, that was knocked out by the drone attack, has been recovered. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost He also assured that production capacity at its targeted plants would be fully restored by the end of the month. Consequently, Brent crude futures fell 0.95 per cent to 63.94 per barrel (intra-day). Tracking the movement in oil prices, the rupee appreciated 52 paise (intra-day) to trade at 71.26 per US dollar. Further boosting global market mood, US President Donald Trump said a trade agreement between the US and China was likely to happen either before or immediately after the American elections. Market participants were also awaiting cues from the policy meeting of the Federal Reserve, traders said. Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index, Hang Seng, Nikkei and Kospi ended on a mixed note. Stock exchanges in Europe were trading in the green in their respective early sessions.last_img

SoftBanks mobile units share price set for Dec 19 IPO

first_imgTOKYO — SoftBank Group Corp. says the price for the initial public offering of its Japanese mobile subsidiary has been set at 1,500 yen ($13) a share.The IPO, set for Dec. 19 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, will likely raise more than 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) and will be one of the world’s biggest IPOs.The company announced the offering price on Monday. It is listing 1.6 billion shares.SoftBank Group’s chief, Masayoshi Son, has drawn attention for his relations with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.About half of SoftBank Group’s $100 billion investment money called Vision Fund, comes from the kingdom. The fund has been investing in solar projects and artificial intelligence.The Associated Presslast_img

Driver charged after crashing into fire hydrant

A driver is facing charges after a vehicle crashed into a fire hydrant a Port Dover street.In the early hours of Sunday morning police responded to a single vehicle crash on Main Street.Norfolk OPP say the driver struck a fire hydrant which in turn flooded the street.A 57-year-old Waubaushene, Ontario man was charged with impaired driving.He is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

Darke Hall renovation 15 million gift from Phillips Foundation

Members of the public were treated to a sneak preview of what listening to live music inside Darke Hall will sound like when renovations are complete.Inside a rejuvenated lecture hall, Regina Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Christian Robinson picked up his violin and played Johann Sebastian Bach’s Bouret. The performance was the finishing touch on Monday’s announcement that the Ann and Roger Phillips Foundation will be donating $1.5 million towards the renovation of Darke Hall, which is part of the University of Regina’s College Avenue Campus Renewal Project.“From a musician’s perspective, it’s a really special sound in here with all of the wood and the hard surfaces. The sound has a wonderful warmth to it,” said Robinson following his performance.The lecture hall where Monday’s announcement was made had previously been sealed off. When it was originally constructed, the room’s seating was built on the southern-facing wall. That design choice was later deemed unsafe, making the room unusable.The renovations reversed the room’s orientation. Seating was put on the other side of the room, allowing windows on the south wall to provide a view of Wascana Park. The room’s original skylight was not able to be truly opened up, so electrical engineers used LED panels and heritage glass to simulate the feel of daylight as it once flowed through the ceiling.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.So how does it feel to hear music played there?“It was absolutely beautiful,” said Kate Jackson, an intern architect with P3A Architecture Partnership, who worked on designing the renovations.“It definitely seems to perform like an instrument itself, so it’s interesting to hear how it amplifies and contains the sound.”Ann Phillips has been a longtime supporter of the arts in Saskatchewan. Phillips moved to Regina in 1982 when her husband Roger became president and CEO of IPSCO (now Evraz Regina). Roger passed away in 2013, and the foundation was named in his honour.Being passionate about music and history, Phillips called Darke Hall a special building that shouldn’t go to waste.“I’m feeling really good about the prospect of getting Darke Hall restored, about getting more people involved and interested in the campaign, because I think it’s an excellent place for the community, and if it were not being fixed up then it would just sadly go unused, and I think that would be terrible,” said Phillips.In addition, the Phillips foundation will match any future donations earmarked for Darke Hall up to an additional $500,000. So far, the amount raised directly for Darke Hall is $51,300.Originally built in 1929, Darke Hall was known as the province’s premier musical performance venue. University of Regina President Vianne Timmons described it as a “temple to the arts,” and the renovation project is meant to restore Darke Hall to its former glory.Darke Hall is scheduled to re-open in 2021 as a 500-seat hub for performances in theatre, music, and dance. It has already received repairs to its roof and upgrades to the exterior. According to the U of R, the Phillips donation will allow restoration work to continue on the interior.So far, $11.64 million overall has been raised for the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project, just shy of the fundraising goal of the $12.5 million needed to complete it.The foundation’s promise to match future donations for Darke Hall is meant to encourage more donors, and Timmons said she hoped Regina residents will see the value in doing so. For her, the restoration is about honouring the past, as well as establishing a performance venue for future generations.“Think about the people that built it, and think about the sacrifices they made to have it in this community and let’s honour that,” said Timmons. “We’ll be able to attract unique artists here because of the venue, and so it will really be an asset for our community.”mmelnychuk@postmedia.com

Video Watch the historic announcement on RAW for the first ever allwomens

first_img If you missed it on Monday night, you can check out the historic announcement that went down on RAW featuring Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Vince McMahon.As reported earlier, WWE officially announced the company’s first ever all-women’s PPV event called Evolution that will take place on October 28 from New York at the at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.It was announced that “over 50 women then, now and forever will participate.” The RAW Women’s Championship, Smackdown Women’s Championship, NXT Women’s Championship and NXT UK Women’s Championship will all be defended on the card. Plus, the finals of this years Mae Young Classic tournament will take place at the live PPV event.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Triple H WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Facebook Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Google+ Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Videos Articles WhatsApp Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reignscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon Videos Articles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 The Miz Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon honored with 2019 Worldz Titan Awardlast_img

Leave unsafe homes says TCI Government

first_img Caicos Express takes off for Puerto Plata March 15, flights weekly from Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: interCaribbean resumes service to Salt Cay and South Caicos from GDT TCI: Water Canon greetings for Caicos Express Airways in Puerto Plata, DomRep Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 20, 2017 – Providenciales – Check your house and see if it is safe enough to weather a major hurricane, if not – leave and report to a government shelter or check in with local airlines and take a flight to a safer spot.    This was among the string of notices today from Government.Extra flights are being considered by #CaicosExpressAirways and #InterCaribbeanAirlines.   The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police today also advised that they will not be able to accommodate requests for police records right now; it is explained that there were significant damages to the Provo headquarters and the Force said they are working hard to resolve the situation.There was no explanation given about why there is not a back up to such a vital operating arm of the Police Force, and worse it is unknown when police records will again be able to be issued.Schools which had just reopened on Monday, were today closed again ahead of #HurricaneMaria which formed over the weekend and is expected to make landfall on the two week anniversary of Hurricane Irma; this Thursday night into Friday morning.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#CaicosExpressAirways, #HurricaneMaria, #InterCaribbeanAirlines, #magneticmedianewslast_img

Historic Growth in DOD Spending Fails to Produce Promised Defense Buildup Panel

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Washington, D.C. — Defense spending is experiencing historical growth this year following the two-year budget deal lawmakers reached in February but it would be a mistake to assume the cash infusion is being used to significantly expand the military’s force structure, a panel of Washington-based experts said last week at the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit. “I wouldn’t call this a buildup at all,” said Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “[It’s] nothing like the Reagan buildup.”DOD is benefitting from a giant jump in funding this year but there are concerns about what the department is buying with the new money, said Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. It’s not necessarily translating into the new defense priorities of the Trump administration, she said.The key unanswered question is whether the Pentagon can expect the largesse to extend beyond fiscal 2019, the second year of the budget agreement. Without a new deal, DOD’s topline spending level would drop under the FY 2020 and 2021 caps in the Budget Control Act. The most likely scenario is another two-year deal similar to this year’s, Harrison said. “This year’s deal upped the baseline,” he said.A change in control of the House following the midterm elections, which several panelists considered likely, almost certainly would influence how an FY 2020-21 budget negotiation plays out. “[It] will just get more difficult to get there. It was difficult last time,” Eaglen said. More specifically, Democratic control of the House would “dramatically” affect the topline spending levels in a new budget agreement, she said. This year’s deal raises the spending cap for national security by $80 billion in FY 2018 and $85 billion in FY 2019. But a Democratic House could result in a significantly lower annual increase for defense under a new budget deal, something closer to $40 billion, Eaglen said.With rising deficits projected to become a significant issue in future budget negotiations, “the real question” is the FY 2020 budget, said Frederico Bartels, a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation. “For the amount of questions that budget will have to answer, it will have to be a masterpiece,” Bartels said.Photo by Will Noonanlast_img

Rurouni Kenshin Origins bursts forth with heart and sword on to the

first_imgHow do you describe something that so perfectly encapsulates your young, giddy, adolescent feelings about the legend of a cross-scarred samurai with a ponytail? With a happy heart, I sure will try.Although the first Rurouni Kenshin film debuted in 2012, this is its first theatrical run in the U.S. thanks to Funimation. Having secured the exclusive North American distribution rights for the trilogy they will release all three films to U.S. theaters this summer.I feel emblazoned to write a new review after attending their screening of Rurouni Kenshin: Origins last night.Preparing oneself for a live action version of an anime is usually a disheartening experience. We’ve all lived through terrible adaptations, like Dragon Ball Z and Avatar, and don’t even get me started on the cringe-train that was Attack on Titan. Despite this, I can safely pronounce Rurouni Kenshin is the best live action adaptation of an anime I have ever seen.Rurouni Kenshin: Origins treats the source material with respect and love. This film is many things: part Japanese historical drama, part action movie, and part nostalgic emotional journey.As in any live action adaptation of a movie, there’s definitely some plot holes and oftentimes the villains can read like hokey caricatures. However, the incredible cinematography, gritty fighting choreography, and fantastic casting make this movie the new standard to which all other adaptations will be held.In the Meiji Era in Japan, Himura Kenshin puts his former life as Battousai the Killsword behind him to become a peaceful rounin, a wanderer. However, an evil drug lord threatens the peace of the town in his quest for power and riches. This sends Kenshin on an adventure with his newfound friends Kaoru, Sannosuke, Megumi, and Yahiko to bring down this evil power while trying to keep his promise to never kill again.The movie is based on the highly successful manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki published from 1994 to 1999 with 255 chapters, and the hit anime series which boasts 95 episodes from 1996 to 1998.Protagonist Himura Kenshin’s double life is beautifully played by Takeru Satoh. When a wandering samurai, he is wide-eyed, speaks quietly, and his posture stands slightly crouched and small. When doing serious battle as the Battousai, his face tears into a grimace, arms wide, producing a shockingly guttural and fierce voice.Satoh is no stranger to intense fight scenes, having starred as the lead in one of the many iterations of Japanese sentai TV show Kamen Rider. He also brings his abilities as a break dancer to the role. Using his physicality on set, Satoh did most of his own stunts and battle sequences in the movie. Looking closely, this gives a noticeably clean and real flavor to the battle scenes.Satoh won Best Action Actor in the Japan Action Awards in 2012 for his role as Kenshin in the first movie, and again in 2015 for the movie’s sequels, which also garnered Best Action Scene and Best Action Movie. Satoh also admits to being a huge fan of the Rurouni Kenshin franchise before going into filming for the role.In an interview with Tokyo Otaku Mode he says, “I’m also on [the fans’] side, so to speak. I’m a fan of Rurouni Kenshin. I’m someone who likes to read the manga version in-depth… I may also be something of an otaku, but I love it.”The fight scenes show the brilliance of choreographer Kenjin Tanigaki, who was the action director on all three of the Rurouni Kenshin films. Tanigaki was at the helm of classic Hong Kong action movies such as Peter Chan’s Dragon, Legend of the Fist, and Blade II.Whether Kenshin is facing down scores of disheveled lackeys, or going head to head with the main baddie, the stunts and swordplay created audible gasps and cheers in the audience. Iconic battle moves from the anime and manga translated beautifully to live action, such as Kenshin’s Double Dragon Flash and Saito’s Gatotsu stance.The movie itself does run a tad long for Western audiences. At 135 minutes it reaches back and forth between plots and filler villains. The heart of the story is really Kenshin seeking atonement for his past as a man slayer, and also his struggle to prevent becoming the Battousai once again. Even so, this important arc is cut up with a slew of villains who work for the drug-lord Kanryu.The side plot comprises of Kanryu threatening Kaoru’s dojo and selling a super-opium with which to overtake the city. This only serves as a vehicle with which to get Kenshin to stay in town and protect his new friends. However, it’s hard to complain about the movie length this adds when the ensemble cast shines brilliantly as it does in this film. My favorite supporting actor in this film is Sannosuke, a hot-headed brawler for hire.He could literally be cut from this movie and not affect its outcome, but there’s no way I would take away his stand out scenes from any action-loving fan. Sannosuke fights hilariously with a nonplussed Kenshin and later tears up read more

Study may explain counterintuitive effect of why hotter systems can cool more

first_img In the last few decades, the Mpemba effect has been studied and observed in several physical systems besides water, including carbon nanotube resonators and ice-like water cages called clathrate hydrates. Despite these findings, the causes of the effect are not well-understood. Proposed explanations include the presence of impurities, hydrogen bonding, and supercooling. Even the mere existence of the Mpemba effect remains controversial, as one recent study found insufficient evidence to replicate a meaningful effect.Now, their interest rekindled by a recent paper proposing a generic mechanism for similar effects, scientists Antonio Lasanta and coauthors from universities in Spain have returned to the question in a new study published in Physical Review Letters. In their work, the researchers theoretically demonstrate and investigate the Mpemba effect in granular fluids, such as those made of sand or other small particles. Using simulations of granular systems and a simple kinetic theory approach, the researchers were able to determine that the initial conditions in which the system is prepared play a critical role in determining whether or not the system exhibits the Mpemba effect. Their analysis also enabled them to identify the initial conditions required in order for a granular system to exhibit the Mpemba effect. “Our work shows that the existence of the Mpemba effect is very sensitive to the initial preparation of the fluid or, in other words, to its previous history,” coauthor Andrés Santos at the University of Extremadura in Badajoz, Spain, told Phys.org. “In our opinion, this may explain the elusiveness and controversy of the Mpemba effect in water, as a consequence of the lack of control on the detailed initial preparation of the sample.”As the researchers showed, if a system is not prepared under certain initial conditions, then the colder system cools down more quickly than the warmer one, as expected, and there is no Mpemba effect.”We theoretically showed, at least in the case of a gas, that a system’s temperature evolution and thus its cooling and/or heating rate do not depend on initial temperature alone, but also on the previous history of the system that control the initial value of the additional variables,” Santos said. “Therefore, it is perfectly possible that an initially heated system cools down quicker than a colder one with a different history.” © 2017 Phys.org Credit: CC0 Public Domain Mpemba effect: Why hot water can freeze faster than cold Citation: Study may explain counterintuitive effect of why hotter systems can cool more quickly (2017, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-counterintuitive-effect-hotter-cool-quickly.html As the researchers explained further, the simplicity of the Mpemba effect in granular fluids compared to water and other systems enabled them to reach this conclusion. “Our results show that the Mpemba effect is a generic non-equilibrium phenomenon that appears if the evolution of temperature depends on other physical quantities that characterize the initial state of the system,” Santos said. “In practice, such an initial state can be experimentally achieved if the system is taken by some physical procedure very far away from equilibrium (for instance, by a sudden heating impulse prior to cooling down). Our theoretical and computational work shows that the Mpemba effect is particularly simple in a granular gas, since, in practice, there is one single extra parameter controlling the Mpemba effect. This parameter is the kurtosis, which measures the deviation of the velocity distribution function from a Gaussian distribution.”With this new understanding, the researchers could estimate a range of initial temperatures for which the effect emerges and determine how different the initial values of this parameter must be in order for the Mpemba effect to appear. The results also support predictions of the existence of an inverse Mpemba effect: when heated, a colder sample may reach a hot target temperature sooner than a warmer sample. The researchers plan to investigate this area and others in the future.”On the theoretical side, we plan to carry out a similar study in the case of a molecular solute (where collisions are fully elastic) suspended in a solvent that produces a nonlinear drag force on the solute particles,” Santos said. “Going back to granular fluids, we also want to analyze the impact of particle roughness and spin on the Mpemba effect. In the latter system, read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img Watch Next Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to playTap to play StokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudStokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:03/1:20Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:17 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Video will play in center_img Watch again We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comHello and welcome to Stoke-on-TrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, November 14. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 18:06Accident on th A500 near Trent ValeA500 D Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A5006 (Sideway Roundabout). On the roundabout.17:14Two top jobs to be axed at Staffordshire County Council to save cash (and one new one created) The council is facing a £35 million funding shortfall in 2019/20. More here. 16:47Delays on trains due to trespassing incidentPossible delays on Virgin Trains West Coast between Stafford and Crewe due to trespass incident. 16:24One lane closed due to broken down lorry on M6One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Southbound between J14 A5013 (Stafford North) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. (Image: Inrix)16:09All lanes reopened on M6All lanes open and traffic returned to normal, Wood removed from road on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A5013 (Stafford North).Lanes two and three (of three) were closed. 16:00Delays easing as accident on #A500 clearsA Highways England spokesman said:The collision on the A500 southbound between the A34 near Stoke-on-Trent and the A527 has cleared and delays are easing. “15:54Wide load travelling through region this weekendMore here.15:38Two lanes closed on M6 due to debris on roadTwo lane closed and slow traffic due to debris on road on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A5013 (Stafford North).Lanes two and three (of three) are closed. 15:37Another accident on A34A Highways England spokesman said: “We are getting reports of a multiple vehicle collision on the A500 southbound between the a34 near #StokeOnTrent and the A527. There are long delays building in the area. Please take care on approach.”15:32Tittensor bungalow blaze was arsonFirefighters dealt with the fire overnight. More here.14:37Accident on the A500Reports of an accident on the A500 near Shelton New Road. There are believed to be three cars and an HGV involved. No major injuries reported and one ambulance on scene.13:10A500 Northbound lane closed on exit slip road, slow traffic due to broken down coach at A34 (Talke Roundabout).One lane is closed on the exit slip road from the Northbound A500 onto the A34 roundabout. read more

Hunters attack park rangers with machetes in Braulio Carrillo National Park

first_imgThree men allegedly hunting illegally inside Braulio Carrillo National Park on Tuesday responded by attacking park rangers with machetes. A ranger lost two fingers on his right hand while trying to protect himself from a machete-wielding hunter. That hunter was then shot in the foot by a ranger.Four park rangers — from the National System of Conservation Areas and the Organization for Tropical Studies (OET) — spotted the men carrying hunting gear and dead peccaries at approximately 4 p.m. during a routine patrol inside the park.The rangers ordered the men to stop. In turn, the hunters attacked them with machetes, wounding OET park ranger Antonio Ezeta. Another ranger then shot a hunter in the foot and arrested the trio.The two injured men were taken to hospitals in Heredia, where they remain in stable condition. Police seized the machetes, the peccary meat and three hunting dogs.OET Operations Coordinator Minor Porras confirmed the incident to The Tico Times, which occurred some seven kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo ranger office near Sarapiquí.Costa Rica’s Wildlife Law bans hunting for sport and sets fines of up to ₡1.5 million ($3,000) for violations. The men likely will face criminal charges as well for attacking the rangers. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican lawmakers weigh ban on hunting for sport National Police arrest 6 hunters inside Palo Verde National Park President Chinchilla signs ban on hunting for sport Hunters ignore Costa Rican ban, kill mother deer, fawn near Carara National Parklast_img

Greek leader holds government meeting as recession returns

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy At stake is a 7.2 billion euro ($8 billion) rescue loan installment, and failure to reach an agreement could lead Greece to default on its obligations within weeks — triggering a chain of events that could force the country to leave the euro.The head of Greece’s GSEE umbrella private sector union, Yiannis Panagopoulos, said the country’s drop back into recession, at the most crucial point of the bailout talks, highlights the need for a swift agreement “so that Greece can remain in the euro.”Official flash estimates showed that the economy shrank by 0.2 percent in the first three months compared with the previous quarter. Following the 0.4 percent contraction in the last quarter of 2014, the country is now technically back in recession less than a year after it emerged from a downturn as severe as the Great Depression.Panagopoulos told The Associated Press that any deal with creditors must safeguard “fundamental social issues,” which were “trampled underfoot” by previous austerity measures that included income cuts, tax hikes, scrapping of job protections and increases to the retirement age.He said an agreement with creditors should respect the government’s promises to restore labor rights and fight new pension cuts, but admits he is not optimistic. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at a cabinet meeting in central Athens, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Officials say Greece has completed a 757 million euro ($844 million) debt payment to the International Monetary Fund, despite an acute cash shortage that could come to a head within the next two weeks. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister was holding his second ministerial meeting in as many days Wednesday, when official data confirmed the cash-strapped country is back in recession amid concern over much-delayed bailout talks with creditors.Alexis Tsipras has said his radical left-led government has done as much as it can to strike a deal to get more bailout loans, insisting the ball is now in the court of the creditors. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up “Our creditors have toughened their positions,” he said, adding that time was lost — and goodwill squandered — with negotiations “on terms and names,” instead of how to restart growth.He said a deal is better than nothing.“Otherwise we will no longer be talking about recession but rather a total collapse that will have terrifying repercussions on all of Greek society,” Panagopoulos said.Eurobank analyst Platon Monokroussos said the economic downturn in the first quarter was less severe than expected, and forecasts slight growth for the year as a whole.“Expectations for another record year for Greek tourism are supporting expectations for a growth recovery in (the second half), provided of course that an agreement will official creditors will be reached before the present bailout arrangement expires” in late June, he said.The finance ministry said Wednesday that the January-April budget deficit was about a sixth the size expected, at 500 million euros, while — excluding debt servicing costs — there was a surplus of over 2 billion euros, much better than the 290 million euro target.However, much of the savings were made through deferring payments for a second month in a row. The government is desperate for cash to pay its creditors — as well as civil servants and pensioners — and last month forced local authorities, hospitals and universities to allow it access to their cash reserves. The target was to raise some 2 billion euros, although so far only 600 million have flowed in as many entities refused to comply.last_img

India China need cleaner air just to keep death rate steady

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first_imgBritish AirwaysAer Lingus Aegean Airlines 6. Disneyland Paris, FranceAh Paris, city of culture, romance, fine food…and Disneyland! If Disney World in Orlando is too far to travel with offspring, Paris is only a short flight away, which makes it easier, and of course the kids will love it. Pluck up the courage to go on Space Mountain, take a swashbuckling ride with the Pirates of the Caribbean, and meet your (sorry, your kids’) fave Disney characters. And since 2002, Disneyland Paris has been joined by Walt Disney Studios Park, which houses rides based on animated films like Toy Story and Ratatouille, plus there’s even an entertainment district called Disney Village, featuring Disney-fied shops restaurants and bars. You’ll never have to leave! But if you DO get tired of the endless happiness, the surly waiters of Paris are merely an hour’s drive away from the resort. And once you’ve made it out, here are some top tips on things to do.Find cheap flights to Paris Excited to get away with the kids? Here are a few more family-friendly destinations:Top 9 tips for a family holiday in VeniceFind out how to have family fun in The Floating City.5 best beach destinations for familiesSun, sea, sand and plenty of activities to keep the kids (and the adults!) entertained. We reveal the top 5 beach destinations for families.Top 11 family hotels in the Canary IslandsWith their wall-to-wall sunshine, copious beaches and family attractions that range from watersports to theme parks, the Canary Islands are the perfect family escape.10 inexpensive summer holiday ideasSort your summer hols now. Hit the beach on a budget with 5 low-cost short-haul flights to the sun, plus 5 long-haul ideas.*Published February 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 9. Lopud, CroatiaCroatia’s islands aren’t the preserve of millennials hanging out in cool bars and posing with Prosecco bellinis. The car-free island of Lopud is popular with families and boasts some cracking beaches, like Sunj bay, one of Croatia’s best, complete with small child-friendly shallow water. Lopud is a short ferry trip from Dubrovnik which is also the nearest airport, itself a cheap flight away from the UK. Don’t forget to mention to the kids that Game of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik – the walls are those of King’s Landing in the series. Oh, and here’s a few more things to do in Croatia in case you’re not a GOT fan or get bored on beaches easily.Find cheap flights to Dubrovnik 5. Edinburgh, ScotlandSummer is festival time in Edinburgh: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (which takes place throughout August) has hundreds of shows especially for kids, including stand-up comedy for younger audiences, so no swearing, and only jokes about Ben 10. Comedy Club 4 Kids offers children a chance to have a go at stand-up for themselves. Then there are the many street theatre shows, which are guaranteed to include fire juggling and audience participation, two things that are sure to put a smile on kids’ faces. Away from the Fringe, older family members will love the creepy Edinburgh Dungeon, and Deep Sea World where you can see cute seals and sharks up close. But that’s by no means all of the family fun you could be having in Edinburgh: here’s a selection of beautiful places to visit that won’t cost a fortune for a whole bunch of you.Find cheap flights to Edinburgh Related10 of the best places for family holidays in the AlgarveAh, the Algarve. Easily accessible from Faro, this beautiful stretch of Portuguese coastline is blessed with gorgeous beaches and sublime light. July and August offer the highest temperatures, but book for May, June, September or October if you want to avoid the biggest crowds but still enjoy the sunshine –…Half-Term Holiday Hotspot BargainsSkyscanner highlights some bargain hotspots which are ideal for family funTop 10 family holidays: best destinations for summer funFor mums and dads, the balmy days of summer often mean daunting weeks to fill with something to keep the wee ones entertained. Never fear: we’ve complied a list of the ten best destinations for guaranteed family fun this year. Enjoy! 7. Europa Park, GermanyIf you’ve already been to see Mickey and the gang, take the kids to meet Euromaus (yes, that’s actually a thing and Disney’s lawyers have been informed) at Europa Park near Baden-Baden in southern Germany. One of Europe’s biggest theme parks, Europa boasts exhilarating rollercoasters and loads of other attractions spread over European country-themed areas. So take a crazy taxi ride around London, a gondola ride through Venice and an Elf Ride(!) in Germany. For more of an adrenaline thrill – if your blood isn’t already pumping from the Elf Ride – try the Blue Fire Megacoaster, which rockets read more

Estia green light from Brussels not considered state aid

first_imgThe European Commission on Monday approved, under EU state aid rules, Cyprus’ controversial Estia scheme to support private households and small businesses that have encountered difficulties in repaying mortgage loans and risk losing their primary residence.The scheme, which the commission said has an annual budget of around €33 million, sets strict eligibility criteria in terms of the value of the primary residence and income of the borrower to ensure it is targeted at those in need.Earlier this month the cabinet gave the nod for minor tweaks to the scheme to appease detractors but the EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said within the past few days the scheme still contained a ‘moral hazard’.Finance minister Harris Georgiades, said the tweaks, related to the eligibility criteria did not alter Estia’s substance or philosophy, but made it “fairer and more functional”.To be eligible, a household’s annual net gross income must not exceed €60,000 for couples with four dependents or more; €55,000 for a couple with three dependents; €50,000 with two dependents; €45,000 with one dependent; €35,000 with no dependents; and €20,000 for single persons.Previously, all households (irrespective of dependents) with an annual income of up to €50,000 had been eligible. Additionally, under the updated criteria, a household’s net assets, excluding the primary residence, cannot be more than 80 per cent of the market value of the primary residence. The cap on the value of the other assets is €250,000.During the first seven years of repayment of a restructured loan, a floating interest rate will be charged, based on the six-month Euribor rate plus 2.50 per cent. The aggregate interest rate (six-month Euribor plus margin) of a restructured loan cannot be greater than 3.5 per cent.If the borrower stops servicing their loan, it is foreseen that the bank initiates the foreclosure of the property. All participating banks will have to restructure the loans of eligible borrowers along the same requirements defined by the state.The EU Commission said on Monday it concluded that, with respect to individuals and micro companies, the measure did not involve any state aid.With respect to the banks that issued the loans, the Commission found that the scheme would provide an indirect advantage because it increases the amount of repayment the banks are likely to receive from the non-performing loans.At the same time, its assessment showed that this indirect aid “would not create undue distortions of competition because the aid is limited to what is necessary to achieve its objective of ensuring that borrowers do not lose the house in which they live”.Moreover, since all mortgage lenders established in Cyprus were able to participate in the scheme, it was non-discriminatory among banks, it added.“The Commission has therefore concluded that the scheme is well-targeted and limited in time and scope as required by EU rules,” a statement said.“Finally, the scheme is expected to contribute to reduce the high burden of non-performing loans in the Cypriot banking sector.”Despite not constituting state aid under EU rules, the Estia scheme’s detractors say it will benefit strategic defaulters. Those detractors still include the IMF, which issued its latest review on Cyprus earlier Monday. In it, the IMF recommended that to limit moral hazard, Estia should be better targeted and based on appropriate assessment of borrowers’ capacity to repay.Similar sentiments were expressed by the European Central Bank and the EU Commission itself only last Friday in Cyprus’ Autumn report.The Commission and the ECB warned that despite the amendments to the eligibility criteria “there are still concerns about moral hazard and fairness, in particular concerning potential strategic defaulters.“The proposed Estia scheme raised a number of concerns. First, it rewards borrowers for non-payment in the past. Second, some borrowers with sufficient wealth to cover their past-due loans might be eligible. Third, the scheme did not distinguish between households with different incomes. Fourth, a similar temporary scheme was introduced in 2016, undermining the credibility of the claim that the current scheme is one-off,” the report said.“Putting these together, there is a concern that certain borrowers may interpret the introduction of such a generous scheme as a reason to stop paying, or continue not paying (i.e. moral hazard).”To further mitigate such concerns, it was crucial that the foreclosure procedure was promptly initiated upon re-default under the scheme and towards the remaining defaulted borrowers outside the scheme, the report said.On the other hand, it added that the introduction of such a scheme was seen by both the authorities and the banks as instrumental to increasing banks access to the borrowers’ information, as the applicants will have to disclose their wealth and income position, read more

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