Salman Khan and Varun Dhawan are twinning on Bharat sets. See pics

first_imgRecently, rumours began doing the rounds that Varun Dhawan is making a special appearance in Bharat. Producer Atul Agnihotri has now confirmed the news by sharing a picture with Varun from the sets of the period drama in Abu Dhabi.Tagging Varun, he wrote, “#Bharat thanks you for your love and support.”Interestingly, Varun and Salman were twinning. Atul shared another picture from the sets of Bharat, featuring Salman and the film’s director Ali Abbas Zafar. Both Varun and Salman are seen wearing black vests.Bharat is an official remake of the Korean film An Ode To My Father and will depict the history of India through the life of an ordinary man. Salman will be sporting five different looks, spanning over 60 years. Fans are super-excited to see his Maine Pyar Kiya look recreated for the film.Katrina Kaif has been roped in as the leading lady. She was brought in as a replacement for Priyanka Chopra, who walked out of the period drama at the last minute, citing personal reasons.Bharat, which also features Disha Patani, Nora Fatehi and Sunil Grover in pivotal roles, is set to hit the screens on Eid 2019.ALSO READ: Did Salman Khan’s ex-manager convince Priyanka Chopra to exit Bharat?advertisementALSO SEE: Is that Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones on sets of Salman Khan’s Bharat?ALSO WATCH: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif reveal how Tiger Zinda Hai made it to the Rs 300-crore clublast_img read more

Leganes vs Real Madrid team news: Isco returns to starting XI

first_imgHaving beaten Leganes 3-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie, Real Madrid make the short trip to Estadio Municipal de Butarque with the expectation of completing the job on Wednesday.Despite that victory, it has been a rocky start to 2019 for Los Blancos, who got a league win under their belts at the weekend against Real Betis . They were made to work hard for that success, though, and with Champions League football next season anything but a formality they will surely focus on the league.Leganes, meanwhile, are likely in the business of simply trying to save face; two goals in the last 25 minutes of the first leg have surely put this tie beyond them. Game Leganes vs Real Madrid Date Wednesday, January 16 Time 8.30pm GMT / 3.30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on beIN SPORTS and streamed on beIN SPORTS Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN SPORTS beIN SPORTS Connect In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Leganes players Goalkeepers Lunin, Cuellar, Serantes Defenders Siovas, Omeruo, Dos Santos, Tarin, Silva, Nyom, Juanfran Midfielders Perez, Vesga, Gumbau, Eraso Forwards Arnaiz, Merino, Ojeda, El Zhar, Rolan, Santos, En-Nesyri, Braithwaite Leganes starting XI: Cuellar; Juanfran, Bustinza, Omeruo, Siovas, Kravets; Eraso, Recio, Gerard Gumbau; Merino, Braithwaite Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Luca, Altube Defenders Carvajal, Varane, Marcelo, Nacho, Reguilon, Sanchez, Odriozola Midfielders Casemiro, Jaume, Ceballos, Valverde, Brahim, Isco Forwards Vazquez, Vinicius Jr, Cristo Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Odriozola, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo; Valverde, Casemiro, Regulion; Vazquez, Vinicius, IscoBetting & Match Odds Real Madrid are priced by bet365 at odds of 21/20 to take the win, while a draw is available at 23/10. A win for Leganes is priced at 13/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Match Preview Isco, Real MadridReal Madrid’s 3-0 win over Leganes last week has proven to be a vital result.Not only did it ease the pressure on interim head coach Santi Solari, which had built following a 2-0 home loss to Real Sociedad a few days earlier, but it was emphatic enough to allow for an off night in the second leg.After Sergio Ramos’ opener from the penalty spot just before the break, Madrid cut clear in the final quarter, with goals from Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior going some way to sealing the team’s place in the next round.Madrid continued their momentum against Real Betis at the weekend, going to Seville and scoring a fine 2-1 win against opponents who seriously tested them.It was a hard night for the capital club, who lost Karim Benzema to a fractured wrist and have seen a raft of problems mount due to muscular complaints.These issues have only highlighted the ongoing absence of Isco, with the coach unhappy with his efforts in training. If he is not involved from the outset on Wednesday, it would surely be a killer blow to his hopes of remaining with the team.Leganes were semi-finalists in the Copa del Rey last season but find themselves all but out of the competition after last week’s loss.They bounced back with a vital 1-0 win over La Liga’s bottom side Huesca on Saturday, but with a relegation battle to fight, it would be understandable if they do not channel all their energy towards this encounter.last_img read more

Hanjins Move Displays Container Carriers Breaking Points

first_imgzoom The impending bankruptcy of Korea’s container carrier Hanjin Shipping should serve as a warning that carriers do have breaking points and that they will not always be rescued, shipping consultancy Drewry said.In 2009 when the container industry posted operating losses of nearly USD 20 billion and many lines were said to be minutes from bankruptcy, none died. The “zombie” carriers’ survival methods were varied and complex, ranging from off-hiring ships to requesting government support, but ultimately they worked.“Having survived the worst crisis the industry has ever faced the assumption grew in strength that major carriers could not be killed off,” Drewry said, adding that some smaller players have fallen by the wayside this decade, however, none were remotely in the same league as Hanjin Shipping, which with a containership fleet of around 100 ships and total capacity of 620,000 TEU ranks it seventh in the world.Hanjin’s move into administration shatters the complacency that major carriers are immune to failure and can stomach prolonged years of low rates and financial losses.The company was in financial trouble as its operating loss amounted to approximately USD 580 million from 2010 to the first-half 2016, with most of the damage emanating from the container division.While Hanjin’s compatriot Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) negotiated a debt restructuring plan, which included reduced charter rates, sale of non-core assets and reaching a deal to join 2M carriers Maersk Line and MSC in a new alliance next April, Hanjin’s self-rescue plan has not proceeded as smoothly as over at HMM.Vessel charterers, most publically Seaspan, refused to lower their rates and despite selling a number of assets the plan to sell two tranches of new shares to sister company Korean Air fell short of raising the sums expected by creditors.The lack of progress led to Hanjin’s directors calling for court receivership on August 31.“While the company is not technically bankrupt during administration it is difficult to see how the company will be able to continue trading as customers are now desperately trying to locate and find alternative ways for their goods to be delivered. It’s unlikely any would entrust their cargoes to Hanjin again,” Drewry said.Drewry added that the immediate collateral damage of Hanjin’s situation would be widespread.Ports and terminals that have recently accepted Hanjin ships and containers will not only lose a customer but might not get paid for work carried out; the same applies to container lessors, and charter shipowners, particularly Seaspan and Danaos, which were Hanjin’s biggest suppliers of non-owned ships.Furthermore, shippers unaffected by Hanjin’s situation are expected to feel a short-term shock as the reduction of capacity will inflate freight rates. Notwithstanding the general rate increases (GRIs) already in-place freight rates out of Asia surged the day after Hanjin’s announcement. The World Container Index reported that spot rates from Shanghai to Los Angeles in the US and Rotterdam in Europe, increased by 42% and 39%, respectively, on September 1 against the previous week.“Perhaps the most far-reaching consequence of Hanjin’s situation, alongside the recent defensive M&A activity, will be that all stakeholders will now finally understand that carriers cannot survive on a diet of ultra-low freight rates if they want to see healthy competition,” Drewry concluded.last_img read more

StoltNielsen Sees Drop in Net Profit

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed shipowner Stolt-Nielsen reported a net profit of USD 22.2 million in the third quarter of 2016, down from USD 37.8 million seen in the second quarter of the year.Revenue for the period slightly decreased to USD 474.1 million, from a revenue of USD 478.9 million reached in the previous quarter.The company said that the net profit for the first nine months stood at USD 90.3 million, compared with a net profit of USD 111.3 million recorded in the same period a year earlier, while revenue for the respective periods was at USD 1.41 billion and USD 1.48 billion.“Stolt-Nielsen’s third-quarter results were mixed. Stolt Tankers’ results were held down by weak summer demand, combined with the impact of Chinese production cutbacks and a weaker clean petroleum products (CPP) market, which pushed swing tonnage into the chemical tanker markets. As expected, the result was a reduction in volume with a corresponding softness in spot freight rates,” Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, said.Stolt Tankers reported a drop in operating profit to USD 31.4 million, compared with USD 45.3 million, reflecting lower deep-sea rates and reduced COA volume, and a loss on bunker hedges of USD 0.5 million, compared with a gain of USD 6.5 million in the prior quarter.Stolthaven Terminals’ operating profit was at USD 14.8 million, up from USD 13.8 million, mainly due to improved operating performance at its wholly-owned terminals. As marginally lower trading results were offset by higher income from joint ventures Stolt Tank Containers’ operating profit was unchanged at USD 10.7 million, according to the company.“It is difficult to forecast what the year ahead may bring. Volume growth has not kept pace with supply-side growth, a situation made more acute by the recent influx of CPP swing tonnage. On the demand side, the weak return volumes from China and the Far East are likely to continue,” Stolt-Nielsen said, adding that they believe the decline in rates and the margin squeeze “will soon bottom out.”last_img read more

Vietnams SSIT Welcomes MSC Boxship

first_imgVietnam’s SP-SSA International Terminal (SSIT) in Cai Mep welcomed its first container vessel, the MSC Rosaria, on June 14.The boxship, owned and operated by MSC Geneva, will make regular port calls at SSIT in the future.With effect from June, container operations were added to the terminal, complementing SSIT’s operations going forward.SSIT is a joint venture port established in 2006 between two Vietnamese companies, namely Saigon Port and Vinalines, and the US-based SSA Marine.Since October 2014, the port, which is the largest and busiest bulk port in southern Vietnam, has been handling bulk vessels.last_img

Canada allies to discuss whether to start intercepting North Korean vessels

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada and its Korean War allies will sit down in Vancouver next week to mull ways to tighten the screws on North Korea — including whether to intercept North Korean shipping.U.S. State Department officials confirmed that China and Russia were not invited to Tuesday’s meeting, which Canada is co-hosting with the U.S. in response to North Korea’s recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.Instead, only those countries that deployed troops as part of the United Nations during the Korean War between 1950 and 1953 have been invited to participate in the discussions, which China has blasted as “Cold War thinking.”More than 25,000 Canadians served as part of UN Command during the war, of which 516 died. Canada was one of 17 countries to contribute troops to the UN force.The Vancouver meeting is expected to put a heavy emphasis on finding ways to crack down on the many smuggling and money-laundering schemes that Pyongyang has employed to sidestep sanctions and pay for its nuclear program.The Trudeau government has provided little information in the days leading up to the Vancouver summit, despite being a co-host, and appears to be instead consumed with the threat of a trade war with the U.S.But Brian Hook, director of policy for U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said the plan is to come up with concrete ways that Washington and its allies can strengthen the “maximum-pressure campaign” on North Korea.One of the options to be discussed, he said, would be naval interdiction to stop North Korean smuggling.“We will be discussing with our partners and allies the kind of steps that we can take on maritime interdiction and to be disrupting funding and disrupting resources,” Hook said during a briefing in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.“And maritime interdiction helps us to disrupt resources and then the financial side helps us to disrupt the financing of their nuclear and missile program.”Western security officials have accused Russia and China of exporting oil to North Korea in recent months, which would be a violation of UN sanctions.Both countries have denied the charges, but the reports have nonetheless put a spotlight on the importance of maritime trade and smuggling to the North Korean government’s continued survival and weapons development.Any agreement on naval action against North Korean shipping could result in the deployment of Canadian warships and other naval vessels into the area, and is certain to spark anger and threats from Pyongyang.But it could also put Canada, the U.S. and their allies at further odds with China, which has opposed the Vancouver meeting and warned that it will hurt — not help — efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.“The current situation in the Korean Peninsula is very complicated and sensitive,” Chinese foreign ministry Lu Kang said this week, according to a transcript from the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa.“All parties should work to defuse tensions and promote dialogue, rather than blindly resort to pressure and isolation.”Hook, meanwhile, defended the decision not to invite China and Russia to Vancouver, which State Department under-secretary Steven Goldstein later said was made in conjunction with Canada.Some have questioned what progress can be made without two of North Korea’s most important neighbours, but Hook said the meeting was not intended to replace other efforts involving China and Russia.“This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts underway to achieve our policy goals,” he said.“China has the same policy goal in terms of ensuring that North Korea does not become a nuclear-weapons state and acquire the means to deliver a nuclear warhead.”The meeting comes as North and South Korean officials have held their first talks in several years, raising fresh hopes that a diplomatic solution to the crisis can be achieved.But while Canada and the U.S. have welcomed the Korean discussions, Hook said they were unlikely to change the agenda of the Vancouver meeting or result in a short-term softening of sanctions.“We believe that the North Koreans are starting to feel the bite of a global pressure campaign,” he said.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

UN food convoy reaches civilians displaced by fighting in northern Sri Lanka

2 October 2008A United Nations food convoy today crossed into the Vanni region of northern Sri Lanka, the scene of recent clashes between Government forces and rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to offer a lifeline to an estimated 200,000 civilians who have been displaced by the fighting. The convoy, carrying 650 tons of food and accompanied by seven UN international staff, crossed the Omanthai border this morning on its way to civilians caught behind the lines of confrontation, according to a press release issued in Colombo by the Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka.“The convoy will transport and distribute food to four locations to the east of Kilinochchi, where the majority of displaced civilians are thought to have concentrated,” the statement noted, adding that the UN plans to dispatch another convoy next week.After explosives and other illicit items were discovered earlier this week on Government-provided trucks due to join the convoy, the number of trucks was reduced from 60 to 51.Today’s statement from the Coordinator reiterated that humanitarian convoys are protected from attacks under international humanitarian law, and condemned the attempt this week to disrupt the aid convoy by placing the explosives on the trucks.Intensified clashes between the military and LTTE members in recent weeks have displaced tens of thousands of people and sparked warnings from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN officials about the humanitarian impact on civilians. read more

Sherritt fined 1 million for coal mine discharges under the Fisheries Act

CALGARY — The second coal-mining company in four months is being hit with a six-figure penalty for polluting incidents that impacted fish in tributaries of the Athabasca River east of Jasper National Park in Alberta.On Tuesday, Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) agreed to pay a fine of $1 million after pleading guilty in provincial court to three counts under the federal Fisheries Act.The Toronto-based company was charged five years ago due to incidents where wastewater considered harmful to fish was allowed to flow from its open pit Coal Valley Mine about 120 kilometres east of Jasper National Park into ecologically significant habitat for rainbow trout.In June, Prairie Mines & Royalty Ltd. — formerly known as Coal Valley Resources — was handed almost $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties after it also pleaded guilty to polluting tributaries of the Athabasca River.Prairie Mines was charged after a catastrophic break in an earthen berm at its Obed Mountain coal mine about 50 kilometres east of the park allowed an estimated 670 million litres of waste water to escape into the river system in October 2013.Environment and Climate Change Canada said Tuesday the Sherritt charges were laid following an inspection in August 2012 of the coal mine located about 90 kilometres south of the town of Edson.The discharges were ordered halted but the ministry subsequently discovered that two other discharges had occurred in 2011.“The waste water ponds at the Coal Valley Mine collected surface water that was treated with a chemical flocculant to remove suspended sediment before being discharged,” it said in a news release.“Both suspended sediment and an excess of flocculant can be toxic to fish.”Most of the $1-million fine is to be assigned to the ministry’s environmental damages fund to be directed to programs intended to benefit the natural environment.Sherritt investor relations director Joe Racanelli said the company installed new sediment control systems and initiated better management practices after the charges were laid.He said the company is taking responsibility for the discharges even though it sold the coal mine in 2014.“We do not own the Coal Valley Mine but we were operators and owners at the time so we are responsible because there was a non-compliance issue. Sherritt takes these kinds of issues very seriously,” he said.He wouldn’t comment when asked if the amount of the fine was negotiated in return for the guilty plea.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

Ban challenges youth to support action against climate change

“I am glad to have this chance to talk with you, to discuss the most important and most pressing issue which will increasingly feature in your lives and coming generations,” Mr. Ban told a group of youth delegates attending UN climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany, in a videoconference.“Climate change is a threat to development, the stability of countries and economies, and the health of the planet. Extreme weather is costing trillions of dollars and endangering lives and livelihoods all around the world.”Mr. Ban told the delegates that youth would play a key role in his Climate Change Leaders’ Summit in New York in September 2014, to catalyze ambitious action on the ground, to reduce emissions and to strengthen climate resilience.“When I say “leaders”, I’m talking about Government leaders,” Mr. Ban said. “But I’m also talking about leaders from business, finance and civil society, including youth. It is imperative that the powers of all change-agents be harnessed to tackle climate change- no one group can do it alone.”“Use your power as voters and consumers,” Mr. Ban said, encouraging youth to get involved by reminding their political leaders of their moral responsibility to them and future generations and by adopting measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen resilience to climate shocks.Mr. Ban, who was joined in the discussion by his Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, also heard messages from young people submitted for him via the online platforms of Twitter and Facebook.Asked where he envisioned youth playing the biggest role in building the momentum needed to tackle climate change, Mr. Ban told the youth leaders that it was up to all youth to challenge their peers, leaders, prime ministers, mayors, congress people, senators, and professors to take action.“You are in the middle of a great transition era. To address climate change, we need fresh and innovative ideas.” Too often, he said, adults work to preserve business as usual and the status quo. “Young people approach problems with new ideas and a new perspective.”Mr. Ban added that he would continue to press for action on climate change until the end of his term, at which point he would “pass the torch to you. That’s your job.”“Are you ready to take up the challenge?” Mr. Ban asked the youth representatives at the end of the discussion. The delegates responded with an enthusiastic wave of hands. The youth delegates are part of a group known as YOUNGO in the climate negotiations, or youth non-governmental organizations. Liam Upson of the United Kingdom Youth Climate Coalition moderated the discussion and said the group has been speaking for young people around the world since the round of climate talks in Copenhagen and ensures that “the voices of current and future generations are heard.” read more

Largest gold producers replace reserves despite higher costs increased risks and lack

first_imgMetals Economics Group’s (MEG) recent Strategies for Gold Reserves Replacement study concludes that between 1999 and 2008 the world’s largest gold producers (those with production of 450,000 oz or more in 2008) overcame rising costs, equipment and labour shortages, electrical outages, wars, permitting hurdles, typhoons, political opposition, and other obstacles to replace almost twice their reserves lost through production. The group’s average cost of replacing reserves through a combination of acquisitions and exploration was $83/oz. At the same time, this group also increased its aggregate production by a total of 10.7 Moz/y of gold, and together accounted for about 55% of 2008 world gold production. The group’s average annual cost of producing and replacing gold-incorporating operating costs, capital costs of new mines, sustaining capital costs at existing operations, and reserves replacement costs-more than doubled over the past decade. Although some increased costs were voluntary (mining lower-grade ores and accelerating capital investments for new mines in response to rising prices, for example) and there are signs that costs are beginning to decline, only a tripling of gold prices from the lows of the early 2000s to an average of $872/oz in 2008 has prevented a financial meltdown like that seen in the base metals sector.Resources in Significant New Discoveries* Relative to World Gold Production, 1997-2008* Gold resources contained in significant discoveries (deposits containing at least 2 Moz) depicted represent a three-year running average of the total reserves, resources, and past production in these discoveries to reflect the three or more years it takes to quantify resources of this scale after the initial discovery hole. At the time of writing, no significant gold discoveries could be attributed to 2008.** Includes the global exploration budgets directed to grassroots gold plus 75% of late stage gold exploration budgets, which we feel best reflects the funds allocated annually to discovering and subsequently defining resources.In addition to higher costs, exploration programs are encountering increased risks from political and regulatory instability in many developing nations. These countries tend to have inferior infrastructure, less political stability, and uncertain security of tenure-all leading to slower mine development at higher costs. In the current industry-wide gold pipeline (1,700 Moz of gold in reserves and resources in the 228 advanced-stage nonproducing projects analyzed) 19% is in lower-risk jurisdictions, 57% in medium-risk areas, and 24% in high-risk jurisdictions.Globally, 62 significant discoveries (each containing at least 2 Moz of gold in total reserves and resources) have been reported so far in the 1997-2007 period[1]. These discoveries contain a potential 377 Moz of gold in anticipated recoverable reserves-less than half of the estimated world gold mine production during the same period. Even anticipating additional reserves from these and smaller discoveries, the industry’s new discovery rate still falls well short of what is needed over the long term. As a group, the major producers developed more than 90% of their exploration-derived reserves by upgrading resources at previously acquired projects and mines or at older discoveries, rather than from recent discoveries.Increased production by the major gold producers over the past decade has resulted in a greater need to add to reserves in order to maintain a life-of-production that satisfies the long-term views of investors and market analysts. This challenge is further exacerbated by the majors’ larger size requirements for new projects. Based on 2008 production, the major producers need to replace an average of almost 2 million oz/year of reserves, ranging from a high of almost 8 Moz annually for Barrick Gold to about 500,000 oz for those companies at the bottom of the list. Although, as a group, the major producers successfully replaced almost twice their total production over the past ten years, almost all of these reserves additions were achieved through acquisitions or by upgrading resources at existing projects and mines, and not through finding new significant discoveries.MEG’s Strategies for Gold Reserves Replacement study provides an authoritative analysis of gold reserves replacement and growth strategies from both exploration and acquisition perspectives. The examination of current and historical transactions involving advanced-stage gold projects, operating mines, and companies, addresses key growth-strategy issues facing the gold mining industry sector, and compares the relative costs of discovering or acquiring gold in the ground. The study is available in print and online formats. Online access includes most of the study’s supporting data in a series of spreadsheets, allowing subscribers to tailor the data for further analysis, and easily transfer information into presentations and in-house reports. For more details on this study and for subscription information visit the MEG website at http://www.metalseconomics.com/; phone (902) 429-2880; fax (902) 429-6593; email sales@metalseconomics.com.last_img read more

Advanced Combat Helmet stops an AK47 head shot

first_imgWhenever you play any kind of war video game of watch any kind of war movie, you might wonder why any of the solders decide to put on protective gear since their opponent’s weapons always seem to be able to easily penetrate their protective covering. However, the United States Army has created and deployed a new kind of protective helmet that can actually stop a moving bullet, including a 7.62x39mm round from an AK-47.Iowa National Guard member Tom Alberts was deployed in Afganistan, and unfortunately got shot in the head. However, due to the Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) he was wearing at the time, he miraculously avoided any injury, much less a fatal one. The helmet stopped the bullet cold, before it reached his skull.According to Adam Riediger, another National Guard member on patrol at the time, Alberts suddenly fell to the ground. When Riediger asked Alberts what happened, Alberts said he think he got shot. Amazingly, not only did the helmet prevent the bullet from penetrating the skull, but it even lessened the cranial impact enough to keep Alberts coherent.The ACH is lighter than previous models, and is not only resistant to moisture, but flame-retardent as well. The helmet’s chinstrap also provides a ballistic protection and covers the area of the neck between the helmet and collar of the body armor.Just because Alberts was lucky, that doesn’t mean you should rush out and buy a gun and an ACH to test it out. However, it does mean that the helmet is at least strong enough in some scenarios to stop an AK-47 round. A comparison of the M14 and the AK-47 performed by the United States Army shows that the AK-47 can penetrate helmets within a range of 400 meters, whereas it most likely won’t from 400 to 600 meters away. Whatever the case, if Alberts was wearing a helmet that wasn’t the ACH, this story might’ve gone much differently.If you are wondering about potential impact to the men and women out in the field know this: the Army has distributed 1.2 million of the helmets so far to troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq alone. So this is a significant, potentially life-saving development.last_img read more

Silva delighted with Evertons response after Spurs defeat

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva has hailed his side’s “fantastic” response after their 5-1 victory against Burnley at Turf Moor.After an embarrassing 6-2 home defeat to Tottenham on Sunday, Silva was glad to see his side respond with a 5-1 thumping of Burnley on Boxing Day.Lucas Digne scored a brace, while Yerry Mina, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Richarlison all scored to condemn Burnley to their third defeat in a row.“It was a fantastic answer from our players – not just the team but the fans as well. We prepared well, we started well, because it is not easy to play here,” Silva told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“When you have a bad result the best thing is to play quickly and the players have proved that. We have got a good result, an important win.“The last result was tough but we have no doubts about our personality or quality. We had a bad afternoon but have proved not just our quality but our commitment and attitude as well.”last_img read more

Dele Alli ruled out until March

first_imgTottenham midfielder Dele Alli is set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines with the club confirming he is out until early March after suffering a hamstring injury.Alli, 22, suffered the injury during Spurs’ 2-1 win over Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.And Spurs official website confirmed the extent of the injury following the scans and diagnosis.“Following scans and clinical assessment, we can confirm that Dele Alli has suffered a hamstring strain.“The injury forced the England midfielder to be substituted in the closing stages of Sunday’s 2-1 win at Fulham.“Dele will now undergo a period of rehabilitation with our medical staff, with the expectation of returning to training in early March.”The England forward is now set to miss some of Spurs’ key fixtures, including the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at Chelsea on Thursday, the Champions League last 16 first leg against Borussia Dortmund and the Premier League game away to Chelsea.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…His involvement in the Premier League match against north London rivals Arsenal and the Champions League second leg against Dortmund at the beginning of March is also in doubt.The former MK Dons star could also miss the Carabao Cup final on February 24, should Spurs get past Chelsea in the semi-finals this week.Some of the matches Dele Alli looks set to miss after being sidelined with a hamstring injury:Chelsea (A) – League Cup SFPalace (A) – FA Cup 4th roundDortmund (H) – Champions LeagueChelsea (A) – Premier LeagueArsenal (H) – Premier LeagueDortmund (A) – Champions League🙁 pic.twitter.com/NszokGZdUu— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 22, 2019last_img read more

UK wage growth predicted to fall in 2018

first_imgUK employees will be set for a financial blow with real wages set to fall again in 2018, according to a Trades Union Congress (TUC) report published 29th December 2017.The TUC’s analysis of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) forecast reveals that pay growth in the UK is at its lowest compared to the other 31 countries that are members of the intergovernmental economic organisation.The OECD has ranked the UK as number 32 in its list with an estimated -0.7% pay growth, way below the European pay growth average of 0.6%. This is thought to be due to the recent rise in inflation and the weakness of the British pound since Brexit.Both Italy and Spain are also thought to see negative growth in salaries, whereas Hungary has a projected growth of 4.9% and Latvia 4.1%.Frances O’Grady, general secretary TUC, said: “Real wages are still lower than they were when the financial crisis hit in 2008. And 2018 is set to be bleaker still.“It looks like UK wages will fall the furthest of all advanced economies.“On current projections, average pay won’t recover until 2025: a full 17 years after the pay squeeze began.“So in 2018, we’ll keep campaigning for an economy that can deliver a pay rise for everyone. We’ll push to stop the worst exploitation, like zero-hours contracts and the pay penalty for agency workers. We’ll argue for more and better jobs, in every region and nation of the UK. And on 12 May we’ll march together to demand a new deal for working people.”last_img read more

Still no sign on 5th day of search for missing hiker

first_imgA view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Rescue crews and family members of 22-year-old Justin Nathan continued searching for him on Sunday, the fifth day that he has been missing on Deer Mountain, but found no clues.Nathan and a friend hiked to the top of the mountain on Wednesday, but Nathan wasn’t able to come back down. His friend left him at the second overlook with some extra clothing, and hiked out to get help.But, Nathan wasn’t at the second overlook when a Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad team hiked up to find him. Volunteers did find footprints in the snow leading off the trail, and teams have been searching in that area daily since Wednesday evening.Jerry Kiffer with KVRS says rescue teams from the non-profit organization did not hike up the trail on Sunday. It was relatively clear, so they instead used a donated helicopter to conduct an aerial search. However, Kiffer says, some members of Nathan’s family did hike up.“The family was up on the mountain today, and we supported their operations with radio equipment and beacons. They have just returned and they indicate as well they found no signs.”Weather conditions have made searching hazardous, especially on the steep mountainside. Until Sunday, precipitation was almost constant, sometimes accompanied by high winds.Kiffer says the goal remains finding Nathan alive.“Every morning, that’s what we go out with the intention. At some point, it becomes necessary to stop searching, based on the data that we’ve gathered over accumulated days, but honestly, we’re looking for a viable victim up until that point.”Kiffer says the KVRS planning team would talk Sunday evening about the information gathered so far, and decide whether to continue searching for Justin Nathan.On Sunday night KVRS decided to suspend their search.last_img read more

Sen Sullivan says hes hopeful about tax changes but cautions Trump on

first_imgU.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, a Republican, speaks with business leaders in a meeting at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Monday. His wife Julie is on the right. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said Monday his top priorities for changes to federal tax law are making sure they’re good for Alaska and that they promote economic growth. But he also said he’ll consider the size of the national debt.Listen nowSullivan met eight Juneau business leaders as part of a swing through Southeast Alaska this week. He sought their input as he prepares for the Senate debate this fall over changes to federal tax laws.Sullivan said he’s optimistic about the how President Donald Trump’s administration’s policies and appointments will affect the economy. Along with the tax changes, Sullivan is hopeful about infrastructure, permitting and energy policies.But Sullivan said Trump doesn’t always help himself. He responded to a reporter’s question that referenced Trump’s latest quarrel with Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican.“The president’s insults or tweets … are not helpful and, you know, I’ve tried to encourage the White House to stay focused, disciplined and credible,” Sullivan said. “If we’re going to get tax reform done, if we’re going to grow the economy, you know, going after Bob Corker – who’s a good senator – it’s just not helpful.”Congress and Trump’s administration are considering a framework for changes that include lower corporate taxes and fewer deductions.“Unlike health care, where a lot of the issues are very partisan, a lot of the policies that have been introduced in this framework are bipartisan, or should be bipartisan,” Sullivan said.Sullivan said he’ll consider the effect of tax changes on the national debt.“We’re going back now to deficits of a trillion dollars a year, so in the last 10 years, we’ve doubled our national debt,” Sullivan said. “So, I worry about it. A lot.”But Sullivan said the changes’ effect on growth will be most important. He pointed to the 1960s and 1980s as decades when tax cuts occurred before fast growth in the economy.“One of the most important things, when you look at the debt and the deficit … from my perspective there’s a lot you can do to address it,” he said. “But the most important way to address it – by far – is to be able to grow out of it.”Sullivan would like to see tax reform reduce the number of deductions and other loopholes. But he said it will be a challenge.“You know, everybody’s saying, ‘Health care was really hard. Tax reform’s going to be real easy,’” Sullivan said. “And I don’t believe that, right? I think it’s not going to be easy.”The business leaders who met with Sullivan came from different backgrounds.Rick Shattuck is an owner of Shattuck & Grummett Insurance. He expressed concern over whether the tax changes would affect all businesses equally. The framework includes a top individual tax rate of 35 percent, a rate for some businesses owned by individuals and partnerships of 25 percent, and a corporate rate of 20 percent.“Well, I think any time the rates are going down, that’s good, but I question why the tax code should pick winners and losers,” Shattuck said.Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. CEO Angela Rodell said she’ll be watching how other countries react to changes the U.S. makes. For example, if Congress closes loopholes that benefit foreign investors, other countries could react by closing their loopholes that benefit the permanent fund.Sullivan will also visit Sitka and Ketchikan this week. He also met with Alaska Airlines executives in Seattle during this trip.last_img read more

Expediaowned Trivago files for IPO worth 400 million

first_imgTrivago, a hotel booking website owned by Expedia, has filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the United States. In a regulatory filing, the company said it plans to list its depository receipts on Nasdaq.According to Bloomberg, Trivago will have two classes of shares after the IPO — Class A shares and Class B shares. It plans to sell its Class A shares to the public, while the Class B shares will be retained by Expedia. Class A shares are currently held by Trivago’s management.However, in its regulatory filing on Monday, the company did not reveal how many shares it planned to sell or its expected price.Four years ago, the US-based Expedia bought a 62 percent stake in Trivago for about $531 million. Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia CEO, had told investors in July that the management and founders of Trivago had agreed to go public in a bid to value Trivago as a standalone firm, Reuters reported.Chances are the final size of the IPO could be different. The company plans to use the symbol TRVG for its listing.For the first nine months of the present fiscal, the Dusseldorf-based Trivago reported a net loss of $57.8 million on income of $425.6 million. Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs are leading the deal.last_img read more

PM Hasina returns home

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Monday morning wrapping up her weeklong visit to the United States to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly.A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister, which departed Heathrow International Airport in London at 6:50pm (local time), landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:10am (BST).During her visit to the USA, Sheikh Hasina delivered the country statement at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in Bangla demanding immediate and effective implementation of the agreement concluded between Myanmar and the UN over settlement of the ongoing Rohingya crisis.On the sidelines of the UNGA sessions, the prime minister also attended a good number of high-level events and placed some specific proposals in continuation of her previous five-point proposal for resolving the protracted Rohingya crisis.Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. She also joined a welcome reception hosted by US president Donald Trump, while US secretary of state Mike Pompeo met her at her hotel suite in New York.Hasina also had bilateral meetings with world leaders and heads of international organisations, including Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid, Dutch Queen Maxima and the OIC secretary general.During the tour, the prime minister received ‘International Achievement Award’ given by Inter Press Service, a global news agency for her dynamic and farsighted leadership in addressing the Rohingya crisis while Global Hope Coalition conferred upon her the ‘2018 Special Recognition for Outstanding Leadership Award’.Hasina also addressed a press conference and attended a reception accorded to her by the Bangladesh community in the United States.last_img read more

HMC ensures errorfree data collection to check vectorborne diseases

first_imgKolkata: Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) has taken a major step to ensure error free collection of data for a survey report that needs to be prepared to check vector-borne diseases.For the first time, the top brass of the civic body, starting from Mayor to ward councillors, will visit different areas to supervise the data collection process of the health workers.There are around 2,500 health workers under the HMC. They visit door to door to collect data and based on the same, a report is prepared. It is the survey report on which the senior officials of the civic body rely while chalking out a plan of action to check vector-borne diseases. As per the plan of action, all tasks are carried out to ensure the same. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe need of supervising the data collection process was realised during a meeting held on Monday and the work in this regard has started in full swing from Tuesday onwards.When contacted, Bhaskar Bhattacharjee, Member Mayor-in-Council (Health), said: “The step has been taken to ensure that the health workers collect the data properly as there are various technical aspects into the collection of data.”On Thursday, Bhattacharjee himself visited ward number 63 to verify the data that is being collected by the health workers and councilors are also assisting the health workers in carrying out the survey. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt is helping the health workers to be more informed about the process of data collection.Once the data collection is done, it will be compiled into a single report by the concerned officers of the civic body’s health department and there will be a detailed discussion on the report to prepare the plan of action to take vector control measures. It may be mentioned that the HMC has already formed a high power monitoring committee for better execution of work to check-vector borne diseases and the committee is headed by Mayor Dr Rathin Chakraborty.Bijin Krishna, commissioner, is the convenor, and Bhattacharjee and other senior officials are members of the committee. The committee members will hold a meeting every week to take proactive steps so that people do not face any problem due to vector-borne diseases in any of the 66 wards of the civic body.last_img read more

Royal Banks buys Canadian arm of Ally Financial

first_img Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Quick workouts for men TORONTO (AP) – Royal Bank of Canada has agreed to buy the Canadian auto finance and deposit business of Ally Financial.Canada’s largest bank by market capitalization said Tuesday the purchase will strengthen its position as leader in the Canadian auto finance sector. The cost is about $1.4 billion.Ally’s Canadian unit provides financing to nearly 600 auto dealerships across Canada.Ally is the new name for GMAC, formerly the lending division of General Motors. The lender required multiple bailouts after the financial crisis because of the auto industry’s near-implosion and its heavy investments in mortgage bonds. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img Ally has strengthened its direct banking franchise, advertising directly to consumers and offering low-cost, online-only accounts. But it remains primarily an auto finance company. The U.S. Treasury Department owns 74 percent of the larger Ally company.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more