Chinas SAIC Motor to set up Rs 2,000cr car plant in Gujarat

first_imgGandhinagar, Jul 5 (PTI) Chinas SAIC Motor Corp will set up a passenger car manufacturing facility at Halol in Panchmahals district of Gujarat with an investment of Rs 2,000 crore.The Chinese auto major today entered into an MoU with the Gujarat government to establish the plant at Halol, around 160km from here, where MG brand cars will be manufactured.The company expects to invest over Rs 2,000 crore in the next five years and begin production from 2019, a government release said.The MoU was signed between SAIC Motor officials and state government representatives in the presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, it said.The facility will come up at the same place where General Motors earlier had its plant, said M K Das, Gujarats principal secretary, industry and mines department.The project will create 1,000 jobs in the state and enable five auto ancillary firms – Yan Feng, Huichoung, Waling Industry, Ling Yun and Sevic – to set up their units in the vicinity, creating more employment avenues, the release said.SAIC Motor plans to bring the MG car brand in India by 2019.The Chinese firm had earlier said it plans to operate in the country through a fully-owned subsidiary, MG Motor India, and appointed ex-General Motors India head Rajeev Chaba as its president and MD.It has also roped in auto industry veteran P Balendran as executive director.As part of India entry plans, the company would introduce environment-friendly mobility solutions under its iconic MG (Morris Garages) brand.Earlier this year, SAIC signed a `term sheet to evaluate buying the Halol plant of General Motors in Gujarat after the American company decided to stop production as part of consolidation of manufacturing operations in India.advertisementIn 2009, SAIC had bought 50 per cent stake in General Motors India during the bankruptcy crisis faced by the US auto major. Later, GM had bought back the stake.SAIC is ranked 46th in the Fortune Global 500 list of companies with an annual revenue of over USD 100 billion.The introduction of the iconic British sports car brand MG in India is an important part of SAIC Motors global strategy, the company had earlier said.The MG brand, which originated as a British racing sports brand in 1924, has evolved into a modern-day innovative brand.MG products, designed and engineered at its European and global design centres, will be manufactured in India while conforming to global quality standards and aligning with the Indian regulations, emission norms and driving conditions, the company had said. PTI KA PD RSYlast_img


first_imgParrikar chairs first Cabinet meeting after US returnPanaji, Jun 18 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister ManoharParrikar today chaired his first Cabinet meeting after comingback from medical treatment in the US as the Cabinet cleared aslew of proposals, including releasing ailing aged prisoners.Parrikar spent nearly three months in the US where heunderwent treatment for a pancreatic ailment and returned homelast week.Among other decisions, the Cabinet recognised US stateof Hawaii as the “sister state to Goa”.Talking to reporters after the meeting, Parrikar saideven during his US stay, he was in touch with the stateadministration on a regular basis and participated in all keydecisions.”I was absolutely in touch with the state for alldecision-making purposes. Every decision was referred to methrough e-mail and I used to approve it personally from theUS,” the 62-year-old BJP chief minister said.”I had a detailed idea of what was happening in Goa,”he said, indirectly referring to the Congress allegations thatkey files were not cleared by him but “someone else”.The main opposition party, in fact, hadfiled a formalcomplaint with the Goa Police’s Crime Branch, alleging that”someone else”, and not the chief minister”, was clearingfiles.The Cabinet today passed a resolution recommendingGovernor Mridula Sinha to pardon the aged prisoners who areailing behind bars.”The Governor had requested me to consider the casesof genuine prisoners who are aged and ailing behind bars.Accordingly, we decided to recommend to the Governor to pardonremaining years of sentence of three prisoners who reallydeserve leniency,” Parrikar said.advertisementAmong the prisoners is 91-year-old Gurudas Naik whohas spent more than ten years behind bars. The other two toget relief are Mario Jose D’Silva (73) and Shivaya Parihar(73).In another significant decision, the Cabinet approvedthe draft of an agreement to be signed between Goa and Stateof Hawaii of the USA which will promote both the regions ofthe world as “sister states”.Parrikar said all the necessary approval has beenobtained from the external affairs ministry to sign such anagreement with the island state of America.As per the agreement, Goa and Hawaii will recognisethat cooperation between the two states will contribute toimproving the standards of living of their respective people.”The cooperation would be in the fields of trade,tourism, sports, technology, pharmaceutical, cashew winebusiness, cultural, culinary and educational exchanges, yoga,ayurvedic and ancient Hawaiian Lomi massage, agriculture,skill development, fisheries and art and culture,” he said.The Cabinet also gave approval for summoning themonsoon session of the legislative assembly from July 19, saidParrikar. PTI RPSRSY RSY RSYlast_img read more

Emery: Tuchel is a great coach

first_imgPSG ‘Tuchel is a great coach’ – Emery talks up his PSG successor Jon Fisher 20:59 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) thomas tuchel - cropped Getty Images PSG Caen Ligue 1 Caen v PSG An outgoing manager at Parc des Princes has thanked everyone at Paris Saint-Germain ahead of his final game in charge on Saturday Unai Emery has hailed his Paris Saint-Germain successor Thomas Tuchel and believes the German is deserving of a chance to manage the Ligue 1 giants.Emery will take charge of PSG for the final time on Saturday as they bring the curtain down on another hugely successful domestic season at Caen.The Spaniard led PSG to the French treble but failure to achieve the club’s main objective – success in the Champions League – means he will leave the Parc des Princes with Tuchel confirmed as his replacement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now In a short news conference ahead of the final-day clash at a Caen side still fighting to stay in the top flight, Emery said: “Tuchel is a great coach. He will find here many qualities in a club that wants to keep growing. He deserves this opportunity.”Even though it will be his swansong on Saturday, Emery is not planning a high-profile goodbye having received a send-off in Paris on Saturday following the defeat to Rennes.He added: “There were already a lot of emotions last week with the Coupe de France [final win against Les Herbiers], and the last game at the Parc. That’s why I’m smiling.”I’m happy with what I’ve been through here. I’ll go on my way.”I have benefited from every practice, every game and on Saturday I just want to have a good 90 minutes.”Shortly after his briefing concluded, Emery, who has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, released a statement in which he thanked everyone at PSG for their support.The statement read: “A page turns for PSG, me and my staff after two intense seasons from which we will remember many positive things: the first day that PSG contacted me, the meeting at which the president explained to me what he wanted from us, the presentation, the first day at the Parc with the supporters…”Beyond the titles and the adventure that has lasted almost two years, it is the people I have met who will make the memories.”That’s why I can only thank all the Paris fans who have supported us since the first day, in the good and the bad times, the players we have worked with and that we have seen progress, and helped us progress, and all those who have shared the long days at Camp des Loges.”last_img read more

2016 Tasmanian State Cup results

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners and runners up from the 2016 Touch Football Tasmania State Cup, including a special mention to Launceston who were overall winners for the third consecutive year. Men’s OpenWinners: Launceston Runners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: Gabriel Chambers (Southern Touch)Women’s OpenWinners: Southern Touch Runners Up: LauncestonBest and Fairest: Maddison Smith (Southern Touch)Mixed OpenWinners: Southern Touch Runners Up: LauncestonBest and Fairest: Jack Rust (Southern Touch)Men’s 30’sWinners: Southern Touch Runners Up: LauncestonBest and Fairest: Chris Nason (Launceston) Women’s 30’sWinners: Launceston Runners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: Jill Fish (Launceston)18’s Boys Winners: LauncestonRunners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: Sam Petit (Southern) 18’s GirlsWinners: Launceston Runners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: Sheena Rawlinson (Launceston)15’s BoysWinners: Devonport Runners Up: Launceston BlueBest and Fairest: Mitchell Dell (Devonport)15’s Girls Winners: Launceston Blue Runners Up: Launceston GoldBest and Fairest: Amy Halaby (Launceston)12’s Boys Winners: Launceston Runners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: William Jones (Launceston)12’s GirlsWinners: Southern Touch Runners Up: LauncestonBest and Fairest: Maddison Brooks (Southern Touch) State Cup Winners: LauncestonReferee of the Tournament: Harry PayneCoach of the Tournament: Carolyn Robinson (Launceston)Volunteers Appreciation Award:Alex StokesAl McKinlayAli JohnsonLifetime Recognition Award – Jo MasonRelated LinksTAS State Cuplast_img read more

Will name my 1st child after you: Fans react to Ben Stokes’s Ashes heroics

first_img scorecard commentary view more view less advertisement Will name my 1st child after you: Fans react to Ben Stokes’s Ashes heroicsAshes 2019, England vs Australia 3rd Test: Ben Stokes helped England do a miracle as they gunned down a 359-run target to prevent Australia from retaining the Ashes Urn. Stokes remained unbeaten on 131 as Headingley erupted in joy. Next India Today Web Desk LeedsAugust 25, 2019UPDATED: August 25, 2019 21:26 IST Ashes 3rd Test: Ben Stokes delivered miraculous win as England keep Ashes hopes alive (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBen Stokes hit 135 not out as England gunned down record 359-run targetStokes added 76 runs for the 11th wicket with tail-ender Jack LeachEngland keep their Ashes hopes alive as series tied at 1-1England’s first innings last less than 28 overs as they were bundled for 67. However, Ben Stokes’ once-in-a-life-time innnings lasted more than that as the hosts pulled off a miracle in the Leeds Test to prevent Australia from retaining the Ashes on Sunday.Ben Strokes, who delivered a thrilling win for England in the World Cup final a couple of weeks ago, was at it again as he hit an unbeaten 135 to help the hosts complete the highest-ever run chase in their Test history.Leeds Test, Day 4: Ben Stokes’ 135 highlightsStokes hit 8 sixes and 11 boundaries and stitched a 76-run stand with No. 11 Jack Leach as England got past the finish line, giving English fans a few nervy moments before arguably the best moment of their sport-followingThe English media wrote the 3rd Test off a couple of days ago. England conceded a lead of 112 even as Australia managed only 179 in the first innings. Led by Marnus Labuschange’s brilliance, Australia posted 246 in the second innnigs and set England a mammoth total of 359.When England batting coach Graham Thrope talked up the hosts’ chances before the final innings, a section of the cricket fraternity laughed.England’s chase got off to the worst possible start as they lost Rory Burns and Joe Denly cheaply but Joe Root and Joe Denly sttiched a 126-run stand to give Australia some headaches at Stumps on Day 3.However, Australia began Sunday morning on a high by getting the wicket of Joe Root after the England captain managed to add just 2 runs to his overnight score.advertisementEngland did not refuse to go away even after losing their captain as their World Cup stars Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow added 86 runs for the 5th wicket.The match swung in Australia’s favour once again when they managed to remove Jonny Bairstow and get Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes cheaply.The burden of helping England achieve the miracle rested solely on Ben Stokes’ shouders and he delivered with an all-time classic.Ben Stokes’ heroics sent Twitter into a frenzy. Here’s how the cricket fraternity reacted to the England all-rounder’s masterclass.Truly remarkable @benstokes38 ?????????????????????Eoin Morgan (@Eoin16) August 25, 2019Every Ben Stokes needs a Jack Leach.Richard Osman (@richardosman) August 25, 2019Ben Stokes at the crease: (@Coral) August 25, 2019Please @benstokes38 bring it back for us again. If you do this I’ll name my first child after youMartin 2 Smoove (@Martin2Smoove) August 25, 2019That was special from Ben Stokes. Single handedly winning the test match. Great viewingVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 25, 2019One of the greatest sporting moments of my lifetime, so I think we all know who is going to win sports personality of the year. Arise Sir Ben StokesLuke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) August 25, 2019Ben Stokes has created two of the more remarkable bits of sporting theatre you will ever see in the space of 6 weeks. #TheAshesDaniel Garb (@DanielGarb) August 25, 2019I say Ben Stokes for PM, Leach for defense minister!Dilip Soman ???? (@dilipsoman) August 25, 2019Monumental Effort from @benstokes38Gary Neville (@GNev2) August 25, 2019Ben Stokes = a colossus. Jack Leach, just a lad from Taunton polishing his glasses. Brilliant. CC @adrian_hearnJames Beal (@JamesSBeal) August 25, 2019Sport does things nothing else in life can do #Ashes #BenStokesMatthew Stadlen (@MatthewStadlen) August 25, 2019What an UNBELEIVABLE game of test cricket!! So glad I got to watch @benstokes38 work his magic. You won’t ever see much better than that! Love it ????Katherine Brunt (@KBrunt26) August 25, 2019No word to say. Simply outstanding. Dedication and hard work pays off. What an inning from @benstokes38. Truly one of the greatest inning I watched. Congrats for ur all round performances. Congrats team England for the outstanding win. @root66 @josbuttler @StuartBroad8Dhammika Prasad (@imDhammika) August 25, 2019This has to be the greatest match winning innings . No words could ever describe how magnificent this innings from @benstokes38 was . Im still shaking .Rohan Gavaskar (@rohangava9) August 25, 2019My friend Mike was at Headingley two days ago, and again today. 67 all out, and Ben Stokes playing Roy Of The Rovers. What a game.Dan (@creature_dan) August 25, 2019@benstokes38 that was unreal. Absolute hero ??????Andy Sullivan (@andysulligolf) August 25, 2019Also Read | India vs West Indies: Rahane, Vihari give India control on Day 4Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow England cricket teamFollow Jack LeachFollow Leeds Test graphs No data available!last_img read more

Cheap, Earth-Friendly Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

first_img The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers How to Shave With a Straight Razor Editors’ Recommendations Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks “Oh yeah, summertime is hot,” you’ve likely thought to yourself at some point in the past couple weeks. Yes. Yes it is. Unfortunately, not all of us have reliable air conditioning to help make life bearable, and those who do would rather not spend hundreds on air conditioning. If you’re currently suffering from a combination of heatstroke and low income, we suggest you check out these inexpensive and eco-friendly tips on how to stay cool. For help, we turned to Patrick Sughrue, General Manager of Artisan Tiny House.1. Keep the Sun OutThe sun is, of course, the ultimate source of heat in your home — and the planet, for that matter. So one easy way to reduce heat is to block the sun as best you can. “My wife is especially good at that,” says Patrick. “Right now the house is completely closed up, all the doors and windows are shut, and the drapes are all pulled. Sometimes when it gets real hot, we’ll even take a bedsheet and throw it over the glass door, just to make sure there’s no sun coming into the house at all.”2. Use the Cool Night Air to Your AdvantageIf you live in a place where the temperature drops significantly at night, you should make the most of it. “Open up the house; open all your doors and windows with screens, and turn on your fans and bring all that cool air in overnight,” says Patrick. “You have thousands and thousands of pounds of materials in your home, so if you cool them down to the 50 or 60-degree mark during the nighttime, and then shut your house back up in the morning, that’ll help you a whole lot to stay cool.” It also helps to invest in an indoor/outdoor thermometer — that way, you’ll see when the outside temperature becomes warmer than your indoor temperature, which is when you want to close the windows of your home or apartment.3. Take Care of Your Air ConditionerIf you happen to have an air conditioner, or even central air, then you’re sitting pretty. However, air conditioning can be expensive — especially if it’s not performing at full capacity. Patrick has a couple of excellent tips to keep in mind: “Though it’s easy to start piling stuff around your outdoor unit, you want to keep things away from it. Garbage cans, bags, boxes — anything like that. It needs to breathe. As for the indoor unit, you need to keep your filters clean. We just passed the summer solstice — that’s a good reminder to clean your filter.” To save even more money, you should keep your thermostat as high as you can stand — at least 74 degrees. It’s terribly inefficient to turn your home into an icebox during the summer.Related: 4 Summer Drinks to Keep You Cool4. Turn Your Furnace on Fan ModeIf you don’t have a air conditioning, but you do have a furnace, you can use your furnace fan as, well, a fan. This is especially useful if your furnace is located in a cool basement, as it will draw cool air from your basement and up through the rest of your house. Think of it as poor man’s air conditioning. If nothing else, it will improve the airflow in your home, helping you maintain a consistent temperature inside. While running your fan will boost your electricity bill slightly, you’ll still end up spending a lot less than if you ran the air conditioner all summer.5. Enjoy a Cool BeverageThough staying properly hydrated is important all year round, it’s especially crucial during the summer, when the hot air squeezes the sweat right out of you. To stay hydrated, healthy, and cool, you might try Patrick’s special sun tea recipe.Patrick’s Sun Tea:½ gallon water¼ cup of yerba mate tea¼ cup of black tea2 tablespoons honeyMix ingredients in a large glass jar, and place in a sunny spot for a couple hours. Filter out the tea and refrigerate.Those are just a few ideas on how to stay cool, temperature-wise. As for how to stay cool in terms of fashion and behavior, you’ll need to read another article. Probably this one. Do you have any other inexpensive tricks that’ve helped you stay cool in summers past? We’d love to see them in the comments. Stay cool, America!With more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, Patrick Sughrue is the General Manager of Artisan Tiny House — a Vancouver, WA company that specializes in energy-efficient housing. Visit their website to learn more about what they do. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits last_img read more

Yogi suspends IPS officer on corruption charges

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has suspended IPS officer N. Kolanchi, who was posted as Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in Bulandshahr. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Avanish Awasthi said on Sunday that Kolanchi was found guilty of irregularities in postings of Station House Officers (SHO) in the district which led to corruption charges. The irregularities were found during a review meeting of the district and the Chief Minister has asked the Director General of Police (DGP), O.P. Singh to carry out a detailed investigation into the matter. “Two SHOs were appointed within a week at the same police station and another was transferred within 33 days,” said Awasthi. Meanwhile, SSP Chandauli Santosh Kumar Singh has been replaced Kolanchi, while Hemant Kutiyal will be the new Superintendent of Police of Chandauli.last_img read more

Fairfax investing 321 million for onethird share of Indian airport

TORONTO — Fairfax India and its parent company are indirectly buying one-third ownership of the main commercial airport for the city of Bengaluru, also known as Bangalore.They will pay the equivalent of about $321 million to acquire 33 per cent of the equity in Bangalore International Airport Ltd., which owns and operates Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru.Fairfax India Holdings Corp. is focused on long-term investments in India. It is a publicly traded company controlled by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.The ‘unicorpse’ collapse is happening, and Prem Watsa predicts tech stocks will plummet even furtherPrem Watsa’s Fairfax hikes bets that markets are in for more painWill Prem Watsa’s $650-million bet pay off? If it does, Fairfax makes $109 BILLIONThey are making the purchase for 21.5 billion rupees from a subsidiary of GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd., an Indian conglomerate operating across several industry sectors.“We chose Fairfax as a partner in BIAL as we have a long standing relationship with its chairman, Mr. Prem Watsa and we would look forward to partnering with them in developing Kempegowda International Airport through its next stage of expansion as we develop a new world-class Terminal 2 and a new runway,” said GMK Reddy, GVK’s chairman and managing director.Besides Kempegowda International Airport, GVK leads a consortium that owns and operates Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport near Mumbai. GVK is also developing two airports in Indonesia. read more

Sri Lanka expects tourist arrivals from China to see significant growth

The Expo has around 300,000 visitor participation and is one of the leading travel events in the country. Incidentally this was the first time that a tourism delegation from Sri Lanka visited the Expo in a province that generates over 60,000 arrivals to Sri Lanka each year. Tourist arrivals from China are likely to see significant growth following an assurance from provincial tourism authorities in China, Sri Lanka’s Tourism Ministry said today.The tourism administration of Zhejiang Province in China has given an assurance that every effort will be made to increase visitor arrivals to Sri Lanka by at least 25%. This assurance was given by the Chairman of the Ningbo Municipal Tourism Administration, Li Zhemin to the Minister of Tourism Development, John Amaratunga during a meeting at the Ningbo International Tourism Expo. Minister Amaratunga and delegation visited Ningbo International Tourism Expo this week and met a cross section of the travel and tourism industry in Ningbo Province.The delegation also met important officials from the China International Travel Service (CITS) including its General Manager, Ke Hai Shui where matters relating to tourism development were discussed. It was noted that the excellent air connectivity between the province and Colombo was an added boon in promoting tourism in the region. Minister Amaratunga who spoke at length on Sri Lanka’s authenticity, diversity and compactness as a destination took the opportunity to invite all leading travel companies in Ningbo to visit Sri Lanka on a familiarization tour and experience what Sri Lanka has to offer.Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in association with China International Travel Service (CITS) conducted a very successful Road Show at the Marriot in Ningbo yesterday. Over 300 tourism stake holders participated at the event including leading travel agents in the region. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Protesting Greek farmers drive tractors through Athens

by Elena Becatoros, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2016 1:34 am MDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Farmers drive their tractors during a protest in front of the Greek parliament in Athens, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Farmers from across Greece gather in Athens for a two-day protest against the government and its plans to impose new tax hikes and pension charges. Bailout lenders are demanding that Greece scrap tax breaks for farmers and impose pension reforms that will lead to higher monthly contributions from the self employed and salaried employees. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) Protesting Greek farmers drive tractors through Athens ATHENS, Greece – More than a dozen tractors rolled through Athens on Friday, honking horns and flashing lights outside parliament as thousands of Greek farmers thronged the capital’s main Syntagma Square to protest tax hikes and pension reforms.The two-day protest kicked off Friday morning with clashes between riot police and Cretan farmers wielding shepherd’s staffs that left 10 policemen slightly injured and smashed windows at the agriculture ministry.Music blared from loudspeakers and protesters braving rain lit a bonfire near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the foot of parliament, while about 20 tractors parked nearby. Tents were set up in the adjacent central Syntagma Square in preparation for an all-night sit-in.Farming associations have been blockading highways across the country with tractors for more than two weeks, forcing traffic into lengthy diversions to protest a planned overhaul of the country’s troubled pension system. So far, they have refused talks with the government, insisting the pension reform plan must be repealed.Bailout lenders are demanding that Greece scrap tax breaks for farmers and impose pension reforms that will lead to higher monthly contributions from the self-employed and salaried employees.“They fooled us,” Manolis Paterakis, head of one of Crete’s farmer blockades, said of the left-led government. “They were telling us that they support us, that they are fighting for the survival of the farmers, … that young people need to return to their villages and work their land.“The same people (now) come and confirm the exact opposite,” he said. “Whoever farms today, the only thing they will achieve is to have debts to the tax office.”The most severe clashes came in the morning outside the agriculture ministry, where about 800 farmers from Crete were demanding access to the building. Riot police used tear gas to repel groups hurling rocks and tomatoes and setting dumpsters alight.Numerous windows of the ministry building were smashed, and rubble from broken paving stones littered the road outside. Police said the farmers threatened to spray them with a pesticide used for olive trees if the police used tear gas. At least four farmers were detained.One outnumbered riot police unit was forced to flee up a street, with farmers wielding staffs and pieces of wood in pursuit.Separate clashes broke out on highways leading into the Greek capital. To the east of Athens, farmers used tractors to circumvent a police roadblock, drive over a highway barrier and block the main highway to Athens’ international airport for about half an hour, leaving travellers with planes to catch walking along the road, wheeling their suitcases behind them.West of the city, riot police fired tear gas to disperse farmers demanding to be allowed into the city with agricultural vehicles despite a government ban. Running clashes ensued along the highway, with some protesters smashing the windscreen of a patrol car.“These scenes were aimed at blackening the struggle of the farmers,” said Agriculture Minister Vangelis Apostolou. “For us, there is one path — that of dialogue to solve the problems of farmers.”The protests against the pension changes have united a disparate group of professions, including lawyers, artists, accountants, engineers, doctors, dentists, seamen and casino workers.Throughout Friday, farmers in buses, pickup trucks and cars from north and south were heading to the capital for the main evening rally and all-night sit-in, which is to be followed by another rally Saturday.____Derek Gatopoulos and Raphael Kominis in Athens contributed. read more

Deploring attack against military UN urges Libyans to rally around national institutions

The United Nations mission in Libya has strongly condemned the terrorist bombing in Benghazi on Monday that targeted members of the military, and called on the country’s citizens to rally around their national institutions. In a statement issued today, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called on Libyans of all affiliations to denounce and reject the continued series of acts of violence and terror such as kidnappings, assassinations and bombings that have buffeted Benghazi and other parts of the country.“The Mission urges Libyans to rally around their national institutions in confronting these crimes and calls upon officials and all forces to intensify efforts to put an end to all what puts the security of the citizens at risk and hampers the building of the State,” the statement added.According to media reports, at least eight people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in Monday’s attack, which reportedly targeted a graduation ceremony at a military academy.Libya, which has been undergoing a democratic transition since the toppling of the regime of former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi three years ago, has been grappling with a deteriorating security situation. Last week the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNSMIL, Tarek Mitri, told the Security Council that the previous three months have witnessed a “dramatic” increase in violence across the country. This includes a campaign of targeted assassinations, bombings and abductions in Benghazi that has reached “intolerable” levels, he stated. read more

Israeli legislation on settlements violates international law says UN chief Guterres

VIDEO: UN chief Antonio Guterres says he “deeply regrets” adoption of “Regularisation Bill” by Israeli legislators. Credit: UN News A statement from the UN spokesperson noted that the bill, adopted yesterday, reportedly provides immunity to settlements and outposts in the occupied West Bank that were built on privately-owned Palestinian land. “The Secretary-General insists on the need to avoid any actions that would derail the two-state solution,” the statement said, adding that all core issues should be resolved between the parties through direct negotiations on the basis of relevant Security Council resolutions and mutual agreements. “The United Nations stands ready to support this process,” it concluded.

Vucevic powers Magic over Suns 9985

PHOENIX — Nikola Vucevic had 25 points and 15 rebounds and the Orlando Magic defeated the Phoenix Suns 99-85 on Friday night.Terrence Ross added 21 points off the bench, and Aaron Gordon finished with 18 points, despite a sore back. D.J. Augustin scored 16 points.Deandre Ayton scored 19 points and Jamal Crawford had 18 as the Suns lost their fourth straight and for the seventh time in eight games.Ross made the first three baskets of the fourth quarter to give the Magic an 81-71 lead, and Orlando built the lead from there. Vucevic hit a hook shot with two minutes to play that pushed the lead to 98-83.The Suns were without their top two scorers, star guard Devin Booker and forward TJ Warren, both out with injuries. Josh Jackson, who started in place of Warren, struggled through a 5-for-21 shooting night and was hit with a technical foul late in the third quarter.The Magic went ahead by 10 early in the third quarter on a layup by Vucevic, and his 3-pointer with 3:40 left gave the Magic a 73-61 lead.The Suns closed within 75-71 when Crawford hit a jumper just before the third-quarter buzzer.Ross hit back-to-back 3-pointers gave the Magic a 27-25 lead in the second quarter after Orlando trailed by four at the end of the first. Ross scored 11 points in the quarter and Orlando led by as many as six, its largest lead of the first half.Crawford’s 3 with 29.7 seconds left in the half had the Suns trailing 51-48 at the intermission. Crawford made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the second quarter.Phoenix held an eight-point lead in the first quarter, its largest of the game, before the Magic rallied.TIP-INSMagic: Orlando won its fourth straight against Phoenix. … Vucevic has scored 20 or more points in four straight games.Suns: Crawford tied Charles Oakley for 25th in NBA history in career games played when he entered Friday’s game. Crawford has appeared in 1,282 games. … G Troy Daniels saw game action for just the sixth time this season, and second time this month. He tied a season high with eight points. … The Suns wore their purple “Los Suns” City Edition jerseys for the first time this season.SUN DUNKINGThe dunk of the night came courtesy of Suns backup centre Richaun Holmes, who caught Jackson’s lob and slammed over Jerkin Grant of the Magic for a 21-15 lead at the 1:55 mark of the first quarter.Phoenix threw down five dunks in the game.ROOKIE MATCHUPAyton, the top overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, got the better of a lottery-pick matchup with fellow rookie Mo Bamba of Orlando. Bamba was the sixth overall pick and second centre taken after Ayton, and finished with two points. Bamba had a powerful two-handed slam in the fourth quarter for his only basket.UP NEXTMagic: At the Miami Heat on Tuesday.Suns: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.___More AP NBA: and M. Romero, The Associated Press read more

Manti Teo Sees Notre Dame Support After Girlfriend Hoax

Manti Te’o’s girlfriend did not exist, as it turns out, and a flabbergasted nation wonders aloud how the Notre Dame star linebacker could be duped, as he claims.The story goes that Te’o met Lennay Kekua on the Internet and began a “relationship” with her, although he never actually met her. On Sept. 12, his grandmother died. Within hours, he received news that “Kekua” had died of leukemia. This made big news, that the player carried on with a heavy heart of two deaths.Well, blew the whole thing up, reporting Wednesday that the woman did not exist. Te’o issued a statement saying he was part of a cruel hoax.Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a news conference Wednesday night that coaches were informed by Te’o and his parents on Dec. 26 that Te’o had been the victim of what appeared to be a hoax. Someone using a fictitious name “apparently ingratiated herself” with Te’o, the school said, then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had died of leukemia.“On the morning of Dec. 26, very early morning, Manti called his coaches to inform them that while he was in attendance at the ESPN awards show in Orlando, he received a phone call from a number he recognized as having been that he associated with Lennay Kekua,” Swarbrick said. “When he answered it, it was a person whose voice sounded like the same person he had talked to, who told him that she was, in fact, not dead. Manti was very unnerved by that, as you might imagine.”The school hired an investigative firm that determined Te’o was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose death was then faked by the perpetrators of the hoax.“I want to stress, as someone who has probably been as engaged in this as anyone in the past couple of weeks, that nothing about what I have learned has shaken my faith in Manti Te’o one iota,” Swarbrick said Wednesday night.Annette Santiago, Te’o’s 72-year-old grandmother, died in September. Six hours later he said he was told that “Kekua” had lost her battle with leukemia. After Notre Dame’s 20-3 win over Michigan State on Sept. 15, Te’o said:“My family and my girlfriend’s family have received so much love and support from the Notre Dame family. Michigan State fans showed some love. And it goes to show that people understand that football is just a game, and it’s a game that we play, and we have fun doing it. But at the end of the day, what matters is the people who are around you, and family. I appreciate all the love and support that everybody’s given my family and my girlfriend’s family.”According to Deadspin, the only photos that have been found online that identified Kekua are actually pictures of another 22-year-old woman. That woman, not named in the report, told Deadspin one of those photos likely was shared by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.Deadspin contacted friends and relatives of Tuiasosopo, and the website reported that they believe Tuiasosopo created Kekua.A Notre Dame source told ESPN he believes Te’o was not involved. But a friend of Tuiasosopo told Deadspin he was “80 percent sure” that Te’o participated and did so with publicity in mind. According to the Deadspin report, Te’o and Tuiasosopo have been in contact via Twitter, including exchanging several friendly messages last summer.Te’o said in his statement:“This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her.“To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone’s sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.“It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother’s death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life.“I am enormously grateful for the support of my family, friends and Notre Dame fans throughout this year. To think that I shared with them my happiness about my relationship and details that I thought to be true about her just makes me sick. I hope that people can understand how trying and confusing this whole experience has been.“In retrospect, I obviously should have been much more cautious. If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was.” read more

I just wish Id spotted what he was up to Veteran journalist

During a forty year career on television, Michael Crick has become famous for teasing out the truth.But the veteran political journalist has spoken of his guilt after revealing he too fell for the lies of Ben Field, who murdered his mentor and lifelong friend.“I was softened up, like many people,” Crick told the Telegraph.“I just wish I’d spotted what he was up to, and that I’d done something.”During the mid-1970s Crick was Peter Farquhar’s pupil at Manchester Grammar School, where the eccentric English teacher spotted the young boy’s talent, and encouraged him to become a journalist.“He would have tea parties and invite ten of the boys. We were his favourites, I suppose,” Crick said. Peter Farquhar But Crick was unsettled by the call. “It was almost as if they were mocking him. I felt very uncomfortable about it,” he said.“Peter was a good writer, but he was hardly Charles Dickens. I thought they might be taking him for a ride.”The documentary came to nothing, but soon he received another call. This time the news was more concerning.“He said that Peter was in a really bad way and that he had a drink problem. He told me that Peter was becoming forgetful, and leaving his phone in the freezer,” Crick said.“I spoke to Peter, and he said he would go to get tested for dementia. I said I’d come round to see him, but I never got round to it. Obviously I regret that now.“You have to wonder if it was part of a softening up process. We were being prepared for the possibility that Peter might die of alcohol poisoning. And it worked on me, I’m afraid.”Not long afterwards, Crick was informed that Mr Farquhar had indeed died. Crick said he was told that Field had bought a bottle of whisky and Mr Farquar had drunk too much of it and had died. Over the decades, as Crick rose to fame on the BBC and Channel 4, the pair kept in touch and met regularly. In 2015, the journalist received a phone call from his old teacher, who was bursting with good news.“I remember that Peter told me about Ben Field, and how he had bought a dog called Kipling. He said it was the best thing that ever happened to him,” Crick told the Telegraph.Soon afterwards, however, Crick received another call. This time it was not Mr Farquhar but a man who introduced himself as a friend of Field, and that they planned to set up an “Institute of Peter Farquhar Studies” and film a documentary about Mr Farquhar’s work. “I thought ‘What a dreadful thing to happen to these young men.’ I actually wrote them notes telling them that they mustn’t blame themselves. I thought they must be going through agony.“Obviously I found the whole story hard to believe and in particular the idea that Peter had an alcohol problem. “But I didn’t suspect for a moment that he could have been murdered. On the contrary, in fact. I was glad that he had found these two young friends to look after him.”“Of course I wish that I’d done something,” said Crick.“It’s my job to spot when people aren’t telling the truth, although I’m sure I’ve been successfully lied to many times over the years.“But the whole story is so extraordinary, that in truth, I never suspected a thing.” Peter Farquhar mentored Michael Crick throughout his life Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more

UPDATE 19yearold peacemaker stabbed to death

– during Corentyne early-morning brawlNineteen-year-old Vishram Mohabir of 258 Williamsburg, Corentyne Berbice died early Sunday morning after he sustained stab wounds to his neck as he attempted to act as a peacemaker between his younger brother and 44-year-old Williamsburg resident Ivor Thom, with whom he had an ongoing issue.Mohabir’s 16-year-old brother received several lacerations on his hands from that altercation.INews was told that after Mohabir had reportedly been stabbed to the neck by Thom, the suspect was immediately taken into custody by police officers who were patrolling the area.Police ‘B’ Division Commander Paul Williams told this publication that members of the Community Police Group (CPG) had shut down a bar-b-que and lime in the village at some time around 3am on Sunday, and the police action had allegedly drawn rebuke from a group of individuals, of which the accused was part.Dead: 19-year-old Vishram MohabirAccording to the Police Commander, the group had re-converged, and the 16-year-old was passing when the accused confronted him. At that point, the older brother stepped in to separate the two, and the accused whipped out a knife and stabbed him in the neck, before inflicting injury on the hands of the 16-year-old with whom he had a beef.Commander Williams said the suspect was immediately taken into custody by a police patrol that was just a few yards away.At the home of the deceased, an older brother told INews that his two younger brothers had gone out during the evening, and sometime later, his 16-year-old brother returned home to drop his bicycle. While the teen was on his way back to meet his brother, he was confronted by the accused, who began to “hassle” him. According to the sibling, his brother Vishram intervened and asked, “Man, what you really doing?” and was then reportedly stabbed by the accused.The dead man’s mother, Davika Ranjas, said she was awakened at some time around 4am on Sunday and told the dreaded news about her second child.“That was after four this morning, I get a call to say come Ajaj (Vishram) get bore in his throat. I go to the hospital and went to the emergency room. When I got there I see me son on the bed. I said, ‘Boy what happen with you? He said ‘Ma’. That is all I hear from my son”, the grieving woman told this publication.She said she was asked to leave the room, and sometime later was informed that her son had died.The distressed mother said that, as a single parent, she was devastated by the sudden death of her son, whom she said had become the breadwinner of the family.Police investigations into the tragic incident continue. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan stabbed to death, brother injured, suspect in custodyAugust 27, 2017In “Crime”Corentyne mason remanded to prison for murder at ‘Back to School’ partyAugust 30, 2017In “Court”Berbice man killed in brawl, brother-in-law hospitalisedJanuary 18, 2016In “Crime” read more

Kinross makes 10 million commitment to develop mining school in Mauritania

first_imgKinross Gold is committing $10 million in funding over the next three years to assist the government of Mauritania in establishing a new mining school that will develop a pool of skilled in-country professionals and technical experts to support the future development of Mauritania’s mining industry, including the company’s recently acquired Tasiast mine.The Mauritania Mining School will have two campuses, located in Nouakchott and Akjoujt, and will focus on developing both technicians and engineers for careers in the mining industry. The three-year technician program will focus on mineral technology, and will be based in Akjoujt. The five-year engineering programs will focus on management of mineral resources and on electro-mechanics, and will be based in Nouakchott.At full capacity, the school is expected to host a total of 340 students and to graduate 50 engineers and 30 technicians annually. The school is scheduled to start up in 2013-2014.Planning for the school is being coordinated by the Mauritanian Mining School Implementation Unit, under the direction of an Orientation Committee comprising all major stakeholders in the project, including government, mining companies, and other project contributors, and overseen by the Mauritanian Ministry of Mines.“This is an investment not only in the future of Tasiast, but also the future of Mauritania,” said Kinross President and CEO Tye Burt. “Developing a world-class mining industry depends on developing a pool of skilled technicians and engineers. The Mining School will give a new generation of Mauritanians the skills they need to lead the development of their country’s rapidly expanding mining industry, which promises to be a key driver for Mauritania’s economic development.”The Mining School commitment is the first part of a comprehensive investment by Kinross in training and skills development to support the planned expansion of the Tasiast mine in northern Mauritania. Among other initiatives, Kinross also plans to establish a technical training centre which will focus on training personnel in the specific skills required to operate the expanded mining and processing operation on a day-to-day basis. The company has undertaken a comprehensive assessment of its long-term training requirements for the expanded Tasiast operation and plans to announce further investments in 2011.Kinross completed the acquisition of the Tasiast mine on September 17, 2010, as part of its combination with Red Back Mining. The company has been proceeding with an accelerated program of exploration and development at Tasiast, which it believes to be one of the world’s most exciting gold properties.last_img read more

3DS firmware update now available adds folders game patches

first_imgA few days ago Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata announced that a new firmware update was about to be released for the 3DS. That update has become available today.For anyone who is part of the early adopter’s Ambassadors Program, or any gamer that downloads a lot of games to their handheld, this is an update well worth getting as soon as possible. The reason being it adds folders. Each of these folders can hold up to 60 icons, meaning your multi-page home screen can become a lot more organized.Once applied, creating a new folder is as simple as tapping an empty slot on your home screen. A new folder option will be presented at which point you can name it. Whatever the first letter of the name you choose is appears as the folder name on the home screen. You can then drag and drop icons into the folder. I created two folders: one for all my Ambassador games, and the other for icons I just don’t use very often such as the Mii stuff.The other major feature of this new firmware is the ability to patch games. If a developer finds a bug or undesirable cheat in a released title, they can now issue a patch and have a gamer download it. This looks to be an optional step, but could be enforced if you want to play the game online. Patches have already been confirmed for Mario Kart 7, Kingdom Hearts 3D, and New Love Plus.The patch should be available to everyone as of today. To get it just load up your system settings and click the check for updates option (here’s Nintendo’s guide). A few minutes later you should have the new firmware installed and be good to go. Just don’t forget to plug your 3DS into the mains before applying it.Read more at Andriasanglast_img read more

This Artists ReImagines KitKat Flavors as Beautiful Anime Boys

first_imgKit-Kats are obviously famous in Japan, which we already know. But what would you say to artwork that takes popular Japanese Kit-Kat flavors and reimagines them as hot bishounen boys? That’s exactly what illustrator Cioccolato-kun has done, or @cioccolatodorima on Facebook. This artist takes Kit-Kat flavors and makes them into the most handsome men you’ve ever seen this side of anime.First off, you have the sake flavor, which translates to a kind-looking, fair-haired man in a flower kimono.Then the sake Kit Kat man looks a little fox-like, kind of in the realm of Inuyasha.The Maguro, Tamago, and Uni “sushi” Kit-Kat boys are little cuties, if you ask me, but check out the “Mr. Kit-Kat” and your heart just might melt.It seems that there’s a different kind of Kit-Kat drawn by Cioccolato-kun for just about everyone, covering most of the flavors and even the ones you may not have heard of before. It looks like Cioccolato-kun is taking it upon themselves to be the premiere Kit-Kat bishounen artist.It’s actually a pretty interesting gimmick, and good way to get the artwork noticed. The one question that’s probably on everyone’s minds, however, is why this artist hasn’t been hired to do promotion for Kit-Kat in Japan, because there’s a lot of fans out there that would probably thrill to have some of these pretty boys on their wall, or as some part of a campaign where you choose your “favorite” flavor.Which would your favorite “flavor” of Kit-Kat boy be, or would you rather sample them all? The answer may sound kind of lewd, but you’re definitely in a safe place here, so just let us know what you’re thinking, or better yet head to Cioccolato-kun’s page and let them know! They’d no doubt love the extra attention. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more