Here is your horoscope for the day: July 25, 2014

first_imgARIESYou are involved in multifarious activity and need to avoid stress. A business venture can be gainful if you lend it some energy. Beware of instability and indecision caused by self-contradiction and superficiality. Light and playful ways bring balance. Lucky number 6. Colour pink.TAURUSTie up loose ends and complete unfinished business today. Avoid hurried actions and judgments as they lead to chaos. Business matters are settled and conflicts are resolved. Adopt a subtle approach to tackle difficult people. Relationships are supportive. Lucky number 4. Colour green.GEMINI’The Knight of Pentacles’ enables you to resolve earthy matters. You are clever with finances and material aspects and invest gainfully. You can rid of health problems with Yoga and relaxing pastimes. You are blessed with a steady and deep relationship. Lucky number 4. Colour green. CANCERVarying occupation can help to recharge your energy. You may experience weakness and strength alternately as health problems are resolved. You handle gain and loss in business, in quick succession. Schedules are revised. End of the day brings positive attitudes. Lucky number 2. Colour red.LEOThe Princess of Cups infuses a gracious and gentle quality in your life today. You make breakthroughs in personal and professional aspects. You celebrate a cozy dinner with loved ones. You move with the sweetness of this time to rejuvenate sensitive relationships. Lucky number 5. Colour pink.VIRGOYou are into sport, theater and travel today. Communications and visitors are positive and encouraging. Goodwill and friendship enhance your social standing. With mastery in your craft you integrate resources and forces to achieve goals and targets. Lucky number 14. Colour peacock blue.advertisementLIBRAYou are energized with a feeling of achievement today. You meet targets quickly to take on whatever comes next. You are powerful and give direction in the work area. You finally win after fighting for what you think is right and what makes you happy! Lucky number 6. Colour yellow. SCORPIOYou draw ‘The Ace of Wands’ that takes you through a touching experience and transforms you. An opportunity comes when you are considering a change anyway. Unexpected events should be taken in your stride. Don’t be afraid to encounter people or situations Lucky number 1. Colour orange.SAGITTARIUSYou are the wise Hermit as you play the role of consultant at home and at work. You may take on extra responsibility, be the father figure and shoulder a burden with your partner. You function best in an individual capacity and make independent decisions. Lucky number 9. Colour red.CAPRICORNYou initiate a current of forceful energy to achieve success in an important venture. You impress people with your charisma. You function best in a position of control and rebel against domination. Personal relationships are sensitive as you seek appreciation. Lucky number 2. Colour red. AQUARIUSThere is balance and harmony at home and synergy in the work area. Beware of over indulgence. You are open to opportunities and people around you. An influential friend offers you an opportunity. Romance adds a special flavor to your relationship. Lucky number 2. Colour yellow.PISCESYou need to follow regular routines to remain healthy and centered as you go through a temporary period of struggle. You gain respect by standing up for fair play and supporting people and values. Remain flexible to maintain partnerships while using authority. Lucky number 3. Colour orange.last_img read more

Down in the ashes

first_imgLATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wright, who led all of Phoenix’s scorers with 16, said that while the Fuel Masters played their brand of basketball, they seemed to have reverted to their old form—to that team that folds whenever the game enters a crucial point.“The game is not over after three quarters. We just couldn’t pull it out in the end,” he said.And everyone knows the importance of playing four quarters against San Miguel Beer. Armed with a rich championship pedigree, the Beermen hardly worried after falling down by 12 early and even losing key big man Christian Standhardinger in the second quarter after he was ejected due to a flagrant foul 2.“They know what to do,” said Beermen coach Leo Austria.The Beermen began chipping away at the Fuel Masters’ lead—and control of the match—in the third period, where Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter and Terrence Romeo took turns burying crucial baskets. And when the fourth quarter came, the Beermen zoomed ahead.ADVERTISEMENT Our Aeta athletes doing great SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s something Wright and his teammates will reflect on as the league plunges into a Holy Week break.“The break’s going to be a break,” he said. “I can’t say whether it will be good or bad. All I can say is that we need to go to church or something. We definitely need this Holy Week.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We looked like Phoenix [in Game 2],” Wright said. “[In Game 1], we weren’t nearly as aggressive, we didn’t pressure the ball and we didn’t cause as much turnovers. [In Game 2], we actually played our game.”Well, not all of Game 2. Certainly not in the final 12 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We just crumbled, you know?” he told reporters with a long and somber face after falling into a 0-2 hole against the four-time defending champions.“I felt like we played well—especially in the first half. I felt like we got what we wanted to do on defense, on June Mar (Fajardo). We were clicking.”center_img Phoenix Pulse’s Matthew Wright rued missing a golden opportunity to square their semifinal series with San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup on Monday.Who wouldn’t? The Fuel Masters did everything right for most of the game before falling in a 92-82 decision that now rests heavily on the shoulders of the tournament’s top seed.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

Criticism ‘Bothers Me’, Says Zinedine Zidane Ahead of Crunch Galatasaray Game in Champions League

first_imgIstanbul: Zinedine Zidane has admitted he feels irritated by the criticism of him as Real Madrid coach as his side prepare for their crunch Champions League game away at Galatasaray on Tuesday.Madrid head to Turkey in desperate need of a victory after one point taken from two games has left them sitting bottom of Group A and facing a fight to make the last 16. A surprise league defeat by newly-promoted Real Mallorca on Saturday has put the pressure back on Zidane, who led Madrid to three consecutive Champions League triumphs in his first spell in charge at the club.”Football forgets what you’ve done in the past, that’s life,” Zidane said at a press conference in Istanbul on Monday.”And for me it’s the same, it’s all about the present. The past is the past.”I’m not going to tell you that what they say doesn’t bother me because it bothers me but I can’t prevent people giving their opinions. This is a big game in a big stadium and we know the situation.”Eden Hazard is available again after missing the game against Mallorca following the birth of his fourth child and Toni Kroos is also in the squad after recovering from injury.But Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have not travelled as they are still suffering from calf and thigh problems respectively.Some reports in Spain have even suggested Zidane could be sacked if Madrid fail to deliver on Tuesday.”I don’t know, you have to ask other people about that,” Zidane said. “I want to be here forever but the situation can change.”Despite their bumpy start, Madrid’s loss to Mallorca was their first in La Liga this season as they sit second in the table, one point behind Barcelona.”Everyone knows that the squad is with Zidane to the death, no matter what,” said captain Sergio Ramos.”We have to show we are a united team and one that continues to trust its coach. Madrid always responds and the way to do it is together.”Jose Mourinho has again been mentioned as a potential successor to Zidane.”We only think about winning tomorrow, nothing else and not what certain people claim,” Ramos said. “It is true the measuring stick is sometimes different depending on what it measures.”Ramos added: “It would be easy to say Zidane will stay until the end of the season and there would be no arguments. I know that rumours are interesting for the press but talking about possible coaches is tedious.”Zidane said nothing surprises him about the pressure he is under. “It’s always like that,” he said. “I’ve spent 18 years here and the same thing happened to me as a player.”I know where we are and that there is going to be pressure. The only thing is to prepare for the game but whatever happens tomorrow is not going to change anything.”Galatasaray also have one point in the group after they drew away at Club Brugge and lost at home to Paris Saint-Germain. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. footballgalatasarayreal madriduefa champions league First Published: October 21, 2019, 11:30 PM ISTlast_img read more

Audi unveils Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition

first_imgAudi has unveiled the latest special edition of its flagship supercar R8. Called the Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition, this limited edition model will cost 176,560 pounds (around Rs 1.60 crore). The Sport Performance Parts R8 gets a whole new suite of aero upgrades for added downforce and better suspension for cornering assistance and a new body-kit exclusive. Audi has stated that they will be making only 44 examples of the Sport Performance Parts R8.According to Audi, the Sport Performance Parts body kit is capable of producing more downforce than a standard body kit on an R8. The downforce produced by the cars at 330kmph is 250kgs which is 100kgs more than the standard R8. Aero additions also include carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic fitments which are also new, among other things. The special edition also gets a front splitter and tweaked air intakes, side skirts, and a rear diffuser, with a huge spoiler which is fixed and adds to the downforce.The Performance Parts R8 body kit takes a lot of inspiration from the Le Mans LMX model with a lot of aero for downforce and a fixed spoiler. Audi has also fitted lightweight wheels to reduce unsprung mass. The suspension now gets three-way adjustable coilovers with the brakes now getting a ceramic front disc and a titanium backing plate. The exhaust also gets titanium components.Interior remains more or less the same, with very minute differences. This is the latest addition to the growing list of R8 limited edition models which also includes rear-wheel drive R8 RWS.advertisementlast_img read more

Africa Cup of Nations roundup: Madagascar shock Nigeria to top group

first_imgShare via Email Nigeria football team Madagascar football team Nomenjanahary reacted quickly to intercept a pass back from John Ogu to Balogun, who inexplicably backed away from the ball on the edge of the Nigeria penalty area, almost inviting the Malagasy striker to steal it away.The early goal injected some confidence into the Malagasy, a motley collection of players from the lower leagues in France as well as clubs in Belgium, Bulgaria and the United States, but they rode their luck towards the end of the first half as Nigeria sought an equaliser.Ahmed Musa had the best chance for the Super Eagles, unmarked for a first-time finish at the back post in the 31st minute, but he took a touch, giving the Madagascar goalkeeper, Melvin Adrien, the opportunity to close him down and put him off his shot.Adrien might have conceded a penalty with his challenge but Nigeria’s protests were waved away by the referee, Bakary Gassama of the Gambia.Nigeria brought on Wilfred Ndidi to try to inspire a second-half comeback but he was culpable for the second goal. First he gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area and then, as he jumped in the wall, deflected the 53rd-minute effort from Andriamahitsinoro. The ball took a wicked loop off Ndidi’s body before falling into the net.Ndidi did try to make amends and had a good turn and shot saved soon afterwards but was unable to give his side the necessary spark. Oghenekaro Etebo went wide with two free-kicks and even the introduction of Alex Iwobi for the last 30 minutes did little to change the course of the game.Madagascar, ranked 108th in world football, finished on seven points to six for second-placed Nigeria. Guinea’s four points in third place should be enough to see them also advance to the last 16 but Burundi, in last place without any points, are eliminated.Later, Mohamed Salah was on target as hosts Egypt ensured they emerged from Group A with a perfect record despite a stern examination by Uganda.Salah’s free-kick and a second goal from Aston Villa midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady before the break secured a 2-0 win. But the scoreline flattered them on a night when Sebastien Desabre’s side, who finished second in the group with four points and take their place in the last-16, more than gave as good as they got in Cairo.Egypt keeper Mohamed El-Shenawy had made a number of good saves before Salah curled a left-foot free-kick over the wall and past keeper Denis Onyango in the 36th minute.Elmohamady smashed home a second in first-half stoppage time to clinch a third successive victory for Egypt, all without conceding a goal.Salah almost made it 3-0 early in the second half, only to be denied Onyango, who is a doubt for the knockout phase after being stretchered off with 18 minutes remaining.Elsewhere, Mohamed Yattara scored both goals as Guinea defeated 10-man Burundi in Cairo. Yattara was the most influential player on the pitch as a foul on him led to an early red card for Burundi’s Christophe Nduwarugira, before he scored his two goals.Burundi have had a difficult introduction to continental finals, with the east African side losing all three games and departing goalless.Later on Sunday night Group A concludes with Uganda playing Egypt and Zimbabwe up against the Democratic Republic of Congo. Africa Cup of Nations Share on LinkedIn Madagascar v Nigeria: Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – as it happened Guinea football team Read more Topics Burundi football teamcenter_img news Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Madagascar pulled off one of the great shocks of the Africa Cup of Nations finals when they upset Nigeria 2-0 on Sunday to finish top of Group B and advance to the knockout stages.A horrific defensive mistake and a wicked deflection from a free-kick allowed the Indian Ocean islanders, making their tournament debut, to finish unbeaten ahead of both Nigeria and Guinea in the standings.Lalaïna Nomenjanahary took advantage of sloppy defending by Leon Balogun to open the scoring in the 13th minute and Carolus Andriamahitsinoro netted the second eight minutes into the second half.Nigeria, one of the five African teams at last year’s World Cup, had won their opening two matches but looked flat and proved unable to respond after going behind in their third and face extensive soul-searching after an embarrassing setback. Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

DAY THREE RESULTS- OPENS & 20’S

first_imgAll draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEThe action heats up on day three of the 2006 NTL in Coffs Harbour as the teams battle for quarter final rankings and positions…this afternoon will be crucial in who takes a place in tomorrow’s semis and grand finals. Keep your eyes on the website for all the results from the 2006 National Touch League. All draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEDay Three:8:30amMens 20’s: Suns (12) def ACT (2)Mens 20’s: Hornets (7) def Barbarians (2)Mens 20’s: Eagles (7) def Crusaders (1)Mens Open: Crusaders (8) def Eagles (3)Mens Open: Rustlers (11) def Hornets (5)Mens Open: Suns (5) def Scorpions (3)Mixed Open: Suns (10) def Rebels (0)Suns took their position at the top of Pool B in the Mens Open division this morning, with a 5-3 win over Scorpions. Suns proved too good for ACT in the Mens 20’s division, and in Mixed Open the Suns thrashed the Rebels 10-0.9:20amMixed Open: Cobras (7) def Sharks (6)Mens 20’s: Rustlers (6) def Cobras (2)Mens 20’s: Sharks (7) def Cyclones (4)Womens Open: Sharks (5) def Rustlers (1)Womens Open: Eagles (7) drew Scorpions (7)Womens Open: Cobras (7) def Hornets (3)Mixed Open: Barbarians (5) drew Cyclones (5)Cobras cemented themselves as a team to watch in the finals of the Mixed Open, beating 2005 Runners-up, the Sharks 7-6.The Mens 20s saw Sharks and Rustlers both have impressive wins. Sharks beat Cyclones, 7-4 and Cobras beat Hornets, 7-3.An improving Scorpions side drew with Eagles, 7-7 in Womens Open and the Sharks recorded yet another win over the Rustlers.10:10amWomens 20’s: Sharks (12) def Rebels (1)Womens 20’s: Cobras (11) def Crusaders (2)Womens 20’s: Cyclones (15) def Scorpions (0)Womens 20’s: ACT (10) def Rustlers (3)Womens 20’s: Mets (7) def Eagles (3)Womens 20’s: Suns (7) def Hornets (2)Mixed Open: Mets (10) def Rustlers (5)In the Womens 20’s division, Sharks and ACT continue to dominate their opposition with Sharks beating Rebels, 12-1 and ACT beating Rustlers, 10-3.In the same division, Cyclones are also a team to watch, after thrashing Scorpions, 15-0.In the Mixed Opens, Mets defeated Rustlers 10-5.11:00amMens Open: Mets (5) def Cobras (3)Mens Open: Sharks (12) def ACT (2)Mens Open: Rebels (6) def Cyclones (4)Womens Open: ACT (6) def Crusaders (5)Womens Open: Barbarians (12) def Cyclones (5)Womens Open: Mets (9) def Suns (2)A great game of Touch was played on field one this morning in the Mens Open division with Mets beating Cobras, 5-3.Also in Mens Open, Sharks outclassed ACT with a 12-2 win and Rebels beat Cyclones, 6-4.Mets were too good for Suns in the Womens Open, winning 9-2, ACT won a tight game against Crusaders, 6-5 and Barbarians are still looking promising after beating Cyclones, 12-5.11:50amMens Open: Scorpions (13) def Crusaders (1)Mens Open: Rustlers (4) def Suns (3)Mens Open: Barbarians (11) def Eagles (0)Womens Open: Sharks (9) def Hornets (4)Womens Open: Rebels (6) def Eagles (4)Womens Open: Cobras (6) def Scorpions (1)The Mens Open division is one of the closest in NTL history, with Rustlers defeat of Suns, 4-3 making the competition even more interesting. Sharks are still performing well in the Womens Open division after a 9-4 victory over Hornets. A good game was also played out on field five, with Rebels beating Eagles 6-4.12:40pmMens 20’s: Cobras (6) def Sharks (3)Mens 20’s: Suns (10) def Hornets (5)Mens 20’s: Eagles (7) def Cyclones (2)Mixed Open: Rebels (8) def Cyclones (4)Mixed Open: Rustlers (9) def Barbarians (2)Cobras created an upset in the Mens 20’s division, defeating Sharks 6-3 in a great match on field one. Eagles are still leading their pool, after a 7-2 win over the Cyclones.In the Mixed Open, Rustlers are doing their best trying to stay in the top half of the ladder, with a 9-2 win over Barbarians.1:30pmMens 20’s: Crusaders (6) def Barbarians (3)Mens 20’s: Mets (8) def ACT (0)Mixed Open: Mets (6) def Cobras (5)Mixed Open: Sharks (10) def Scorpions (8)The Mixed Open race remains tight with Sharks beating Scorpions, 10-8.Mets also had a close game with Cobras, eventually coming out on top, 6-5.In Mens 20’s, ACT had a disappointing, 8-0 loss to Mets, while Crusaders beat Barbarians, 6-3.2:20pmWomens 20’s Champ QF1: Cobras (6) def Hornets (1)Womens 20’s Champ QF2: Suns (6) def Mets (0)Womens 20’s Plate QF1: Cyclones (6) def Crusaders (3)Womens 20’s Plate QF2: Rustlers (14) def Scorpions (0)After the first quarter finals of the tournament, Cobras had a 6-1 win over the Hornets, in Womens 20’s which puts them through to a semi-final with ACT.Also in Womens 20’s, Suns beat Mets 6-0, putting them into a semi-final tomorrow with Sharks.3:20pmMens Champ QF1: Sharks (4) def Rustlers (3)Mens Champ QF2: Suns (5) def Cobras (4)Mens Plate QF1: ACT (6) def Crusaders (2)Womens Plate P/O: Cyclones (3) def Eagles (1)Mens Plate P/O: Rebels def Eagles*forfeitAfter an action packed match on field one, Sharks defeated Rustler, 4-3 in the Mens Open division, setting up Sharks for a semi-final against Scorpions.The Suns and Cobras game was also a thriller in the Mens Open division, with Suns eventual winners, 5-4. They will now play Mets tomorrow in the semi-finals.4:20pmWomens Champ QF1: Suns (3) def Rustlers (1)Womens Champ QF2: Barbarians (9) def Cobras (4)Womens Plate QF1: Crusaders (5) def Rebels (1)Mens 20’s: Suns (6) def Cyclones (3)Mens 20’s: Rustlers (5) def Sharks (3)Mens 20’s: Cobras (11) def Crusaders (2)The Barbarians have caused an upset in the Womens Open quarter finals, defeating Cobras, 9-4. It is the first time in seven years that the Cobras Women do not appear in the Opens grand final. Barbarians will now take on Mets tomorrow morning.The Suns had a good victory over the Rustlers, they fought hard to win 3-1. They will now play Sharks in the semi-final.In the Mens 20’s, Rustlers caused an upset by defeating Sharks, 5-3.Suns and Cobras will also go into the quarter finals confident after convincing wins this afternoon.5:20pmMixed Open: Sharks (13) def Rebels (2)Mixed Open: Cobras (13) def Barbarians (0)Mixed Open: Scorpions (5) def Rustlers (1)Mixed Open: Suns (5) def Cyclones (0)Mens 20’s: Eagles (11) def Mets (7)Sharks finished their round games with class in the Mixed Open with a 13-2 win over Rebels.In what was one of the most exciting, skillful and heated games of the tournament, Eagles defeated Mets 11-7 finishing of the round games for the tournament.6:20pmWomens Plate QF2: Scorpions v W/P/P/OMens Plate QF2: Barbarians v W/P/P/Olast_img read more

Sonu Sood on leaving Manikarnika: It was very special to me

first_img IANS New DelhiJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 13:39 IST Sonu Sood walked out from ManikarnikaSonu Sood had to walk out of Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi owing to his professional commitment towards Simmba. The actor has now expressed his emotions saying that the film was very special to him.”Not being a part of Manikarnika will always bother me. I will always miss that whole experience of shooting for the film because the film was very special to me,” Sonu Sood told IANS in a recorded response.”But sometimes things are not meant to happen and I was not meant to be part of Manikarnika. I just want to wish the team all the best. I am sure everyone has worked really hard on the film and film has to do well for every individual associated with the film,” he added.Sonu walked out of Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi due to the clash of the looks he required to sport in the two films. In Rohit Shetty’s Simmba, Sonu is seen with a beard, but in Manikarnika, he was supposed to have a clean shaven look like a warrior.When Kangana Ranaut stepped in to re-shoot some portions of Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi, which tells the story of Rani Laxmibai, Sonu was unable to change his look owing to his commitment towards Simmba.But Kangana claimed that Sonu left the movie as he “refused to work under a woman director”. He denied all these allegations last year. He was replaced by Zeeshan Ayyub in the film.When asked if he is willing to work with Kangana Ranaut in the future, Sonu said, “She has always been a very close friend and I have no qualms against her. I would like to wish her all the best.”advertisementSonu Sood recently took part in 10-year challenge on Twitter by sharing his body pictures from 2009 to 2019.#10yearscallenge pic.twitter.com/vPtnRnrU9Ksonu sood (@SonuSood) January 16, 2019Sonu Sood, the 43-year-old Nagpur-born actor, who is popular for his well-chiselled body and fit physique, has featured in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu films.Some projects to his credit are Jodhaa Akbar, Singh Is Kinng, R Rajkumar, Kung Fu Yoga, Dabangg and Happy New Year, Aashiq Banaya Aapne.At the moment, he is happy with the successful run of Simmba. Released on December 28, 2018, the action-comedy drama revolves around a corrupt police officer who eventually stands up against a rapist, and has minted over Rs 350 crore worldwide.”I am very elated after the success of Simmba. The whole team works together and if the film becomes the biggest blockbuster of the year and then you can’t ask for anything else. We are all blessed. There are good wishes with us which are doing the trick,” Simmba actor said.He hopes for at least one Simmba in his career every year.”Simmba will always be very special for me because I got to work with Rohit, Karan, Ranveer Singh. I found new friends in them. We share a great bonding and I am sure that these bonding will make many more Simmba in the years to come,” added Sonu Sood.Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi will be released this Friday. The film stars Kangana Ranaut as Rani Laxmibai.ALSO READ: Sonu Sood walks out of Manikarnika after fight with Kangana RanautALSO READ | Kangana to reshoot Manikarnika at Rs 20 cr extra cost after Sonu Sood’s exit?ALSO WATCH | Kangana Ranaut opens up on being called witch, whore and psychopathGet 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 bynisha Tags :Follow Sonu SoodFollow ManikarnikaFollow Kangana Ranaut Sonu Sood on leaving Manikarnika: It was very special to meSonu Sood walked out from Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi earlier. During the recent media interaction, Sonu said that he will regret not being a part of Manikarnika. The film will be released this Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

Uruguay great Diego Forlan announces retirement from football

first_imgUruguay great Diego Forlan announces retirement from footballDiego Forlan won the Premier League and FA Cup with Manchester United before moving to Spain where he helped Atletico Madrid win the Europa League in 2010 with a double in the final against Fulham.advertisement Reuters New DelhiAugust 7, 2019UPDATED: August 7, 2019 18:56 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSDiego Forlan played for 21 years during which time he scored over 250 goals for club and countryForlan was awarded the Golden Ball for best player at the 2010 FIFA World CupForlan also played in the Indian Super League with Mumbai City in 2016Former Uruguay striker Diego Forlan has announced his retirement, bringing to an end a 21-year career in which he played club soccer on three different continents.Forlan, who started his career in South America with Argentine club Independiente, played for major European teams such as Manchester United, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan before ending his career in Asia.Forlan, 40, was also instrumental in Uruguay’s run to the 2010 World Cup semi-finals, where he was awarded the Golden Ball for best player at the tournament and finished as one of the tournament’s top scorers with five goals.”After 21 years I made the decision to end my career as a professional footballer,” Forlan said in a statement.”A beautiful stage closes full of great memories and emotions but another of new challenges will begin. Thanks to all who in one way or another accompanied me on this path!”Forlan won the Premier League and FA Cup with United before moving to Spain where he helped Atletico win the Europa League in 2010 with a double in the final against Fulham.He also led Uruguay to the Copa America title in 2011, grabbing another two goals in a final, when they beat Paraguay 3-0.After a short stint in the Indian Super League with Mumbai City in 2016, he last played for Hong Kong Premier League side Kitchee Sports Club last year, wrapping up a career where he scored over 250 goals for club and country.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Diego ForlanFollow Diego Forlan retirement Nextlast_img read more

Tanker Activities Push Norden to Profit

first_imgzoom Danish shipping company Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S has reported its adjusted result for the first quarter of 2017 at USD 1 million, against a loss of USD 5 million seen in 2016.Coverage prevented Norden from benefitting from a dry cargo market that continued a gradual improvement on the back of strong year-on-year increase in Chinese imports, while the tanker fleet remained well positioned to exploit local and temporary rate spikes in an otherwise challenging tanker market.Norden’s tanker activities generated an adjusted result for the period of USD 10 million, compared to USD 15 million seen in the corresponding quarter in 2016. The tanker result was generated in an overall challenging market that, however, also offered significant local spikes in clean product rates. In the dry cargo market, the steady increase in rates that began in the fourth quarter of 2016 continued and rates were significantly higher than in the first quarter of 2016.However, the dry cargo result for the first quarter has not benefited from the increase in market rates, as Norden entered the quarter with more than 100% cover and the adjusted result for the period ended at USD -9 million, shrinking from USD -20 million reported a year earlier.“On the back of strong performance by our Tanker business in a challenging market, we present our first quarterly adjusted profit since 2015,” Jan Rindbo, Norden CEO, said.“In Tankers, we were able to make the most of regional and temporary market spikes and benefitted from the decision to increase our chartered fleet at relatively low costs at the end of 2016,” Rindbo said, adding that, in dry cargo, the company “did not benefit from the improving rates in the first quarter, but they have increased the value of Norden’s forward position in a year that overall still looks challenging in both segments.”Norden said that the expectations for the adjusted result for the year maintained at USD -20 to +40 million with a dry cargo market that is set to offer rates a little higher than in 2016 and a tanker market that still looks challenging throughout 2017.The company has increased both its short- and long-term exposure during the first quarter of 2017. In the tanker segment, Norden has entered into both short- and long-term charter agreements including two MR tanker newbuildings on long-term T/Cs with delivery in mid-2018.The dry cargo segment has continued the strategic expansion of operator activities with an increase in short-term chartering and a new organisational set-up to support this.At the end of the first quarter of 2017, Norden had 3 vessels held for sale of which the first is scheduled for delivery in April while the remaining ships will be delivered in the second half of 2017 once they leave the yard.last_img read more

Klaveness Worlds 1st Digital Survey Performed on Boxship

first_imgLast week, classification society DNV GL and Klaveness Ship Management (KSM), part of Norway’s shipping company Torvald Klaveness, performed a digital survey — claimed to be the world’s first — on board the containership MV Badru.As informed, the digital survey saved surveyor Rolf Hancke a trip to Shanghai to visit the vessel and gave full insights into the maintenance data from the vessel through live dashboards from the company’s headquarters in Norway.Visiting Klaveness offices in Oslo, surveyor and principal engineer from DNV GL Rolf Petter Hancke has, together with KSM, put up dashboards that give full insight to maintenance data on Klaveness containerships allowing him to survey the vessel without ever stepping foot onboard.@DNVGL and Klaveness Ship Management performs world first digital survey on board container vessel MV Bardu. Learn more: https://t.co/oHnqy5ndmL pic.twitter.com/UYWKq2yijj— Torvald Klaveness (@klaveness) January 28, 2019“The dashboard we have put up does not only make my job easier in terms of time saved, but it enables me to filter to the most relevant components that I discuss with the ship owner. It tells me how many maintenance jobs MV Bardu has had in the last year and how many jobs were done before and after on due date,” Hancke explained.“This form of transparency of sharing of data makes it possible for DNV GL to also perform analysis of the data we have, which lets us further improve our processes around vessel maintenance. Ultimately a win-win situation for both us and class,” Karl-Uno Holm, ship manager in KSM, said.Last year, KSM was awarded the MPMS Certificate, and last week’s digital audit was the first time this has been managed digitally and remotely.Back in 2017, KSM started exploring the road towards condition based maintenance with a working theory that ship owners could save substantial amounts by addressing maintenance tasks on vessels when needed instead of makers’ recommendation, which normally is maintenance at a set number of hours.In June 2018, KSM completed the first ever approved remote initial MPMS survey on the caustic bulk (CABU) vessel MV Ballard in June 2018. The survey preparation and execution was done in close collaboration with DNV GL. The traditional engine room inspection was replaced with a video recorded by the use of GoPro camera, which was shared with the surveyor in advance of the survey. The survey was conducted with the surveyor located in Oslo, sharing screen and communicating with chief engineer Dorin Ichim, who was onboard the vessel during port call in Bahrain.last_img read more

ExFrench President Sarkozy loses bid to halt corruption trial

first_imgParis: Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has lost his final bid to avoid a trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling, and will likely have to appear in court in the coming months, sources close to the case said Wednesday. The country’s Court of Cassation, which rules on questions of law, ruled Tuesday that a trial was justified for Sarkozy as well as his lawyer Thierry Herzog and a former judge, Gilbert Azibert. That means a trial will now go ahead, according to a source close to the case and one of the defence lawyers. Sarkozy’s lawyers were not immediately available for comment. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonThe influence-peddling case centres on conversations between Herzog and Azibert that were tapped by investigators looking into claims that Sarkozy accepted illicit payments from the L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt for his 2007 presidential campaign. They suspect Sarkozy and his lawyer were seeking information on developments in the case, with Sarkozy offering Azibert a plum job in Monaco in exchange. The inquiry also revealed that Sarkozy and Herzog often communicated via cellphones obtained under false identities — with Sarkozy using the name Paul Bismuth. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorHe was cleared over the Bettencourt allegations in 2013, and has argued that Azibert never got the Monaco job, meaning he should not have to face trial. But investigators believe the deal fell through because Sarkozy and his lawyer learned their phones were being tapped. In 2014, Sarkozy became the first former French president to be taken into police custody during a preliminary stage of the inquiry. Sarkozy is not the first ex-president to be prosecuted — his predecessor Jacques Chirac was given a two-year suspended sentence in 2011 for embezzlement and misuse of public funds during his time as mayor of Paris. But he has been dogged by legal investigations since failing in his 2012 re-election bid. Last month a top court rejected an appeal to avoid another trial, involving charges of illicit financing for the 2012 campaign. Prosecutors claim Sarkozy spent nearly 43 million euros (USD 48 million) on his lavish re-election bid — almost double the legal limit of 22.5 million euros — using fake invoices. Sarkozy has denounced the charges, saying he was unaware of the fraud by executives at the public relations firm Bygmalion, who are also among a total of 13 people likely to face trial.last_img read more

Liberal candidate apologizes to Down syndrome groups for Twitter comments

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia Liberal candidate who was dropped over comments he made on social media in 2013 is apologizing for his behaviour.Pictou East candidate Matthew MacKnight issued a brief statement today saying he takes full responsibility for the comments on Twitter and didn’t intend for them to be derogatory or hurtful.MacKnight did not reveal the nature of the comments.But he apologizes to two groups that represent people with Down syndrome, saying “it was an immature comment” that not meant to be malicious.MacKnight was ousted as a candidate after campaign chairman Chris MacInnes said Monday he was made aware of “highly inappropriate” comments.MacInnes does not say what the comments were, only that they were unacceptable and run contrary to the values of the party.Global News linked to a photo of the alleged tweet, which had MacKnight purportedly calling someone an expletive and using the hashtags #downsyndrome and #stupidcustomers on May 28, 2013.last_img read more

Enbridge sells natural gas assets in Northeast BC

first_img“When combined with asset monetizations announced in May, the sale of our Canadian G&P Business significantly advances our strategic priority of moving to a pure play regulated pipeline and utility business model.” said Al Monaco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enbridge. “It also demonstrates our focus on prudent capital allocation and ensuring the continued strength of our balance sheet and funding flexibility. With a total of roughly $7.5 billion in asset monetizations announced in 2018, we have more than doubled our initial target of $3 billion.”Separate sale agreements have been entered into for those facilities currently governed by provincial regulations (Alberta and B.C.), and those governed by federal National Energy Board regulations. The transaction involving the sale of the provincially regulated facilities is expected to close in 2018, while the transaction involving the sale of the federally regulated facilities is anticipated to close in mid-2019.Proceeds from these transactions provide significant additional financing flexibility going forward as the Company continues to execute on its current portfolio of secured growth projects.  The Company’s outlook for DCF/share through 2020 and its target credit metrics remain unchanged as a result of these asset sales.Enbridge will continue to hold its long-haul regulated natural gas transmission assets which include the Westcoast transmission system in British Columbia and the Alliance pipeline that carries natural gas from western Canada to the Chicago market.Brookfield intends to maintain the Canadian G&P workforce and anticipates that they will remain with the G&P business upon transaction close.“I’d like to thank our colleagues at the G&P Business, who have done an exceptional job building and expanding a substantial gathering and processing franchise while operating the business safely and reliably day-in and day-out,” added Monaco. Enbridge said it will work with Brookfield to ensure a safe and orderly transition of the G&P business’ operations. RBC Capital Markets acted as financial advisor and Torys LLP acted as legal advisors to Enbridge on the transaction. CALGARY, A.B. – Enbridge has announced the sale of its Canadian natural gas assets including those in Northeast B.C.The company said that its natural gas gathering and processing business in the Montney, Peace River Arch, Horn River and Liard basins in B.C. and Alberta are being sold to Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners for a cash purchase price of CAN $4.31 billion, subject to customary closing adjustments and receipt of regulatory approvals.The business includes 19 natural gas processing plants and liquids handling facilities, with a total operating capacity of 3.3 Bcf/d and 3,550 km of natural gas gathering pipelines.last_img read more

Israeli Lawmaker Suggests Lack of P in Arabic is Proof Palestine

By Jonathan WalshRabat – Anat Berko prompted widespread ridicule after suggesting during parliamentary debates that there can be no such thing as “Palestine,” based on the fact Palestinian people do not use the letter ‘P’ in Arabic.The 56-year-old member of the ruling Likud party made the comments during a debate in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) on Wednesday. “As we’ve noted, the letter ‘P’ doesn’t even exist in Arabic, so the borrowed term (Palestine) is worth looking into,” Berko said.Referring to the Roman use of the name ‘Palaestina’ to describe the area, she continued. “The source of the name is clear,” she said.“What? Did everyone hear this? Are you an idiot?” asked Tamar Zandberg, member of the opposition party Meretz.Berko responded, “There’s no ‘P’ sound… Pa pa pa,’ there’s no ‘Pa.’ There’s ‘Fa.’”The name ‘Palaistinê’ was first seen in 5th Century BCE Greek history books, when Herodotus used the name to describe the area between Phoenicia (modern-day Israel, Lebanon and Syria) and Egypt. However, it is commonly pronounced ‘Falasteen’ in Arabic, due to the lack of a ‘P’.The debate itself centered on the Labour Party’s proposal for a two-state solution between Palestine and Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Party chairman Isaac Herzog for only just “waking up” to the non-viability of the two-state solution.In response, Herzog dared the PM to annex the Palestinian territories. “Let’s see what happens then,” he said. read more

Israel Postpones Vote on Construction of New Settlements

By Ayesha UlhaqRabat – The vote to approve the construction of 500 new homes in Jewish settlements in Occupied East Jerusalem has been postponed. The move evidently took place after a call from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office. The postponement also came after a speech given by US Secretary of State, John Kerry. In the speech, Secretary Kerry made it clear that the UN condemnation of illegal Jewish settlements on occupied land is on a par with American values. It also cemented the US position “the two-state solution is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. It is the only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state”.A “two-state solution” to the longstanding conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is the objective and end goal of both state leaders, numerous government officials and the majority of international diplomats.It is a widely-held belief that this concept could see the making of an independent state of Palestine, creating a permanent ceasefire and end the ongoing conflict between the parties.The two-state solution concept is enthusiastically backed by the UN, the Arab League, the European Union, Russia and the United states.John Kerry also added that “The Israeli prime minister publicly supports a two-state solution, but his current coalition is the most right-wing in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements.”Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu has openly stated that he was very dissatisfied with the speech, which he claims to have been “unbalanced” and “obsessively focused” on Israeli settlements.Today, more than 500,000 Jews live in approximately 140 settlements built since 1967, as Israel currently holds control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. These same settlements are viewed as illegal under international law, a position which Israel has consistently challenged.Prime Minister Netanyahu reacted over the weekend by calling the ambassadors of the US and 14 other countries on the Security Council who voted in favor of the resolution. Quite frustrated with the passing of the resolution, he responded by recalling Israel’s ambassadors to New Zealand and Senegal, cut financial aid to Senegal and cancelled a visit to Israel by Ukraine’s prime minister. read more

Video Emmanuel Macron Receives King Mohammed VI at Elysee Palace

Rabat – French President Emmanuel Macron received King Mohammed VI in an official visit at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday afternoon. A YouTube video published by a fan reveals King Mohammed VI processing across the courtyard of the Elysee, accompanied by royal fanfare. At the palace entrance, the King is greeted by Macron, and the two enter the palace together. The two leaders last met at the One Planet Summit on climate change in Paris in December 2017.This is King Mohammed VI’s first official appearance since he underwent a heart surgery in late February in Paris. The King’s official meeting with his French counterpart comes amid increasing tension in southern Morocco as a result of Polisario’s incursions in the buffer zone, east of Morocco’s defense well, as well as its attempts to change the status quo of the region through the transfer and establishment of part of its militias and its so-called “Ministry of Defense” to the area west of Morocco’s defense wall.France is Morocco’s chief ally and its staunchest proponent in the Security Council negotiations regarding the Western Sahara territorial dispute. As such, it has repeatedly expressed its support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan for the Sahara, which it considers the “most appropriate” to helping the parties to the dispute to reach a mutually acceptable political solution.  Later this month, the United Security Council will adopt a new resolution to renew the mandate of the UN mission in the territory for one year, and Morocco will certainly count on France to support its efforts aimed at pushing the UN body to adopt a strong resolution  to end Polisario’s attempts to change the status quo of the buffer zone. read more

Aid agencies suspend work in eastern Chad because of insecurity – UN

7 October 2008Rising banditry across eastern Chad has forced several aid organizations to temporarily suspend their work, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported today, warning of the effect this is having on internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said several of the aid agencies have become victims of banditry lately, with more than 120 separate incidents reported against such organizations reported since the start of the year. An estimated 37,000 IDPs living in Dogdore and Ade could be without health care, food assistance, water and sanitation services unless the security situation improves, according to OCHA. Heavy rainfall in eastern Chad has also damaged roads and limited aid workers’ access to people in need, exacerbating the effect of the worsening insecurity. UN humanitarian agencies are already involved in flood relief efforts in southern Chad, where at least 40,000 people – particularly in and around the town of Sarh – have been in need of outside assistance since a month of torrential rains lashed the region starting in late July. OCHA is sending a mission next week to southern Chad to study possible ways to set up an early warning system for natural disasters such as floods. Meanwhile, Chad’s First Lady Hinda Deby Itno took part in yesterday’s opening in the national capital, N’Djamena, of a three-day UN workshop on gender-based violence faced by IDPs and refugees in eastern Chad. The workshop, organized by the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (known by its French acronym, MINURCAT), was attended by senior Government officials, foreign diplomats, representatives of international organizations and members of civil society. MINURCAT has been tasked by the Security Council with protecting refugees and IDPs across eastern Chad and north-eastern CAR, which have both been beset by widespread violence and civilian displacement in recent years. read more

Sri Lanka votes for UN resolution condemning US stand on Jerusalem

Through a resolution adopted by a recorded vote of 128 in favour to nine against, with 35 abstentions, the 193-member Assembly expressed “deep regret” over recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem and stressed that the Holy City “is a final status issue to be resolved through negotiations in line with relevant UN resolutions.” This procedure, under Assembly resolution 377 (1950), is a pathway around a Security Council veto. By it, the Assembly can call an emergency special session to consider a matter “with a view to making appropriate recommendations to members for collective measures,” if the Security Council fails to act or if there is lack of unanimity among the Council’s permanent members, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States.Since the tenth such meeting, the Assembly has temporarily adjourned the emergency special session and authorized “the President of the General Assembly […] to resume its meeting upon request from Member States,” allowing for speedy consideration by the body of urgent issues.The most recent resumed emergency session was in 2009 when the Assembly called a meeting on East Jerusalem and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Sri Lanka voted at the United Nations to condemn US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite threats from the US to pull funding from the world body.Member States in the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday “demanded” that all countries comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the status of Jerusalem, following an earlier decision by the United States to recognize the Holy City as the capital of Israel. Ahead of that failed resolution, Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Security Council that the security situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory had become more tense in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s decision on 6 December to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Subsequently, Yemen and Turkey, in their respective capacities as Chair of the Arab Group and the Chair of the Summit of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, requested the President of the General Assembly to “urgently resume’ the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly in accordance with the so-named ‘Uniting for peace’ procedure. Resolutions in the Assembly are non-binding and do not carry the force of international law as do measures agreed in the Security Council. (Colombo Gazette) Action in the Assembly follows a failed attempt by the Security Council on Monday adopt a similar text reflecting regret among the body’s members about “recent decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem,” with a veto from the United States, a permanent member of the Council. read more

Uncertain time for teachers

Education policies and funding changes recently announced by the Ford government are being cited this week for potentially deep cuts to the Grand Erie District School Board’s elementary and secondary school teaching complement.A total of 21 Grand Erie elementary school teachers received notices Wednesday that they have been deemed “redundant” for the coming academic year.In a news release Thursday, the Grand Erie board says these teachers will not have positions at an area public school in the fall.The corresponding number for Grand Erie high school teachers is 84. At this point, they too have no position at an area high school come September.This compares with 2017 when no elementary or high school teachers with the Grand Erie board were deemed redundant. No elementary teachers at local public schools received layoff notices in 2018 but 59 high school teachers were declared redundant last year.Trustee Greg Anderson, chair of the Grand Erie board, addressed this week’s actions in a statement on Thursday.“Grand Erie redundant and surplus teachers at the elementary level are a result of changes announced by the Ministry of Education last month, the end of local priority funding, and the cancellation of some education program and other (provincial) grants,” Anderson said.How long these notices remain in effect could change as early as Friday.Thursday, Ontario Education Minister Lisa Thompson said $1.6 billion in funding will be provided to ensure no teacher loses their job because of the Ford government’s move to increased class sizes.The Ford government recently announced that high school class sizes will rise from 22 to 28 students over the next four years. Plans are to keep the current cap on classes from kindergarten to Grade 3 in place. Class sizes for Grades 4 to 8 will increase from 23 students to 24.Teachers unions have warned that many of their members will lose their jobs because of increased class sizes.On Thursday, Thompson countered that the $1.6 billion should ensure that no teacher “involuntarily” loses their position. Thompson expects the teaching workforce to right-size itself automatically through retirements and attrition.There are reports out of Queen’s Park that Thompson will tell school boards she expects them to refrain from using changes in class size as a reason to lay off teaching staff.Other teachers within the Grand Erie system received notices this week that they were “surplus” to the board’s future needs. These teachers will have a job with the local board in the fall. However, they could be assigned to another school.A total of 37 Grand Erie public school teachers were declared surplus Wednesday. The number of public high school teachers declared surplus Thursday came to 20. They too will have jobs in the fall but potentially at a different campus.“Grand Erie redundant and surplus teachers at the secondary level are a result of changes announced by the Ministry of Education last month, the end of local priority funding, lower enrolment, and the cancellation of some education program and other grants,” Anderson said in his statement.“The staffing impacts for Grand Erie in 2019-20 are deep and beyond anything the board has experienced in recent years. Understandably, this is a very challenging and difficult time for impacted staff as well as those seeing colleagues who have been with the board since as far back as 2012 affected by this news.“These are uncertain times for all school boards in Ontario. As we wait for funding details for 2019-20, we’re hopeful we’ll be provided with the resources we need to continue providing students the education they deserve as well as the unique and important programs that ensure `Success for Every Student.’”No reply was received at press time to an inquiry on these matters from the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Catholic District School Board.— with files from Canadian PressMSonnenberg@postmedia.com

Cremation trend holds steady

The trend in recent years toward cremation as the exit-of-choice has held steady at Oakwood Cemetery in Simcoe.Of the 122 interments at Oakwood in 2018, 76 (62 per cent) involved cremated remains while 46 (38 per cent) involved standard burials.There were another 120 interments in 2017. Of these, 85 (71 per cent) involved cremated remains while 35 (29 per cent) involved standard burials.“The trend throughout the industry has been a shift toward cremated burials,” Mark Boerkamp, Norfolk’s supervisor of trails and cemeteries, said Monday in an email.“In fact, the Bereavement Authority of Ontario – the governing body for cemetery operations in Ontario – says that, on average, the trend has been 70 per cent cremation burials versus 30 per cent full burials in most cemeteries. As you can see, Oakwood falls right in with the existing trend and 2017 was very evident of that.”To that end, Norfolk’s trail and cemeteries division is planning to increase its columbarium inventory at Oakwood.Norfolk council will consider a request Tuesday to allow the community services department to sole-source three columbarium units with 24 niches each. This would double the capacity at Oakwood, where a 75-unit columbarium was installed in 2016.In his report to council, Boerkamp said awarding the work to Nelson Granite Ltd. of Vermillion Bay, Ontario, is practical because this company provided the columbarium installed three years ago. The purpose of steering the work to Nelson Granite is to ensure uniformity of appearance.“The 75-niche unit is now over 60 per cent sold and the new units will help keep up to the existing trend toward cremation burials,” Boerkamp says in his report.Council set aside $30,000 for the columbarium expansion in the 2019 capital budget. Concrete pads were put down on the east side of Oakwood Cemetery before the current columbarium was installed. The new units will be situated in this location as well.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more