Rathi to be shifted out of Baghpat jail

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government is planning to shift gangster Sunil Rathi out of Baghpat jail days after he allegedly shot dead don Munna Bajrangi inside the prison. The district administration of Baghpat and the district jail authorities have written to the State Home Department requesting for Rathi’s transfer.Orders imminentConfirming this to The Hindu on Thursday, U.P. Additional Director General (Prisons) Chandra Prakash said while Rathi is still to be shifted out, “the file is under process”.“I don’t think it will take much time. In a couple of days, I should get the orders,” Mr. Prakash said.Asked if the inmate was being moved due to security reasons, Mr. Prakash said: “One major incident has already taken place [in Baghpat jail], so the security reason is also there.”It is, however, not clear where Rathi, who is serving life sentence in a double murder case, will be shifted even as speculation is that he could be moved to a bigger prison, perhaps in Lucknow or Allahabad. Several jails are being considered, Mr. Prakash said.Shortage of wardersAccording to sources in the prison department, Uttar Pradesh has an acute shortage of warders in jail — out of a required strength of 9,000, the State has only 4,000 across its 70 jails. Moreover, while the sanctioned total capacity of prisons in U.P. is 58,000, almost twice that number are lodged behind bars, said an official.After Bajrangi’s murder, the State government suspended four jail officials including jailor Uday Pratap Singh and deputy jailor Shivaji Yadav.Rathi allegedly shot dead Purvanchal gangster Prem Prakash Singh alias Munna Bajrangi inside the Baghpat jail early on Monday. A 7.62 calibre 32 bore weapon was used to commit the crime and police also recovered 10 used cartridges, 22 live bullets and two magazines from a drain inside the jail.While police said an altercation broke out between the two leading to the shooting, Bajrangi’s family has alleged the murder was premeditated and planned by his political and mafia rivals in eastern U.P. in collusion with the State government.Enjoys cloutRathi not only enjoys clout inside Baghpat jail due to his criminal record, which extends to neighbouring Uttarakhand, his mother Raj Bala is a three-time Nagar Panchayat chairman and even contested Assembly polls from Chaprauli in 2017 on a Bahujan Samaj Party ticket.Rathi had previously been shifted to his home district Baghpat from Roorkee jail in Haridwar.Bajrangi was brought to Baghpat from Jhansi jail, where he was lodged, on Sunday to appear in a local court in the western U.P. district in connection with the extortion of former BSP MLA Lokesh Dikshit.last_img read more

Uproar in U.P. Assembly over hooch deaths

first_imgAlleging that laxity on the part of the Uttar Pradesh government led to a large number of deaths after consumption of spurious liquor, Opposition members on Monday created chaos in the Assembly which led to adjournment of the entire Question Hour. Opposition members demanded resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the wake of the hooch tragedies that struck Saharanpur and Kushinagar districts. As soon as the House met, SP, BSP and Congress members tried to raise the matter terming it one of utmost importance. Anti-govt. slogansSP and BSP members trooped into the Well of the House, raising anti-government slogans. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said the State government has taken stern action in the matter and those involved will not be spared. The Opposition members also raised slogans, “CM istifa do” (CM should resign). Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit repeatedly pleaded with the angry Opposition members to resume their seats, but they did not relent. He then adjourned the House for 30 minutes and later extended the adjournment till 12.20 p.m. as a result of which the entire Question Hour was wiped out. The State government on Sunday night announced a probe by a Special Investigation Team into the twin tragedies.last_img read more

London Calling

first_imgIndian students wanting to come to the United Kingdom (UK) for further studies may soon have something to smile about. An amendment to the immigration bill removing international students from migration figures is likely to be tabled in the British parliament this spring, leading to more student visas being issued and even the possibility of Post-Study Work Visas being reinstated.The support for international students has come not just from educational institutions and the Labour Party, but surprisingly from high-profile Conservative MPs and chairpersons of select committees who see the British education sector as a soft power and would like to see the UK welcoming students once again.Read it at India Legal Live Related Itemslast_img read more

Successful conduct of SAG has proved Assam has best infra

first_imgGuwahati, Feb 17 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said the conduct of the 12th South Asian Games 2016 without any incident has amply proved that peace has returned to the state.”For the smooth conduct of the prestigious international event, I thank the people of Assam and Meghalaya, officials of Government of Assam and Government of India, the Indian Olympic Association, different sports organisations, players and delegates, volunteers and the media,” Gogoi said in a statement here.The 12th edition of SAG, co-hosted by Assam and Meghalaya, was the most successfully staged ever in terms of participation and number of disciplines.The Chief Minister said the Games have proved Assam has the best infrastructure in place built during the 33rd National Games, to host major national and international sports events.”The way the infrastructure has been readied for the Games in a short time shows that our Government is competent and capable to conduct any major events.”It has also silenced the critics who had strong reservations whether Assam could host such a mega sports extravaganza,” he said.Gogoi said it was a matter of great satisfaction that the players and delegates have exuded happiness at the arrangements being made for them in terms of security, food, accommodation, transportation and other logistic support.The Chief Minister, however, pointed out that he had received complaints from some sports organisers that the Organising Committee, 12th South Asian Games, headed by Sarbananda Sonowal did not take them into confidence while making preparations for the Games.advertisement”If the complaints are genuine, then it is very unfortunate,” he added. PTI DG DKB DBS LNSlast_img read more

Sony launches new extrabass headphones and wireless speaker series, prices start at Rs 2,790

first_imgSony has expanded its “ExtraBass series” by launching four new headphones and four new wireless speakers under the series. While the wireless speakers will be available for buy from April 25, the MDR-XB950B1, MDR-XB550AP, and MDR-XB510AS EXTRA BASS series headphones will be available across all Sony Center and major electronic stores in India from April 20.Under the Sony EXTRA BASS headphones, the company has unveiled three new models in India – Sony MDR-XB950B1 that costs Rs 12,990,  MDR-XB550AP  that costs Rs 3,290 and finally the MDR-XB510AS which is priced at Rs 2,790. These are splash proof and in-ear sports headphones.The MDR-XB950B1 is a successor to MDR- XB950BT and comes with enhanced bass response while supporting Bluetooth audio streaming. The headphones comes with Near Field Communications (NFC) technology and aptX & AAC codec support that ensures maximum signal quality. The company claims that the built-in rechargeable battery can run up to 18 hours of continuous and wireless music playback. When the battery does run low, passive mode allows for continued listening with the supplied cable. The integrated microphone and Bluetooth connectivity also facilitates hands-free calling on the XB950B1. The headphones come with metallic headband and soft cushions underneath for comfort.Also Read: Xiaomi launches Mi Headphones Comfort at Rs 2,999 in IndiaNext is the XB550AP wired headphones that feature 30mm drivers and come with a 1.2-metre long cable. The headphone weighs 180 grams sans the cable and come with an in-line remote and microphone that allows simple control like call answer/end, and audio track play/pause functionality while a durable, serrated cable design makes for a tangle-free experience. The free Smart Key App which is available on Google Play lets one customise the control of the in-line remote via smartphone. It will be available in Black, Green, White, Red, and Blue colour variants.advertisementLast is the Sony MDR-XB510AS in-ear sports headphones that come with IP5X/ IPX7 rating for dust and water resistance. The headphones come with 4 sizes of earbuds, arc supporters, a clip, cord adjuster, and mesh carrying pouch.Talking about the new EXTRA BASS portable wireless speakers, Sony has launched the Sony SRS-XB40  at Rs 13,990, SRS-XB30 at Rs 9,990, SRS-XB20 at Rs  6,990 and the SRS-XB10 that costs Rs 3,590. All speakers come with one-touch connectivity and music streaming with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility. The company claims that the compact size and long battery life of the speakers make them ideal for both indoors or outdoors. Also, the four wireless speakers come with IPX5 splash proof and is protected against splashes. The SRS-XB40, SRS-XB30 and SRS-XB10 speakers come with flexible two-way design which allows the speakers to be set up horizontally or flip it vertically if subsequent short on space.last_img read more

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Lachlan Coote kicks St Helens to impressive win over Castleford Tigers

first_imgThere were times last year when you wondered how St Helens would cope this season without Ben Barba, whose performances throughout large periods of 2018 made him seem irreplaceable prior to his ill-fated return to the NRL. Yet if anything, this looks like a side better equipped to cope without Barba following the latest exemplary showing of their title credentials here.Justin Holbrook has been fond of praising the new-found balance his side has without Barba, who was often capable of winning games on his own for the Saints last year. Never have Holbrook’s beliefs seemed more prophetic than here under the lights at Castleford, where they dismantled one of their main rivals for the title in devastating fashion. Share via Email Read more Wales want to talk to Shaun Edwards if Wigan move fails to happen match reports Reuse this content Edwards has already linked with roles at Wasps and England after this autumn’s World Cup, and Lenagan said: “Wigan’s position is that it has an oral agreement with Shaun Edwards to become coach from 2020, cemented by a handshake and announced publicly in August. I take full responsibility for including the mention of a signed contract in our press release at the time. I have done business on many occasions on the basis of an oral agreement over a handshake.”Lenagan also said Wigan would not stand in Edwards’ way. “I have had constructive dialogue with Shaun this week to make it clear that, despite our desire for him to take up the role as agreed, we would not attempt to hold him to any agreement if he preferred to take up a different option. Shaun asked for more time to consider his options, and I agreed to his requested and understand his reasons for doing so.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Nothing is won in March of course, but with seven straight wins to start the season, this is already looking like one of the most formidable Saints sides in years. “We’re improving every week,” was the ominous verdict of Holbrook post-match. Given the quality of this all-round display from the Saints, it would be unfair to single anyone out: but Barba’s replacement is well worthy of a mention.“Fantastic,” was how Holbrook summed up Lachlan Coote’s latest imperious performance at fullback, with the Scotland international playing a pivotal role in establishing the Saints’ 18-0 half-time lead. Coote opened the scoring after three minutes, before laying on the tries for Regan Grace and Dom Peyroux which, even at that early stage, looked as though it would be enough.Their third try prompted Castleford’s coach, Daryl Powell, to leave his vantage point and cross the field to the dugouts just as the Tigers were preparing to kick off again – and whatever he said there and at half-time did not have the desired effect, as the Saints continued to press home their superiority after the break, scoring five more tries to run out comfortable winners.“It was a harsh smack around the chops,” Powell said. “There’s no excuses because we’ve been completely outplayed. We’ve got some searching to do as we move through the week.” Castleford may have won five of their first seven games, but Powell added: “I really don’t think we’re playing all that well at the minute.” In regards to this display, it was hard to argue.But as poor as Castleford were, it is the Saints who deserve the credit for such an imperious performance. In the blink of an eye after half-time they had extended their lead when Zeb Taia crossed, before Théo Fages sent Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook through another alarming gap in the Castleford defence.Three of those first five tries came via errors from the Castleford wing, Greg Eden, who was subbed after McCarthy-Scarsbrook’s try. “He does things at 100 miles per hour, and some of his decision-making didn’t have much thought to it,” Powell said afterwards. Even with Eden off, Castleford’s defence could not handle the Saints – and while late tries to Michael Shenton and Jake Trueman ensured the hosts at least would not be nilled, the visitors finished with three more tries – Peyroux, Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival – to underline their superiority.Castleford Mata’utia; Minikin, Foster, Shenton, Eden; Trueman, Rankin; Watts, McShane, Millington, Moors, Holmes, Massey. Interchange Cook, Sene-Lefao, Clare, Milner. Tries Shenton, Trueman. Goals Rankin 2.St Helens Coote; Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace; Fages, Lomax; Walmsley, Roby, Thompson, Peyroux, Taia, Knowles. Interchange Paulo, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lees, Ashworth. Tries Coote, Grace, Peyroux 2, Taia, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Percival, Lomax. Goals Coote Referee J Child.Wigan will not stop Shaun Edwards from coaching elsewhereWigan will not stand in Shaun Edwards’ way if he wishes to take up another coaching opportunity instead of his proposed return to the Super League champions in 2020. The club’s owner, Ian Lenagan, confirmed Edwards’ claims last weekend that there is only an “oral agreement” between the parties as opposed to a signed contract.Edwards revealed in the aftermath of Wales’ Six Nations triumph that he had not signed a contract with Wigan, despite being unveiled at a press conference by the club last August.Lenagan confirmed that in a statement on Friday and said Edwards has asked for more time to consider his options in light of reported interest from within rugby union. Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Topics Read more Wigan Warriors Super League Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 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Conte open to extending Chelsea stay

first_imgChelsea Conte calls on Chelsea to deny rift rumours as he ponders contract extension Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Watford Premier League The Italian is open to staying at Stamford Bridge past the end of next seaso and wants the Blues to deny reports of a rift with the board Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has asked the club to publicly deny persistent speculation about his future, with many in the press linking him with the exit door at the end of the season. The Italian also insisted that Chelsea must learn to be more patient with their manager as they try to compete with the likes of Manchester City with significantly less investment.The Blues boss had already stated his wish to remain at the club for the remaining 18 months on his contract and added he’s even open to an extension. However, he did say talks would be on hold until the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I must be honest, when there are these type of rumours or speculation after the first game of the season against Burnley, maybe I’d like the club to prepare a statement for me, to say they trust me in my work and my job,” Conte told reporters at Cobham Training Ground. “But, at the same time, I know this never happened in the past, so why should I hope for something different? But, for sure, I’d like to have a statement of support against this speculation. The challenge is that, in the past, this never happened.”So it’s a big challenge to change the approach now. But, for sure, I’d be glad. You only have one person to speak [to make this happen]. I don’t want to exploit … I don’t want to be an opportunist [to ask about a new deal]. It’s not right, not right. It’s not the right time to be opportunistic.“We have the time to make the best decision. I’m trying to … no, I’m giving all myself, me and my staff and my players, for this club. We are doing the maximum for this club. If the club understands this and the club wants to extend a new contract, we can talk.”We can talk. Why not? But I repeat, I don’t like to try to push with the press for a new contract. My contract expires in 2019. My desire and my will are to continue to work with this club.”Chelsea face Watford on Monday as they look to put a difficult January behind them. The club got knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the semi-final stage against Arsenal and were dragged into a top-four battle after suffering four draws and two defeats out of nine games.Conte thinks that Chelsea’s owners and the club’s fans need to be patient as the side look likely to miss out on silverware this season. He believes that with Chelsea being outspent by the Manchester clubs and other big clubs in Europe, it will take other methods to compete for the big trophies. “You can see the other teams are working very hard, very strong to improve their squads,” Conte added. “It’s not simple, not simple. I think a club like Chelsea must have more patience than other teams.Andreas Christensen“For sure it would be very difficult. If you compare it to the past, the situation has totally changed. Yes. But especially for this reason, you have to understand that only through a great work, a big work, can you go and try to be closer to these teams who maybe don’t have this type of financial problems.“As you can see, we are working a lot with people like [Ethan] Ampadu, 17, and [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, 17. [Andreas] Christensen is 21, [Tiemoue] Bakayoko 23, [Davide] Zappacosta 25. We took a lot of young players in the market and, in Christensen, we are developing a young player form the academy.”In my vision, we are doing a fantastic job. Then I don’t know if, in other people’s vision, they are thinking in a different way. But in my vision, we are trying to build something important with our work; not with words, not with money.”When you buy or sell, and there is always a big balance [in terms of net spend on transfers] in my years here in Chelsea.”last_img read more

Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Mother’s Day Episode

first_imgAlso up for discussion are alternatives to physical gifts, such as taking your mom on a small trip or vacation, helping her out around the house with chores or lawn work, and taking her out to brunch or dinner (just make sure to have prior reservations).If going out to eat isn’t in the cards, Sam suggest making a quick, delicious, light brunch at home instead, followed by a whole helping of cocktails to wash it down with. From the Kentucky Pick Me-Up to the “Mam” Knows Best to the Aviation Champagne Punch, there’s sure a drink to please every mom. So raise a glass to her, the one who gave you life or helped you through it —she’s earned it.Further ReadingUltimate Guide to Mother’s Day Gift IdeasList of Easy Cocktails for Mother’s DayA Simple Mother’s Day Brunch Recipe What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming. For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, our round-table consisting of Food and Drink Editor Sam Slaughter; Associate Editor of LifestyleChase McPeak; and ever affable host Greg Nibler talk Mother’s Day.The gang begins the podcast with a rundown of different gift-buying options for moms. First, a look into the different types of mothers out there and the specific gifts to buy for their personalities. Examples include the “fashion forward matriarch,” the “zen mama” and the “food mom.” Gifts include jewelry (though not recommended by Chase), sweet treats, a year’s worth of flowers, and more. Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany center_img The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Editors’ Recommendations A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato last_img read more

Not a Fan of the Flannel? These are the Best Cold-Weather Alternatives

first_img How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall When it comes to cold weather clothing, there’s no question that flannel reigns supreme. It’s soft, comfortable, stylish, and incredibly warm, making it a popular fabric for outdoorsmen and city folk alike. We’re sure most of you probably own a flannel shirt (or 20), and we’d be hard-pressed to come up with reasons to besmirch the beloved material. The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 However, just because flannel’s great doesn’t mean it’s the only fabric capable of fending off the blistery chill of fall and winter. In fact, it’s just one of many well-equipped for the task. For some of our favorite flannel alternatives, check out our roundup below! To make things easier, we’ve broken it down into three different material categories: twill, denim, and corduroy. Twill For those flannel fans out there who want to add a more lightweight layering option to their arsenal of autumnal tops, we recommend checking out a twill shirt. Twill is technically a type of textile weave that produces a distinctive diagonal parallel rib pattern, most commonly seen in cotton garments. While these tops may not be as warm as flannels, they’re still well-known for their ability to retain body heat, making them a great go-to for the first chilly months of fall. The 1987 Twill Shirt from J.Crew – $70Cut in a roomy, old-school style, this vintage inspired option from J.Crew is crafted with a hefty cotton twill that’ll keep you warm all autumn long. The full cut makes it a great shirt for layering and the tortoiseshell buttons add a playful, classy touch.Shop NowNorse Projects Villad Twill Shirt –  $95The Villad Twill Shirt from Norse Projects combines military and workwear features for a top that’s as functional as it is stylish. Pair with jeans or corduroy pants for a fall look that’s crisp and cozy.Shop NowTraditional Twill Shirt from Lands’ End – $55If you’re ready to go twill but don’t want to give up the look of flannel, consider this bad boy from Lands’ End. A classic plaid design gives this shirt a traditional vibe, while the stretch twill fabric allows for fully optimized mobility.Shop NowDenimAnother fantastic alternative to flannel is denim, an even sturdier cotton twill fabric known for its distinctive blue color. Though usually seen in jackets and jeans, denim also makes a great material for cold weather shirts and is especially good at protecting the body from gusts of freezing wind. Indigo Denim Shirt from Paul Smith – $295For a modern twist on the classic denim shirt, look no further than this indigo pick from Paul Smith. A slimming, tailored fit allows this garment to transition seamlessly between casual happy hour drinks, family gatherings, and nights out with the boys, ensuring a full season’s worth of use.Shop NowRiga Overshirt from A.P.C. – $245The Riga Overshirt from A.P.C. is a solid choice for guys that are partial to denim, but not so interested in its characteristic thickness. Crafted from thin Japanese denim, this top is breathable and ideal for those fall days that start off sunny and warm but end on a much chillier note once the sun sets.Shop NowOrganic Cotton Denim Shirt from Topman – $52Another solid option is this simple organic denim shirt from Topman. It’s about as classic as it gets, featuring a traditional collar, prominent breast pocket, and a deep blue hue, which could compliment any number of fall staples such as colorful Chinos or bold, patterned cardigans.Shop NowCorduroyAnd finally, we arrive at corduroy, a material that’s as capable of combating cold weather as its close cousin flannel. A textile produced with a distinctive “cord” or wale, corduroy is essentially a ribbed velvet whose tight weave makes it phenomenal at regulating body temperature. Lakewashed Corduroy Shirt from L.L. Bean – $54Built with mid-weight, 14-wale cotton corduroy, this shirt from L.L. Bean is as comfortable as it is durable. Specially washed for an already broken-in feel, this top has a relaxed fit ideal for tailgates, outdoor hikes, or simply lounging beside an indoor fire. Pair with a down vest or thick denim jacket for a cozy layered aesthetic.Shop NowLong-Sleeve Corduroy Shirt from Uniqlo – $30The long-sleeve corduroy shirt from Uniqlo is a straightforward option that evokes the timelessness of this cold weather essential. Since the top comes in an array of different colors, we suggest incorporating a few of them into your fall rotation.Shop NowI.N.C. Calban Corduroy Shirt – $65Featuring adjustable roll-tab sleeves and two breast pockets with button closures, the Calban corduroy shirt from I.N.C. is a pragmatic pick perfect for guys on the go. Made from a special cotton/polyester blend, it’s also incredibly mobile, which is great for those moments when you’re running from one heat source to the next.Shop Now Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier center_img The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Ciderlast_img read more

Oil and gas spending drop linked to competitiveness gap with the United

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s competitive disadvantage with the United States is being reflected in lower spending plans by oil and gas producers, and Tuesday’s budget does nothing to change that trend, oilpatch observers say.In a report released Wednesday, Statistics Canada said capital spending to extract oil and gas will fall for a fourth straight year in Canada in 2018.Spending is expected to be about $33.2 billion, down 12 per cent from 2017, with the biggest declines in the oilsands sector where spending will fall by a fifth to $10.2 billion, the federal agency said, citing a survey of investment intentions.It said the largest spending decline is anticipated in Alberta, down 12 per cent to $22.5 billion, but spending will also fall off in Newfoundland and Labrador, by 31 per cent to $1.7 billion; in British Columbia, by 8.7 per cent to $4.6 billion; and in Saskatchewan, by just under one per cent to $3.9 billion.The numbers are falling because big projects are wrapping up and not being replaced, a trend that also points to Canada’s failing competitiveness with the United States, said CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld in an interview.“The bigger picture is some Canadian companies are looking south of the border,” he said. “They’re seeing the bottlenecks in the ability to get product to the market, the lighter regulatory environment in the U.S. and the disadvantage in spreads between U.S. and Canadian oil benchmarks — all are reasons to devote capital elsewhere.”In Tuesday’s federal budget, the government said more analysis was necessary before considering tax cuts to match the U.S., which announced in December it would drop its federal corporate tax rate to 21 per cent from 35 per cent.“The finance minister says he wants to see evidence that Canada is losing its share of the corporate investment dollar to the U.S. and, if these numbers pan out, that could be part of the evidence that Ottawa needs to think about a response,” said Shenfeld.Canada had a tax advantage over the U.S. until recently but that has evaporated, said University of Calgary tax expert Jack Mintz, adding there was “absolutely nothing” in the budget to address the issue.The decline in spending is also being seen by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, which estimates the industry will spend $45 billion this year, down about one per cent from 2017, and representing the fourth year of decline after $81 billion was spent in 2014. (CAPP’s numbers include spending on exploration lands and other costs that Statistics Canada doesn’t measure.)The four-year decline in oilsands spending in particular is the worst since the early 2000s and can be linked to uncertainty related to market access, the regulatory burden and competitiveness with the rest of the world, said CAPP vice-president Ben Brunnen.“There are jurisdictions around the world that are actively trying to attract capital. Canada is not one of those,” he said.Brunnen said U.S. tax reform includes allowing immediate 100 per cent deductibility for certain capital expenditures, a move expected to spur investment in oil and gas, liquefied natural gas facilities and refineries — high-cost projects that compete directly with the oilsands for funding. Canada allows 30 per cent deductions for similar investments, he said.Depressed Alberta natural gas prices and Canadian oil prices that haven’t kept up with increases in the U.S. are forcing Canadian producers to cut spending plans this year, said Jackie Forrest, senior director of research at ARC Financial Corp. in Calgary.She said adjustments made over the past several weeks mean that she is changing her spending forecast for 2018 from a decline of two per cent to a drop of five per cent compared with 2017.Patrick O’Rourke, managing director of institutional research at AltaCorp Capital in Calgary, said executives at the energy companies he covers are more frustrated with increased regulation, carbon taxes and delays in building pipelines than income taxes.He said Tuesday’s “do-nothing” budget failed to address any of those concerns.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Oilpatch financial results expected to reflect extreme Q4 oil price volatility

first_imgThose discounts, which resulted in a 59 percent drop in the average price for bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select oil in the quarter and a 45 percent drop in the average price for lighter Edmonton Par crude, subsided to normal levels or lower in December after the Alberta government announced production curtailments beginning Jan. 1.The price chaos will make it difficult to read too much into financial reports, which are likely to show buoyant returns for those oil and gas producers that also have refining operations, said RBC analyst Greg Pardy in a research note.“Although fourth-quarter results will likely showcase the power of downstream (refinery) integration, we do not look upon them as indicative of the cash flow horsepower of our coverage group,” he said.“This point reflects the severe dislocation of Canadian oil differentials across the complex during the fourth quarter _ and downstream inventory distortions caused by the sharp drop in WTI. As such, we believe fourth-quarter results are truly backward-looking in every sense of the phrase.”About 25 operators who produce each more than 10,000 barrels of oil per day in Alberta have been affected by the government-mandated cuts.Analysts also expect investor interest in prospects for crude-by-rail shipments, as smaller differences between Canadian and U.S. oil prices make that shipping option less financially attractive. CALGARY, A.B. – Fourth-quarter results from Canada’s biggest oil and gas companies will likely feature some surprises, as well as revisions to forward plans, given extreme volatility in commodity prices in the last three months of 2018, financial analysts say.The parade of results begins Friday with Imperial Oil Ltd. and continues next Tuesday with Suncor Energy Inc.During the quarter, U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil prices fell 16 percent from the previous period to average US$58.79 per barrel, but Canadian prices were much more severely impacted thanks to discounts blamed on full export pipelines, according to RBC Capital Markets. “Given how tight differentials have shifted, a number of conversations on the near-term Canadian outlook have centred around near-term rail expectations as spot pricing appears out of the money,” said Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. analysts in a report.They added they expect rail shipping to continue at a good pace, however, because producers have signed deals with railways to add volume and will likely continue to use that capacity.The fall in world oil prices last month could lead to cuts in capital spending plans announced in the fourth quarter by companies including mid-sized NuVista Energy Ltd. and Advantage Oil and Gas Ltd., the report says.last_img read more

Deasan Holdings Limited issued permit to explore subsurface conditions under Old Fort

first_img“It is hoped that the comparison should show the depth of the failure zone during the October 2018 landslide and may also help to determine whether or not historical landslides have happened in the past.”Rock core sampling will be performed to assess residue strength of the material, performing sensitivity slope stability analysis to review the effect of the differentparameters in triggering the slope movement also providing a safe setback for further operations.Exploration work will continue until July 31, 2019.For any questions or concerns, you can contact the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources at 250 565-4240. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Deasan Holdings Limited has been issued a permit, by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, to explore subsurface conditions under the Old Fort slide area.According to the Peace River Regional District, this exploration will compare conditions under the slide area with subsurface conditions where the ground did not slide in 2018.The District hopes that the comparison shows the depth of the failure zone during the landslide and determine if any slides have happened historically in the past.last_img read more

More than 2000 children killed daily in avoidable accidents says UN

At least 1,000 children’s lives could be saved every day if proven prevention measures – including laws on child-appropriate seatbelts and helmets and hot tap water temperature regulations – are adopted everywhere, concluded a joint UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report released yesterday.“In addition to the 830,000 deaths every year, millions of children suffer non-fatal injuries that often require long-term hospitalization and rehabilitation,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. She warned that treatment costs could drive families into poverty. “Children in poorer families and communities are at increased risk of injury because they are less likely to benefit from prevention programmes and high quality health services.”The report, a collaborative effort involving more than 180 experts worldwide, found that Africa has the highest overall rate deaths resulting from unintentional injury, with its children being 10 times more likely to die from accidents than children from high-income countries. “It shows that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of childhood death after the age of nine years and that 95 per cent of these child injuries occur in developing countries,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. Although wealthier countries have been able to reduce their child injury deaths by up to 50 per cent over the past 30 years, the issue still remains a problem as unintentional injuries make up 40 per cent of all child deaths in these nations, the report, entitled “The World Report on Child Injury Prevention,” found.The leading cause of unintentional injury deaths and child disabilities are road accidents, killing some 260,000 children a year and injuring around 10 million. Drowning account for 175,000 deaths a year, while fire-related burns kill claim the lives of 96,000 children, falls cause 47,000 deaths and poisoning leads to more than 45000 children dying each year.“When a child is left disfigured by a burn, paralyzed by a fall, brain damaged by a near-drowning or emotionally traumatized by any such serious incident, the effects can reverberate through the child’s life,” said Etienne Krug, Director of WHO’s Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability.“Each such tragedy is unnecessary. We have enough evidence about what works. A known set of prevention programmes should be implemented in all countries,” added Dr. Krug.The report outlines a number of proven life-saving measures, such as child-resistant closures on medicine bottles, lighters and household product containers; separate traffic lanes for motorcycles or bicycles; draining unnecessary water from baths and buckets; redesigning nursery furniture, toys and playground equipment; and strengthening emergency medical care and rehabilitation services. 10 December 2008Over 2,000 children are killed daily from injuries sustained in preventable accidents and every year tens of millions more suffer injuries that often leave them with lifelong disabilities, according to a new United Nations report. read more

Iraqi crude exports dip slightly under UNs humanitarian oilforfood scheme

According to the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, Baghdad earned an estimated €215 million (euros), or $210 million, in revenue by selling 7.9 million barrels of oil in the week ending 27 September. The average price of Iraqi crude oil was €27.10, or $26.55, per barrel. With a persisting revenue shortfall accrued in earlier phases, over 1,300 approved humanitarian supply contracts worth more than $2.36 billion are without funds. The sectors affected by the revenue shortfall are food handling, agriculture, electricity, housing, water and sanitation, health, education, telecommunications, transportation and food. read more

UN health agency warns of no speedy end to Asian bird flu

“Prospects for rapid control are inconsistent with worldwide experience, over more than four decades, with previous outbreaks which have all been much smaller in scope and inherently less challenging,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update on the epidemic of the virulent H5N1 strain in at least eight Asian countries. “Even in countries with good surveillance, adequate resources, and geographically limited outbreaks, control has often taken up to two years,” the Geneva-based agency pointed out. “For these reasons and others, WHO has cautioned against assumptions that the outbreaks can be controlled in the immediate future.” Over the past two months, more than 100 million birds have either died of the disease or been culled in Asia, while there have been 33 confirmed cases of the disease’s transmission to humans, 22 of them fatal. Bird flu has been confirmed in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam and poultry has also been culled in Pakistan. With so many adjacent countries affected, a region-wide strategy will be needed to ensure that gains in one country are not compromised by inadequate control in another, WHO stressed. The agency noted that a number of factors will hamper disease control measures, including the concentration of poultry in backyard farms, the economic significance of the industry, the prevailing lack of experience in tackling these epidemics as well as an absence of adequate resources for that purpose. Culling remains the first line of action. read more

TD Economy in soft patch as housing correction begins exports tumble

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 18, 2012 4:41 pm MDT TD: Economy in ‘soft patch’ as housing correction begins, exports tumble OTTAWA – Canada’s economy has entered a “soft patch” amid a sharp slowdown in home construction and sales, poor exports and weak job creation, the TD Banks says in its latest forecast.The chartered bank said Tuesday that the economy will barely eke out one per cent growth during the current third quarter that ends Sept. 30, and end the year with a 1.8 per cent overall advance.That’s three-tenths of a point below the bank’s previous projection in June, and also shy of the Bank of Canada’s 2.1 per cent target.TD chief economist Craig Alexander said the revision was necessary because global conditions have deteriorated and the domestic economy is also faring worse than expected, in part because of Ottawa’s decision to tighten mortgage rules.Alexander said Vancouver’s housing market was actually cooling before the stricter mortgage rules went into effect July 9, but since then the real impact of the change has been evident. On Monday, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported August sales of existing homes slipped 5.8 per cent from July and were down 8.9 per cent from a year ago.“That’s what we were anticipating. We were saying that we would probably lose about five percentages points in sales and three percentage points in prices nationally,” he said.TD has previously suggested the Canadian housing market was overheated and called for a 10 per cent correction in prices over the next three years.“The tide seems to have finally turned,” the report states. “The combination of market fatigue, stricter lending guidelines for insured mortgages and a deterioration in housing affordability is helping to put the brakes on housing activity.”It notes that in the superheated Vancouver market, year-over-year sales are down 31 per cent and prices seven per cent.Aside from housing, most engines of growth have slowed or retreated in the past few months, led by exports but also including Canada’s government sector, which has gone into deficit-reduction mode.In July, Canada posted a record high trade deficit, with exports plunging 3.4 per cent in the face of soft demand in the U.S. and the strong dollar which makes Canadian shipments less competitive.As well, consumers are under pressure to temper their spending, given that household debt is at a near-record 152 per cent of disposable annual income.“With no engine firing on all cylinders, economic growth is being held to a meek sub-two-per-cent rate and the jobless rate is stuck above seven per cent,” the report states. Canada’s unemployment rate won’t slip below seven per cent until late next year, according to TD.Alexander said he expects a modest turnaround will begin in 2013, but even then he projects no better than two per cent growth, below the Bank of Canada’s 2.3 forecast. Stronger growth won’t happen until 2014, TD says.Under this scenario, the Bank of Canada is expected to move slowly and timidly on interest rates, with the first hike from one per cent coming in the third quarter of 2013, one year from now.In the long term, the report says Canada must look for a global bounce to sustain its own recovery.“By early 2013, we suspect that global headwinds will have dissipated enough to spur stronger Canadian exports and entice cash-flush businesses to loosen their purse strings, pulling real GDP (gross domestic product) growth back above two per cent and pushing the jobless rate down modestly,” the report predicts.“This shift to more balanced growth will be a major step forward in ensuring sustainable economic growth in Canada.”In a separate report, the Conference Board said Calgary and Edmonton will lead the nation in growth over the next four years, boosted by about $29 billion in energy sector investments already underway and another $86 billion projected for the future.The surprise in the report is that the think-tank sees a revival in Toronto’s economy to an average growth rate of 3.1 per cent over the next four years on the strength of a manufacturing rebound and healthy home and non-residential construction. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Hellenes raise money for Haiti

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek-Australian community will lend their support to help the survivors that have been devastated by the earthquake in Haiti.The Hellenic Emergency Relief Fund, in conjunction with the Cyprus Community of New South Wales and the club’s restaurant manager, is organising a fundraising luncheon at the Cyprus Community of New South Wales Club on the February 21, with all proceeds to go to earthquake victims.President of the Hellenic Emergency Relief Fund, Michael Christodoulou said that the tragedy was close to his heart because his son was in the region when the earthquake struck. “I was worried about him but he texted me immediately to say that he was okay and on the other side of the island in the Dominican Republic,” he reflected.“For a moment I could imagine the possibility of my children going overseas and never seeing them again.”Mr Christodoulou said that he was eager to raise as much money as possible to help give some relief to the poverty stricken victims. He underscored that he would prefer that all Hellenes chip in together, and pass on the funds as a Greek-Australian community.“Whatever we raise will go to the Red Cross or direct to the honorary consulate Honoury Consult of Haiti in Sydney. We will accept all donations, and also assistance from business as we have a raffle.”If you would like to contribute to the fund by making a donation, please contact Michael Christodoulou on 0412622467 or the Cyprus Community of New South Wales on (02) 95571256. last_img read more

Mbappe reveals secret injury at World Cup

first_imgKylian Mbappe was so important for France at the World Cup that they even hid the fact that he had a back injury in their semi-final game against Belgium and even in the final against CroatiaThe 19-year-old capped off a sensational campaign at Russia by being awarded the Young Player prize and scoring his fourth goal of the World Cup in France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the final of the competition at Moscow to lift the famous trophy for only the second time in their history.But it turns out that things could have ended very differently, especially where Mbappe was concerned, with the teenage forward now revealing that he hurt three vertebrae in his back while collecting his belongings as he made his way into the shower.However, instead of leaving him out of the games, the French squad made every effort to hide the problem from their opponents and continued to rely on Mbappe.“The most important thing was making sure that our opponents did not find out,” said Mbappe, according to ESPN.Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…“They could have taken advantage of that and targeted this sensitive area. The players and the staff kept it hidden — even for the final.”The Paris Saint-Germain star had been accused of “arrogance” for stating his confidence that France would emerge victorious in the World Cup.“Being honest, it was in my mind for some time,” he said.“For me, from the beginning, I was convinced that we had everything that we needed to go all the way.“I said it before the World Cup started and some saw it as arrogance — it was simply my conviction. I came for the trophy and I left with it — I was programmed to win.”last_img read more

F22s intercept Russian bombers outside Alaska for first time since 2015

first_imgF-22 fighter jets taking off from JBER in June of 2015 morning as part of the Northern Edge exercise. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media)Military officials say they launched fighter jets on Monday afternoon to intercept two Russian long-range bombers flying toward Alaska.Listen now“What happened is exactly what’s supposed to happen,” Lieutenant General Ken Wilsbach said. He’s the state’s ranking officer overseeing all the military forces inside Alaska, including the F-22s that were sent toward the Russian planes.Lieutenant General Kenneth Wilsbach prepares to depart in an F-22 for a training mission in November 2016. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)“We had forces on alert, we detected something that we didn’t know what it was, we launched, and if they had ill intent we were in a position to where we could defend,” Wilsbach explained by phone midday Tuesday.The planes made contact about a hundred miles southwest of Kodiak Island.Russian military planes routinely fly in international air space off the U.S coastal borders, as well as other countries’ boundaries, according to Wilsbach. In fact, at the Regional Air Operations Command center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson where unidentified craft are monitored, dozens of red stars line the walls for each mission intercepting the foreign bombers.Wilsbach is an F-22 pilot and had just returned from flying a training mission Monday afternoon when the jets were scrambled. He said it was not the kind of situation that prompts alarm.“What makes this somewhat unique is the fact that they haven’t been in Alaskan airspace in about two years,” Wilsbach said. “The last time it was July 4th of 2015.”The these types of missions routinely happen on U.S. national holidays, according to the Air Force, though Wilsbach did not know why Monday afternoon might have been significant. He added that when the American and Russian aircraft made contact, it was a courteous, professional exchange. Pilots even waved.“I’m not sure it’s so provocative,” Wilsbach said. “They were exercising freedom of navigation. We do similar types of missions all over the world as well in international air space.”It’s the first time American jets have intercepted Russian aircraft during the Trump Administration, and comes just a week after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described relations with the country as being at a low point during a visit to Moscow.last_img read more