first_imgRishabh Pant (69) and Quinton de Kock (46) produced a match-winning opening stand to guide Delhi Daredevils to a convincing eight-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Tuesday. (This is how Pant’s maiden fifty powered Delhi to an easy win over Gujarat)Batting first, Gujarat posted 149/7 in 20 overs, thanks to a much-needed half-century by Dinesh Karthik (53).In reply, riding on an impressive 115-run opening partnership by Pant and de Kock, Daredevils chased down the total comfortably posting 150/2 with 16 balls to spare.Chasing a target of 150, Delhi got off to a rollicking start, courtesy openers Pant and de Kock. (Photo Gallery)The duo helped the team score 61 runs without losing a wicket after the completion of powerplay.Both the left-handed batsmen, even after the fielding restrictions were over, kept on playing positively to bring up the 100-run partnership for the first wicket in the 12th over itself.But as the duo was looking comfortable to get the team over the line without losing any wickets, the home side struck in successive overs, in the 13th and the 14th, to remove both of them.Pant in his 40-ball innings struck nine fours and two sixes while de Kock hit four boundaries and one six.But incoming batsmen Sanju Samson (19 not out) and J.P. Duminy (13 not out) played sensibly to ensure the team got past the victory line with ease.For Gujarat, Ravindra Jadeja and Shivil Kaushik picked one wicket each.advertisementEarlier, asked to bat by the visitors, Gujarat were off to a poor start, losing their top order within the first four overs.Gujarat openers Brendon McCullum (1) and Dwayne Smith (15), who have built up an extremely successful combination, did not click for once.Zaheer set things rolling when he dismissed McCullum after the in-form Kiwi veteran misjudged a delivery that moved in after pitching. Nadeem then claimed two wickets in the next over to hand Delhi the early advantage.The left-armer sent back Smith with the first ball of the over when the West Indies all-rounder smashed one into the hands of Chris Morris at long-on.The fit again Aaron Finch (5) lasted all of five balls before a poorly executed shot saw him offer an easy top edge to Rishabh Pant at short fine leg.With the hosts struggling at 24/3, Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina (24) and Karthik set about bringing the innings back on track with a 51-run partnership.Raina seemed to be in good touch during his 20-ball 24, even lifting Mohamed Shami over the third man boundary for a six. But he fell when stepped out to attempt another big hit off Mishra, only to miss complete as Quinton de Kock whipped off the bails.Ravindra Jadeja (36 not out) joined Karthik in the middle and the duo kept up the good work by adding 52 runs between them off 33 deliveries. Shami brought the partnership to an end with a straight delivery when Karthik mistimed his shot as the ball clipped the top of off-stump.James Faulkner (7) virtually gifted his wicket to Morris with some extremely poor shot selection before Jadeja and Ishan Kishan (2) added 10 runs in the last over to take the total close to the 150-run mark.Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was the most successful among the Delhi bowlers with figures of 2/23 in three overs.Brief scores: Gujarat Lions 149/7 (Dinesh Karthik 53, Ravindra Jadeja 36; Shahbaz Nadeem 2/23) vs Delhi Daredevils 150/2 in 17.3 overs (Rishabh Pant 69; Ravindra Jadeja 1-21)last_img read more

first_imgIndia have lot of positives to take from the second tour game against WICB President’s XI that ended in a draw. KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin returned with impressive performances in St Kitts, ahead of the first Test starting July 21.WICB President’s XI, resuming their innings from 26/1, John Campbell (31) fell early to Jadeja. Then Virat Kohli took a brilliant catch at short fine-leg off Ashwin’s bowling to send back Shai Hope cheaply.Then the hosts decided to opt for a more careful approach to pull off a draw. Test regular, Jermaine Blackwood scored a fighting fifty, well supported by Vishaul Singh and Montcin Hodge who got 39 each.Earlier, Ashwin and Jadeja helped India to bowl out WICB President’s XI for 180 in their first innings. Then in reply, the visitors scored 364 with a first innings lead of 184 – thanks to the fifties from Rahul, Kohli and Jadeja.India are touring West Indies for four Tests, with the first match being scheduled in Antigua.last_img read more

first_imgRujuta DiwekarIn Indian Superfoods, where she compares superfoods to true love, nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar encourages us to eat food grown locally, as it is rich in micronutrients. Five things to include in your diet and why. 1) The first grain you get introduced to, rice is everybody’s comfort food; it,Rujuta DiwekarIn Indian Superfoods, where she compares superfoods to true love, nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar encourages us to eat food grown locally, as it is rich in micronutrients. Five things to include in your diet and why.1) The first grain you get introduced to, rice is everybody’s comfort food; it is the only grain which has high levels of essential amino acid called lysine, the human growth hormone. Mix it with legumes and fats like ghee so that the meal has a low glycemic index and the amino acid profile in a specific ratio.2) Blood red in colour, the kokum fruit, also known as amsul, keeps acidity at bay, and is used as a healing herb for ulcers, common cold and urinary tract infections. Garcinol, the ingredient in it is an anti-bacterial, antiviral and antioxidant agent. Use kokum as a flavouring agent in dals and sabzis, eat it raw, as sherbet or as kokum butter.3)Almonds and walnuts are good for the heart, but what about cashewnut? Don’t avoid it because your fashion magazine writer shuns it. If you are losing sleep at night and spend the day feeling anxious and dead tired, this is the nut that you need to crack. Amino acids in it help in the production of serotonin, the natural sleeping pill.4) Like the grain of rice, ghee is an inherent part of your life. Adding it to your meals reduces the glycemic index of food, and it helps regulate blood sugar levels. It just doesn’t help combat diabetes and obesity but prevents heart diseases as well.advertisement5) A fruit that can help improve your insulin sensitivity, jackfruit may be your secret weapon to getting pregnant. It’s considered the food of the future, a vegan, gluten-free protein alternative to meat. It can be had in multiple ways; as raw or ripe, in the form of seeds, or can be turned into chips.As told to Shelly AnandBani JModel, VJ and now an actor, Bani J, is known for her unmatchable and rigorous fitness regime. She enlists tips on the importance of strength training.1) The biggest mistake is doing only cardio in the gym. Running on the treadmill for half an hour continuously can affect the knees adversely.2) To build your strength, ace foundation exercises such as lunges and squats first. You cant go to the gym and do any weight related activities. Another mistake we tend to make is not educating ourselves with training styles, diet and other requisites.3) While doing strength exercises, form is really important. We all have that one friend who is into weight training; consult him or her or an expert on your form while doing the exercises. If possible, get some professional training.4) Patience and a positive outlook matter a lot while building strength, as results are never immediate. Be true to yourself and about your body as well when you hit the gym.5) Motivation to remain fit and work towards your body, is a must, and getting motivated is not that tough. The moment you start working out, it will no longer be a task.As told to Kavya KathpaliaAnu VaidyanathanFirst Asian woman to have completed the Ultraman Canada, a triathlon, Anu Vaidyanathan gives tips on running and training for athletic sports1) Avoid processed foods of all kinds at all times especially during your training period, along with caffeine and alcohol.2) Make it a point to get enough sleep and rest. We tend to take both these for granted; ensure you give your body adequate relaxation.3) Both time and patience are important. Training for a small race takes about four to six months of continuous workout regime. It is a long drawn process.4) Learn to accept and respect that your body will go through changes as you grow old. Strength workouts become vital with age. Functional training is a good method, wherein, you use your body weight to build strength.5) Pursue a sport that you love. Figure out what you like the most and make that your goal.As told to Kavya Kathpalialast_img read more

first_imgAfter a disappointing football season with only one title, Bayern Munich have announced they are considering to invest a record over $100 million into new footballers.Uli Hoeness, President of the German champions, announced that the club will overhaul its investment policy. More than 100 million euro ($112 million) will be made available to reinforce the current squad in order to attack Europe’s top dogs in football such as Real Madrid, Juventus and FC Barcelona.Hoeness made it clear that a single trophy is not enough to satisfy the club’s ambitions. The 65-year-old is well aware that the club will have to go beyond its previous outlay, saying, “to make our squad better, we will have to buy some of the top players in world football”, reports Xinhua news agency.After the retirement of team captain Philipp Lahm, who will be succeeded by keeper Manuel Neuer and Spanish veteran midfielder Xabi Alonso, it will be hard for Bayern to keep the same level of quality.Having been eliminated in the Champions League as early as in the quarter-finals by Real Madrid and in the German Cup in the semi-final by Borussia Dortmund, Hoeness said the club will be forced to pay sums that it had so far never considered but that are normal on the current transfer market.The main task will be to find the right mixture of experienced and youth on a top level, Hoeness emphasised.In addition to Niklas Suele and Sebastian Rudy (TSG Hoffenheim), rumours abound that international stars such as Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) and Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain) and FC Schalke’s young midfielder Leon Goretzka are Bayern targets. “If Bayern wants a player, we’ll definitely invest what is needed,” Hoeness said.advertisementAdditional investments will increase expectations when it comes to head coach Carlo Ancelotti. The 57-year-old Italian star coach’s second season is considered to be his last chance to satisfy the demands of the Bavarian club.For now, the club’s top management of Hoeness and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge are willing to overlook the coach’s lenient working style and his preference for experienced players over budding stars like Joshua Kimmich or Renato Sanches.Insiders are saying that Ancelotti will be required to find a proper assistant to fill the gap left by Paul Clement’s departure and that he will have to search for more youngsters.A lack of game time, combined with the coach’s standard training methods that do not help to develop talented young players tactically and technically have resulted in a lost year for the German international Kimmich, as well as for Sanches and Kingsley Coman. Bayern’s leading officials want to prevent Kimmich and others from going through another year like the last one.It is an open secret that Bayern are keeping a close eye on Julian Nagelsmann, the 29-year-old coach of TSG Hoffenheim, who finished a remarkable season as fourth in the table. Rumours seem to suggest that Bayern’s management expect Ancelotti to stay with the club for one more year and then depart if he is not willing to accept the demanded changes.The club also recently opened its youth academy. A sum of 70 million euro ($78.5 million) have been invested and Hoeness expects results within the next few years.Since David Alaba, none of the club’s youth players have progressed to become a first team regular, said Hoeness. The club will have to catch up and improve, in the future. “The board’s demands will increase,” he warned.The coach’s name was not mentioned, but Hoeness’ statement is a clear message for Ancelotti, because the coach has so far not shown himself to be much of a mentor for young players needing direction and practical advice.Another underestimated problem is the absence of a sporting director. Hoeness and Rummenigge know it is vital to install a link between the club board and the team in order to identify problems and deal with them before they become public. For a long time, Matthias Sammer was the ideal man to solve conflicts and mediate, but he left the club some months ago.Just recently, other problems have surfaced like Jerome Boateng’s displeasure at being not picked for some games or Kimmich’s frustration as he felt neglected by Ancelotti — both of which could have been solved by a sports director.According to Hoeness, Bayern will strive towards finding a solution within the next months. Both Lahm and Max Eberl, managing director of league rivals Borussia Moenchengladbach, have declined the job, indicating that their decision making powers would be restricted with Hoeness around.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgONE MAN WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED THURSDAY NIGHT AFTER HIS MOTORCYCLE COLLIDED WITH A CAR ALONG HAMILTON BOULEVARD.SIOUX CITY POLICE SAY THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 6:20PM AT THE INTERSECTION OF WEST 14TH AND HAMILTON.POLICE SAY THE MOTORCYCLE DRIVER SUSTAINED SERIOUS LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AND WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO MERCY MEDICAL CENTER.POLICE DID NOT SAY IF THE DRIVER OF THE CAR WAS INJURED.THE DRIVER’S NAMES HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED.THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.last_img

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid in contact with Mourinho, but…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are in contact with sacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho – though not with an offer.Marca says the Portuguese was dismissed from his post at Old Trafford on Tuesday, two days after United were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool, and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.He has since been linked with a second stint in charge of Real, five-and-a-half years after leaving the Spanish capital.Santiago Solari is currently in charge but the club could opt to replace him if Mourinho is willing.But the only communication between the two parties thus far has been to send messages of sympathy. last_img

first_imgHALIFAX – Two years after an Air Canada jet crash-landed in a blizzard at Halifax’s airport, injuring 25 people, the results of a Transportation Safety Board investigation will be released Thursday.Flight 624 landed about 200 metres short of runway 05 at Halifax Stanfield International Airport shortly after midnight on March 29, 2015, as it approached in gusty winds and heavy snowfall.The twin-engine Airbus 320-200 bounced into the air and crashed near the runway threshold before careening along the tarmac for another 570 metres. An engine and the plane’s landing gear were ripped from the airframe amid a shower of sparks and leaking fuel.The TSB said in a news release Tuesday that the report on what it terms a “collision with terrain” will be released at a news conference at a Halifax hotel.Halifax lawyer Ray Wagner, who has launched a class action suit, said the report should offer insight into the dynamics between Nav Canada, the airport authority and what was taking place in the cockpit as the pilots planned their descent through harsh weather.“All of that will be helpful in terms of sorting our the varying responsibilities for what happened,” Wagner said in an interview.“Any information that we can garner … will be extremely helpful in terms of formulating the questions that we’ll be asking the relevant parties.”In particular, Wagner said he is keen to learn how the pilots calculated their approach and what information they received about the prevailing weather conditions.However, he said it’s important to note that the board’s findings will not assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.Late last year, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice certified Wagner’s class action lawsuit that names Transport Canada, Air Canada, the Halifax International Airport Authority, Nav Canada and Airbus SAS, the French company that built the jet.In a statement of claim filed with the class action, three passengers have come forward to represent the plaintiffs.Kathleen Carroll-Byrne of Halifax said she continues to suffer from anxiety, a loss of concentration and a fear of flying. Halifax resident Asher Hodara said he suffered a mild traumatic brain injury and dental damage. Malanga Georges Libboy of Church Point, N.S., said the crash has left him with profound psychological stress and pain in his knee, neck and mouth.None of the allegations in the class action has been proven in court.Wagner said all documents relevant to the case must be disclosed by end of July, and the discovery process should be concluded by Nov. 10.“It will be a pretty intensive period of discovery examinations that will take place in the latter part of summer and into fall,” he said.There were 133 passengers and five crew aboard the flight from Toronto.Virtually all of the passengers had to spend about 50 minutes on the tarmac, huddled against the blowing snow, before they were taken to an unheated hangar.In June 2015, the independent safety agency issued a preliminary report, saying the jet had no major mechanical problems.The board said it was correctly configured for landing, its air speed was consistent with a normal approach and there were no mechanical deficiencies with its engines, flight controls, landing gear and navigation systems.In March of this year, Air Canada filed a lawsuit against Airbus, claiming in Nova Scotia Supreme Court the manufacturer was negligent by failing to identify shortcomings of the aircraft related to how its flight path angle is affected by external forces. None of those allegations have been proven in court.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver has launched itself into new territory in dealing with what its deputy manager calls a “frustrating” situation involving two hotels that have been home to some of the city’s most vulnerable people.After failed attempts to compel the owners of two decaying hotels in the Downtown Eastside to make improvements that would bring them up to code, the city announced Monday it had filed a notice of expropriation for the Balmoral and Regent hotels.The hotels were previously closed because of structural and safety concerns, the city said in a news release. More than 300 of the city’s lowest income tenants needed to be relocated when they were shut down.Deputy city manager Paul Mochrie said it’s the first time the city has pursued expropriation with the purpose of providing public housing.“What we’ve got now is two buildings that are empty with no conceivable prospect that they would be restored to a point where they can be used as housing. We’ve got a city with a housing crisis,” he said in an interview.“So now city council has authorized the next step, which is a pretty extraordinary one, to pursue expropriation off those two properties.”It’s also a process that the city can’t find has been tried elsewhere, he said.“We certainly have been looking at how other jurisdictions manage their problem buildings, but in this case, this action was taken not necessarily based on what other people have done or other cities have done, but really where our council felt it needs to go with respect to securing property for very desperately needed housing,” Mochrie said.No one from the Sahota family, which owns the two properties, was immediately available for comment and the family’s lawyer, Michael Katzalay, said he hadn’t had an opportunity to discuss the matter with them.The Balmoral and Regent hotels are known as single-room occupancy buildings, or SROs. It’s a model of housing that sprang up in Vancouver as transient housing for loggers and fishermen, but has since become what Mochrie said is an important stock of low-income housing.The city said it made an offer to the owners to purchase both hotels for a value based on independent appraisals but the offer was rejected, and the owners now have 30 days to ask for an inquiry before council considers the expropriation.The city says it closed the buildings because the walls, ceilings, floors and plumbing were not maintained to adequate standards.“It is extremely frustrating,” Mochrie said.“They’ve now let these buildings deteriorate to the point that they’re now sitting there empty with no conceivable plan to do anything with them.”Mochrie said the city is also facing challenges with other privately owned SROs, as landlords either aren’t maintaining the buildings or are finding it necessary to increase rents to cover their increasing costs.“These two are kind of worst case examples, but there’s a much bigger kind of challenge we have, just given our reliance on these privately owned SROs as housing for low-income and in many cases very vulnerable tenants,” he said.Bringing the Balmoral and Regent hotels into public ownership could contribute to the city’s long-standing goal to replace SROs with self-contained social housing, the city said in the release. Over the next 10 years, the city wants to replace 50 per cent of the remaining SROs, totalling about 2,000 rooms, with new social housing.Council has directed staff to explore partnering with the provincial and federal governments on the plan.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version erroneously said SRO stands for single-resident occupancy.last_img read more

first_imgChennai: Asserting that law must not be applied selectively, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said if his brother-in-law Robert Vadra can probed so can Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the Rafale deal.He also said economic growth is directly related to the mood of the nation and one cannot expect it to happen in a negative and fearful atmosphere. The Congress will change the mood of the country and make people feel happy and empowered, the Congress chief said while addressing women students at a college here. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayGandhi, who asked students to refer to him as Rahul, said the law must apply to everybody and not be applied selectively. He said this in response to a question on Vadra, who is being probed in connection with a money laundering case related to purchase of assets abroad and a land case in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district. During his informal interaction with the students, he also brought up the issue of the Rafale deal and reiterated his allegations about the pricing of the aircraft and the process. “I will be the first person to say it… Investigate Robert Vadra but also investigate Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.last_img read more

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Wednesday as investors tried to mount a relief rally after two days of punishing losses sparked by a collapse in oil prices to below US$50 a barrel and worries about the effects of such a decline.But the rally largely fizzled as the S&P/TSX composite index came down from a 180-point run-up early in the morning to close up 38.23 points at 14,285, regaining little of the more than 500-point plunge over the previous two sessions.The steady decline in gains during the session didn’t surprise Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.“On a day like today you see the investor (has) confidence in the overall market through this relief rally,” Pashootan said, adding investors need “some sort of longer-term direction in terms of where (oil) supply is going.”“I don’t see how anyone can really pick a bottom without it being pure speculation until we get some clarity and direction from oil supply cuts.”The Canadian dollar closed up 0.05 of a cent at 84.6 cents US amid data showing falling oil exports increased the Canadian trade deficit in November.U.S. indexes were higher as the release of the minutes from last month’s U.S. Federal Reserve meeting reassured investors that the central bank likely will not raise rates sooner than generally expected, which is around the middle of this year. On an upbeat note, the minutes also said that the Fed sees foreign weakness as a risk to the U.S. economy but expects the huge drop in oil prices to be positive.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 212.88 points to 17,584.52, the Nasdaq climbed 57.73 points to 4,650.47 and the S&P 500 index was up 23.29 points at 2,025.9.Most of the positive TSX action came from non-resource sectors that have been beaten down recently — the consumer discretionary component up 1.4% and telcos ahead 1.25%.But the TSX financial and industrial sectors lost early momentum.And the energy sector continued to pile up losses and gave back another 0.55% even as oil prices stabilized for the moment. The February crude contract in New York climbed 72 cents to US$48.65 a barrel as data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed that U.S. crude inventories declined by 3.1 million barrels last week. Analysts had expected supplies to increase by 380,000 barrels.Prices have plunged 55% since the highs of last June. Markets are dealing with an overabundance of supply, made worse by OPEC’s refusal to cut production to support prices.Traders have become reluctant to speculate on where a bottom for prices is but on Wednesday, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch warned that the sharp drop in prices could prompt Saudi Arabia and other petro-states into cutting production.“We see a growing risk of WTI (West Texas Intermediate) and Brent falling to $35 and $40 per barrel near term to force either non-OPEC producers or Saudi to cut,” it said.The gold sector faded 1.5% as gold prices backed off after charging ahead the previous three sessions as investors shunned riskier assets. The February contract faded $8.70 to US$1,210.70 an ounce.The base metals group declined one% while March copper drifted a penny lower to US$2.76 a pound. Meanwhile, two days before the release of the government’s employment report for December, payroll firm ADP reported that the private sector created 241,000 jobs last month. Economists expect that a total of 240,000 jobs were created, down from 321,000 in November. read more

OTTAWA — A new poll suggests that Canadians who support the Liberal government’s tax-change proposal outnumber those opposed to the idea — barely.The Ekos-Canadian Press survey found that based on what people know of the idea, 49 per cent of respondents support it, while 44 per cent are against.The Liberals are proposing three updates to the tax code to close loopholes they say let the wealthiest Canadians pay less tax — changes the Opposition says will have far wider and negative implications for small businesses.The poll surveyed 3,855 people over a 10-day period in September as the issue dominated the start of the fall sitting of Parliament.Of those surveyed, 53 per cent said they support the Liberal argument that the changes will create a fairer tax system, while 40 per cent agreed with a statement that the changes amount to a tax grab.The poll, which reached respondents on both cellphones and land lines, carries a margin of error of plus or minus 1.6 per cent, 19 times out of 20. read more

Accordingly, former Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, W.D.J. Seneviratne, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, T.B. Ekanayake and Chandima Weerakkody have been removed from their SLFP electoral organiser posts.The decision had been taken as the SLFP members had failed to establish electoral committees is their respective electorates on behalf of the party. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has sacked the SLFP members who left the Government, from their party organiser posts.The SLFP Central Committee took the decision at a meeting held last night.

The Minister also thanked US Ambassador Alaina Teplitz and her team for the active engagement with Sri Lanka.He said the opening of this American Corner is yet another major step to improve people-to-people contacts. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka could not agree with the proposed date as it fell on Vesak Day. “Bilaterally, we have a very robust relationship through multiple activities, including the US-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue, which was initiated in 2015, when the then Secretary of State to the United States Mr. John Kerry came to Sri Lanka, the first Secretary of State to doso in 48 years was, I think, a high point of our relationship,” he said.He also said that the assistance offered through USAID, US Peace Corp and the House Democracy Partnership Programme are some the initiatives both countries are working together with.Recently, the US Government approved the Foreign Military Financing as well as the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact Programme for Sri Lanka, which was put on hold. Samaraweera said this at the opening of the American Corner in Matara today.He said that the United States remains a steadfast and a strong friend in Sri Lanka’s efforts to achieve sustainable development and peace and security in the country. Sri Lanka regrets not being able to agree on a proposed date for then US President Barack Obama to visit Sri Lanka in 2016.Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who was then Foreign Minister, said that Sri Lanka almost pulled off the impossible by having President Obama in Sri Lanka in 2016. “In fact, the date he gave for a one-day visit while visiting the region was the same day as the Vesak Day. It was the only day that was available for him and we had to regret it with great sadness because if he did come then, that certainly would have been a historical visit but I’m sure in the future one day, we certainly will have the President of the United States coming here to Sri Lanka,” Samaraweera said. “But we are looking forward to a new team coming to Sri Lanka next month and I’m hoping that the board meeting to be held in March will decide to give us that elusive compact again,” he said. read more

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Restaurant Brands International Inc. announced a plan to improve customer experience and improve sales at its Tim Hortons operations as it reported better-than-expected financial results, despite what it called soft results at the coffee shop chain.Details of the plan were not immediately available, but chief executive Daniel Schwartz says he believed the “Winning Together” plan would help improve profitability for the company’s restaurant owners.Tim Hortons’ reputational hit could hurt sales, says BMO, downgrading stock‘Business suicide’: Civil war erupts between Tim Hortons franchiseesTim Hortons has fallen out of favour with Canadians, new survey suggestsRestaurant Brands has been feuding with a group of its Tim Hortons franchisee owners over a number of items including cost-cutting measures, cash register outages and a $700-million renovation plan to spruce up its restaurants.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, earned US$147.8 million or 59 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31. That compared with a profit of $50.2 million or 21 cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenue totalled $1.25 billion, up from $1 billion in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Restaurant Brands, which also owns Burger King and Popeyes, says it earned 66 cents per share for the quarter, up from 36 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 56 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters. read more

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today announced plans to pause its disarmament of ex-fighters in order to facilitate the overall process.The payments of an advance “reinsertion allowance” will also be on hold from mid-December to January so that the mission can improve conditions at Camp Schieffelin, located outside the capital.So far, more than 8,000 former combatants have turned in weapons there. UNMIL said these former fighters will have the option of continuing to receive food, shelter, and other basic support at Camp Schieffelen during the holiday period, or returning to their respective communities until the disarmament process resumes in January.The decision announced today was taken “following detailed discussions with Liberian political and military leaders,” UNMIL said. read more

US probes GM headlight failures, may add vehicles to recall by The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2017 8:49 am MDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – The U.S. government is investigating whether General Motors should add about 312,000 vehicles to a 2015 recall for headlights that can suddenly go dark.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 128 owners have complained that low-beam lights can fail.The investigation covers the 2005 and 2009 Buick Lacrosse; the 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy and Buick Rainier; the 2006-2008 Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X; and the 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix. At the time of the recall GM said the headlamp module in the engine compartment could overheat and stop working properly.The agency says complaints came from owners of vehicles that weren’t covered by the recall but are within the model years it affected.The 2015 recall and a related one from 2014 covered about 497,000 vehicles. read more

Brock officials are cautiously optimistic after an early indicator showed rising numbers of potential first-year students have expressed interest in attending the University this fall.Though it will be months before universities have a clear picture of their enrolment for September, the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) says applications for admission to Brock are up by more than two per cent from a year earlier.OUAC tracks applications received by the Jan. 11 deadline for aspiring first-year students to identify their Top 3 choices of Ontario universities to attend this fall. The applicants are from two categories: those who will be graduating from Ontario secondary schools this year; and those who come from other sources, including transfer students from colleges or other universities, and from outside Ontario.Apart from the OUAC numbers, Brock’s own data tracking suggests increases in the following categories: number of applicants who made Brock their first choice; applications to Brock from Niagara secondary schools; applications from international students; and the number of international applicants who listed Brock as their first choice this year.Jamie Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International, said he is “heartened” by the OUAC news, “although this is just one very early report in what is a lengthy admission cycle for universities.”“Brock is certainly holding its own in an increasingly competitive environment,” said Mandigo, “but we all need to keep working to convert this initial interest into confirmed registrations.”A shift in Brock’s messaging to potential students has also contributed to increased interest in applying to the University.“Over the past several months, Brock’s marketing efforts have focused on telling the unique ‘Brock Experience’ story,” said Gord Hunchak, Brock’s Executive Director, Marketing and Communications. “Some of Brock’s many strengths are found in the exceptional experiential learning opportunities embedded in its programs, and in the highly rated campus and student-life experiences Brock students enjoy while working towards their degrees.”In the coming weeks, Brock staff will continue to engage high school students, who have until June 1 to decide which university they will attend in September, said Brock Registrar Geraldine Jones. Recruitment staff will organize campus tours for prospective students and their families throughout winter and spring, and on April 2 the Spring Open House is expected to draw up to 4,500 people.“We already had record attendance at our Fall Preview Day, which probably contributed to the encouraging picture we see in these new numbers,” said Jones. “Our admissions staff has been aggressive this year in promptly getting offers out to high school students who applied early. The feedback tells us that these students are extremely excited at the prospect of their admission to Brock.” read more

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff and Tommy Bain, chairman of the Stadium Events Organizing Committee speak at a press conference to announce the events surrounding the National Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Aug. 29.Credit: Courtesy of MCTJust two months ago, the Ohio State football team was ranked in the Associated Press top five with a Heisman trophy candidate at quarterback, and it had been picked by many to appear in the first-ever College Football Playoff.My, how things have changed.Some expected the worst following senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury while others remained optimistic that the Scarlet and Gray could still make a run at a national title. As of now, neither group is right or wrong.The Buckeyes currently sit at 4-1 (1-0) and are tied atop the East Division of the Big Ten. Outside of a less-than-impressive performance in a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has filled in admirably for OSU, and should his play continue, there is an outside chance that he could still lead his team into a national semifinal game.On the other hand, things could very easily go south for the Buckeyes.Following a homecoming matchup with Rutgers on Oct. 18, OSU is scheduled to play three straight night games, two of which are on the road and in traditionally hostile environments.Trips to State College, Pa., and East Lansing, Mich., loom as the Buckeyes’ biggest regular season tests. And how Barrett handles himself during those games could be the difference between staying in playoff contention, and watching the Big Ten title game from the couch.There is no denying that the Buckeyes seem to be hitting full stride, but once again the poor strength of schedule rears its ugly head. Who have the Buckeyes really played that jump off the page? The only game I can think of is the matchup with the Hokies, and if you ask me, that game could have been a lot uglier for Barrett and company.Think of what we could be talking about had OSU beaten the Hokies. There is a good chance the Buckeyes could be ranked as high as No. 3 in the country, as everyone ranked in front of them prior to the Virginia Tech game aside from Florida State and Auburn has since lost.Think about if the Buckeyes had prepared for the bear defense the Hokies threw at them like they have since. OSU senior wide receiver Devin Smith said following a win against Maryland that he is surprised teams still line up in that defense because of how successful the Buckeyes have been against it since the Virginia Tech game.If you thought you would hear that kind of statement anytime after the way things unfolded in Columbus on Sept. 6, give yourself a pat on the back.So as the Buckeyes sit on the outside looking in for now, don’t count them out just yet, but don’t pencil them in either.Just sit back, (try to) relax and enjoy the remainder of the college football season. read more

first_imgThe estimate reflects natural variability plus changes in the UK climate as a result of global warming. Professor Adam Scaife who led the research said: “The new Met Office supercomputer was used to simulate thousands of possible winters, some of them much more extreme than we’ve yet witnessed.“This gave many more extreme events than have happened in the real world, helping us work out how severe things could get.” Cornish village of Coverack hit by flash flood  Dr Vikki Thompson, lead author of the report, said “Our computer simulations provided one hundred times more data than is available from observed records. Our analysis showed that these events could happen at any time and it’s likely we will see record monthly rainfall in one of our UK regions in the next few years”Its research suggests there is a one in three chance of a new monthly rainfall record in at least one region each winter.It comes as flash flooding caused significant damage in the Cornish town of Coverack last week and left people stranded in their homes. Analysis revealed there is a seven per cent risk of record monthly rainfall in south east England in any given winter. The figure increased to 34 per cent when other regions of England and Wales were considered. The winter of 2013-14 saw the heaviest rain fall in a century after a series of storms hit the UK leading to extensive flooding in several parts of the country.center_img Britain is heading for “unprecedented” winter rainfall after the Met Office’s new super computer predicted records will be broken by up to 30 per cent.Widespread flooding has hit the UK in the past few years leading meteorologists to search for new ways to “quantify the risk of extreme rainfall within the current climate”.The Met Office’s new supercomputer has been crucial to understanding the risk of record rainfall by creating hundreds of realistic UK winter scenarios in addition to the record.  Cornish village of Coverack hit by flash flood Credit:Matt Cardy  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more