Closing Bell TSX rises as traders look to US jobs data European

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday amid hopes that stimulus measures are on the way to help the eurozone recovery and that the U.S. will rack up another month of strong job gains.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,796.79+62.10 0.42%S&P 500 —  1,927.88+3.64 0.19%Dow — 16,737.53+15.19 0.09%Nasdaq — 4,251.64 +17.56 0.41%The S&P/TSX composite index was ahead 62.1 points to 14,796.79.The Canadian dollar was down 0.24 of a cent to 91.42 cents as the Bank of Canada announced it was keeping its key rate unchanged at 1% and indicated they will stay that low for some time to come.U.S. indexes registered minor gains despite a disappointing read on private sector job creation during May. The Dow Jones industrials climbed 15.19 points to 16,737.53, the Nasdaq gained 17.56 points to 4,251.64 and the S&P 500 index was 3.64 points higher to 1,927.88.Payroll firm ADP reported Wednesday that the U.S. private sector created 179,000 jobs during May, the fewest number in four months. That reading came in two days before the release of U.S. non-farm payrolls report for last month. Economists have forecast that about 219,000 jobs were created during May following a much stronger than expected 288,000 gain in April. Canadian job figures for May also come out Friday and economists expect about 21,000 jobs were created after the economy shed 29,000 the previous month.The employment news was somewhat offset by other data showing the American non-manufacturing sector expanding at a faster than forecast clip. The Institute for Supply Management said its index rose to 56.3, the highest level since last August and above expectations for a read of 55.5.Also, the Federal Reserve’s latest regional survey shows the U.S. economy strengthening over the past two months in areas from manufacturing and construction to retail sales and bank lending.Meanwhile, markets are counting on the European Central Bank to announce measures Thursday aimed at giving a lift to the eurozone’s weak recovery and saving the region from falling into a deflationary spiral that would choke off growth.Worries about deflation increased Tuesday in the wake of data showing that inflation in the eurozone came in at 0.5% in May, down from 0.7% in April.“I would actually use the word ’scary’ because growth has been very fragile at best and now you have disinflation. If that turns to deflation, we know the experience on this from Japan and it is not a pretty story,” said Luciano Orengo, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.The latest data also showed that gross domestic product in the eurozone grew by a paltry 0.2% in the first quarter.Analysts are looking at a variety of options for the ECB, including an interest rate cut.“I think the biggest wild card is whether it will do a form of quantitative easing,” added Orengo.The information technology sector was the biggest TSX advancer, up 1% as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) ran up 25 cents to $8.40.The financial sector was ahead 0.64% and Laurentian Bank of Canada (TSX:LB) shares edged 48 cents higher to $48.06 as the bank’s adjusted profit came in at $1.29 a share, five cents ahead of estimates. Laurentian also upped its quarterly dividend by a penny to 52 cents per share.The gold sector was ahead about 0.2%, while August bullion lost early momentum and faded 20 cents to US$1,244.30 an ounce.The energy sector was up 0.63% while the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dipped two cents to US$102.64 a barrel.The base metals segment led decliners, down 0.27% while July copper fell four cents to US$3.09 a pound.TOP STORIESLoonie dives as Bank of Canada holds key interest rate, keeps outlook neutralCanada’s RRIF withdrawal rules forces seniors to outlive their savings, C.D. Howe findsToronto’s average detached home price closes in on $1-million as sales surge to fresh record in MayKeystone XL vulnerable to coordinated bomb attacks, says former U.S. Navy Seal who helped target bin LadenWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Building permits (April): Economists expect 4.2% rise 10 a.m.Ivey Purchasing Managers’ Index (May):  Economists expect reading of 56, up from last month UNITED STATES7:30 a.m.Challenger layoff Report (May) 8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims:  Economists expect 310,000 new claims, up from last week CORPORATE NEWSCANADACanadian Western Bank    Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 61¢ a share Saputo Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 74¢ a share Transcontinental Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 43¢ a share UNITED STATESThe J. M. Smucker Company Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.16 a share read more

TNA hold talks with military heads on releasing land

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had talks with the military today on releasing private land held by the military.The meeting was headed by TNA leader R. Sampanthan. TNA spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran said that the Defence Secretary, Army Chief and officials from the Navy and Air Force attended the meeting.Sumanthiran said the TNA was informed at the meeting that the Army will follow any order on the land matter issued by the President or Defence Secretary. The TNA was also informed that the Army is prepared to withdraw from any land not required for security reasons.

Afghanistan must be able to control security or risk resumed violence UN

“The prestige and legitimacy of the Transitional Administration will depend on its ability to address effectively the most pressing security and recovery needs,” said Lakhdar Brahimi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “Should it fail, fragmentation will become more entrenched, extremism will rise, and then foreign countries, groups or individuals may be drawn once again into the fray, and the resumption of widespread violence will most likely ensue,” he warned. The envoy reported widespread dissatisfaction that it had not been possible to expand the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which currently operates only in and around the capital Kabul. At the same time, he cited “a growing realization that the efforts of the Afghans in the field of security need to be supported more directly.” Mr. Brahimi drew attention to the proliferation of violence in the country over the past few months, noting that the UN had itself been the direct target of three separate terrorist attacks. Tensions had been calming in recent days, he added, with the two main rival factions in the north – Jamiat and Jumbesh – agreeing to establish a joint force to tackle violence. The situation in the southeast has also stabilized, and the UN had resumed its operations there. On the subject of allegations of a mass grave near Dasht-e-Leily, he noted that following a mission to the area by UN human rights experts, the Transitional Administration and the Afghan Human Rights Commission had agreed that an investigation should now take place. Mr. Brahimi cautioned that “it will probably be possible to do the forensic part of the investigation [but] whether and when it will be possible to actually conclude the investigation is another matter.” Security, which was of paramount importance, could not be guaranteed at present. At the same time, Mr. Brahimi pointed to signs of progress in Afghanistan, where President Hamid Karzai sought to modernize the country, build on its rich Islamic heritage, and promote justice, human rights and prosperity. “These are noble and worthwhile objectives, but President Karzai knows better than anyone else that Afghanistan will not achieve these goals without committed, sustained and generous support from the international community.” Mr. Brahimi voiced hope that “donors have heard President Karzai’s urgent appeal,” calling attention to the need to fund job creation programmes, infrastructure development projects, education initiatives, and the creation of a new Afghan currency. “I hope that the international community will turn its undoubted commitment to Afghanistan into more forceful action,” he said. read more

Gabons President urges international support for Africas fight against terrorism

Citing the recent deadly terrorist attack at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, President Ali Bongo of Gabon appealed today from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly for full global support for Africa in the battle against terrorism.“Africa, which is becoming a target for terrorism, must benefit from the full support and solidarity of the international community in its effort to combat this threat,” he told the Assembly on the first day of its General Debate, noting that poverty nurtures extremism around the world and the battle against poverty must therefore remain at the centre of national policies. Turning to the post-2015 development agenda, the theme of the 68th General Assembly, Mr. Bongo said attention must be paid to Africa’s priorities, such as energy, access to potable water and sustainable agriculture, as well as the realization of those Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that are not met by the target date of 2015.The MDGs seek to slash extreme hunger and poverty, boost access to health care and education, achieve gender equality and environmental stability, and reduce maternal and child mortality and the incidence of HIV/AIDS, all by the end of 2015, while Assembly President John Ashe says he hopes the focus on the post-2015 agenda will set the stage for sustainable development in the decades ahead. Mr. Bongo underscored the need for predictable funding for development from public and private sources, the importance of combating climate change and the threat to wildlife and biodiversity, and voiced his concern over conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR), praising the efforts of the UN peacekeeping mission in the former country.He repeatedly appealed for international support. “Africa cannot face all these challenges to peace and security alone,” he declared. “Its efforts must receive greater support, because the destabilization of Africa will have implications for other regions.” read more

Smith leads Gonzaga over No 8 Stanford 7973

SPOKANE, Wash. — Chandler Smith scored 20 points, including two late free throws, as Gonzaga beat No. 8 Stanford 79-73 on Sunday.Katie Campbell and Jill Townsend scored 15 points each for Gonzaga (8-1), which won for the second time in 10 games against Stanford. The Bulldogs’ only loss this season is to No. 1 Notre Dame.Kiana Williams scored 18 for Stanford (6-1), which was enjoying its best start in six seasons. All six Stanford wins this season were by at least 22 points.Stanford was hurt by woefully shooting in the first three quarters, as the Zags outshot them 54 per cent to 43 per cent in the game. Gonzaga also outrebounded the Cardinal 38-24.Gonzaga closed the second quarter with a 13-4 run, as Stanford missed nine of its last 10 shots, to lead 43-32 at halftime.Stanford made just 2 of 12 shots in the third quarter as the Bulldogs took a 58-41 lead.The Cardinal found the range early in the fourth, outscoring the Zags 10-3 to cut the deficit to 61-51 with nearly seven minutes left.Stanford pressed and the Zags started making turnovers and missing shots.Dijonai Carrington’s basket and free throw cut Stanford’s deficit to 65-62 with 4:16 left. Townsend’s 3-pointer with 2 minutes left put Gonzaga up 70-64.Stanford cut the lead to 74-71 on Carrington’s basket with 37 seconds left, but Smith’s jumper put the Zags up 76-71 with 10 seconds left.Williams sank a pair of free throws to cut Gonzaga’s lead to 76-73 with 9 seconds left.Jenn Wirth hit one free throw and Smith a pair to ice the win.BIG PICTUREStanford: The game was a homecoming for Stanford freshman twins Lacie and Lexie Hull, who grew up in the Spokane area. Lexie is hampered by an injured foot and did not play. The Cardinal came in averaging 87 points per game, 11th in the nation, while Gonzaga averages 65.9.Gonzaga: The Bulldogs’ only previous win in the series was in 2016 at Stanford. Gonzaga lost to Stanford in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga senior guard Laura Stockton, who leads the team in assists, is the daughter of Gonzaga legend John Stockton. Several members of the top-ranked Gonzaga men’s team attended the game.UP NEXTStanford hosts No. 4 Baylor on Dec. 15Gonzaga hosts Washington State next Sunday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press read more

Rutherford leads UC Irvine to ninth straight road win

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Tommy Rutherford scored 14 points including a basket in the final minute for what proved to be the winning points and UC Irvine defeated California Baptist 69-66 on Wednesday night.Rutherford’s right-handed hook with 48 seconds left put the Anteaters up 68-65. Jordan Heading made 1 of 2 free throws for the Lancers (4-5) and Robert Cartwright did the same for UC Irvine before the Lancers missed two 3-pointers in the final six seconds.The Anteaters led 33-28 at halftime. They never trailed in the second half though they were tied three times, the final time at 58-all with 3 1/2 minutes remaining before Evan Leonard made four free throws.UC Irvine extended their road win streak to nine games, the third-best active streak in Division I.Milan Acquaah, a sophomore transfer from Washington State, led the Lancers with 25 points, including four 3-pointers. Heading added 12 and Dejon Davis had 10 rebounds.Jonathan Galloway had 10 boards for the Anteaters.The Associated Press read more

David Attenborough BBC must stop blaming low ratings for not covering the

“But the way that television is used now is transforming. The mere fact you’ve got these various devices for catch-up television is comforting in a way, because you can dial up a programme that you heard someone talking about.“I read the reviews in the press and think, ‘Why haven’t I watched that?’ And so you catch up. Sir David Attenborough with the Queen during an evening at Buckingham Palace Sir David Attenborough, the naturalist and former controller of BBC Two, has criticised the BBC for failing to broadcast enough arts and culture programmes, saying it must cater for all tastes even if they are not watched by millions.Sir David, who helped introduce colour television to Britain and commissioned some of the BBC’s best-loved shows, said there are a “lot of gaps” in the corporation’s coverage now, thanks in part to too much focus on viewing figures.“The cultural, the arts programmes,” he said, when asked what the public service broadcaster, paid for by the licence fee, was lacking.“I don’t think the BBC does enough. It’s not enough simply to say, ‘Well, it doesn’t get a big enough audience.’“If you’re a public service broadcaster, what you should be saying is, ‘We will show the broad spectrum of human interest.’“People of all kinds should be catered for. You can measure success not necessarily by the maximum size of the audience, but by the maximum width of the spectrum, and see whether there aren’t any gaps in it and how you’re filling them. Kenneth Clark’s CivilisationCredit:BBC Kenneth Clark's Civilisation Sir David Attenborough with the Queen during an evening at Buckingham PalaceCredit:PA Sir David Attenborough filming for Blue Planet IICredit:Gavin Thurston “In a way, I’m surprised that television hasn’t changed more. There’s quite a lot that people hang on to.”Sir David said that new technology had made documentary making more accessible and encouraged young producers to take up the mantle.”Now the technology is so versatile, so small, anybody can make a natural history programme,” he added.”It’s just a matter of time. When people say, ‘How do I become a natural history film-maker?’ – the answer is, ‘Do it! It couldn’t be easier.”‘A BBC spokesman said: “David rightly recognises the importance of arts and cultural programming in public service broadcasting and no other comes close to the BBC’s commitment – from Civilisations and Performance Live, to regular arts discussion programmes and the forthcoming year-long Our Classical Century – that said, we would love to do even more, which is why the BBC has said that we need to look at ways of increasing our income.” 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. Speaking to the magazine, which has featured him on the cover more times than anyone except the Queen, the 92-year-old broadcaster said shared early discussions about television including a long debate over what to call the role now universally known as the “presenter”.“In 1952, you made an appointment with television and shaped your evening around that,” he said. “You’d paid your licence money, and so you felt that you’d better watch it all – you had, as it were, bought it. In an interview with the Radio Times, celebrating its 95th year, he added: “But if the BBC was to disappear from our homes one morning, surely we’d miss it desperately? You’ve only got to go to America to know that.”Sir David began his career at the BBC in the early 1950s, with early shows including Zoo Quest in 1954, and became controller of channel Two in 1965.There, he introduced colour television and commissioned programmes including The Old Grey Whistle Test, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Civilisation, the 13-part arts series by Kenneth Clark.Now best-known for his natural history broadcasting, his latest BBC series, Blue Planet II, was the most-watched TV programme of 2017 and reached 37.6 million viewers in the UK, according to the BBC. Sir David Attenborough filming for Blue Planet II The full interview is in Radio Times magazine. “There are lots of gaps in the BBC’s coverage now, in my view, and that’s because they are harried and badgered by all sorts of people.” read more

Allergie chez une fillette les vêtements mis hors de cause par lenquête

first_imgAllergie chez une fillette : les vêtements mis hors de cause par l’enquêteIl y a un mois, une fillette avait été admise aux urgences suite à une importante réaction cutanée. Selon le père de l’enfant, ses habits, prétendument d’origine chinoise était à l’origine de cette réaction allergique. L’enquête révèle qu’il n’en est rien, elle privilégie la thèse de l’allergie alimentaire.Début novembre, une fillette de quatre ans présentant une importante réaction cutanée s’était rendue aux urgences dans l’Orne. Au cours de son hospitalisation, des médecins avaient alors indiqué que l’enfant pouvait avoir fait une allergie à un vêtement contenant du diméthylfumarate (DMF ou DMFu) interdit en Europe depuis 2008. Quelques jours plus tôt, la fillette s’était en effet vu offrir une jupe et un t-shirt qu’elle avait essayés peu avant que la réaction n’apparaisse.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Une fois la petite rétablie, ses parents s’étaient décidé à en parler au journal le Réveil normand avant que l’affaire ne se répande dans les autres médias. Ceux-ci avaient alors expliqué qu’il s’agissait de vêtements fabriqués en Chine d’où la présence potentielle de DMF. Mais il n’en serait rien selon l’enquête menée par la Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes (DGCCRF). Elle indique que la jupe et le t-shirt étaient fabriqués en France (à partir de tissu chinois) et qu’il ne contenait pas de DMF.”Il n’y avait pas de DMFu [et] aucun colorant mis en cause”, a annoncé mardi le ministre délégué à la Consommation, Benoît Hamon. “On a juste trouvé des traces de phénol dans la doublure de la jupe et le T-shirt mais qui n’ont pas de propriété suffisamment sensibilisantes pour être responsables de la réaction épidermique” a t-il précisé avant d’ajouter : “l’enquête s’oriente sur une allergie alimentaire”. Le ministre Benoit Hamon, qui avait déjà refusé de communiquer le nom du magasin d’où provenait les vêtements, a en outre mis en garde contre les effets de panique. “La mobilisation sur un cas peut avoir une conséquence terrible pour une enseigne qui distribue et des entreprises peuvent mettre la clé sous la porte parce que l’on a attribué la responsabilité à une robe d’avoir défiguré une jeune fille”, a-t-il insisté après avoir reconnu que l’inquiétude du père de famille était légitime. Après l’annonce de l’affaire, les médias avaient indiqué que les vêtements similaires avaient été retirés du magasin où ils avaient été achetés sans toutefois mentionner lequel. Le 5 décembre 2012 à 16:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Solaire targets Chinese visitors with addition of WeChat and Alipay

first_imgWeChat and Alipay boast a combined 1.7 billion users worldwide and are particularly popular in China.“The strategic partnership with AUB is consistent with our mission to deliver better service by offering our Chinese guests a safe and efficient online, cross-border platform for their payments,” said Solaire’s SVP Operations, Rajesh Jhingon.“We firmly believe that our state-of-the-art facilities will be best complemented with reliable cashless transactions for our Chinese guests during their stay in Solaire.”AUB said that it has accredited almost 5,000 merchants in the Philippines since launching in November 2017.“We are excited to partner with Solaire Resort as they are poised to benefit from the astounding growth in Chinese tourist arrivals, well above the curve of tourism growth in the region as well as around the world. This comes with untapped opportunities for businesses, big or small, to cater to this specific market with a safe, new payment channel that provides both speed and convenience,” said AUB President Manuel Gomez.Solaire’s parent company Bloomberry Resorts Corporation last week reported a 1% increase in GGR in 2Q18 on the back of a record performance in mass market table drop – the company’s net income for period impacted by bad luck. Load More RelatedPosts Legal battle over Quezon City gambling ordinance could threaten PAGCOR authority Bloomberry Resorts establishes cruise terminal management arm Strong mass volume and VIP hold at Solaire boost Bloomberry revenue, profit in 2Q19 Manila’s Solaire Resort & Casino is upping the ante in its push to attract Chinese players after signing a deal with Asia United Bank (AUB) that will allow it to accept WeChat and Alipay payments.In an announcement issued late last week, Solaire – the first of Manila’s new wave of integrated resorts to open in the Entertainment City precinct in 2013 – revealed its new partnership with AUB which will allow Chinese customers to pay for items on the property via the AUB paymate app, which allows merchants to accept WeChat and Alipay payments.last_img read more

Coral Gables cop accidentally shoots himself in leg

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – A Coral Gables police officer has been injured after accidentally firing a bullet into his leg.His gun discharged while he was trying to make an arrest at the corner of Salzedo Street and Southwest Eighth Street, Wednesday.The officer’s injury is not life threatening.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

House Panel Wants to Highlight Opportunities for Shedding Unneeded Facilities

first_imgIn addition to requesting a study that could help determine whether a new BRAC round is required, the House Appropriations Committee directs DOD to submit a report highlighting underutilized facilities out of concern that it is spending significant sums on unneeded infrastructure.“The committee is concerned that Department of Defense officials have stated an estimated 30 percent of defense facilities are in excess of mission requirements, a fiscally unsustainable diversion of scarce resources from readiness,” according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 military construction-veterans affairs spending measure that was released Tuesday.The report should include:each DOD facility with a utilization rate lower than 50 percent of available capacity;number of uniformed personnel and civilian employees at each of those facilities;annual budget for personnel; andoperations and maintenance costs associated with each facility.The study, due 60 days after the legislation is enacted, also should identify “any facility determined to be 100 percent in excess of mission requirements,” the committee report states.A separate item directs each service’s installations chief to prepare a strategic plan for managing excess real property efficiently. The plan should describe what opportunities there are to consolidate underutilized facilities that would result in reducing the operating and maintenance costs for those facilities, according to the committee report.The lawmakers cited long-term challenges facing DOD in maintaining its portfolio of facilities, along with the need for the military departments to improve the ability of their real property databases to identify consolidation opportunities.The full Appropriations Committee marks up the milcon spending bill today. The committee report can be found on the Appropriations website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Eaton Will Make Wilmington Proud

first_imgDear Editor,I have known Jonathan Eaton for many years. I have found Jonathan to be honest, hard working and caring regardless of the situation.  He has the knowledge, poise and drive to represent the people of Wilmington in a way that will make us proud. I wholeheartedly support Jonathan as our new Selectman.Sincerely,Elaine HoffNOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wilmington Finance Committee Chair Endorses Eaton For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Eaton’s Experiences & Credentials Make Him An Ideal Selectman CandidateIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Eaton Has Shown A Commitment To The CommunityIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Focus on strengthening TRS Errabelli Dayakar Rao

first_imgHanamkonda: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leadership has massive plans to strengthen the party base to grass-root level, Minister for Panchayat Raj Errabelli Dayakar Rao said, laying foundation stone for the TRS Warangal Urban district office at Hanamkonda on Monday.The structural development of the party would be on the lines of DMK party. Party activists will strive hard to enlighten the people about the welfare and developmental programmes initiated by the State government, he said. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us The Minister found fault with the Congress leaders for raising hue and cry over every issue. “The Congress should understand the fact that people believe in Chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao and it reflected in the Assembly elections,” Errabelli said. Referring to the gruesome murder of nine-month-old infant in Hanamkonda a few days ago, he said that the government will take all necessary action to provide speedy justice to the victim’s parents. It’s unfortunate that the BJP is trying to politicise the infant’s death. Telangana police have been doing well to maintain law and order situation in the State and it was recognised by other States also, he said. Mayor Gunda Prakash Rao, MP Pasunuri Dayakar, legislators K Srihari, Aroori Ramesh and KUDA chairman Marri Yadava Reddy were among others present.last_img read more

Twoday assembly session in Telangana from July 18

first_imgTo pass the new Municipal act, the Telangana legislative assembly is all set to meet for two days i.e, on July 18 and July 19. The bill will be introduced on July 18 and all the legislators will be given a day time to go through it. After considerations, the bill will be passed on July 19. According to the chief minister’s office (CMO), the bill has been already finalised and has been sent to the Law Department for examination. After the bill is passed, the elections for the municipalities will be held in the state. Also Read – Concerns of marine and fresh water pollution must be addressed on priority basis: Vice President Advertise With Us In a review meeting held at Pragati Bhavan on Wednesday, KCR discussed the draft of the act and the objectives need to be incorporated into it. He also held talks on the duties and responsibilities of the public representatives under the act. The new municipal act is aimed to eradicate corruption, development of cities and towns in the state.last_img read more

US warship destroys Iranian drone says Trump

first_imgWashington, July 19 : US President Donald Trump has announced that a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. Speaking at the White House on Thursday, Trump said that USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship of the US Navy, destroyed the drone that threatened the US warship by flying within 1,000 yards of it and ignored multiple warning, Xinhua reported. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us Trump said the drone was “threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew,” calling the downing a “defensive action”. Chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said later in a statement that USS Boxer downed the approaching drone at approximately 10 a.m. during its planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz. “A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached USS Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew,” said the statement. Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us Citing US defence officials, the US media reported that the Iranian drone was brought down by counter-drone jamming equipment, which was operated by US marines aboard the USS Boxer. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif later told reporters at the UN headquarters: “We have no information about losing a drone today.” The incident came as Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced that it had seized a foreign ship “smuggling fuel” in the Gulf on Thursday and days after reports of a British tanker being harassed in the region. Advertise With Us The downing of the Iranian drone also came one month after a US drone operating over the Strait of Hormuz was shot down by Iranian air defence system on June 19, which almost led to a US military retaliation against Iran. USS Boxer, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, arrived in US Central Command area of operation on June 23 with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and two other amphibious warships, according to a statement of US 5th Fleet. The US has been upgrading its military posture in the Middle East since May by sending troops and military assets to the region. Pentagon claimed these measures are “prudent response to credible threats from Iran” and for “defensive purpose”. “Anybody who starts a war with Iran will not be the one who ends it,” Zarif warned on Wednesday, referring to the escalating tensions between Iran and the US amid US military buildup in the region.last_img read more

Derailment of goods train hits rail traffic in Vizianagaram

first_imgVizianagaram : Derailment of a goods train at Vizianagaram station resulted in many express trains running late by at least an hour on Wednesday.A goods train carrying iron ore from Odisha to Visakhapatnam got derailed and two wagons fell near Vizianagaram railway station. Due to this accident, trains coming from Vizag are running late. Train No 12807 Samatha express which runs between Visakhapatnam and New Delhi, Tirupati-Puri express, Visakhapatnam-Raipur passenger and some other trains are reaching their destinations one hour behind schedule. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Many regular passengers and government employees could not reach their offices on time owing to the delays. Hundreds of regular passengers like government employees travel between Vizag and Vizianagaram , Bobbili, Parvathipuram by Samatha express. But due to this derailment, they could not reach offices on time on Wednesday. K Ravi Kumar, a teacher working at Komarada, said , “It was too late today. I could not reach the office on time. There is no alternative for me to reach there. I have to apply for leave.”last_img read more

Sony Music Revenue Hits 4 Billion as Streaming Soars

first_imgThe announcement came just three months after the dramatic announcement that accompanied Sony’s third quarter results, that Kaz Hirai would step down as group CEO, with effect from April 1. He was to be replaced by Sony’s CFO and head of internal strategy Kenichiro Yoshida. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img As part of a strong Sony earnings report for its 2017-18 fiscal year (which ended on March 31) the company’s music division’s revenue rose more than 12% to around $4.03 billion in Rob Stringer’s first year at the helm as CEO. Streaming revenues soared more than 37% to $1.8 billion, comprising more than 44% of the music division’s total.Physical sales were also up, rising nearly $10 million to $1.20 billion. While the company did not break down those numbers, a source said they were driven by a strong showing in Japan, where physical sales remain strong, as well as a continued uptick in vinyl sales; physical sales overall are expected to continue their gradual downward trajectory. Download revenues continued to fall, dropping 18% to just under $450 million.The company singled out Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma,” DJ Khaled’s “Grateful” and Camila Cabello’s “Camila” as its top-selling albums.last_img read more

Ayurvedic skin care for swimmers

first_imgIt is that time of the year and swimming pools are filled with people who wish to escape the heat. Before you step out this summer, ensure you have some skin protection, say experts. An earthy touch: A dip in the pool can beat the summer heat but it can leave a severe tan on the skin for months. Try a mixture of Multani Mitti (mineral-rich clay) along with few drops of lemon and rose water. After your time in the sun, mix the ingredients and apply on exposed areas. The paste calms the skin with a cooling effect. Also apply coconut or olive oil liberally over body parts that are exposed to chlorinated water. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpice up your life: Water in swimming pools contains disinfectants like iodide and chlorine, which cause skin problems like acne flare-ups, rashes and red patches. Cinnamon has great anti-microbial properties. Add a few drops of honey and Aloe Vera gel to cinnamon powder to fight bacteria-causing acne. The mixture also keeps the skin moist. For a golden glow: Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and cleanses pores from within. Grind neem leaves with water and mix it with one tablespoon of turmeric powder. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApply the paste on the face with few drops of rose water to clear up skin after acne break-outs and also to reduce scars naturally. The secret mantra: To avoid the contagious skin diseases and allergies caused by swimming in public pools, Ayurveda recommends adding neem leaf extract to bathing water. If you cannot organise a fresh extract every day, pick body cleansing products that have “neem” or “tea tree oil” as their main ingredient. Drink Herbal Tea: It is also a good idea to start drinking herbal teas that have a rich antioxidant content. This will help relieve the stress of oxidative damage on your skin. The teas will supply your skin with antioxidants which will, in turn, neutralize free radicals that can wreak havoc on your skin. Moringa tea and green tea are two great options to choose from. Use Coconut oil: Our skin has a natural thin layer of oil that serves as a barrier against viruses and bacteria keeping the skin healthy. When swimming in chlorinated water this layer is stripped off leaving the skin susceptible to infections. By applying a thin layer of coconut oil the skin is provided with an additional layer of protection. Hydrate And Then Hydrate Some More: One of the best ways to ensure that your skin does not get dehydrated is to keep sipping on some water while you swim. Make sure that you consume enough water throughout the day so that your skin is healthy and does not try to make up for lack of moisture by absorbing pool water. Think of your skin as a sponge, there is only so much water it can take on. And as long as it is moisturized, it’s not going to absorb excess amounts of chlorine.last_img read more