2013 Muzaffarnagar riots accused found dead

first_imgAn accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Sikheda village, police said on Monday.Sodan Singh’s body was found on Sunday evening, hanging from the ceiling of a room that housed a tubewell. The body had been sent for post-mortem and the matter was being investigated, police said.Singh’s son has lodged a complaint at the local police station, alleging that his 60-year-old father was murdered.Based on the complaint, a case was registered against Anup, Rajesh, Sunil Kumar and Ramgopal, police said.The communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas in August and September 2013 claimed more than 60 lives and displaced over 40,000 people.Singh was also named as an accused in a sexual harassment case.last_img

Even as global losses widen, how India remains a ‘good story’ for Amazon

first_imgAmazon on Friday said India continues to be a “good story” for the US e-tailing giant, even as its losses from its international operations widened to $919 million for the December 2017 quarter.The operating loss in Amazon’s international business was at $487 million during the year-ago period.However, net sales in the segment grew to $18.03 billion in the fourth quarter, from $13.96 billion a year ago.Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img

What’s Good For Apple Isn’t Always Best For iPhone Suppliers

first_imgApple turned in a strong quarter with revenue, profit and forecasts all coming in ahead of analysts’ estimates. But that isn’t necessarily good for the hundreds of iPhone suppliers around the world, contrary to the market’s initial bounce.Apple’s better-than-expected results stemmed in part from the sale of ancillary goodies from games to cloud storage. None of those benefit hardware partners such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing and Hon Hai Precision Industry, whose fortunes are more closely tied to iPhone unit sales — which rose just 2.9 percent in the March quarter despite a 10th-anniversary device that was supposed to drive a super-cycle of demand.Even a slight slowdown in iPhone sales can mean a huge hit to those suppliers. It’s the price of participating in Apple’s production chain: companies build expensive factories in advance of gadget cycles so even modest misses hammer profits.Take Taiwan’s Pegatron, which assembles the iPhone 8 and ramped up capacity in anticipation of a surge in business last year. A subsequent shortfall in demand led to lower utilization rates across its factories and operating margins almost halved to 1.61 percent last year. Both Pegatron and Hon Hai — Apple’s principal assemblers — reported net income falls in 2017 even as their biggest customer racked up record profits.“Apple is benefiting from increased average selling price. Yet volume, which is key to suppliers’ financials, is only growing a little,” said Arthur Liao, an analyst at Taipei-based Fubon Securities.Shares in suppliers to the world’s most valuable company jumped at the outset from Asia to Europe, but many subsequently gave up their gains or slid into the red. A number have yet to recover from the fear-driven selloff of past weeks: Europe’s AMS AG surged 8 percent Wednesday but remains down by about the same magnitude from when it warned of negative margins last week.In Hong Kong, AAC Technologies Holdings leaped as much as 6.7 percent before ending the day down 0.6 percent. Japanese components makers such as Japan Display and Sharp finished mostly unchanged. TSMC, the main chipmaker to Apple, slid 1.8 percent while Hon Hai dived 1.3 percent.Globally, concern about the business was fanned by suppliers such as TSMC that warned of weak demand for high-end devices or delivered disappointing outlooks: all signs that the smartphone boom that made Apple the most-valuable company is ebbing. That prompted a flurry of estimate cuts from analysts around the world.Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook hinted at additional sources of growth in terms of both geographical areas and product categories. He said India is an attractive new market for iPhones, similar to China several years ago. Cook may be addressing skepticism about its prospects in emerging markets, with China dominated by competitors from Huawei to Xiaomi and its iPhones beyond the reach of many in India.Even if Apple does make headway in India or China — still its largest international market — there’s no guarantee its hardware partners can share in the spoils, given the U.S. company’s reputation for squeezing suppliers to preserve its own margins. It’s even in recent years begun cutting off suppliers such as Imagination Technologies Group Plc in favor of making its own components, such as chips.In the longer term, the chip and component makers that remain in its orbit could still benefit as smartphones incorporate bells and whistles from augmented reality to artificial intelligence — all of which need more processing muscle and silicon.“From the component or the chipmaker’s perspective, the market is still ripe because if you look at the smartphones now, the computing demand is increasing a lot more,” said Kiranjeet Kaur, IDC’s Asia Pacific senior research manager.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

Volkswagen Polo GT Sport launched in India at Rs 9.71 lakh

first_imgVolkswagen has welcomed new variants to its popular Polo GT as the company announced the launch of the new Polo GT Sport variant in India. While the Polo GT TSi Sport variant will be available for Rs 9.71 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi), the GT TDi Sport will come for Rs 9.81 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).The new Polo GT Sport is equipped with a host of exterior and interior updates, giving it a sporty and dynamic guise. The Sport edition will be available across both the variants of Polo GT at all Volkswagen dealerships in India.Volkswagen Polo GT SportDesign:On the exterior, the GT Sport edition is packed with an all new glossy black spoiler, 16″ Portago alloy wheels that stretch a bolder stance, Glossy black roof foil that supplements a definition of style and an attractive GT Sport side foil further complementing the distinctive look that the carline is made to offer.Volkswagen Polo GT SportMatching the new exteriors the carline comes fitted with leatherette finished GT sport embossed seat covers that amplify the design identity of the new sport edition reserving the subtle and classy stance.Volkswagen Polo GT SportEngine:The new Polo GT Sport comes powered by a 1.2L TSI and 1.5L TDI engine, the Polo GT produces a rush of 105PS and 110PS of power, respectively.Volkswagen Polo GT SportColors:The Polo GT Sport is available at an attractive price with two color options, Flash red and Candy White, across all Volkswagen showrooms in India.advertisementALSO READ:Volkswagen commence bookings for Tiguan SUV in IndiaALSO READ:Volkswagen India launches new Vento Highline Pluslast_img read more

Contact sports may alter brains of athletes

first_imgToronto, Aug 22 (PTI) People who play contact sports such as football and hockey – that have higher risk of body collisions – are more likely show changes in their brain structure and function, a study has found.Researchers at St Michaels Hospital in Canada performed preseason brain scans of 65 varsity athletes – 23 from collision sports (with routine, purposeful body-to-body contact), 22 from contact sports (where contact is allowed, but is not an integral part of the game) and 20 from non- contact sports.They found that the athletes in collision and contact sports had differences in brain structure, function and chemical markers typically associated with brain injury, compared to athletes in non-contact sports.There is a growing concern about how participation in contact sports may affect the brain, said lead author Nathan Churchill, a post-doctoral fellow in St Michaels Neuroscience Research Programme.Most of the research in this area has focused on the long-term effects for athletes in collision sports, such as football and ice hockey, where players may be exposed to hundreds of impacts in a single season.Less is known about the consequences of participating in contact sports where body-to-body contact is permitted, but is not purposeful, such as football, basketball and field hockey.This study looked at both men and women from a variety of sports, and found progressive differences between the brains of athletes in non-contact, contact and collision sports.This included differences in the structure of the brains white matter?the fibre tracts that connect different parts of the brain and allow them to communicate with one another.advertisementAthletes in sports with higher levels of contact also showed signs of reduced communication between brain areas and decreased activity, particularly within areas involved in vision and motor function, compared to those in non-contact sports, such as volleyball.However, these differences do not reflect significantly impaired day-to-day functioning, said Tom Schweizer, head of the Neuroscience Research Programme.The study fills an important gap in understanding how contact affects healthy brains, as a step toward better understanding why a small number of athletes in contact sports show negative long-term health consequences.The findings were published in the journal Frontiers of Neurology. PTI MHN SAR MHNlast_img read more

Greek Soccer Suspension Upheld

first_imgATHENS — The Greek soccer association has upheld its decision to suspend the country’s league matches after failing to reach an agreement with clubs on measures to protect referees from potential attacks.A statement Nov. 20 from the soccer body says matches in the first, second and amateur third division remain suspended indefinitely following the street assault last week on senior refereeing official Christoforos Zografos.Top Greek club representatives held talks Nov. 19 but the meeting ended in mutual recriminations and thinly-veiled accusations of corruption.The Chairman of the top league, Dimitris Agrafiotis, said he would formally resign from his position on Nov. 24.Games suspended this weekend include league leader PAOK against Asteras, Xanthi hosting Olympiakos, and Panathinaikos against Ergotelis.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IPL 2019: Pitch invader tries to hug Virat Kohli during RCB’s run chase vs KXIP

first_imgVirat Kohli has fans the world over. Therefore, it was no surprise when a fan invaded the pitch during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s run chase against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali and tried to hug the run-machine on Saturday.Virat Kohli had been under pressure before the weekend. He had overseen 7 successive defeats for RCB including 6 in a row this season. However, Virat Kohli led the charge for his team after Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 99 had given Kings XI Punjab 173 for 4.During the course of the innings, a fan stormed onto the pitch to meet Virat Kohli. It was a major security scare and an area of concern the IPL authorities need to address sooner rather than later.The 2019 Indian Premier League has been dogged by controversies.R Ashwin had stirred up a debate when he Mankaded Jos Buttler during Kings XI Punjab’s victory over Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Opinions were divided in the cricket fraternity and the likes of Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen, Dale Steyn and Shane Warne had criticised Ashwin harshly.Virat Kohli had then blasted the umpires during a post-match presentation ceremony after one of them failed to spot a clear front-foot no-ball during RCB’s defeat to Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru.In Jaipur, MS Dhoni created a massive controversy when he charged onto the field and got into a fierce argument with the umpires after some confusion over a no-ball for height. MS Dhoni was fined 50 per cent for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct but Virender Sehwag felt he got away too lightly.advertisementSehwag said Dhoni should have been banned for a match or two and the match referee should have set an example.However, the pitch invasion is a major security issue. During Australia’s tour of India, a fan had ran out to the field and chased MS Dhoni to try and hug him.Broadcasters do not show any footage of pitch invsasion.Also Read | KXIP vs RCB Live Score, IPL 2019: Kohli fifty helps Bangalore cruise in 174 chaseAlso Read | Shakib relates to Dhoni’s outburst at umpires: I did the same in Nidahas TrophyAlso Read | IPL 2019: Jos Buttler 89 scripts Rajasthan Royals victory over Mumbai IndiansAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre Russellast_img read more

Roger Federer’s pedigree can gain entry to select grand slam club

first_img Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Read more Topics He was reminded of the disparity between them at Wimbledon last year, when Federer toyed with him, ruthlessly exploiting his poor movement on blistered feet to win the final in an hour and 41 minutes.If, as expected, Federer’s pedigree proves too much for Cilic’s power, the history will be all his: a 20th major, four more than any man, two behind Steffi Graf, three behind Serena Williams and within four of Margaret Court. It would be his sixth Australian title, to move alongside Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson.By winning, Federer, the oldest finalist here since Ken Rosewall, 37, and Mal Anderson, 36, shared the stage 46 years ago, would strike another elegant blow for his generation, a third slam title since he turned 35. He would also keep safe the dominance that he and Rafael Nadal have rebuilt after sharing last year’s majors between them. Previously, they have shut out the field in sequences of 11, between 2005 and 2007, six in 2008 and 2009, and four in 2010.Federer, naturally, expresses respect for Cilic, and even warmth, revealing they played together when they learned they were staying nearby on holidays in the Maldives in late November. But it will be all business on Sunday – and the defending champion is aware he can take no liberties with an opponent who has the game to blow anyone off court. He has done it to Federer once in eight matches, mind: in three sets in the US Open semi-finals in 2014. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more “He’s very professional,” Federer said. “He’s always very much the same, regardless of whether he wins or loses. I like that attitude. He’s a winner. You can see it in the way he behaves on the court. He’s there to win and not just to be there. Sometimes you see other players and you feel like they’re happy to have made the quarters. He strives for more.“I just hope I’m going to have a good start to the match. I hope I can mix up my game, start serving well from the get-go, not get into too much trouble early. And I hope I can read his serve.”The serve is where this match will be won and lost – like nearly every tennis match, perhaps, but particularly so for opponents who have been in sizzling form with ball in hand throughout the tournament. There has been little between them in the key statistics.Cilic is tied for eighth in unreturned serves with 41% (254 of 624). Federer is not far behind him in a group of four in 19th place with 37% (174/468). Cilic, though, has had considerably more free points with 107 aces – 19 behind the awesome Ivo Karlovic – to Federer’s 71, which is still good enough to put him in sixth place on the board. If it comes to sheer pace, Cilic also has the edge, having struck a high 133.6mph – 15th fastest of the fortnight – while Federer has cranked it up to 128mph.It is winning the point that matters and again Cilic edges it with 335 from 408 to Federer’s 243 from 296. Both, though, are at 82%. It is just that Cilic has played way more service games in the 17 hours and three minutes he has spent on court in reaching the final. Australian Open 2018 Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Roger Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon title against Marin Cilic Share via Email Since you’re here… Australian Open features Roger Federer says he doesn’t expect to match 2017 glorycenter_img Reuse this content Support The Guardian As much as the men’s final on Sunday is supposed to be an equal contest between the two best players left upright and healthy after six matches, Roger Federer always stands tallest in his sport and Marin Cilic, even looking down from 6ft 6in, knows it. Read more Tennis Roger Federer Australia sport Marin Cilic The Observer Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Federer has had one of the easiest runs of his career. From beating Aljaz Bedene for the loss of 10 games in the first round through to seeing Hyeon Chung quit with blistered feet seven games into the second set of their semi-final on Friday night, Federer has spent a mere 10 hours and 50 minutes on court. That is just short of an hour more than his stroll of nine hours and 56 minutes at Wimbledon last summer.The final was perhaps his easiest match of that tournament. Like Chung here, the Croat discovered that going into a match against Federer with tender or sore feet is not a good idea, and the Swiss had Cilic twisting and turning so much on his already blistered feet at Wimbledon that he was near tears at the end of their disappointing three-setter. It is unlikely he will make that mistake again. Share on Messengerlast_img read more

23 days agoMan Utd target Longstaff, Dembele in £90M January swoop

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd target Longstaff, Dembele in £90M January swoopby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are hoping to sign Sean Longstaff and Moussa Dembele in January.A slow start to the season has left the Red Devils in tenth on the Premier League.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to top up his squad when the transfer window opens this winter.And the Daily Star claims Newcastle midfielder Longstaff and Lyon striker Dembele are at the top of Solskjaer’s wishlist.Transfers chief Ed Woodward is currently gathering a combined total of £90m to sign both players.United have also shown an interest in Declan Rice, but have been blown away by West Ham’s £80m valuation. last_img

Aubameyang hints he’s staying at Arsenal

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has appeared to commit himself to Arsenal despite mounting speculation over his future at the club.The 30-year-old, who joined the Gunners from Dortmund in January 2018, scored 22 Premier League goals last season that meant he would share the Golden Boot award with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.Arsenal did, however, miss out on qualification for the Champions League as they ended the season in fifth place in the table, while they were also beaten in the Europa League final by Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That had seen speculation surface regarding Aubameyang’s future, with a mega-money offer to move to China reportedly having been on the table, while Manchester United have even been linked with making a £70 million move.But speaking to the club’s official website, the Gunners striker discussed his joy at claiming the Golden Boot and how he was proud to be representing the north Londoners.He also signed off his message with the words “next season… let’s go”, suggesting that he is looking forward to getting the 2019-20 campaign underway with Unai Emery’s side.Reflecting on the 4-1 Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, he said: “Of course the season didn’t end the way we wanted it to. Losing a final like that is tough for everyone, the players, our families and the fans.Why Lacazette & Aubameyang are the last players Arsenal should sellAlexandre Lacazette Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal“We were all gutted in the dressing room after what happened in Baku and that’s when you need the people around you.”As always, my father had travelled to Baku with the rest of my family to watch me play. ‘Just continue the way you’re going,’ he said after the match. ‘You can do it better, you can get even better.’ “I’ve listened to my father’s advice throughout my whole career so if he tells me that I can get even better, then that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”Next season… let’s go!”On his Golden Boot win, he added: “It meant a lot to win the Golden Boot. I am really happy and proud of it, especially to share the trophy with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. I really like these two guys. We are representing Africa so it is a good sign for the continent.”Africa is in my heart and in my mind, so I’m extremely proud to represent it in the Premier League. The African people really love football, like everyone across the world, it makes me very proud to represent Africa in such an amazing way because not everyone gets the chance to play in the Arsenal colours.”last_img read more

New Rules for Scrap Metal Trade

first_imgScrap metal traders will have to abide by a number of stringent rules to keep their licences, when the trade officially resumes on Monday, January 28.Announcing a raft of rigourous regulations at a press briefing at his New Kingston offices on Thursday (Jan. 24), Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said there is a global demand for scrap metal. He said the Government’s focus is on tightening-up the system, and reinforcement, in order for Jamaica to benefit from the vital foreign exchange the industry attracts.Under the new regulations, all exporters, except those who generate metal waste in their manufacturing operations, will be required to post a $7 million bond with the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), which is in charge of the designated central multi-user sites.“The intent is to apply a portion of the bond towards compensation for victims of theft,” Minister Hylton explained.General scrap metal exporters will only be allowed to export from the designated multi-user sites. Two of these are already open – Riverton, and Elsbeth Avenue, off Hagley Park Road. An exporter, who is convicted of theft, will pay a fine of $2 million and lose their licence to operate.“Customs and the police will be posted permanently at the sites and there will be one hundred per cent inspection of all containers…additionally, the police and Customs are authorised to carry out random checks at both exporter and dealer storage sites,” the Industry Minister said.Material will remain on display at sites for five days to facilitate public viewing before loading can begin, and “anything remotely suspect will be detained for investigation by the police and Customs – this material is held for an additional 10 days to allow for viewing by the public,” he stated.Additionally, Mr. Hylton informed that “all exporters are required to submit a police recommendation from a superintendent or an officer of greater rank…the Minister may also request a police report”.He pointed out also, that all exporters, inclusive of dealers, carriers, and handcart transporters, must be in possession of a licence or permit from the Trade Board. Licencing fees range from $5,000 to $10,000. Non-Jamaican nationals must have a work permit.Minister Hylton further outlined that special permits must be obtained from the Minister in order to export restricted materials such as irrigation pipes, railway lines, copper, I-beams, bridges, manhole covers and sign posts. He explained that it was with the support of a technical team that the Minister would make decisions about such requests.The measures will be reviewed after six months, he said.A website, www.scrapalertjamaica.com, has also been mounted by the Factories Corporation where the public can lodge complaints of theft. The site goes live on Monday.Minister Hylton told journalists that all stakeholders have been consulted, and while some are still of the view that the trade should not be re-opened, the general feedback was to go ahead with its resumption.last_img read more

The Rise of Skywalker felt like an end to playing Rey Daisy

first_imgLos Angeles: Daisy Ridley says “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” may feel like a “satisfying end” to her character Rey, but the actor said no one knows what the future holds. The 27-year-old actor, who reprises the role in the last installment of the Skywalker saga, said there are many characters in the beloved sci-fi franchise that are waiting to be explored. “I can’t actually imagine it right now. The ending to ‘Rise of Skywalker’… ‘Rise of the Skywalker?’ ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ – sorry, jet lag – it’s very satisfying. It felt like an end. I don’t know what’ll happen in however many years. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “There are so many characters in the ‘Star Wars’ world who’ve never been explored. There’s so much for the filmmakers to work on. So right now, I don’t think so. But who could say, really? An opportunity might present itself. I love how the movie hasn’t come out and people are like, ‘What about going forward?’ Right now, it feels like a really nice full stop on the Skywalker series,” Ridley told Vulture. “The Rise of Skywalker” is slated to be released in US theatres on December 20.last_img read more

Thousands flee Abidjan as violence intensifies in Côte dIvoire – UN

Thousands of residents of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, have been flocking to bus stations seeking transport out of the city fearing that an all-out war is in the offing after an escalation of violence, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.As many as 30 unarmed civilians were killed and 60 others were wounded when the market in Abidjan’s northern suburb of Abobo was attacked with mortar shells on Thursday, according to the UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire, which is known as UNOCI.The shelling was carried out by members of the Ivorian Defense and Security Forces (FDSCI), who are loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo, who lost a UN-certified and internationally recognized election to the opposition figure Alassane Ouattara last November, but has since refused to step down. Abobo is considered a stronghold of supporters of Mr. Ouattara.During the weekend and on Monday, monitors with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) saw thousands of people trying to leave from Adjame and Yopougon bus terminals in Abidjan. Many families slept there in a desperate bid to secure seats in departing vehicles.Some of those fleeing said they had decided to leave following an appeal on Saturday by the pro-Gbagbo youth leader, Charles Blé Goudé, who urged civilians to join the ranks of the armed forces. Thousands of youths have reportedly responded to the appeal, which those departing Abidjan have interpreted as a declaration of war.The bus stations were already crowded with families seeking to leave Abidjan amid the intensifying violence. The cost of transportation has risen sharply, according to a humanitarian partner whose staff have received requests from internally displaced persons (IDPs) to help them leave Abidjan. An estimated 300,000 people in Abidjan are displaced, many of them former residents of Abobo.Many IDPs are heading to the north and east of the country, and families who made it to those areas told UNHCR staff by telephone that the humanitarian situation there is becoming increasingly difficult for them and their hosts.Meanwhile, UNHCR and its partners have completed setting up of the first IDP site in the western town of Danane. Over the weekend, 778 displaced people were relocated to the site from a nearby primary school. Two other IDP sites are being rehabilitated in Danane, where an estimated 5,000 people were displaced by violence earlier this year.The Ivorian crisis has also affected some 24,000 Liberian refugees who have been living in Abidjan for nearly two decades. Some of them have signed up for repatriation to Liberia and the first UNHCR-organized airlift of 171 returnees took place on Saturday.Cote 22 March 2011Thousands of residents of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, have been flocking to bus stations seeking transport out of the city fearing that an all-out war is in the offing after an escalation of violence, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. read more

TSX NY rise amid higher commodity prices strong US jobs housing data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX, N.Y. rise amid higher commodity prices, strong U.S. jobs, housing data by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2013 4:41 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market was higher Thursday amid rising commodity prices and positive U.S. economic data.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 65.91 points to 12,674.73 while the TSX Venture Exchange was up 2.95 points to 1,233.15.The Canadian dollar was up 0.04 of a cent to 101.45 cents US.U.S. indexes shot ahead as weekly applications for unemployment benefits hit a five-year low and U.S. home construction surged last month.At the same time, there were earnings disappointments in the banking sector and further Dreamliner woes for aircraft maker Boeing Inc.The Dow industrials jumped 84.79 points to 13,596.02, while the Nasdaq composite index gained 18.46 points to 3,136. The S&P 500 index rose 8.31 points to a fresh, five-year high of 1,480.94.Builders broke ground on U.S. houses and apartments at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 954,000 in December, up 12.1 per cent from November. The report capped off the best year for U.S. home construction since the real estate meltdown.“There is no denying that the housing market recovery is solidifying and we expect construction activity to ramp up to the one million annualized threshold by the end of this year,” said TD Bank economist Michael Dolega, adding the improvement in the housing sector is good news for the jobs picture.“The strengthening housing recovery appears to have shown up in construction employment, which rose 30,000 in December. With sectoral employment down over two million off its 2006-2007 peak, we expect the construction sector to add more than half-million jobs over the course of this year.”Weekly unemployment benefit applications in the U.S. fell 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 335,000. That’s comparable to numbers seen just after the recession began.The weekly numbers are subject to a lot of seasonal volatility, but the overall trend suggested an improving landscape.Boeing shares gained 1.24 per cent following a string of losses even as U.S. and European authorities grounded the company’s 787 Dreamliner, its newest and most technologically advanced airliner, until the risk of battery fires is resolved. Boeing stock dropped 3.4 per cent the day before.Japan’s two largest air carriers voluntarily grounded their 787s on Wednesday following an emergency landing by one of the planes in Japan.On the earnings front, Bank of America shares were down 4.24 per cent after it fell well short on revenue expectations.Citigroup also registered a big earnings miss, with earnings per share of 69 cents ex-items against the 96 cents that analysts had expected and its shares were down 2.92 per cent.The tech sector was the leading advancer on the Toronto market, up 1.55 per cent with CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) ahead 70 cents to $24.86.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) gained 13 cents to $14.68. Its stock has risen over 25 per cent in the last week as investors anticipate the unveiling of RIM’s new BB10 product next Wednesday.The consumer discretionary sector was ahead 1.11 per cent, paced by strength in auto parts companies. Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR) gained $1.34 to $26.75 while Magna International (TSX:MG) climbed 70 cents to $52.84.The base metals sector was up 0.71 per cent as March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose six cents to US$3.66 a pound. Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) climbed 12 cents to C$3.37 and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) advanced 43 cents to $36.71 .The chief executive of mining giant Rio Tinto PLC and another senior executive stepped down after the company announced $14 billion in writedowns from its Alcan aluminum business and a coal company in Mozambique. Its shares were off 21 cents to US$54.82 in New York.Oil prices headed higher, building on Wednesday’s gain of almost $1 after the U.S. Energy Information Administration said crude supplies declined by one million barrels last week. Analysts polled by Platts had expected a 2.5-million-barrel climb.The February crude contract gained $1.25 to a four-month high of US$95.49 a barrel and the energy sector gained 0.61 per cent. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was up 59 cents to C$29.33.Prices were also supported by an attack on a natural gas plant deep in the Sahara in Algeria. Islamist militants are holding dozens of hostages.Industrials were also higher as Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) gained four cents to $4.08.The gold sector was the only TSX decliner, down about 0.3 per cent as February bullion erased early losses to gain $7.60 to US$1,690.80 an ounce. Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) faded 12 cents to C$9.37.On the earnings front, chip giant Intel reported quarterly earnings of 48 cents US a share, three cents better than analyst forecasts. Its shares were up 1.1 per cent in after market trading in New York.Looking ahead to Friday, traders waited for China’s growth data to help assess the strength of the global economy. China will release fourth-quarter growth data for 2012 as well as overall GDP figures for the year.In other corporate developments, Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) and the Malaysian state investment company are teaming up to purchase 98 per cent of a Malaysian life insurance company. Sun Life and Khazanah Nasional are purchasing the CIMB Aviva Assurance life insurance company as well as CIMB Aviva Takaful for a total shared cost of $586 million. Sun Life shares gained 30 cents to $28.24.H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:HR.UN) announced a friendly agreement to buy Primaris Retail REIT (TSX:(PMZ.UN) in a cash and stock deal valued at some $2.8 billion, topping a rival offer by a consortium led by KingSett Capital. H&R units lost 51 cents to $23.28 while Primaris units added seven cents to $26.58. read more

BUFS film reimagines Oscar Wildes last days

The tragic and poetic story of the last days of Oscar Wilde will play out on screen during this week’s Brock University Film Society (BUFS) offering.The Happy Prince, a film about the literary genius who lived and died for love at the close of the 19th century, comes to the Film House in downtown St. Catharines on Nov. 22.The movie was written and directed by, and stars Rupert Everett.Everett “channels Wilde’s literary bearing, clever wit and absinthe-tinged wooziness with poignancy and pathos,” says the L.A. Times. He is joined onscreen by Edwin Thomas, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson and Colin Firth.As Wilde (Everett) lies on his deathbed in a cheap Parisian hotel, his past floods back, transporting him to other times and places. A kaleidoscope of memories, vignettes and hallucinations reveals Wilde’s failed attempt to reconcile with his long-suffering wife (Watson), doomed love affairs with Lord Alfred Douglas (Morgan) and Robbie Ross (Thomas), and enduring friendship with novelist Reggie Turner (Firth).     “Wilde’s mighty struggle with himself, with his heavenly talent and earthly lusts, and the meaning of it all resonates so strongly with the direction and performance that The Happy Prince is easily elevated past period Victoriana … to move and engage in equal parts,” says Screen International.Tickets for all BUFS shows are available at the Film House in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) on the evening of screenings. General admission is $9 or $7 for members, plus tax. Memberships are available through the Film House website.Visit the BUFS web page for a full list of this season’s selections. A calendar of films coming to the PAC over the next few months is posted on the Film House website. Look for the red B that indicates a BUFS-hosted screening.For more than 40 years, the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted the film society (previously known as a series) to bring some of the best in independent, international and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> read more

Formula One Has A New Top Contender

2009Red Bull RacingMark Webber14828472nd 2011Red Bull RacingMark Webber168414741st 2018Scuderia FerrariKimi Räikkönen157112572nd QualifyingRaces* 2017Scuderia FerrariKimi Räikkönen157516802nd 2012Red Bull RacingMark Webber126014701st 2008Toro RossoS. Bourdais147813728th 2015Scuderia FerrariKimi Räikkönen157916843rd *Race performance is adjusted slightly for starting grid positionSource: racing-reference.info 2007Sauber/Toro RossoHeidfeld/Liuzzi338%338%14th This teammate-versus-teammate approach isn’t perfect, particularly when it involves drivers who haven’t changed teams much. But it is able to infer one driver’s performance from how often he beats another driver of an established ability level. And Vettel is certainly established; he went into the season (and his partnership with Leclerc) with the third-best rating of any driver in the 2019 field, trailing only Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen — another Leclerc-esque wunderkind (also 21 years old) trying to end the Hamilton-Vettel hegemony atop the F1 standings.For Leclerc’s part, he has risen from a relatively mediocre head-to-head Elo of 1454 after the Canadian Grand Prix on June 9 to a 1529 mark (fourth-best in the field) after back-to-back victories in Belgium and Italy these past two weeks. He has now outperformed Vettel in each of the past seven qualifying sessions and five of the past seven races (the only exceptions being Germany and Hungary). By coolly fending off the best attacks Hamilton and Bottas could throw at him, the “unflappable” Leclerc gave Ferrari a win at Monza — its home race — for the first time since Alonso did it in 2010. Along the way, he has given Vettel more fits than just about any teammate in his entire career: 2014Red Bull RacingDaniel Ricciardo9476325th SeasonTeamTeammateH2H WinsWin%H2H WinsWin%Champ. Rk 2013Red Bull RacingMark Webber178917891st 2019Scuderia FerrariCharles Leclerc6438575th 2016Scuderia FerrariKimi Räikkönen94315714th 1586815365 2010Red Bull RacingMark Webber136811581st Total Vettel’s teammates seldom challenge as much as LeclercHead-to-head comparisons between Sebastian Vettel and teammates — in qualifying and races — by season, 2007-19 In recent years, Formula One’s defining rivalry has seemed clear: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (and before that, McLaren) vs. Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari (and before that, Red Bull). The two have combined to win nine of the past 11 world driver’s championships, with the only interlopers being Jenson Button in 2009 and Nico Rosberg, another of Hamilton’s most bitter rivals, in 2016. Hamilton and Vettel finished 1-2 in each of the previous two seasons’ standings, so the path to the F1 title seemed very likely to go through them in 2019 as well.This year, though, only one of the two has held up his end of the bargain. Hamilton currently leads the championship, 63 points clear of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. But instead of vying for the title as well, Vettel is all the way back in fifth place, 115 points behind his English archrival. The German hasn’t finished so low in the standings since 2014, his tumultuous final season with Red Bull.With the recent breakout of Vettel’s Ferrari teammate, Charles Leclerc — the 21-year-old rising star who just grabbed his first two F1 career wins in back-to-back races — there are legitimate questions as to which driver Hamilton should be more concerned about as a rival going forward. In fact, Leclerc has done so well in his second F1 season that the four-time world champ Vettel might not even be the No. 1 driver on his own team anymore.That this is up for debate speaks volumes about Leclerc’s meteoric ascent. The Monégasque phenom was a teenager in Formula Two just a couple of years ago, impressing as a test driver but failing to nail down a seat at a prestige team for his rookie F1 season. Leclerc joined Alfa Romeo-Sauber for 2018 instead and flashed his potential with a very strong qualifying performance against teammate Marcus Ericsson, whom he started ahead of on the grid 17 times in 21 races (81 percent) last season. But on race days, Leclerc finished slightly worse than he started,1Finishing in an average position of 12.5 versus starting at 12.3. beat Ericsson only 57 percent of the time (after adjusting for grid position)2To do this, I used a regression analysis to predict a driver’s percentile rank in a given race based on his percentile rank in qualifying. To make sure this factor didn’t get too much weight — since it’s kind of a chicken-or-egg question about how much grid position causes good race performances or is just correlated with them — I halved the effect when applying the adjustment. and notched only 39 points in the championship, finishing a distant 13th.(Besides, Ericsson wasn’t exactly the toughest competition; he didn’t secure an F1 ride in 2019 and currently competes in the IndyCar series.)Still, Ferrari saw the talent evident in Leclerc’s performance and pegged him to replace folk hero Kimi Räikkönen as Vettel’s No. 2 going into 2019. But Vettel’s place atop the pecking order seemed secure. He had spent most of the previous four seasons driving circles around Räikkönen, beating the 2007 world champion in 67 percent of qualifying runs and 73 percent of races. Although he couldn’t quite outduel Hamilton, finishing an average of 101 points behind him in the overall standings during those seasons, Vettel was still very competitive — and hopeful that a new 2019 design package would bring the Prancing Horse its first championship (as either a constructor or for its drivers) since the late 2000s.The early returns seemed like business as usual. Although Mercedes opened the season with an eight-race winning streak, as Hamilton took six of those checkered flags himself, Vettel had also outdriven Leclerc 12 times in 14 chances (including both qualifying and races) over the first seven events on the schedule. (The only exception was the Bahrain Grand Prix, where Leclerc won the pole and finished third to Vettel’s fifth.) Vettel even technically crossed the finish line first in Canada, only to see Hamilton be awarded the win because of a controversial penalty assessed when Vettel swerved back onto the track after a missed turn.Ever since that moment, however, Leclerc has surged past his older, more decorated teammate at a breathtaking pace. If we build an Elo rating using the same head-to-head approach that I used in this story about Fernando Alonso from last summer — which just compared teammate performances with each other (to control for differences in constructor quality) and gave qualifiers half-weight as compared with races — Leclerc moved past Vettel for the very first time in his career when he won the Italian Grand Prix last Sunday: Despite the back-to-back losses, Mercedes isn’t exactly worried about Leclerc chasing Hamilton down for the title. The quick circuits of the past two races probably favored Ferrari, with the superior straight-line speed of its SF90 car. And even after Leclerc’s big breakthrough, he remains 102 points behind Hamilton (and 39 behind Bottas) in the standings, with Ferrari running 154 behind Mercedes in the team tally as they look ahead to the season’s final seven races.But although Leclerc’s wins didn’t make much impact on the overall championship picture, they may have represented something of a turning point in F1 history. Going into 2019, Vettel had outqualified his teammates — a strong group that included Räikkönen, Daniel Ricciardo and Mark Webber — 69 percent of the time and outraced them 66 percent of the time in his career. Against Leclerc this season, those numbers are only 43 percent and 57 percent, respectively, and getting worse by the moment.Vettel entered the season as a championship contender and the clear standard-bearer for the sport’s most storied team. Now his place is in doubt. With another year left on his contract, Vettel probably isn’t going anywhere (despite tabloid rumors to the contrary), but it’s hard not to juxtapose Leclerc’s recent surge against Vettel’s growing tendency toward crucial errors and on-track decisions that put other drivers at risk. So the biggest question for the season’s home stretch isn’t whether Leclerc is the future of the sport — that now seems established — but rather, it’s whether Vettel can avoid being left in the past. read more

Paedophiles could hide abuse images in the internet of things think tank

first_imgMost items currently on the market do not have enough memory to store images, but storage is becoming cheaper, raising the risk in future. “It’s not beyond possibility to have a device that has a micro SD card, maybe to store information for a legitimate reason, but for somebody who wants to hack in and use it for something else, that’s a free chunk of storage that they could exploit,” he said. Many items are sold with stock passwords, making it easy for criminals to hack them if they are not changed, Mr Langford added. The report also suggests that police and other law enforcement agencies should focus on those carrying out the abuse and making images rather than low-level offenders as a “sensible way of targeting limited resources”. The rise of the “internet of things” will mean paedophiles are able to store child abuse images in smart devices, a think tank has warned. The report suggests that innocent members of the public could see their smart fridges and TVs used as repositories for illegal abuse images by criminals. It said that the risk is likely to grow over the next three to five years as the prevalence of the “smart” items increases and they become more sophisticated. Fred Langford, deputy CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation, which worked with cross-party think tank Demos on the report, said internet-savvy paedophiles could “scan” for vulnerable devices anywhere in the world on which to hide their images. Householders could even end up being investigated by police who believe that abuse images belong to them because they are stored on one of their devices, he warned. “Because of the inherent nature of the lack of security with internet of things devices as things stand, it does mean that there’s a huge risk,” he said. “That person may not have actually put it there themselves, and it could be that it will be left on [them] to try and prove that, and they may not have the technical ability to be able to do that.” Some companies have improved the security on their products but concerns have recently been raised over the hackability of children’s toys which are Bluetooth and Wifi enabled. center_img 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

DJI introduces new highperformance UAV accessories to help get the most from

first_imgDJI, a world leader in creative camera technology, has introduced new high-performance hardware and a premium customer support program to help professional customers get the most out of their aerial and handheld imaging equipment. Its says the new “Cendence remote controller, DJI Tracktenna high-gain antenna and CrystalSky monitor provide personalised controls and better performance for the most demanding uses, while DJI Circle delivers a new premium tier of support for DJI products and the people who rely on them to do their jobs.”“DJI’s professional customers demand the highest performance from our aerial platforms and handheld stabilisers,” said Paul Pan, DJI Senior Product Manager. “We are committed to giving them the tools they need to do their jobs right, so they can accomplish their goals with more power, precision and control than ever before.”The new Cendence remote controller is DJI’s first multi-platform controller for professionals who need versatility, efficiency and personalisation at their fingertips. Its intuitive ergonomic design fits perfectly in your hands, allowing easy access to programmable function buttons and dials. Users can program and store customized button configurations for different flight and shooting options, and can use two dials to adjust the pitch and yaw of the gimbal at the same time. With Cendence, pilots have instant access to functions like ISO, sharpness, shutter speed, focus and more, without navigating the touch menu settings on their mobile device. Cendence features built-in SDI and HDMI video transmission ports for live HD broadcast and streaming applications, and can be easily adapted to use DJI’s Lightbridge or WiFi video transmission technology.The controller mounts smartphones, tablets and DJI’s high-brightness CrystalSky monitors, and also features a smaller secondary screen to display critical telemetry data. Long battery life of up to 4 hours and the ability to easily exchange batteries make power management easier and longer flights possible. Cendence is compatible with DJI’s Matrice 200 and Inspire 2 drones. DJI Tracktenna is a high-gain antenna that ushers in a new era of remote wireless communication by improving signal reliability over long distances and resisting interference. Its built-in sensors and two-axis gimbal automatically point the antenna to the aircraft at all times, bolstering the connection even while the operator is in motion or on a vehicle.When installed on the new Cendence controller in optimal conditions, DJI Tracktenna can boost signal transmission to over 10 km, giving increased responsiveness and confidence when performing complex flights like search and rescue missions, power line inspections, pipeline inspections, live HD broadcasting, filmmaking and more. Pilots should always understand and follow any applicable laws and regulations regarding flight distance.DJI Tracktenna supports transmission speeds of up to 10 Mbps within 2 km for data-intensive applications. It supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands, giving it greater signal stability. The CrystalSky family of dedicated monitors offers a brighter and more reliable display screen for pilots who need more robust visual information than is available on smartphones and tablets. The CrystalSky series features displays up to 2000 cd/m2, which is four times brighter than a typical smartphone or tablet, allowing clear screen visibility even in full daylight.CrystalSky monitors are available in 5.5-inch and 7.85-inch sizes. They attach directly to the new Cendence controller, and use a new dedicated mounting bracket to attach to other DJI controllers. They are designed to operate in temperature ranges from -20 to 40oC, and can operate for up to 6 hours in ideal conditions using a secondary external battery. CrystalSky runs optimized versions of the DJI GO, DJI GO 4 and DJI Pilot apps, and includes two microSD card slots for rapid storage and playback of encoded 4K video.last_img read more

Rare weather event at the Grand Canyon creates incredible sights

first_imgTHE GRAND CANYON always looks pretty spectacular but, over the weekend, it was even more breathtaking that usual.In an extremely rare sequence of events, the area saw two temperature inversions in just three days – a weather phenomenon that fills the canyon with freezing fog and normally only happens every 10 years.According to photographer Erin Whittaker, who posted photos to the Grand Canyon National Park’s Facebook page, freezing fog dominated yesterday and is reflected in great patterns on the Kaibab Limestone shown on the image above.“By the end of the day the sun was able to burn it all away no doubt making many first time visitors very happy. What will tomorrow bring?” she asks.Temperature inversion happens once or twice a year but the entire canyon only fills up about once a decade on a cloudless day.“These needle-less branches slowly succumbed to hours of freezing fog to grow these ribbon-like icy but temporary features,” continued Whittaker. “Once the sun finally burns off the fog so too goes this delicate scene.”The first photo published on Friday offered an explanation of what exactly was happening: “We are currently experiencing an after Thanksgiving treat. No, it’s not more pumpkin pie. It’s a once in a lifetime, outstanding, crazy, amazing, mind blowing inversion. Enjoy.”“Much better than Black Friday! Here’s what Mather Point looked like this morning with the rare inversion. Rangers wait for years to see it. Word spread like wildfire and most ran to the rim to photograph it. What a fantastic treat for all,” concluded Whittaker.All images: Grand Canyon National ParkSee more at the Grand Canyon National Park’s Facebook page>last_img read more