Kerala may have undercounted almost 2,700 elephants in the latest elephant census, the response to a question in the Lok Sabha on India’s elephant numbers indicated.In 2017, the Union environment ministry reported that there were 27,312 elephants on average in the country according to figures collated from 23 States, a decline from the 29,576 elephants recorded as the mean figure in 2012. The exercise was part of the elephant census, conducted once in 5 years under the aegis of Project Elephant.In response to a question on the ‘census of wild animals’, the environment ministry said on Friday that the updated 2017 figures showed 29,964 elephants on average, or a slight increase from 2012’s mean. The earlier 2017 figures indicated that Kerala had only 3,054 elephants whereas, Friday’s number showed Kerala as having 5,706 elephants. The Andaman and Nicobar islands was the only other region that showed a different number from its 2017 estimate: 25 as opposed to the earlier 19.Direct count methodA scientist associated with the census said that the discrepancy had resulted from Kerala’s insistence in 2017 on using a technique called the ‘direct count’ method. “When word began to get around that the elephant population had declined, they changed tack,” the scientist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Hindu.Dung sightingsBecause sighting animals in the wild is hard, researchers over the years have used several proxies as well as statistical techniques to estimate population. The method in vogue is the ‘indirect count’ method that estimates populations in a region based on sightings of elephant dung. Kerala’s revised figure — as the answer to the Lok Sabha indicates — is likely based on the indirect count.
New Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) A bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha which envisages to amend 91-year-old Sikh Gurdwaras Act to exclude Sahajdhari Sikhs from voting in the elections to Sikh religious bodies. The Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The Bill proposes to remove the exception given to Sahajdhari Sikhs in 1944 to vote in the elections to select the members of the Board and the Committees constituted under the Act. The Union Cabinet had recently approved the proposal of the Home Ministry to amend the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, with effect from October 8, 2003. The said amendment was also carried out by a Home Ministry notification dated October 8, 2003, in exercise of the powers conferred by the Parliament under Section 72 of the Punjab Re-organisation Act, 1966. However, the notification was quashed by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana on December 20, 2011, leaving it to the appropriate and competent legislature to decide as to whether or not to amend the Act to that effect. PTI SAP AKK AKK
Liverpool ended an incredible season by winning Europe’s biggest prize after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Saturday’s all-English Champions League final, earning sweet redemption after agonisingly missing out on the Premier League title.Liverpool, who missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City by one point, did not produce their usual whirlwind attacking game but Salah’s debatable penalty and Origi’s arrowed finish sealed a sixth European Cup triumph.For Liverpool, it was just reward for a campaign, in Europe and at home, that has highlighted why the recruitment of Klopp in 2015 was such a wise move by the American-owned club.Liverpool’s victory was widely celebrated on Twitter.YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE #WEARELIVERPOOL CONGRATULATIONS MEN AND ANYONE THAT HAS ANY AFFILIATION WITH THE CLUB!! @LFCLeBron James (@KingJames) June 1, 2019A moment we’ll never forget.#SixTimespic.twitter.com/7L5Xv1qstWLiverpool FC (@LFC) June 1, 2019This Picture says everything #Liverpool pic.twitter.com/aUOaKPfkivLokesh | #RG19 (@its_me_lokey) June 2, 2019Totally in love #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/ditOnZpHQC#UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) June 1, 2019At least we can say we lost to this year’s best team. Congrats, @LFCFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) June 1, 2019Congratulations, @LFC, on winning another @ChampionsLeague title. pic.twitter.com/z8vKbhoVn8FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 1, 2019″I am so happy for the boys all these people, and my family. They suffer for me, they deserve it more than anybody,” Klopp said after his team’s win.”Did you ever see a team like this, fighting with no fuel in the tank? And we have a keeper who makes difficult things look easy. It is the best night of our professional lives.advertisementAlso Read | Champions League glory impossible without Klopp, says HendersonAlso Read | Champions League Final: Liverpool win 6th title after Salah, Origi heroicsAlso See(With inputs from Reuters)
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Charities features Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Reuse this content Health Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Millie Bird says she will never forget the day when her seven-year-old son Alex straddled a surfboard for the first time. They were on Watergate Bay in Cornwall and this was his first surf therapy session. For a young boy with autism who struggles in social situations it was a potentially frightening ordeal.But what Bird remembers now is his “beaming smile” on the water and the huge cheers that erupted when he caught his first wave.“When we got home he said: ‘Mummy, I’m so proud of myself’. He’d never said anything like that before. It was a real moment,” Bird says.Surf therapy sounds like something you would find on the American west coast – and that is where it began. But it is now making the biggest waves in the UK, as growing numbers of young people brave the British breakers to tackle anxiety and depression. Now aged 10, Alex says he feels more valued and more confident in almost everything he does. “It’s given him a new sense of calm,” Bird says.The Wave Project charity, which runs therapy classes around the country – from Cornwall to North Yorkshire to Scotland – reports a 35% surge in the number of children taking part over the past year, to more than 1,200.Its newest project opens this month in Southwark, London. It is an unlikely setting for a surf school, but the charity has secured a bus-cum-mobile-classroom that will ferry children to and from the Sussex coast. “Some of these kids have never left south London,” says Joe Taylor, the charity’s founder. The sessions are aimed at children with varying forms of mental health difficulties and autism, and coaching is one-to-one – with each child having their own mentor or “buddy”. It is also free – thanks to 900 trained volunteers and funding from charitable trusts such as Comic Relief and Children in Need.Taylor says it is not unlike art or music therapy in that it occupies the mind in something active and social. It is an unpredictable environment, though. And, controversially perhaps, the dangers of the open sea are often crucial to its healing powers.“The sea is quite scary, so kids who might otherwise be quite wild and aggressive start to listen a bit more to the coaches and people around them. They’ll physically reach out for help and I think that’s a really important psychological step for them to take – they build those kinds of relationships, often for the first time.”Trust is key to experiential therapies like surfing, says consultant psychiatrist Richard Graham, and there is a sense of “awe” that can help children work through “conflicts and rage and frustration”.“The sea doesn’t look at you, it doesn’t judge you, it doesn’t have opinions, it is what it is. Then you’ve got that inherent sense of achievement and mastery if you start to get it right – and for someone who feels they’re almost always getting it wrong, that can be transformational,” he says.He warns, though, that vulnerable young people can be more impulsive and reckless, and don’t always have “those inner safeguards that come from having good care”.Taylor insists that risk assessment is very thorough, but concedes that surf therapy may not work for everyone. Most children do benefit, he believes, and they see big increases in social cohesion.Next year the charity plans its biggest investment yet, a £1m facility in Cornwall that will be the world’s first dedicated centre for surf therapy – a hub, Taylor hopes, for training and research but also a platform for taking the ethos of surfing into classrooms all over Britain.“Our ambition is to make surf therapy available to any child in the UK who needs it,” he says.Although most of the children on the courses have never been near a surfboard before, some go on to become expert surfers.One, Charlotte Banfield, now 19, even won a bronze medal at the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships in California last year. She has autism and cerebral palsy and says she used to struggle with the smallest things in life, like tying her shoelaces. But she says surfing has encouraged her to find ways around them.“When I’m standing on my surfboard riding an awesome wave, I just forget about everything on land, and live in the moment – it feels amazing!” Share on LinkedIn Facebook Mental health Share via Email
Rabat – After a visit on Monday, King Mohammed VI was pleased to see the health status of the Gabonese president is improving, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The Gabonese president arrived in Rabat on November 29 to recuperate following a stroke in Saudi Arabia.The King requested the transfer of the Gabonese president, suggesting he finish his recovery in Morocco instead of London. On November 27, Ondimba’s wife Sylvia Bongo Ondimba announced that the president would leave Riyadh for Rabat to finish recovering.Read Also: Gabon’s Ali Bongo Arrives in Morocco to Recover from StrokeGabon’s vice president, Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou, has taken over official duties in Bongo’s absence.The monarch and the Gabonese president share a strong friendship. In 2017, Bongo shared a picture of himself and the King as teenageers. The picture illustrates the long-standing friendship between the two leaders.
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today briefed the Chief Prelates in Kandy on moves to arrest him.He said some Government Ministers have stated that he will be arrested in one month. “Is this justifiable?” Rajapaksa asked while speaking to reporters in Kandy today.He said the judiciary and not some Minister can decide if he must be arrested or charged. (Colombo Gazette)
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) — one of the main organizers — the exercise will take place at the Gravelines nuclear power plant located in the north of France, near the Belgian border. The Gravelines site is home to six pressurized water reactors.”This exercise will involve a simulated incident at a fictitious unit on this site with the possibility of an environmental impact,” the IAEA said in a statement released at the agency’s Vienna headquarters. “Participants may have to decide on measures to protect the public based on actual weather conditions at the time of the exercise.”The 54 participating countries will follow their own actual national emergency response plans and procedures during the exercise, which aims to test arrangements for responding to a nuclear emergency, co-ordinate the release of information, and assess the effectiveness of the responses.In addition to the IAEA, the drill is being sponsored by the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
DOVER, Del. – Pharmaceutical manufacturer AstraZeneca LP will pay $7.9 million to settle allegations that it engaged in a kickback scheme involving the heartburn medicine Nexium, U.S. Justice Department officials said Wednesday.The settlement stems from a whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2010 on behalf of the government by two former AstraZeneca executives. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Delaware, home to AstraZeneca’s U.S commercial headquarters, had remained sealed until this week.The lawsuit alleged that top AstraZeneca executives led a scheme to give $100 million in price concessions on Nexium to the company’s largest commercial purchaser, pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions, in return for preferred placement of Nexium on Medco’s list of approved medications and Medco’s promotion and direct purchase of the drug.The lawsuit alleged that the 10 per cent discount that Medco began receiving on Nexium in 2004 violated federal anti-kickback laws. AstraZeneca never disclosed the discount, which would have resulted in a new and lower “best price” for Nexium subject to reimbursement under Medicare, Medicaid and other government health care programs, according to the complaint. Instead, the company disguised the discounts with price concessions on more “mature” drugs such as Prilosec, Toprol XL and Plendil, authorities said.“AstraZeneca denies the allegations,” spokeswoman Michele Meixell said in an emailed statement. “It is in the best interest of the company to resolve these matters and to move forward with our business of discovering and developing important, life-changing medicines — while avoiding the delay, uncertainty, and expense of protracted litigation.”Authorities alleged that the Nexium scheme resulted in false and fraudulent claims being submitted under government health care programs and reflected AstraZeneca’s “ongoing corporate strategy of profits over compliance in defiance of applicable law.”During the relevant period, Nexium sales in the U.S. totalled about $21 billion, according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit alleged in particular that the Nexium kickbacks violated a corporate integrity agreement that AstraZeneca signed in 2003, when it pleaded guilty to illegal marketing of Zoladex and agreed to pay a criminal fine of about $64 million. The company also entered into a civil settlement with the government for an additional $266 million involving the marketing, sale and pricing of Zoladex.The lawsuit also alleged that AstraZeneca engaged in the Nexium scheme even as it was negotiating a $520 million settlement reached in 2010 regarding the alleged illegal marketing of its drug Seroquel.The two AstraZeneca whistleblowers, Paul DiMattia and F. Folger Tuggle, did not immediately return telephone messages Wednesday. As part of the settlement, they will share $1.42 million.A spokesman for Express Scripts Inc., which acquired Medco in 2012, declined to comment. US government: Pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca to pay $7.9 million over kickback allegations by Randall Chase, The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2015 10:13 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“I am distressed by reports of punitive demolitions carried out by Israeli security forces of five homes in the Jerusalem, Nablus, and Ramallah governorates in the last few days,” Robert Piper, the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, said in a statement, noting that two Palestinians were reported killed and nine others injured in clashes today protesting against the demolition.In operations to “deter others,” the family homes of five alleged perpetrators of attacks against Israelis in 2015 have been demolished by Israeli security forces since 14 November. At least nine additional adjacent apartments have been damaged and rendered unsafe. The deaths and injuries occurred during the most recent operation this morning in Qalandiya refugee camp.“We recognize Israel’s serious security challenges today, but any law enforcement response must be consistent with international law,” Mr. Piper said. Punitive demolitions are inherently unjust, punishing innocent people for the acts of others.”According to the statement, punitive demolitions are a form of collective penalty as they effectively punish not only the alleged perpetrators but also relatives, neighbours for acts they have not committed. Collective penalties are prohibited under international law. The policy was suspended by the Israeli Government in 2005 after a military committee deemed it ineffective as a deterrent. Such actions have restarted since mid-2014, with the exception of one case in 2009.Since 1 June 2014, the Israeli authorities have demolished, sealed or destroyed with explosives 16 structures, displacing 90 Palestinians, including 51 children, according to UN. In addition, at least 12 adjacent apartments were damaged, temporarily displacing at least 55 people.In a related development, two UN experts today voiced grave concern over continuing violence in the Occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, noting individual Palestinian attacks against Israelis and reported excessive force by Israelis when apprehending Palestinian suspects “including some which appear to amount to summary executions.”They called on Israeli authorities to carry out “independent, thorough, prompt and impartial investigations into all suspected cases of extra-judicial, arbitrary and summary executions, and to provide compensation to the victims or their families.”Since the beginning of October over 80 Palestinians and some 15 Israelis have reportedly been killed, while thousands of Palestinians and more than 100 Israelis have been injured. Makarim Wibisono and Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and on summary executions respectively, called for strict compliance with international law, noting the alleged shooting death of a Palestinian during an undercover arrest operation in a Hebron hospital last week. “The current escalation of violence with individual attacks by Palestinians against Israelis, excessive use of force by Israeli forces when apprehending Palestinian suspects of alleged attacks and in the context of clashes, as well as violent attacks by settlers against Palestinians, is occurring within the existing context of policies and practices under the longstanding Israeli occupation which entail violations of Palestinian human rights and raise tensions,” the experts noted. “In such a climate one would expect the leaders to make public calls to stop the carnage.” Mr. Wibisono voiced particular concern at the high level of clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, where Palestinians live in close proximity to a large settler population.“It is sadly a predictable flashpoint, but I strongly reiterate that Israeli security forces must abide by international standards on use of force,” he stressed. “In addition, there must not be impunity for settler violence”. The experts welcomed the reported clarification by Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to the effect that Israeli security forces are prohibited from firing at a suspected assailant unless an immediate danger to human life cannot otherwise be prevented and that the use of fire must be proportional to the threat. “This is an important statement as the rhetoric used by certain Israeli politicians and senior members of the police seems to suggest otherwise,” Mr. Heyns said. “International law allows the use of lethal force only where it is absolutely necessary – a last measure – to protect life. All uses of firearms should be considered potentially lethal.”
Donald Trump Jr. PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Donald Trump Jr. has campaigned for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s reelection in a county that supported his father during the last presidential election.The Lexington Herald-Leader reports President Donald Trump’s son told a sparse Pike County crowd Thursday that he understood eastern Kentucky’s historic alliance with Democrats but added “this is not your grandfather’s Democratic Party.”- Advertisement – Trump Jr. touted his father’s successes as president and railed against Hillary Clinton, the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election by Robert Mueller and the media’s perceived bias against the president.He said his father’s policies had boosted economic growth and complimented Bevin for similar efforts.Bevin won Pike County four years ago but narrowly lost there in this year’s Republican primary to a lesser known GOP challenger.Related Article: Hearing scheduled in Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton’s lawsuit___Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
STOCKTON, Calif. — Lafayette Dorsey hit three 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to help Pacific beat Elon 65-57 Saturday night in the final game Thanksgiving Classic.Roberto Gallinat added 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting for Pacific (5-3), which held on after leading by as many as 17 points in the second half.Dorsey made a layup and then a 3-pointer and Gallinat added another 3 during a 14-2 run that gave the Tigers a 52-35 lead with eight minutes to go. Elon (2-4) scored 17 of the next 22 points to pull within five when Tyler Seibring made a layup with 32 seconds left but Gallinat and Dorsey combined to make 6 of 6 from the free-throw line to seal it.Steven Santa Ana had 15 points, Seibring scored 14 and Nathan Priddy added 13 for the Phoenix.The Associated Press
Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (right) hugs senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett following a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Penn State in State College, Pa. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The No. 13 Ohio State football team jumped out to an early lead, but relied on a late defensive stand in a 31-24 double-overtime victory against Penn State.OSU (6-1, 3-0) sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa knocked down Penn State (4-3, 1-3) sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg on fourth-and-five in the second overtime to seal the win Saturday night at Beaver Stadium.“I think we learned that we are a real team, and when adversity strikes we can come together and win a big game in a crazy environment,” Bosa said after the game.After the Buckeyes outscored the Nittany Lions 17-0 in the first half, Penn State reversed field in the second half to tie the game at 17 with nine seconds on the clock to force overtime.OSU coach Urban Meyer saved praise for his team’s opponent after the game, and added that the Buckeyes need to improve their play along the line.“A credit to our opponent, they played their tails off,” Meyer said. “Outplayed us up front, I think. (I’m) a little upset with the way we played up front and we got to get that fixed.”Penn State got the ball first before Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions to a first-and-goal from the two-yard line. The Buckeyes held on to force third down at the one, but senior running back Bill Belton found his way into the end zone to give Penn State its first lead of the night.On the Buckeyes’ first overtime possession, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett kept the ball on a second-and-seven to set up first and goal from the five with a 17-yard run. He kept it again on the next play, scoring a touchdown to tie the game at 24.Due to a personal foul penalty against Penn State following the Buckeyes’ extra point, OSU started the second overtime at the 12-yard line. Barrett led the Buckeyes to a third-and-two at the four-yard line, before taking another quarterback keeper into the end zone to put OSU back on top, 31-24.After the game, Barrett said he was trying to take it one play at a time and didn’t necessarily plan on running the ball before his two overtime touchdowns.“Just reading it each time, because when you go out there with an idea you play the idea and then you’re wrong,” he said.Penn State took over at the 25-yard line, but the Buckeyes forced fourth-down–and-five at the 20. Hackenberg was knocked to the ground as Bosa overpowered a Nittany Lion blocker.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native said he didn’t follow his assignment on the play, despite the positive result for OSU.“That wasn’t what I was supposed to do,” Bosa said. “I was supposed to hit the guard and wrap out, but he blocked down so the hole opened up. So I just took it and I was tired of trying to work my way around the back so I just ran over him.”Bosa added he didn’t even realize what had happened until his teammates surrounded him after the play.“I was so tired, I didn’t even know it was a sack until everybody started yelling,” he said. “I looked over and he had the ball and (junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington) came to hug me and I just fell down and everybody jumped on top of me.”Bosa — who said he “needed to play a lot better” — finished the game with 2.5 sacks and six total tackles.Barrett said he was simply glad Bosa was wearing a white jersey rather than Penn State’s blue shirt in the game.“Joey Bosa, one thing I can say, I’m really glad he’s on our team,” he said. “That’s for sure. Great player.”The play sealed OSU’s third straight win against the Nittany Lions.The double-overtime finish came after Penn State picked up a late field goal on a drive that began inside its own 10-yard line.Holding on to its three-point advantage, OSU sophomore punter Cameron Johnston pinned the Nittany Lions at their own nine-yard line with 2:58 to play in the game, then drove down the field to tack on three points and tie the game.Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions to the OSU 43-yard line before being sacked by Bosa on first down. A penalty against the Buckeyes on the next play gave Penn State a new set of downs on the OSU 28, needing just a field goal to force overtime.On third-and-six at the OSU 14 yard-line with 19 seconds on the clock Hackenberg threw incomplete into the end zone, forcing a field goal attempt for the Nittany Lions.After an OSU timeout, Penn State senior kicker Sam Ficken connected on a 31-yard field goal.The Nittany Lions’ race back into the game was led in part by their defense’s ability to disrupt the OSU passing game.Barrett threw an interception on the third play of the second half, which was returned 40 yards for a touchdown by senior defensive lineman Anthony Zettel. The pick was Barrett’s first interception since the Buckeyes Sept. 13 win against Kent State.But after that touchdown, neither team found its way back onto the scoreboard in the third quarter.Barrett threw another interception on OSU’s first play of the fourth quarter, and the Penn State offense managed to break through on the next drive.“The last one, that was a dumb mistake,” Barrett said of the interception. “I saw the Mike (linebacker) and I tried to throw over him.”Meyer said Barrett sprained his knee during the game, but kept on playing through the pain.“J.T. Barrett had a sprained knee, and continued to do what he did and even on the drop back passes, whether it was a coverage sack or pressured, he pulled through a couple plays and made some great plays for us,” he said.After the pick, Hackenberg hit freshman wide receiver Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard touchdown, moving the Nittany Lions within three points.Penn State forced OSU to punt on the next drive, but senior wide receiver Devin Smith downed it at the one-yard line. The Nittany Lions were forced to punt, giving the ball back to OSU with 51 yards between it and the end zone, and 5:17 remaining on the clock.The drive stalled, giving the Nittany Lions their shot, leading to Ficken’s field goal and the eventual overtime.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott paced the Buckeyes’ offense with 26 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown, while Barrett added 20 carries for 75 yards and his two overtime scores. The OSU signal caller also finished the game 12-for-19 for 74 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman led the Buckeyes with three receptions for 19 yards and a score.After Bosa’s 2.5 sacks, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee added 1.5 sacks of his own while junior linebacker Joshua Perry tallied a team-high 18 total tackles.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field Nov. 1 to take on Illinois at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Coach Urban Meyer (left) leads the Buckeyes out of the tunnel at Beaver Stadium for an Oct. 25 game against Penn State in State College, Pa. OSU won in double-overtime, 31-24. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor
According to reports in The Hindu Business Line, state-owned BEML Ltd is looking to get into the manufacturing of underground mining equipment. The defence public sector utility’s construction and mining vertical mostly manufactures open cast mining equipment. According to BR Viswanatha, Director, Mining and Construction, BEML, the plan is to use the now closed mining machinery facility of Mining and Allied Machinery Corporation (MAMC) in Durgapur for manufacture of the equipment.The company has appointed SBI Capital Markets (SBICAP) to conduct a feasibility study on the same. MAMC, which had gone into liquidation, was taken over by a consortium of Coal India (CIL), Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and BEML in 2010, with BEML holding a 48% stake, while DVC and CIL hold a 26% stake each.“SBICAP is expected to come out with this report in the next two to three months. Based on that, we will take a call,” Viswanatha told The Hindu Business Line. “It is a huge facility. We had some plans earlier but it did not take off. We are hopeful that the report being prepared by SBICAP will come up with a viable plan,” Viswanatha is reported to have said.BEML has already ventured into some underground mining products listing a side discharge loader, underground mine cruiser, LHD and Granby Car as part of its available range.
A spokesperson for the bank told TheJournal.ie that the bank’s top priority had been to become profitable by 2016 onwards.“The group has always stated that the first priority for Ireland is to become profitable from 2016 onwards (already achieved in 2015),” the spokesperson said.As of then, all available options will be considered. 22,017 Views Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 6:20 AM It’s the third option that has the more than 1,000 employees of the bank in Ireland worried.General secretary for the Financial Services Union Larry Broderick wrote to the chair of the KBC Group on 27 January laying out an argument for why the bank should keep its Irish operations.He also wrote about the anxiety being felt by members of the FSU who work at KBC Ireland:As you can imagine the speculation of recent weeks regarding the future of KBC Ireland has weighed heavily on Financial Services Union members in KBC Ireland, as they consider the impact various outcomes will have on their careers and on their families.The FSU has no negotiating rights with regards to KBC staff members.A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that there was “very real concern” among staff ahead of Thursday’s announcement.“Over recent weeks we’ve responded to queries from both union members and staff who aren’t members of the union,” the spokesperson said.“They are concerned about job security, terms and conditions in the event of a merger and their rights in a redundancy situation.They are really the core concerns that any worker has when faced with an uncertain future. 38 Comments Read: KBC staff ‘concerned for their jobs’ as bank decides on its future in IrelandRead: Central Bank fines KBC Bank Ireland €1.4 million for “repeated breaches” on lending codes Share18 Tweet Email6 WORKERS AT KBC Bank Ireland are concerned about their jobs ahead of an announcement about the future of the firm’s operations in Ireland.The results of a strategic review of KBC Group’s Irish activities will be announced this coming Thursday as it reveals its quarter 4 and full financial results for last year.The outcome of the review is set to decide the future of the Belgian bank’s Irish operations.KBC Ireland faces tough challenges from its much bigger rivals – Bank of Ireland and AIB – as well as trouble because of Ireland’s constricted property market, among other things.Depending on the results of the review, the KBC Group has indicated that there are three possible outcomes:Continue to organically grow the bank in IrelandGrow the bank with an insurance company attachedSell the bank http://jrnl.ie/3226202 Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie ‘Very real concern’ among KBC workers as bank to decide its future in Ireland on Thursday The results of a strategic review of KBC Group’s Irish activities will be announced this coming Thursday. Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie By Cormac Fitzgerald Feb 7th 2017, 6:20 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Ireland winger McClean. Image: James Crombie/INPHO Short URL Walters strikes late to earn Ireland a share of the spoils with AustriaPlayer ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Austria Jun 11th 2017, 7:32 PM 39,603 Views 52 Comments Image: James Crombie/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://the42.ie/3438799 IRELAND’S JAMES MCCLEAN has criticised the referee’s performance after his side earned a draw against Austria in their World Cup qualifier this evening.Ireland rallied from 1-0 down to score an equaliser through Jonathan Walters in the second half at the Aviva Stadium.Martin O’Neill’s side could have stolen a victory after Shane Duffy headed the ball into the roof of the net near the end, only to have his effort ruled out by the referee for an apparent foul in the Austrian goalmouth.There was also an appeal for a late Irish penalty, which was denied.Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the final whistle, James McClean gave a damning assessment of referee David Fernández’s performance.James McClean on the performance of the referee: “You tell me. They had a 12th man today.” pic.twitter.com/f0rpxyqkja— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 11, 2017 ‘They had a 12th man today’ – James McClean outraged with referee’s performance Ireland had a goal disallowed and appeals for a late penalty were ignored. Ireland winger McClean. “Look, I know in this day and age, the slightest wee thing you say about a referee, you get fined and that,” said McClean. “But you watched the game, you tell me.“They had a 12th man today. That’s all I’ll say on that. I’m really disappointed. We should have came away from that game with three points but we didn’t.”Remarking on Ireland’s disappointing first half display, McClean added:“No we weren’t [at it]. I can’t put my finger on it. It was disappointing to go in at half-time 1-0 but look, we rallied around. We had a go in the second half. That shows the character we’ve got here.We don’t let in for no one. I’m really disappointed we didn’t get three points because I think we deserved it in the end.“On another day we’d take them chances. We’re not cursing the referee’s decision. It is what it is. Jonny rescued us, great finish. I thought he was amazing today. Look, we’ll keep going.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Sinead Farrell Share98 Tweet Email Follow us: the42.ie Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 7:32 PM
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A BNSF Railway freight train had to make an emergency stop to avoid a trespassing jogger in east Vancouver on Wednesday morning. The emergency stop resulted in access being cut off to the Steamboat Landing subdivision for several hours.The incident unfolded at 9:15 a.m. Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF, said. A freight train was heading westbound toward Vancouver when the crew happened upon a man on the tracks about 1,600 feet east of the Interstate 205 overpass.The man was dressed in jogging clothes, and was not near a railroad crossing, Melonas said. He stood immobile on the tracks, as if playing chicken, then jumped out of the way at the last moment and began sprinting along Evergreen Highway.The engineer applied the emergency brakes to stop the train.Railroad police and Vancouver officers searched the surrounding neighborhoods for more than an hour but were unable to locate the trespasser, Melonas said.Meanwhile, the train had to be manually inspected after the emergency stop. That took about an hour and 20 minutes. During that time, access to the Steamboat Landing subdivision along the Columbia River was blocked, Melonas said, inconveniencing residents.No one was reported injured, and the train was allowed to continue after it was inspected.The spot where the incident occurred is not far from the place where a 15-year-old girl was killed in September 2010 while she was walking along the tracks.The railroad tracks along the Columbia River through east Vancouver are part of the BNSF’s main line to the Midwest and carry dozens of trains daily. There is no legal public access to the tracks.
Tarique RahmanBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said there is no question of Tarique Rahman’s resignation from the party post following his conviction in the August 21 grenade attack cases.”The lower court’s verdict is the reflection of political vengeance. It was given with an evil motive to weaken BNP. So, there’s no question of Tarique Rahman’s resignation based on such a verdict,” he said.He came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.The BNP leader claimed that Tarique was convicted with a political motive on fabricated charges brought by a partisan investigation officer.”Even after knowing the fact, some people are suggesting that he (Tarique) should resign from the party. People can question them (who are asking Tarique to quit) whether they demanded government’s resignation for indulging in several hundred killings and enforced disappearances,” he said.Fakhrul alleged that a section of media has been making evil attempts to malign Tarique by publishing some ‘fabricated’ information about him after the announcement of the verdict in the August 21 grenade attack cases.He hoped that the responsible media will refrain from carrying out propaganda against anyone to appease the government.On Wednesday, a speedy trial tribunal sentenced 19 people to death, 19 others, including BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman, to life imprisonment and eight more to different terms of jail in two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.Meanwhile, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed at a discussion said the verdict of the August 21 grenade attack cases is not impartial.He said though Tarique had no involvement in the incident, he was implicated in the cases only to make a political gain.”The verdict was given with a political goal. So, our leader (Tarique) can’t resign after conviction through such verdict. It’s our party’s internal matter. We consider him (Tarique) our leader,” he observed.Zia Parishad arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding release of BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.
×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 What drove the selloff: Investor concern about Facebook’s growth cooling down.Facebook’s daily active users for the second quarter of 2018 were effectively flat in the U.S. sequentially, and even declined in Europe compared with Q1 — marking the first time the company has seen such a decline in recent quarters.The big story from the earnings report was the forecast that revenue will decelerate in the second half of 2018, Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser wrote in a research note. “[W]hile the company is still growing at a fast clip, the days of 30%+ [revenue] growth are numbered,” he wrote.Facebook CFO David Wehner told investors revenue growth would decline significantly over the next few quarters, and that Facebook’s operating margin would drop from 44% in Q2 to the mid-30% range over a time frame of more than the next two years.In Q2, Facebook’s total revenue growth rate dropped about 7 percentage points compared with Q1. “Our total revenue growth rates will continue to decelerate in the second half of 2018, and we expect our revenue growth rates to decline by high-single digit percentages from prior quarters sequentially in both Q3 and Q4,” Wehner said.Factors contributing to Facebook’s slowing sales growth include currency-exchange rates, compared with “the tailwinds we have experienced over the last several quarters,” Wehner said. In addition, the company expects to invest in products like Stories “that currently have lower levels of monetization,” while the introduction of new controls for users to limit their data-sharing with Facebook “may have an impact on our revenue growth,” the CFO said.In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data-privacy scandal, “Legal/regulatory developments have led to changes intended to support FB’s platform and users, but they will notably restrain growth and profits for at least the next couple of quarters, in our opinion,” Scott Kessler of CFRA Research wrote in a note.For Q2, Facebook’s daily active users increased 11% year-over-year, to 1.47 billion on average during the month of June. That’s down from its 17% DAU growth rate a year ago.Even with the stock selloff, Facebook remains massively profitable and has a growth profile traditional media companies would kill for. Q2 revenue rose a whopping 42%, to $13.0 billion, and net income was up 31%, to $5.1 billion. Global monthly active users hit 2.23 billion as of June 30, up 11% year-over-year. Popular on Variety UPDATED: Shares of Facebook plunged 19% in trading Thursday, as investors reacted to signs that the social-media giant’s user and revenue growth are significantly slowing down.The stock drop, to its lowest levels in nearly three months, wiped out nearly $120 billion in market capitalization for Facebook and dragged down other internet and tech stocks including Twitter and Snap. Facebook’s market cap was $629 billion at market close Wednesday, and ended the day Thursday at around $510 billion. The massive drop in market value represented the biggest single-day decline in history for any publicly held company, according to Thomson Reuters data.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth plummeted more than $15 billion with the stock dive, although it’s still around $67 billion, according to Forbes’ real-time net worth tracker.