AET Petrobras Tanker Deal Valued at USD 645 Mn

first_imgMalaysian MISC Berhad (MISC) informed that the recently signed deal between AET Tanker Holdings and Brazilian petroleum corporation Petrobras has a value of USD 645 million.Under the long-term charter contract agreed between the parties, AET will own and operate four specialist DP2 Suezmax shuttle tankers from Petrobras.The units, to be hired under a firm charter period of 10 years, will be used for operations in international and Brazilian waters, MISC added.The four 152,000 dwt DP2 shuttle tankers will be built by South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.The company is paying KRW 392.3 billion (USD 365.6 million) for the units, which are scheduled for delivery in 2020, the shipbuilder said in a stock exchange filing.Compliant to IMO NOx Tier 3 requirement, the new vessels will be in addition to the two AET DP2 ships currently on charter in the Brazilian Basin for Petrobras.last_img read more

SBI is 1st to take RBI Guvs cue lowers lending rates by

first_imgMumbai: A day after Reserve Bank governor Shaktikanta Das said he expects faster transmission of the three successive repo rate cuts, State Bank lowered its lending rates by 5 basis points across all tenors. The new rates, effective Wednesday, is the third reduction by SBI in this financial year havng cut the rates by 5 bps each in April and May, while its home loan rates has come down by 20 bps during this period. The one-year marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) or minimum lending rate, to which all loans are linked, has been cut to 8.40 percent from 8.45 percent, the nation’s largest lender said in a statement Tuesday. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepFrom July 1, the bank had also introduced repo-linked home loan products. Talking to reporters after the customary post-budget meeting with the finance minister on Monday, Das had said after delivering three back-to-back rate cuts to the tune of 75 bps, RBI expects a quicker transmission by banks. After the 25 bps repo rate cut in the June policy, Bank of Maharashtra, Corporation Bank, Oriental Bank and IDBI Bank had reduced their MCLR by 5-10 bps.last_img read more

Nine coworkers at Guelph Ont car parts plant split 60million lotto jackpot

first_imgGUELPH, Ont. — A group of coworkers at an Ontario automotive parts plant are the winners of a $60-million lottery jackpot.The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. says the nine colleagues worked the same shift on an assembly line in Guelph, Ont.They say they only began buying lottery tickets as a group in the last few months of 2018 as the jackpot crept higher.They got lucky on Dec. 21 when their ticket came up in the Ontario Lotto Max draw.The coworkers, eight of whom describe themselves as immigrants, say they have big plans for the winnings they collected on Thursday.While some plan to buy new homes or take a family trip to Disneyland, one winner hopes to open an Ethiopian restaurant while another intends to explore Canada.“I’ve been in Canada for less than a year and so far I’ve only known work,” winner Bassam Abdi said. “I’m excited to explore the country.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Fans prepare for Raptors to play in Game 6 of the NBA

first_imgTORONTO — Fans across Canada are gearing up for the Toronto Raptors to play in Game 6 of the NBA Finals tonight as the team takes a second shot at clinching the championship.The Raptors lead the Golden State Warriors 3-2 in the best-of-seven series after losing by a single point on Monday.If Toronto wins, the team will secure the title for the first time in franchise history.The team is in Oakland, Calif., for the game, but city officials aren’t expecting that to dampen the party at Jurassic Park, the outdoor fanzone beside Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto.The city will shut down several nearby streets in anticipation of an overflow crowd.  Fans rooting for Canada’s only NBA team elsewhere in the country also have a chance to watch the game among a mob of their peers.Montreal will shut down two city blocks to allow people to cheer on the Raptors.Regina, meanwhile, will once again show the game on a massive screen at the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ home stadium, and select Cineplex Odeon theatres will offer free screenings.Some Raptors fans may feel the need to do penance during tonight’s game, after they cheered when Warriors star Kevin Durant went down on Monday, clutching his ankle.What the fans didn’t know is that Durant had severed his Achilles tendon — a potentially career-altering injury. He has since undergone surgery, and is in for a long rehab and recovery.Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who lived in Toronto when his father played for the Raptors 20 years ago, said that the cheers left him confused.“It’s not my experience with the people of this city,” he said. “I just hope that ugliness doesn’t show itself again as we go forward in this series.”One Toronto fan has since set up an online fundraiser for the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, which helps at-risk youth.“We’re sorry that some fans of Raptor Nation at the Scotiabank arena, Jurassic Park, and in some bars/restaurants showing the game, displayed an ugly side of fandom when they cheered on the injury of Kevin Durant,” says the fundraiser on GoFundMe.By Tuesday night, it had raised more than $15,000.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Surprise Donation Of Over 131000 From Staples Funds Local Classroom Projects

first_imgStaples, Inc announced that all music and arts projects, all college and career prep projects and all middle school and high school literacy projects posted on in Los Angeles received full funding as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to, a charity that has funded more than 700,000 classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 18 million U.S. students.As part of the Staples for Students program, Staples and Katy Perry continue to help teachers across the country this back-to-school season. Staples funded the balance of every music and arts project, college and career prep project and middle school and high school literacy projects listed on in Los Angeles. With a donation of $131,447, Staples helped 121 teachers make more happen in local classrooms, impacting more than 15,500 students across 97 schools in the community.For example, Mrs. Letford at New Academy Elementary School will receive new xylophones, ribbon bands and a new flute so her students can continue to express themselves through music and dance.Katy Perry said, “When I teamed up with Staples in 2014, I learned firsthand how desperately teachers need our support, with many of them having to dig into their own pockets to provide simple tools that we would expect to already be available in our classrooms. So when Staples approached me again this year, I jumped at the opportunity because I saw the lasting effect our collaboration had on and thousands of teachers and students. I believe in education as the foundation for a great life, so I want to make sure that students across the country are inspired by their teachers and are afforded opportunity to realize their dreams.”Driven by insight from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers’ use their own money to equip their classrooms, Staples takes great pride in helping to alleviate some of the pressure placed upon teachers.“We’re overjoyed to partner with Katy Perry again to highlight the impact teachers have on our children’s lives and the need to support classrooms,” said Frank P. Bifulco, Jr., executive vice president global marketing, Staples. “Knowing that teachers spend an average of more than $400 per year from their own pockets to better prepare their classrooms, Staples is committed to supporting in order to help teachers and contribute to a fulfilling learning experience.”Katy Perry and Staples have also collaborated to create a public service announcement that is currently airing nationwide, further increasing visibility around the need to celebrate and support teachers.“We’re so thankful for the continued support from Staples and its loyal customers, as well as Katy Perry, which has helped bring classroom dreams to life for countless teachers and students nationwide,” said Charles Best, founder of “Staples’ million dollar donation to will go a long way to helping educators across the country, like those supported today in Los Angeles.”Donate in Stores or Snap to Help Local Teachers
Katy Perry has been helping Staples raise awareness of how easy it is to support teachers by making a $1 donation either in stores or online at, with proceeds funding projects. Beginning in early August, every customer who donates in-store will receive a free, exclusive Katy Perry pencil, while supplies last.Los Angeles residents can secure more donations for their local classrooms by using the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter. Beginning August 4th and running through August 6th, every use of the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter will trigger a $1 donation (up to $5,000) from Staples to be used towards Los Angeles classroom projects on The Geofilter will be available for use in the Staples store in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw shopping plaza (located at 3701 W. Santa Rosalia Driver) and in the surrounding area.Sponsored Geofilters allow brands to take part in Snaps sent between friends on Snapchat – a platform used by over 100 million people each day. When Snapchatters take a Snap in a certain area, they’ll be able to see a Geofilter and use it to explain where, when and why they took the Snap.Win a $50,000 Scholarship and Chance to Meet Katy Perry
Now through September 10, 2016, fans who spend $25 or more in any Staples store will receive a unique entry code on their receipt to enter the sweepstakes online at grand prize winner will win a $50,000 scholarship plus a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet global pop music star, Katy Perry. Four first prize winners and one guest each will also win air travel to Los Angeles and accommodations for two nights to meet Katy Perry at the VIP Winners Celebration.Entries must be submitted before September 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET. Entrants must be 13 years or older.last_img read more

Morocco’s Sociologist Fatima Mernissi Dies at 75

Rabat – One of Morocco’s most celebrated feminist writers and sociologists passed away aged 75, on Monday.Born in 1940, in Fes, Fatima Mernissi became known for her significant contributions in the literary field through which she focused on reconciling traditional Islam with progressive feminism. The author of classics such as Beyond the Veil, The Veil and the Male Elite, Islam and Democracy and countless more publications, the campaigner for women’s rights gained international attention for her work on Islam and women. She studied political science at Sorbonne University in Paris and earned her doctorate in sociology in 1974 at Brandeis University, Kentucky after which she returned to her native Morocco. At Rabat’s Mohammed V university, she taught methodology, family sociology and psychosociology at the Faculté des Lettres.As an Islamic feminist and through her sociological work, she has traced attitudes in Morocco that have to do with women and work.Often comparing Western and Eastern views on topics involving women, she was able to deconstruct the main issues in order to make them relevant in an Islamic context. The aim? To facilitate free and open discussion about women and tradition to build a society that is more accepting of what is right rather than what is traditionally accepted.Moroccan writer Fatima Mernissi during a lecture on March 18 at the Faculty of Educational Sciences in Rabat.In her best known book, Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in Modern Muslim Society (1975) Mernissi critically explored religious-juristic texts, including the hadith, and reinterprets them from a feminist perspective. She cast doubts into the Muslim ideal of the “silent, passive, obedient woman” saying it has nothing to do with the authentic message of Islam. Mernissi’s work examines the impact of  Islamic sexual ideology – the belief that a woman would ‘wreak havoc’ on male-dominated society if left uncontrolled –  on the construction of gender and the organization of domestic and political life in Muslim society today.In 2013 Mernissi, was the only Moroccan woman featured in Arabian Business magazine’s 100 most powerful Arab Women ranking 15th. She, also, undertook various roles including significant research for UNESCO, ILO, and the U.N. Population Fund as well as word for Moroccan authorities. She was in love with writing often citing it as a tool to advance society.“Writing is seduction and seduction is the opposite of violence. I learned that in the Quranic school. Why do you think books like the Quran and the Bible have been bestsellers for over one thousand years? It’s simple: because they seek to seduce the reader through language, not with violence.” she has been noted saying.She had published more than 15 books and continued to work and appear in public life until her death of natural causes, early Monday morning. She will be buried after the Al Asr prayer at Sidi Messaoud cemetery in Hay Riad, Rabat.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Morocco’s DGSN to Launch Alcohol Testing Equipment to Protect Drivers After…

Policeman will use two new types of breathalyzers to calculate drivers’ blood alcohol levels through a two-stage process. The first breathalyzer will test whether the driver has had any alcohol. If the reading is positive, the second breathalyzer will then be used to calculate the blood alcohol content, and whether or not it exceeds legal levels in Morocco (0.1mg/L).Morocco introduced blood-alcohol testing in 2004, but it wasn’t until 2016 that it was officially carried out by police on a national scale.According to the ex-Deputy Minister for Transport, Najib Boulif, the period from 2014 to 2016 was only meant to “familiarize drivers with blood-alcohol testing,” meaning that the anti-drunk driving campaign in Morocco didn’t truly begin until late 2016. Read also: Three Dead, 14 Injured in Road Accident in Northern MoroccoThe new two-stage testing technology coming to the roads next week will contribute to decreasing accidents and road deaths, a key concern for Moroccan authorities.3,485 people died on the roads last year, a slight drop from 2017 figures.In 2017, the Ministry for Transport launched a national strategy to halve the number of deaths on the roads by 2026. At first, the Ministry hopes to reduce the number of deaths to 3000 per year by 2020. read more

Brock Alumni Networks We want to hear from you

With the holidays right around the corner, it is hard to believe that 2012 has almost come to a close. In 2012, we’ve hosted and been involved with more than 15 successful events for grads across Canada, including pub nights, wine tastings, etiquette dinners and, of course, Brock Days Alumni Weekend.As Brock Alumni Relations gears up for the new year, we want to hear from you – where do you want to have events, what types of events you want and how you want to get involved?We’ve created a short, two minute survey to provide suggestions and feedback. Survey participants will receive a discount code to get $5 off the next Brock alumni event in your area.This feedback is integral to our event plans for the 2013 year. We want to know if you can only attend weekday events, or want to have more networking and professional development events, or you think that $30 is too much money for a ticket.Ultimately, we want to have events in your area that are fun, informative and provide a place for you to meet as many fellow grads as possible.These events are a great way to stay connected with Brock. We’re constantly increasing our number of alumni networks and the number of events that occur in different areas. Please contact Emily Hutton, special events co-ordinator, if you are interested in getting involved in a network or starting your own.Part of the Burlington Brock Alumni Network committee that organized Brocktoberfest on Oct. 16.You may have noticed the alumni network spotlight that was featured in the fall edition of Surgite magazine. The Burlington Brock Alumni Network committee meets regularly to discuss and plan events. Earlier this month, they had their first sold out event at Better Bitters Brewery, home to Nickel Brook beer. By combining sauerkraut, accordion music and fellow grads, they created the first-ever Brocktoberfest event.The evening started with brewery owner John Romano telling the crowd how Nickel Brook started and providing the group with beer tastings, including the Green Apple Pilsner, Headstock India Pale Ale and a Belgian wheat beer, Le Paysan Saison. Attendees were able to mix and mingle with fellow grads, including Silvio Camilleri (BEd ’91), a world-class accordion player who entertained with fun and energetic music while enjoying a German dinner provided by the West Plains Bistro.Silvio Camilleri (BEd ’91)Brocktoberfest was a fantastic event where grads learned a lot about beer and brewing. Those who attended will be able to talk about their newfound knowledge next time they are drinking out of their Brocktoberfest beer mug – just one of the many giveaways attendees received.There are some other upcoming network events or information sessions that may be in a city near you. Please check out the Alumni Networks website for more information.Don’t see an event in your city? Make sure to stay connected to Brock Alumni Relations to receive the latest updates and invitations or fill out the survey to let us know where you’d like to have an event. read more

Peel police charge male nurse with sexual assault

Incident at Brampton Police station leads to pursuit Investigators from the Special Victims Unit have charged a 31-year-old male nurse with sexual assault.Police say on November 24 a patient at Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga hospital was sexually assaulted by a nurse assigned to the victim’s care.Ian Angelo De Jesus Jacobe was arrested and charged with sexual assault on November 24. Jacobe was released on a promise to appear before an Ontario court on December 12.Investigators are asking anyone who believes they may have had contact with Jacobe to contact police. read more

Online building materials firm completes refinancing emerges from CCAA process

VANCOUVER — Online building materials seller Technologies Inc. says it has completed a refinancing that allows it to emerge from court protection from creditors in Canada and the U.S. five months after it was granted.The Vancouver-based firm says it has raised US$28 million of new funds and converted US$15 million of interim financing for a total of US$43 million in an effort led by investor Mohr Davidow Ventures.It says creditors voted earlier this month in favour of the plan under which secured lenders agreed to convert US$58 million of debt to equity, with the result that only US$4 million of debt remains.CEO Dan Park says the company emerges as a “newly energized and well-capitalized business poised for success.”BuildDirect, which was founded in 1999, says it will continue to serve homeowners but will also build on its services for professional contractors through its BuildDirect Pros loyalty program launched last year, which now accounts for more than one-third of revenue.The company had filed in October for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in Canada and Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. read more

UN and African Union rally for global support to prevent further suffering

“Our two organizations have come together to prevent further suffering,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Alpha Oumar Konaré, Chairperson of the AU Commission, write in an opinion piece published in the Washington Times.Their article appeared on the same day they co-hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, an international conference of donors to help boost support for the ongoing AU-mediated political process in Abuja, Nigeria, as well as the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS), which needs both financial and logistical support to expand its operations in Darfur.They note that while in recent months, the situation in Darfur has stabilized, and fewer large-scale crimes have been reported, humanitarian access remains limited, harassment of aid workers has increased and insecurity remains unacceptably high.”Hundreds of thousands of war-affected people do not receive the help they need, and the AU troops are still far too few to deploy through the whole vast territory,” they say of the two-year-old conflict in which countless people have been killed and nearly 2 million driven from their homes.They also point out that although intensive media coverage eventually pushed the Darfur crisis into the headlines worldwide, the overall international response has fallen short in two lethal ways: another $350 million in aid is needed to help more than 3 million people survive the rest of this year; and more troops, police, aircraft and other transport, training and logistical support are needed to enable the AU to protect much of Darfur’s population.”As part of our efforts to address the Darfur crisis, we have jointly convened today’s donor conference…to give the rest of the world – especially the wealthy countries with the means to contribute, and whose media and public opinion have been most vocal about the need to halt atrocities – an opportunity to rally and give practical support to the Africans actually doing something on the ground,” the leaders say.Outlining their recipe for success in Darfur, they say that the humanitarian effort must be fully funded, and safe access for relief workers must be fully guaranteed by all parties; the AU force must be expanded without delay, and bolstered by logistical and financial support; both the Sudanese Government and the rebels must bring their forces and allied militias under full control, and ensure they fully respect the ceasefire; and the parties to the conflict must negotiate a political agreement offering solid guarantees for lasting peace.”Indeed, Darfur can only benefit if the rest of the Sudan is at peace, and if the new Government of national unity – due to take office in July – leads the whole country in a new, more inclusive direction. Thus the 10,000-strong peacekeeping force the United Nations is now deploying in the south will help make peace viable throughout the country, including Darfur,” they add.”The AU and the wider international community can and must help,” Mr. Annan and Mr. Konaré say, adding: “But in the end peace will only be made, and kept, by the Sudanese people themselves.” read more

Annan arrives in Niger to assess humanitarian needs following drought locusts

Mr. Annan touched down in the southern town of Zinder, located in one of the hardest-hit regions and about 750 kilometres east of the capital Niamey, where he was welcomed by Niger’s President, Mamadou Tandja. “I have come here to see for myself what is happening so that I can discuss with the President and the Government what we can do together to improve the situation not only in the short term, but also in the long run,” he told reporters. Accompanied by his wife Nane, he visited the National Hospital of Zinder and a feeding centre run by the non-governmental organization (NGO) Medicins sans Frontieres (MSF), both places crowded with malnourished children, most of them under five years old, and mothers. He thanked MSF for the good work it is performing. He also saw cereal banks and fertilizer cooperatives in the village of Madera. The Secretary-General then travelled to Niamey for meetings with the UN country team. He will also visit a hospital, a feeding centre and speak to UN and other aid workers. UN agencies have already launched a nearly $81 million appeal to tackle the situation arising from drought and the worst invasion of crop-devouring locusts in 15 years, aiming to get food assistance to all at-risk areas to avoid an increase in hunger among the 2.65 million people most at risk. Both the Government of Niger and UN agencies raised the alarm about a looming crisis last November, but international donor response only gained momentum last month after images of malnourished children began appearing on television around the world. “Only now has the world at last woken up to the reality that thousands of children in Niger could soon die,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland wrote in an opinion piece two weeks ago. “Once again, it has taken horrific images of starving children to do so. “This crisis could have been averted had political will and resources been available early on. We could have saved children from malnourishment for as little as $1 per child per day. Now it will cost many times more. Aid agencies are racing against time to save lives. But they may be too late, especially for the young children,” he said.“Let us learn from the tragedy in Niger. Early funding and early action save lives and help prevent a deadly spiral of disease, hunger and displacement from spinning out of control,” he added, noting that in recent years nearly half of all global humanitarian funding has come in the last quarter of the year.“These delays are deadly. So, too, is the absence of a predictable pool of money to draw upon immediately in an emergency,” he declared, urging support Mr. Annan’s proposal for a 10-fold increase in UN emergency funds to $500 million to enable aid agencies to jump-start operations. read more

Housing sales cooling in Toronto Vancouver analyst predicts prices will fall

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Home sales in two of Canada’s hottest housing markets, Toronto and Vancouver, are showing signs of a cooling trend in what could be the beginning of a long-awaited contraction that economists have been expecting.The Greater Toronto Realtors Association said Thursday that the number of pre-owned homes sold by its members last month was down 13 per cent in the city proper and off 5.4 per cent in the broader GTA region compared with the same time last year.Those numbers came on the heels of a report Wednesday that showed Vancouver home sales hit their lowest level in more than a decade in June, falling 17.2 per cent from May.CIBC deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal says Vancouver shows where Toronto is headed. He suggested that lower sales volumes in those cities will be followed by lower selling prices, sometime in the future.“The magnitude in Vancouver will be more significant but it is the same forces that really impact the Toronto market: namely we see some softness in investment activity, especially in the condominum market and we see less foreign money entering the city,” Tal said.“We know that prices tend to follow sales by about three to five months, so those declines in sales they reflect much more than techcnicalities. They reflect a real softening in the market — credit market and housing market fatigue — and I think it is exactly what we need before interest rates start rising.”Tal said the effectivness of low interest rates is dimishing “because we’ve been in this environment for a long period of time.”The lower sales volume, particularly in the condominium segment, is being reported in advance of tightening mortgage and other housing rules coming into effect on Monday.“So, to me, this is just the beginning of a trend,” Tal said. “In fact it will get worse before it gets better.”Overall, there were 9,422 sales in the GTA in June at an average price of $508,622, compared with 9,959 at an average price of $474,223 in June 2011.The average selling price in Toronto proper last month — the so-called 416 area — was $554,077, up eight per cent from $511,591 in June 2011.Meanwhile, the average price in the 905 area around Toronto was $481,512, up about seven per cent from $448,579 in the same month last year.On Wednesday, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reported 2,362 sales in June, a decline from 2,853 in May and also off 27.6 per cent from a year earlier when there were 3,262 sales.In fact, June sales were the lowest total for the month in the region since 2000, the board said.But despite the lower sales numbers, the housing price index for residential properties in Vancouver was still up 1.7 per cent from a year ago, with the price for detached properties was up 3.3 per cent from a year ago at $961,600.Several studies have said Toronto real estate is overvalued but there’s been mixed opinion about whether prices will come down quickly or gradually.Some of the strongest concern has been focused on the hot condo marketFinance Minister Jim Flaherty moved last month to cool the markets in both Toronto and Vancouver by tightening the rules for borrowers.The changes don’t go into effect until July 9. However, the figures released Thursday show condo apartment sales in the Greater Toronto Area were down a hefty 18 per cent year over year in June at 1,996.Flaherty’s move last month, the fourth time he has tightened the rules in as many years, included cutting the maximum amortization period for government-insured mortgages to 25 years from 30.That change alone will mean that monthly payments on a 25-year, $350,000 mortgage at three per cent interest will be $184 higher than they would have been on the same mortgage amortized over 30 years.As well, financial regulators have since told lenders they can only issue home equity loans up to a maximum of 65 per cent of the property’s value, down from the previous 80 per cent.Meanwhile, the government will no longer be in the business of insuring homes that are worth more than $1 million — meaning that buyers will need to put up at least a 20 per cent down payment or seek private insurance.As well, Ottawa will now insist that prospective buyers have the means to afford mortgage payments, property taxes and heating costs on their home. It will do so by setting cost ratios based on household income — a kind of affordability ratio — of 39 per cent for gross debt service and 44 per cent for total debt service.“It’s a question of trying to moderate behaviour and I hope Canadians will reflect before they jump into a market at the high end,” Flaherty said at the time. Housing sales cooling in Toronto, Vancouver; analyst predicts prices will fall by Hugh McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 5, 2012 2:15 pm MDT read more

Royal Navy warships escort Russian fleet as it steams towards UK

first_imgMichael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said: “When these ships near our waters we will man-mark them every step of the way.  We will be watching as part of our steadfast commitment to keep Britain safe.”The Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has reportedly been operating its Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets near the Orkney Isles in recent days.Vladimir Putin’s navy is said to be carrying out the drills to prepare their pilots for combat missions in Syria. HMS Richmond (front), a Type 23 Duke Class frigate, observing aircraft carrier Admiral KuznetsovCredit:MOD/PA Two Royal Navy warships are escorting a Russian fleet steaming towards the English Channel amid simmering tensions between the two nations over Syria.Russia’s flagship, Admiral Kuznetsov, and seven additional vessels will pass the UK on their voyage to the war-torn country as Russia prepares to bomb rebel forces in Aleppo. The Royal Navy insists shadowing ships is regular business. They will continue to escort the Russian group and “provide a visible presence south” through the North Sea and English Channel as the ships conduct their passage and carry out flying operations.Commander Anthony Crabb, HMS Richmond’s Commanding Officer, said: “The Royal Navy is ready at all times to guard our waters, and we do that in all weathers and times of year.”Commander Charles Guy, HMS Duncan’s Commanding Officer said: “Our Type 45 destroyers are equipped to do this task very well as the world’s most advanced air defence destroyer.”Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, the UK Commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command, said: “NATO and allied nations routinely monitor activities of interest including the presence of Russian units close to our national waters. This is in the interest of supporting our overall maritime awareness and safety of navigation in sea lanes of communication.”  HMS Richmond (front), a Type 23 Duke Class frigate, observing aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov The Royal Navy is keeping a close watch on Russian movementscenter_img The Royal Navy is keeping a close watch on Russian movements HMS Richmond also escorted the group in the Norwegian Sea, further north of the UK between Iceland and Norway.Elsewhere the Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon is due to sail to meet two Russian corvettes travelling north towards the UK from the direction of Portugal. In response,  British defence chiefs sent destroyer HMS Duncan from Portsmouth on Tuesday to monitor the Russian group as it sailed towards the North Sea. 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

Touting companies that use bots to buy tickets for resale at vastly

first_imgEd Sheeran The Brit Awards He added: “It’s unfair and not indicative of a market that works for everyone. What will the Government do to make sure genuine fans are not fleeced by ticket touts and rogues?”Viagogo were approached for comment by The Telegraph on Wednesday night. Green Day perform live at London's O2 Arena A performance of “Hamilton,” in New York. “Hamilton,” the hip-hop stage biography of the US presidentCredit:Joan Marcus The change in the law has come about after a campaign by Tory MP Nigel Adams who in the Commons criticised online ticket companies who sell Ed Sheeran tickets for a vast profit. Ed Sheeran The Brit AwardsCredit:Rex Mr Adams has campaigned for the change since he was a victim of the practice last year when his attempt to buy four tickets for the rock group Green Day was “snaffled by a bot attack”.He told MPs that “tickets to a teenage cancer charity gig by Ed Sheeran are being resold on the Viagogo ticket website for more than £1,000, with none of that money going to the charity”.Mr Adams added that “tickets to the hit musical ‘Hamilton’ are being touted for upwards of £5,000 when Viagogo knows only too well that resold tickets are invalid for entry”.center_img It also became illegal to resell tickets that were obtained through the use of a bot, even if they were sold at face value.Ministers will table amendments to the Digital Economy Bill in the next 10 days to bring about the law change.Theresa May, the Prime Minister, told MPs on Wednesday she backed a crackdown on consumers being priced out of the market for concert tickets.Mrs May said: “I understand he’s recently met my Right Hon Friend the minister of state for digital and cultural matters and as he will be aware the Consumer Rights Act introduced new rules.“We are as a government looking at the general issue of where markets are not working in the interests of consumers.” A performance of "Hamilton," in New York. "Hamilton," the hip-hop stage biography of the US president Green Day perform live at London’s O2 ArenaCredit:Neil Lupin/WENN 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. Ticket touts that use computer programs to buy concert tickets to sell on at vastly inflated prices face jail or heavy fines.Ministers are planning to change the law to stop companies using “ticket scalping” software to scoop up hundreds of tickets for concerts and sell them to fans for a large profit.The law change will be based on a crackdown in New York late last year which has allowed prosecutors to put firms who use the software to be jailed for a year or face a fine of £5,000.The change in New York expanded the definition of “ticket bots” to include a variety of systems that can amass tickets before the general public can access them.last_img read more

Boston cardinal says he will boycott event because Enda Kenny is going

first_imgBOSTON CARDINAL SEAN O’Malley has said that he will not be attending an event in the city next week because Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be going, who, the cardinal says, is “aggressively promoting abortion legislation”.The two had been due to attend a Boston College graduation ceremony next week, where the Taoiseach is to address graduates and receive an honorary degree.Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Catholic bishops in America have asked Catholic institutions – such as Boston College – not to confer honours on politicians who promote abortion with their laws and policies.“I am sure that the invitation [to Enda Kenny] was made in good faith, long before it came to the attention of the leadership of Boston College that Mr Kenny is aggressively promoting abortion legislation,” Cardinal O’Malley said.“Since the university has not withdrawn the invitation and because the Taoiseach has not seen fit to decline, I shall not attend the graduation,” he said.Cardinal O’Malley said it was his ‘ardent hope’ that the college will ‘work to redress the confusion, disappointment and harm caused by not adhering to the Bishops’ directives.’The Boston archbishop traditionally delivers the final benediction at graduation ceremonies at Boston College every year.A spokesperson for the Taoiseach said the issue was a personal matter for the cardinal.The Taoiseach has repeatedly said that his government will legislate for the X case, which would allow for abortion in cases of risk to the life of the woman.The Boston Globe reports that Boston College has defended the invite to the Taoiseach and said he was chosen to celebrate the institution’s heritage and relationship with Ireland.Read: Taoiseach has ‘no intention of playing party politics’ over abortion issue > Read: FG and Labour at odds over possibility of amending abortion bill >last_img read more

Everyone Should Follow Microsofts Lead in Banning April Fools Day Pranks

first_imgStay on target April Fools’ Day is the worst.Mercifully, Microsoft understands that, and has banned corporate pranks on April 1.In an internal memo, published by The Verge, Microsoft Marketing Chief Chris Capossela warned employees not to participate in annoying hoaxes next week.“It’s that time of the year when tech companies try to show their creativity with April Fools’ Day stunts,” he wrote. “Sometimes the outcomes are amusing and sometimes they’re not.“Either way,” Capossela continued, “data tells us these stunts have limited positive impact and can actually result in unwanted news cycles.”Popular since the 19th century, the anxiety-inducing day is commemorated by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes—not ideal in the age of fake news.“Considering the headwinds the tech industry is facing today, I’m asking all teams at Microsoft to not do any public-facing April Fools’ Day stunts,” the marketing manager said. “I appreciate that people may have devoted time and resources to these activities, but I believe we have more to lose than gain by attempting to be funny on this one day.”(Capossela’s backhanded remark reminds me of the first post-9/11 Saturday Night Live episode, when, surrounded by New York City firefighters and police officers, producer Lorne Michaels asks then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, “Can we be funny?” and Giuliani replies, “Why start now?”)Google was forced to apologize in 2016 for its controversial Gmail “mic drop” April Fools’ joke, which automatically added a Minions GIF to emails and then muted the thread.And Redmond is no stranger to a bit of horseplay: The Verge reminded readers of Microsoft’s MS-DOS mobile for Windows Phone and Google insults gags from the past six years.The time for fun and games is over, though. And the tech world is better for it.“Please forward to your teams and internal partners,” Capossela wrote in closing, “to ensure people are aware of the ask to stand down on external April Fools’ Day activities.”More on Brews Up A Beer Prank That Really Boosts Your Foreign Language SkillsChris Evans Pranks Comic Book Store Customers With Escape RoomYouTube Cracks Down on Dangerous Challenges, Pranks SodaStream Debuts April Fool’s Prank With Astronaut Scott KellyReddit’s r/Games Stages April Fool’s Day Shutdown To Protest… last_img read more

Big Show says he is aiming to return very soon Chris Jericho

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ WhatsApp Twitter is featuring an interview with the Big Show where he talks about his recovery from a hip injury that has kept him out of the ring for the last year.Big Show seemed hopeful about a return to the ring in the next few weeks.“Hopefully within the next couple of weeks, I will be back in the ring. That’s the main goal. I’m actually going to try and get cleared Sunday, by [WWE’s] doctors; moving around the ring a little bit. I could be back as soon as the Monday Night Raw after SummerSlam, if they have something for me. Just because I’m healthy, doesn’t mean our creative team is healthy for me yet.”Chris Jericho says 2019 will be interesting yearChris Jericho sent out the following tweet, teasing that he will be a free agent next year.2019 is gonna be an interesting year…. #FreeAgentJericho— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) August 15, 2018 Pinterestcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Sharlyn Smith Sharon Wilson Co Toasts UB Education Transforms Lives November 15

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 18, 2017 – Nassau – When prominent attorney Sharlyn Smith asked the perfectly coiffed, clothed and cultured island A-listers to raise their glasses and toast to the vision of University of The Bahamas (UB) and the value of education, she realized that beyond the lavish draping, shimmering lights, silk-covered tables and fine champagne, the evening held a serious message – excellence and opportunity made possible through education.Sharlyn Smith & Dr. Rodney Smith“On the first anniversary of the University of The Bahamas’ charter, this event helps to realize the vision of the university as the nation’s primary resource for research, innovation and community engagements while ensuring that the University will meet its mission of advancing and expanding access to higher education,” she said.   “Supporting this function was a natural outreach for our firm with our many links to the community.   We also recognize that along with giving, Sharon Wilson & Co. benefits from the commitment to education that is a hallmark of this institution.   Among our complement of six attorneys and talented administration staff are four members of the alumni of this prestigious university.”Many more in the well-heeled crowd were clients and colleagues of the firm founded in 2000 and headquartered on East Shirley Street.   Along with its strong support for UB, the firm has been a platinum sponsor of the National Youth Choir for more than 10 years and sponsors the Landlord and Tenant Prize at the Eugene Dupuch Law School.The evening drove home the personal nature of giving to Mrs. Smith. Her mother, Sharon Wilson, a woman with a list of titles as long as a good memory — former Chief Magistrate and twice President of the Senate of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas – was the first in her family to receive a college education and it took a scholarship to help get her through.“The principal in our firm was the first in her family to receive a college education, also with the benefit of scholarship,” Mrs. Smith said at the event organized to raise funds to endow scholarships for those who are first in their family to attend college.It was a night that was all about firsts – the first University of The Bahamas’ President’s Gala Soiree to raise funds for the first in a family to be college bound, the first time the Harry C. Moore Library was transformed into a setting that was so glamorous and glittering Hollywood would have been proud. More than 200 people attended the event.Press Release: DPA News Related Items:last_img read more

UPDATE Vancouver resident arrested for shooting killing alleged prowler

first_imgPolice arrested a northeast Vancouver man for shooting and killing an alleged prowler outside his house early Tuesday morning. Vancouver police took a report of suspicious circumstances at 14802 N.E. 33rd St. at 3:53 a.m. Four minutes later, police were called to the same address for a report that the prowler had been shot outside of a residence, said Kim Kapp, Vancouver police spokeswoman. Sean H. Doucette, 27, was later booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder. Doucette does not have a criminal record, according to the Washington Courts website. He is expected to make a first appearance in Clark County Superior Court this morning.The identity of the individual shot by Doucette was not available from authorities pending positive identification by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, according to a news release from the Vancouver Police Department.However, KATU-TV reported the man is Iosif Dumitrash, 19, of Portland. Kapp did not say whether the two 911 calls were made by the same person, but she said no one else is being sought in relation to the incident. Tax records show the property is owned by Sean and Rachelle Doucette. Patricia Newstrom works the graveyard shift as a caregiver in a house near the shooting. As she sat drinking coffee on the couch around 4 a.m., she said she heard four loud “booms” of a gun in a row. Soon after, she heard the screeching tires of police cars.last_img read more