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Indian Supreme Court Raps Govt Over Discoloration of Taj Mahal

first_imgThe Supreme Court of India has expressed concern over the condition of the Taj Mahal. The apex court on May 1 asked the central government to take urgent steps to analyze the damage, and restore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.The once ivory-white marble mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna river has turned green, the court observed.“First it was yellow and now it is becoming brown and green,” the bench, comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta, commented to Additional Solicitor General (ASG) ANS Nadkarni, who was representing the government, according to the Press Trust of India.The petitioner, environmentalist MC Mehta, told the court that its directions to protect the monument were not heeded to by the authorities and that the condition of the 17th century monument has become “horrible.” He said that apart from the discoloration, there were patches on the marbles, and a minaret also fell down recently.“We do not know whether you have or perhaps do not have the expertise. Even if you have the expertise, you are not utilizing it. Or perhaps you do not care. Perhaps we need some expert organization from outside India unless there is a decision that the Taj has to go,” the bench said, adding, “You can get experts from India as well as from outside.”The discoloration is happening because of weathering and industrial pollution, but thorough studies are required before remedial measures are implemented, the Hindu quoted experts as saying.The World Health Organization listed Agra among one of the most polluted cities in the world on May 2.The court told the Center that the condition of the Taj Mahal indicates that “there is a lack of will.” Marking May 9 as the date for the next hearing , it said, “You think about getting the experts from within the country or outside the country.”The central government is taking measures to limit visitors to the monument by hiking ticket prices.An earlier study conducted by Indian and American researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, Archaeological Survey of India, Georgia Tech and the University of Wisconsin in 2014 found that the main reasons behind the discoloration were particulate matter, carbon from burning biomass and refuse, fossil fuels, and dust. The discoloration was first noticed in the 1970s. Related ItemsAgraAir pollutiontaj mahallast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4A, Redmi 4 to go on pre-orders today

first_imgXiaomi is putting up its phones for pre-orders almost every week nowadays. Although, people still have trouble buying the Xiaomi phones, especially the popular ones. Today the company is accepting pre-orders for the Redmi 4A, Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4.The phones will be available for pre-order at 12pm today on Although this has become a standard practice with Xiaomi, it also seems rather strange to open pre-orders at a pre-specified time. Ideally, pre-orders can be taken anytime, similar to how other companies do it.However, the Redmi Note 4 will also separately go on sale via Flipkart. The e-commerce site is giving a 5 per cent off for those buying the phone using Axis Bank debit cards. The pre-order is restricted to one smartphone per buyer.Here’s a quick recap of the specs, price and variants of the Xiaomi’s three phones.Redmi Note 4:Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 during January in India. The price of the smartphone starts at Rs 9,999 and there are three storage variants of the phone. One with the  2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage is priced at Rs.9,999 while the  3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant costs Rs 10,999. Last is the one with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which will cost Rs 12,999 to its buyers. The storage is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.  The smartphone is available in  four colour options- Matte Black, Silver, Gold and Grey.In terms of specs, the Redmi Note 4 features a  5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D curved glass IPS display with a screen resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor. Redmi Note 4 is backed with a decent battery size of 4100mAh. On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 features a 13MP rear camera with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone LED flash. On the front, there is a 5MP camera. The connectivity options on board are 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/g/b/n, Infrared  and Micro-USB. The Redmi Note 4 comes with sensors like proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope and electronic compass.advertisementAlthough this is good phone, something we said in our review, do keep in mind that it runs an outdated version of Android, which is Android Marshmallow that was announced in 2015.  Redmi 4A:The Redmi 4A was launched in India in March at a price of Rs 5,999. The smartphone dons a polycarbonate built and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8.  The Xiaomi Redmi 4A sports a 5-inch HD screen with 720×1280 pixels of screen resolution. The device is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC  clocked at the speed of 1.4GHz  and coupled with the Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The internal storage is of 16GB that’s expandable using a microSD card to up to 128GB.Redmi 4A features a 13MP rear camera with PDAF, f 2.2 aperture and  LED flash. There is a 5MP camera with f 2.2 aperture on the front for selfies.  as well. The Redmi 4A comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).The connectivity options are 4G VoLTE, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. The Redmi 4A comes also includes gyroscope, infrared, proximity, accelerometer, ambient light sensors. The Xiaomi Redmi 4A is powered by a 3120mAh battery and comes with fast charging support. It too runs on two-year-old Android Marshmallow.Redmi 4:Xiaomi launched the Redmi 4 was in May in India. The smartphone is available in three memory storage variants – one with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage at Rs 6,999, next is the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage variant at Rs 8,999, and lastly the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant at Rs 10,999. The internal storage is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.The dual-SIM Redmi 4 features a 5-inch HD display. The smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC clocked t the speed of1.4GHz. The Redmi 4 backed by a 4100mAh battery.The Redmi 4 comes equipped with a 13MP rear camera with f 2.0, PDAF, and LED flash technology. There is a 5MP front camera with f 2.2.The connectivity options onboard are 4G VoLTE, 3.5mmaudio jack, micro-USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS and Bluetooth v4.1.This phone too runs the older version of Android.last_img read more

Chelsea Beats PAOK, Olympiakos and Betis Drew 0-0 in Europa League

first_imgChelsea maintained its perfect start to the season when Brazil forward Willian scored in a 1-0 Europa League victory at PAOK Thessaloniki on Thursday.Two goals from Ever Banega and Wissam Ben Yedder led Sevilla, the most successful team in Europa League history, to a 5-1 thrashing of Standard Liege while Eintracht Frankfurt opened its campaign by upsetting Marseille 2-1.Arsenal, with former Sevilla coach Unai Emery now in charge, defeated Ukraine’s Vorskla 4-2 thanks to a double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and AC Milan edged past Dudelange of Luxembourg 1-0.Sitting atop the Premier League with five wins from five games, Chelsea rested Eden Hazard after the Belgium playmaker registered a hat trick in a 4-1 win against Cardiff on Saturday.Two Chelsea supporters were injured in an attack by suspected local fans shortly before dawn. Police said the two Englishmen were beaten by three assailants in central Thessaloniki.PAOK’s fans show a banner that reads: “Macedonia is one and only and it’s here” during a Group L Europa League soccer match between PAOK and Chelsea at Toumba stadium in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)An ambulance crew provided first aid but the men declined to be taken to hospital. The three assailants escaped and police said the fans of the London club did not wish to press charges.Here’s a look at Thursday’s games:WILLIAN LIFTS CHELSEAChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made five changes to his starting line-up against PAOK and his dominant team should have scored a hatful of goals.The out-of-form Alvaro Morata wasted several chances after captain Willian had finished off a speedy counter-attack in the seventh minute following good work from Ross Barkley.“We played very well, were in control of the match, and it would have been difficult for anybody to play against us this evening,” Sarri said.Chelsea’s Pedro Rodriguez, right, duels for the ball with PAOK’s Andre Vierinha during a Group L Europa League soccer match between PAOK and Chelsea at Toumba stadium in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Also in Group L, BATE Borisov of Belarus won 2-0 at Hungary’s Vidi.SEVILLA ON FIRESevilla, Europa League winners in 2014, 2015 and 2016, went ahead in the eighth minute against Standard thanks to a curling free kick by Banega.Standard leveled through Moussa Djenepo before Franco Vazquez made it 2-1 for the Spanish hosts in the 41st minute. Ben Yedder added two second-half goals and Banega completed the rout with a penalty.Also in Group J, Russian club Krasnodar won 1-0 at Turkey’s Akhisar Belediyespor.AUBAMEYANG’S ARSENAL JOYAubameyang opened the scoring for Arsenal against Vorskla in the 32nd minute when he converted an Alex Iwobi cross.Danny Welbeck headed in a center from Henrikh Mkhitaryan before Aubameyang made it 3-0 with a precise shot from outside the area.Substitute Mesut Ozil added the fourth goal from close range but Vorskla reduced the arrears thanks to captain Volodymyr Chesnakov and Vyacheslav Sharpar.For Emery, the Europa League is familiar territory, after he guided Sevilla to its three straight titles earlier this decade.Also in Group E, Sporting Lisbon scored twice in the second half to sink Qarabag 2-0.DAVID VS GOLIATHIt was a case of David vs Goliath when seven-time European champion Milan took on Dudelange, the first team from Luxembourg to reach the Europa League group stage.Dudelange did well to keep out Milan until Gonzalo Higuain struck the only goal of the game in the 59th minute.Real Betis’ Joaquin, right, shoots the ball in front of Olympiakos’ players during a Group F Europa League soccer match between Olympiakos Piraeus and Real Betis at the Karaiskakis Stadium, in Piraeus, near Athens, on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Also in Group F, Olympiakos and Betis drew 0-0.LATE EINTRACHT WINNERSubstitute Luka Jovic struck one minute from time as German Cup winner Eintracht Frankfurt came back from a goal down to defeat last year’s Europa League runner-up Marseille 2-1 in a game played behind closed doors in France.Marseille went ahead in the third minute at the Stade Velodrome as Florian Thauvin crossed from the right for Lucas Ocampos to score.Frankfurt equalized in the second half through Lucas Torro before Jovic’s late winner.In the other Group H match, Lazio defeated Apollon 2-1.OTHER GAMESRangers, managed by former England midfielder Steven Gerrard, recovered from conceding a first-minute goal to draw 2-2 at Villarreal, while Rapid Vienna beat Spartak Moscow 2-0 in the other Group G game.In Group I, Genk defeated Malmo 2-0 and Besiktas eased past newcomer Sarpsborg 3-1.In Group A, Bayer Leverkusen rallied from two goals down to win 3-2 at Ludogorets Razgrad in Bulgaria.In a matchup between the champions of Scotland and Norway, Celtic beat Rosenborg 1-0. Also in Group B, Fredrik Gulbrandsen scored a minute before the end to give last year’s semifinalist Salzburg a 3-2 victory at Leipzig.___By KAREL JANICEK , Associated PressMore AP soccer: and Shareslast_img read more

ACL Goal’s Player of the Week: Alan

first_imgAFC Champions League AFC Champions League 2017: Goal’s Player of the Week – Guangzhou Evergrande’s Alan Douglas Last updated 2 years ago 21:22 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alan AFC Champions League Guangzhou Evergrande v Shanghai SIPG Shanghai SIPG Guangzhou Evergrande Though his team fell at the final hurdle, Alan’s performance gave Shanghai SIPG a right real scare…. Going into their AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg match against Shanghai SIPG, nobody would have thought Guangzhou Evergrande had a chance of progression to the semifinals. For they had lost the first leg 4-0! The second leg was seen by many as an exercise in futility but boy what a treat it became! The Chinese team battled back to score four goals and extend the tie into extra time where they had to come up with a late equaliser again and take the game to the penalty shootout.However, their inspired performance came to a heartbreaking end there. But Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side will hold their heads high, thanks mainly to the heroics of Alan Douglas who scored a brace and laid on another goal in a brilliant outing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing AlanAlan started proceedings for Guangzhou by scoring the first goal of the game in the 21st minute after capitalising on a defensive mixup to round the goalkeeper and find the back of the net. The former FC Salzburg man proceeded to sow seeds of doubt into Shanghai SIPG players’ mind by converting a bullet header in the 35th minute from Zhang Linpeng’s cross from the right. He was a menace throughout and created four chances apart from sending in another four dangerous crosses. Though it ended tragically, Alan’s performance sees him named as Goal’s Player of the Week.last_img read more

Real Madrid finding no takers for Bale

first_imgReal Madrid’s hopes of dispensing with the services of Gareth Bale this summer are looking ever dimmer as the forward prepares to start the pre-season with the Blancos. Having already splashed out on five new signings in the current transfer window, Madrid know that, once Ferland Mendy is presented, Operation Exit must begin in earnest. With 37 players cluttering up the first-team squad the club must undergo a significant clear-out at the start of pre-season, which begins on July 8. Almost a third of those have been declared up for sale by those in charge at the Bernabeu.  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? Some of the Madrid squad have begun to pack their bags. Marco Llorente crossed the road for Atletico Madrid, while Mateo Kovacic is set to make permanent his move to Chelsea in the coming days. But there has been no movement on the man Florentino Perez would most like to see leave, and who, if he stays, is set to become an expensive pariah in 2019-20.The case of Bale is crucial to Madrid. Coach Zinedine Zidane has no interest in fielding the Wales international, a fact he showed no qualms in making clear towards the end of last season. But Bale will nevertheless be getting on the plane to Montreal with the rest of the Blancos squad, Goal can confirm, as what would have been the club’s biggest sale of the summer is completely stalled.For his part the player has similarly made clear that he wants to stay at the Bernabeu, ignoring the unsubtle hints sent his way by Zidane as well as the arrival of several new signings set to push him out of the forward line.The former Southampton and Tottenham winger would only consider a transfer that assures him the same lavish wage package he will enjoy in the Spanish capital until his contract expires in June 2022.There is no sign that the situation will be resolved with any haste. Right now there are no meetings planned to discuss his sale, no offers on the table and very little interest in Bale. Unless there is a rapid breakthrough, then, Zidane and Bale will meet face to face next week, prior to the start of the tour, ensuring some rather awkward silences on the long plane trip to Canada and later the United States.last_img read more

A Top Recruit Says These 2 Major Schools “Pissed Him Off”

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonIt’s not uncommon for a recruit to be a little upset with a couple of schools during his recruitment for one reason or another. It is uncommon for him to admit it publicly.That’s what happened with A.J. Abbott, a three-star wide receiver in the 2018 class committed to play for Wisconsin. He recently revealed that a couple of major Big Ten programs upset him during his recruitment.Abbott did an interview with Land of 10. In it, he went into detail about why schools like Michigan State and Ohio State upset him. He also was upset with Syracuse.From the interview:Q: Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? Maybe they said they were going to call you back and they didn’t?Abbott: I got plenty of those. At a young age, Ohio State, I wanted to get on them. I liked them. They didn’t call me back. They didn’t answer anything. Michigan State pissed me off a lot because they weren’t offering, they weren’t recruiting really that hard. They didn’t offer until the end. So Michigan State, Ohio State and Syracuse. Syracuse pissed me off, too. I don’t like how they were recruiting.Abbott admitted that Michigan State came in second place in his recruitment, but he felt the coaches at Wisconsin cared about him more.Q: What school came in second? What could they have done a little better?Abbott: Michigan State. They came in second. What they could’ve done … They had some problems over there with their team and with their coaches. It was a lot of issues over there with the team, so I don’t think getting into that would have been great. But I think the coaches over at Wisconsin cared about me a little more than Michigan State. I think they had my best interest better than Michigan State coaches did.You can read his full Q&A here.last_img read more

Always great on paper: Vijay Mallya tweets on RCB’s poor IPL 2019 campaign

first_imgAlways great on paper: Vijay Mallya tweets on RCB’s poor IPL 2019 campaignIPL 2019: After Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli posted a picture on Instagram thanking the team’s fans for their support, Vijay Mallya expressed his disappointment at another below-par season for his former franchiseadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service BengaluruMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 23:43 IST Vijay Mallya said the Virat Kohli-led team is always good on paper (Courtesy by BCCI/PTI)HIGHLIGHTSRoyal Challengers Bangalore gave a poor account of themselves in the first half of the tournamentIt was the 12th straight season that the RCB failed to bag the IPL trophyVijay Mallya said the Virat Kohli-led team is always good on paper, reacting to the skipper’s social media postRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) former co-owner Vijay Mallya said the Virat Kohli-led team is always good on paper, reacting to the skipper’s social media post after they finished rock-bottom in the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table.RCB gave a poor account of themselves in the first half of the tournament, not being able to win a single game. But Kohli and Co. bounced back to win five games on the trot at the back end of the competition, something that, in the end, proved to be a bridge too far in terms of making the playoffs.”Thank you guys for all the love & support – the entire team including the fans, the ground staff & the support staff! Promise to come back stronger next year,” Kohli wrote on his Instagram page. He posted this along with a photo from the Chinnaswamy stadium which showed fans holding a banner which said: “We’ll always keep our heads high, our love for RCB will never die”.Taking a dig at the RCB skipper’s post, Mallya tweeted: “Always a great line up but sadly on paper only. Devastated with the wooden spoon”.Always a great line up but sadly on paper only. Devastated with the wooden spoon. Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) May 5, 2019It was the 12th straight season that the RCB failed to bag the IPL trophy.Also Read | IPL 2019: I feel your pain, Virat Kohli thanks RCB fans after consolation winAlso Read | High time we did something for the crowd: Gurkeerat Singh after RCB winFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwarilast_img read more

Cool NYC Guys Are Wearing SHRT

first_img A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree We’ve got a secret to share: the best-dressed men about town in New York City didn’t just wake up looking perfectly Instagrammable. They’re wearing SHRT, the new capsule collection of customized shirts designed in collaboration with Bespoken.Best known for its brand of unstudied, Anglo-American polish, the New York-based brand already has one of the best looking go-to collections for spring and a recent partnership with J. Lindeberg. Now it’s added SHRT, a custom shirt program created in partnership with Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal, Fat Radish owner Phil Winser, and entrepreneur-cum-DJ Brendan Fallis. Each tastemaker worked with the founders of Bespoken, Liam and Sam Fayed, to create three impeccably styled shirts all made in the UK.“We love the concept and what it stands for,” said Liam. “All of these guys are innovators in their own right and it’s interesting to bring different elements into our design process. We’re excited to see how our customers react to the launch and the product, and if it’s something they want to see more of, we’d definitely want to continue giving that back.”Related: Meet Up Mondays: Bespoken. As expected, the best features of SHRT are in the details. Fayed, for example, offered Blumenthal a subtle short point collar update to Bespoken’s classic button-down collar, as well as a concealed microfiber cloth for cleaning glasses on the go, while for Winser’s slimmer, button-down silhouette with jersey sleeves he added a hidden passport and boarding pass chest pocket. Fallis’s streamlined shirt, meanwhile, sports a signature Bespoken point collar but mixes a light poplin body with an Oxford cloth sleeve for a quietly trangressive edge.“Working together with people who care about details and quality as much as I do was a really fulfilling project,” said Fallis, while Winser praised the functionality of his design. “Working with a tailor that comes from such incredible heritage and craftsmanship keeping within tradition but adapting to the modern day man allowed me to create a shirt that was perfectly tailored to the service industry. I wish I could do a whole collection with them.” Here’s to the future of sharper, everyday work shirts indeed. SHRT shirts are $195-225 and available at Bespoken’s website and on Spring, the mobile app.  Photo credit: Kat Irlin.center_img Editors’ Recommendations 1. Phil Winser 2. Neil Blumenthal 3. Brendan Fallis The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens last_img read more

Government Will Continue to Strengthen and Modernise Justice System

first_img For the 2018/19 fiscal year, the Government will continue to strengthen and modernise the justice system. For the 2018/19 fiscal year, the Government will continue to strengthen and modernise the justice system.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, provided details during his 2018/19 Throne Speech in Parliament on February 15.“The Administration has already indicated that the Legislative and Constitutional Reform Programme is among the seven priority programmes and projects set out in the Ministry of Justice’s Strategic Business Plan 2018-2021 and Operational Plan 2018/19,” he said.The Governor-General said the legislative agenda will include the Authentication (Foreign Public Documents) Bill 2017, which allows for Jamaica to accede to the United Nations Convention that will allow public documents from Jamaica to be accepted in other countries.He said the Statutory Review of the Sexual Offences Act; the Constitution (Amendment) (Appointment of Additional Judges) Act, 2017 and Judicature (Parish Courts) (Amendment) Act, 2017, which aim to amend the Constitution to enable the retention of retired judges on a fixed-term basis; and the Judicature (Resident Magistrates) (Amendment) Bill and Judicature (Appellate Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill, which allow the prosecution to have a limited right of appeal, will also be brought to the House.The Governor-General said the Administration’s programme will contribute to the achievement of a modernised justice system, which Jamaicans deserve, starting with reducing the backlog of indictments and summary matters in the Parish Courts, improving the delivery of justice services in eight additional parishes through Justice Centres by 2019, and establishing the single anti-corruption agency.“The Justice Ministry will also work with the courts and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service to increase the number of staff in the courts, to increase efficiency and effectiveness,” he said.The Throne Speech was delivered under the theme ‘Continuing on the Path to Prosperity’. The Governor-General said the legislative agenda will include the Authentication (Foreign Public Documents) Bill 2017, which allows for Jamaica to accede to the United Nations Convention that will allow public documents from Jamaica to be accepted in other countries. “The Administration has already indicated that the Legislative and Constitutional Reform Programme is among the seven priority programmes and projects set out in the Ministry of Justice’s Strategic Business Plan 2018-2021 and Operational Plan 2018/19,” he said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Admiral Administration Joins Leading Hedge Fund Service Providers in Nova Scotia

first_imgAdmiral Administration, a leader in global hedge fund administration, is expanding to Nova Scotia. The company plans to create up to 175 new full-time jobs in the next six years. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., is supporting the company’s growth with a payroll rebate to a maximum of $2,208,500. Admiral Administration is an award-winning global hedge fund administrator with offices in the Cayman Islands, Ireland and the United States that administers more than 200 funds totaling about $20 billion in net assets. “It is a testament to our well established and growing financial services sector to have Admiral Administration, one of the industry’s leading hedge fund administrators, expand business operations to Nova Scotia,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “It aligns with Nova Scotia’s jobsHere plan to create good jobs and grow a sustainable economy.” Admiral Administration employs a wide range of professionals such as chartered accountants and IT specialists. “I knew the next step for Admiral Administration was to expand our global footprint. When NSBI approached us, we realized Nova Scotia was the right competitive jurisdiction for us,” said Canover Watson, managing director, Admiral Administration. “Nova Scotia offers a great location, competitive costs and talented labour. It is the perfect fit.” Nova Scotia has attracted some of the top financial companies in the world including Citco Fund Services, Flagstone Reinsurance, Butterfield Fulcrum and Marsh Captive Solutions. “Nova Scotia is, and continues to be, recognized as a global financial services centre,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “In 2006, we identified this sector as a key growth opportunity for Nova Scotia. We continue to build on our momentum and remain focused on targeting high-quality companies that will bring value to the financial services sector.” Canada has had a well-established hedge fund administration industry, dating back to the 1990s. According to KPMG, the industry in Canada has experienced considerable growth in the past five years as existing organizations expanded and other global organizations opened offices. “By many measures Halifax would be considered the fastest growing hedge fund administration centre in Canada recently, as existing administrators expand their Halifax operations and new entrants establish them,” said Peter Hayes, partner, national director, Alternative Investments Practice, KPMG Canada. “Based on my experience, the administrators that have chosen Halifax would consider the relatively high quality of employees they’ve been able to source, and the cost effectiveness of the province compared with the more traditional hedge fund servicing centres, as strong factors in favour of the city.” Admiral Administration was recognized in 2011 by Hedgeweek USA as Best Offshore Hedge Fund Administrator. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia. For more information, visit and follow online at .last_img read more

Tiger Shroffstarrer Rambo to go on floor in March 2020

first_imgMumbai: Tiger Shroff will be ready to go on floor with his desi Rambo avatar in March next year. The film is an out-and-out action extravaganza reinventing Sylvester Stallone’s iconic John Rambo for Bollywood buffs, and has been generating a buzz ever since director Siddharth Anand announced his decision to make the film. “Rambo is a global icon. When we launched the film at Cannes, we realised the magnanimity of the character. When we spoke to journalists from across the world, they were all very enthused and keen to know what we will do with it because it’s a much-loved character,” the director told IANS, around the time when the “Rambo” remake’s poster was unveiled at Cannes in 2017. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The original Hollywood series starring Stallone is about John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former US Army Special Forces soldier. “India doesn’t have that history, so obviously there had to be a major adaptation in the sense of character, story and setting. That’s why the project has taken two years. We have taken the mythology of Rambo forward and that’s what we are playing on, more than remaking it,” Anand said.last_img read more

UN official says Bhutanese refugees in Nepal deserve options

24 May 2007Bhutanese refugees who have been living in Nepal for some 16 years should have the freedom to make informed decisions about their future, a visiting United Nations official has said. Bhutanese refugees who have been living in Nepal for some 16 years should have the freedom to make informed decisions about their future, a visiting United Nations official has said.UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres told residents at Goldhap camp on Wednesday that there was more than one solution to the plight of over 100,000 Bhutanese who have been living in eastern Nepal for the last 16 years. The High Commissioner outlined the options during his first official visit to Nepal to focus on current efforts to alleviate the long-standing situation of some 107,000 refugees who have been living in seven camps since the early 1990s. Mr. Guterres said the agency is “very encouraged by recent interest in resettling some of the refugees,” referring to an offer by the United States to accept some 60,000 of the Bhutanese in Nepal. Other countries that have expressed similar interest, UNHCR said.At the same time, he voiced hope that refugees who wish to return to Bhutan would be able to return home. “Despite 16 years with little success, we will continue to knock on Bhutan’s door to seek a solution for those who want to go back.” Mr. Guterres stressed that everyone must have the freedom to make his or her own informed decision. “The option of resettlement or voluntary repatriation is for them to choose and decide,” he said, adding that UNHCR’s job “is to open as many doors as possible so that they can leave the long years of exile behind them and start a new life as soon as possible.”The UN refugee agency has started a mass information campaign to sensitize refugees in all seven camps on resettlement procedures and their individual right to decide for or against it. In the capital, Kathmandu, Mr. Guterres met with Nepal’s Prime Minister Giriji Prasad Koirala and other senior officials to thank the country for its “very constructive and positive approach” to finding solutions for the refugees before a comprehensive solution is found for all camp residents in Nepal. Myanmar refugees from Thai camp are being resettled, UN refugee agency saysThe second phase of a large-scale resettlement of ethnic Karen refugees from Myanmar has begun with a group of more than 30 leaving a camp in northern Thailand to start a new life in the United States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today. “These refugees who fled fighting in eastern Myanmar have little realistic prospect of going home and they have been leading a very restricted life in the camp for more than a decade,” said the UNHCR Representative in Thailand, Hasim Utkan, who was at the camp send-off. “So, while it’s hard for them to leave a country just across the border from their homeland, they are excited about a new future in the US.” Between May 16 and the first week of July, 404 refugees are scheduled to depart for the US, with an overall planning figure of nearly 10,000 refugees from Thailand to depart to America by September 30 this year. “The scale of the resettlement operation is really quite amazing,” said Mr. Utkan. “This is something which has rarely been offered in a refugee situation.”Nine Thai government-run refugee camps strung along the border with Myanmar shelter a total of 140,000 refugees. read more

Over 30 fishermen still missing updated

The air force and the navy are involved in the search operations. Strong winds and heavy rain since Friday night had resulted in the disaster. Meanwhile the Department of Meteorology said today that the showery and windy conditions have reduced over the country.However it said showers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces. Showers may extend to Puttalam and Kurunegala districts too. Deputy Ministetr Gunaratne said that several fishermen had been admitted to hospital as well. Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Sarath Kumara Gunaratna said that 14 fishermen are confirmed dead and 36 fishermen, who had gone out to sea on Friday and yesterday, are still missing.Earlier 17 fishermen were reported missing by the police but by this morning the number rose to 43 including 6 reported missing in Ambalangoda and Modara. Southwest monsoon winds will be strengthen (upto 60km/h) at times over the island and neighborhood.It also said that the sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Colombo and Galle as well as the sea areas off the coast extending from Jaffna to Trincomalee will be rough at times.  (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN Special Envoy on Zimbabwean evictions briefs Security Council

UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka’s closed-door briefing was followed by closed Council discussion, requested by British Permanent Representative Emyr Jones Parry.In her report to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Ms. Tibaijuka said that the Government of Zimbabwe should stop the demolition of homes and markets, pay reparations to those who lost housing and livelihoods and punish those who, “with indifference to human suffering,” carried out the evictions.Operation Restore Order, or Operation Murambatsvina, was based on colonial-era Rhodesian law and policy that had been “a tool of segregation and social exclusion” and the Government of President Robert Mugabe should bring national laws into line with the realities of the country’s poor and with international law, she said.She told a news conference at UN Headquarters last Friday that the presence of her entourage kindled hope in those who had been evicted and her visit could be counter-productive, therefore, if the homeless people looking to the UN were not aided. read more

BoCs Poloz shaves forecast wont rule out interest rate cuts in future

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BoC’s Poloz shaves forecast, won’t rule out interest rate cuts in future by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 16, 2014 8:05 am MDT OTTAWA – Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says he has not ruled out a future cut to interest rates despite evidence disinflationary pressures appear to be waning and his belief that the global and Canadian recoveries are picking up steam.“We are neutral, that mean’s a rate cut cannot be taken off the table at this stage,” Poloz said during a news conference Wednesday. “It will depend on the data flow.”Poloz made the comment after the central bank decided to keep its trendsetting overnight rate at one per cent, where it has been since September 2010.The bank also pared back its estimate for first-quarter economic growth by a full point to 1.5 per cent — mostly because of the severe winter weather that began in December — and full-year 2014 growth to 2.3 per cent from 2.5.Both moves were negative for the Canadian dollar, which slipped 0.37 of a cent to 90.73 cents US following the announcements.That appears to be what Poloz wanted, said Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter, who noted the bank’s report appeared to stress the negative, even while saying a strengthening U.S. recovery should benefit Canada. That’s because one ingredient for economic growth in Canada is a lower loonie that makes exported goods more competitive south of the border.“He basically did not want to come off upbeat. I noticed he downplayed that inflation has been a bit higher than expected,” said Porter.“I think what they (bank officials) were trying to say is … our weaker Canadian dollar will support growth and I think it was that comment that cut the legs out from under the currency today.”In its tone, the Bank of Canada’s new monetary policy report appeared more positive than the bottom line, reflecting a growing confidence in the global economic recovery and less concern about persistent low inflation and an overly hot housing sector.Still, Poloz stressed in a teleconference from Toronto — where he was to attend the afternoon funeral of former finance minister Jim Flaherty — that considerable risks remain, including the possibility that Canadian exports won’t recover fully and the potential for a political shock to the world economy from Ukraine’s difficulties with Russia.While he wouldn’t rule out a rate cut if needed, analyst Jimmy Jean of Desjardins Capital Markets guessed Poloz would likely have also admitted he wouldn’t rule out a rate hike either if he had been asked.“I don’t think we’re close to either scenario,” he said.Most economists are pencilling in a rate increase in the summer or fall of 2015, but say the chances of an actual cut from an already low setting are receding with each month of positive economic data, including more normal levels of inflation. The last reading was 1.1 per cent and analysts are expecting Statistics Canada to report on Thursday an annualized rise of about 1.6 per cent in the consumer price index in March.The central bank has set an ideal target of annual inflation at 2.0 per cent but considers it acceptable within a range of between 1.0 per cent and 3.0 per cent.Poloz went to great lengths Wednesday to say that inflation remains weak — despite expectations it will approach the desired two per cent target within the next few months. He said the near-term return of inflation will be due to temporary factors such as higher energy prices, but underlying inflation likely won’t likely return to the target rate until 2016.Still, the bank’s new outlook as outlined in the monetary policy report suggests Poloz and his deputy governors are becoming a little more convinced in the growth story.The first-quarter slowdown is already looking like old news and the bank expects the second quarter to pick up to 2.5 per cent growth, and for the economy to average 2.5 per cent annual growth in 2015 as a whole.The most encouraging aspect of the report is what the bank’s governing council sees happening to exports.Rising energy prices mean oil and gas exporters will do even better than previously expected, the bank says. But it is also encouraged that manufacturers will soon see a lift, particularly now that the Canadian dollar has lost about 10 per cent of its previous value since February 2013.“Canada’s non-energy range of export sectors are expected to benefit, including those linked to the U.S. construction activity, such as logging and building materials,” the bank says. “As U.S. investment in machinery and equipment strengthens, export sectors such as industrial, electrical and electronic machinery and equipment, computers and aircraft, should strengthen.”“Obviously our story hinges critically on the export outlook,” said Poloz. “We obviously have what looks like a soft landing emerging in housing, so it’s critical we get a pickup of momentum in exports which will then be followed by a pickup of investment. And those two shifts will give us sustainable growth trend.”Poloz said all the ingredients are there for an export sector recovery, but noted those ingredients have been present “for quite a while and we have not seen a response yet.”After highlighting the dangers of high consumer debt and frothy house prices through most of 2012 and 2013, the bank says that while the danger has not fully passed it is now less worried about a severe correction that would sideswipe the economy.“Recent developments are in line with the bank’s expectation of a soft landing in the housing market and stabilizing debt-to-income ratios for households,” it said.In a separate section on the likely impact of the ballooning shale oil extraction activity in the United States, the bank said the increased supply may depress crude prices somewhat but won’t significantly deter Canada’s oilsands production.“Since shale oil is often as expensive to produce as oil from the Canadian oil sands, only the most marginal and costly Canadian projects would be affected,” it says. read more

Building the foundation of a housebuying budget requires resisting temptation

Building the foundation of a house-buying budget requires resisting temptation by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 30, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Whether it’s the sizzling real estate market or the desire for something just a little bit nicer, the temptation to stretch your homebuying budget may be tough to resist.But there are numerous factors to take into account before making the biggest purchase of your life, even if you’ve qualified with your lender for more.John DeRose, who oversees Vancity’s mobile mortgage specialists, says people paying $1,500 a month in rent can’t necessarily afford a monthly mortgage of $1,500.“When you own a home there are extra costs, so that’s why it is important to sit down and talk to somebody,” he says.The maximum amount people can spend on a home depends on the size of their down payment and two key ratios.According to the gross debt service ratio rule, monthly housing costs — which include mortgage payments, property taxes, heating expenses and 50 per cent of any condo fees, if they apply — should not exceed 32 per cent of one’s average gross monthly income.The second rule, called the total debt service ratio, says monthly debt loads should be no more than 40 per cent of average gross monthly income. That includes all housing costs included in the gross debt service ratio as well as other debts like car loans or leases, credit card payments and line of credit payments.However, DeRose says those two ratios likely don’t capture the full picture for many Canadians.“Everyone’s financial situation is different, so just using a calculator is not going to give you all the answers,” he says.“Everyone is in a different part of their life cycle. They have expenses that others may not have, they may have children, they many not.”Planning for the future is important because costs can fluctuate throughout life. Interest rates are near record lows now but will likely rise at some point, as will things like utility costs, property taxes and condo fees. Your paycheque, however, may not keep pace.There’s also the costs of buying a new car, or a family situation could change. For those planning on having children, keep in mind the cost of daycare in a big city can be more than $1,000 a month.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. publishes a step-by-step guide for potential homebuyers including worksheets that help people take a careful look at their household budget now and in the future.It also includes lists of possible costs in addition to the purchase price, such as legal and inspection fees associated with the transaction as well as moving expenses, all of which can add up to thousands of dollars.Ina Wielinga, a knowledge transfer consultant at CMHC, says it is important to be honest when creating a budget and planning for the future.For those planning to have a family, that could mean a drop in household income while one parent takes maternity or paternity leave, Wielinga said.“How would that impact our payments? Can we still maintain the type of lifestyle we want?” she said homebuyers need to ask themselves.“There could be potentially also some things that are unforeseen. Maybe there could be a job loss.”In a hot real estate market, potential buyers need to be realistic about what their budget will allow for today and beyond, DeRose says.“Sometimes renting is better,” he says. read more

Winston Churchills top hat and cigars liberated from a rubbish dump and

Cigars, a cigar case and a top hat once belonging to Sir Winston Churchill have been found on a rubbish tip.The items were authenticated by an expert on Antiques Roadshow, the long-running BBC programme, after they were brought along by a member of the public who worked at the dump. David Rose, who claimed to have three sheds of salvaged antiques and other artefacts, said: “I’ve worked there for like 15 years and I get to pull out whatever I like, mostly antiques.”Mr Rose refused to tell the programme-makers the location of the dump where he found the Churchill memorabilia, preferring to keep the secret to himself.In the episode staged at Eltham Palace in south east London and broadcast on Sunday night, Mr Rose explained how he discovered the cigar and hat along with more than 200 letters written by a mother, who worked as a cook for Winston Churchill, to her son.In the letters, she gave a detailed insight into Churchill’s everyday life. “She used to write to her son every day about the daily goings of Winston Churchill, what he was getting up to, how he was feeling and just interesting stuff about him,” said Mr Rose. The items he found in the dump appeared to be gifts from Churchill to the mother, including a signed photograph. 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. Mark Smith, the Antiques Roadshow specialist who viewed the memorabilia, said the authenticity would have been in doubt had it not been for the detailed letters that came with the hat and cigars.Mr Smith valued the whole collection at £10,000, an amount Mr Rose then described as “crazy”. Mr Rose remained tight-lipped about the location of the dump, claiming “dozens” of people had asked but no-one had been told. read more

EHF CL Cocks take points home from Switzerland

← Previous Story LADIES IN CHARGE IN SKOPJE: Crvenkoska assistant coach at RK Vardar, Blazevska overtakes Metalurg Next Story → EHF CL SATURDAY: Veszprem in Barcelona, RNL in Kielce Riihimäen Cockswacker thun The Finnish champions, Cocks, as newcomers at VELUX EHF Champions League have two points from two draws at the start of the season.Cocks played 26:26 in Switzerland against home team Wacker Thun to make another nice surprise for their fans in European elite competition.Wacker Thun (SUI) vs Riihimäen Cocks (FIN) 26:26 (11:15)In the opener, Cocks drew against Spanish team BM Ademar Leon. read more

Crowd gathering at Lock the government out of the Dáil protest

first_imgA SMALL CROWD has already gathered outside the Dáil this morning for a protest against austerity, as TDs get back to work.Speaking to, one of the organisers, former hunger striker Tony Rochford said the ultimate aim of the demonstration is to get TDs to step down.A livestream of the protest shows about 50 people are already there this morning but larger crowds are expected later, to greet TDs as they return to the Dáil. Over five thousand people have joined the protest Facebook page. Originally, the plan was to form a human chain around the entrance but this is proving difficult as protesters have been moved away by gardaí.“The main message is for them to look at the country and look at what’s going on,” he said. “They’re walking all over people, increasing our bills when they haven’t cut their own wages.”He said protesters will not be using physical force to lock TDs out of the Dáil but added that left-wing politicians who walk by will “show their true colours”.A garda spokesperson said there is a “sufficient presence” today to deal with the crowd which is expected to reach up to a thousand.It is understood that an extra garda unit has been detailed to work. Rochford said that protesters have already been pushed back, off Kildare Street  onto Molesworth Street, and claimed gardaí had been heavy-handed with some people.Read: Three thousand sign up to ‘lock the Government out of the Dáil’>Read: Tony Rochford ends hunger strike>last_img read more