Stocks recover their poise as Italy concerns abate

first_imgLONDON – Stock markets recovered their poise Wednesday amid hopes for a resolution in Italy’s political turmoil that may put a halt to talk of another election this year.KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany’s DAX climbed 0.6 per cent to 12,748 while the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares rose 0.3 per cent to 7,654. Italy’s FTSE MIB was the region’s standout, jumping 2 per cent to 21,180. The CAC 40 in France though, underperformed, trading 0.4 per cent lower at 5,415. U.S. stocks were poised for a solid open, with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.5 per cent.ITALIAN UNCERTAINTY: The main focus in financial markets this week has been Italy with fears growing that a political impasse could lead to another general election that could in effect become a referendum on the pros and cons of the country’s use of the euro currency. However, on Wednesday, hopes were raised that an election could be avoided after Italy’s premier-designate, Carlo Cottarelli, said “new possibilities” had emerged to form a government based on the outcome of the March 4 vote, and that he wanted to give the option time to mature given the negative market reaction to the prospect of new elections. Efforts to create a so-called “political” government failed over the weekend after President Sergio Mattarella vetoed an economy minister proposed by the 5-Star Movement and League, the two big vote-getters in March which had come together to form a populist alliance.ANALYST TAKE: “If a government can be formed that receives the stamp of approval from Mattarella and is therefore seen as not posing a threat to Italy’s place in the eurozone, then this will come as a relief to markets in the near-term,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA.CURRENCIES: With hopes raised that another Italian election will be avoided the euro rallied from near-year lows against the dollar, trading 0.9 per cent higher at $1.1639. The dollar, meanwhile, rose 0.1 per cent to 108.90 yen.CHINA TRADE: A U.S. business group said American companies in China are uneasy about Washington’s threat of export and investment controls in a trade dispute with Beijing but see them as a possible way to achieve fairer operating conditions. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was due in Beijing on Saturday after the White House renewed its threat of 25 per cent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods. Washington proposed curbs on Chinese investment and purchases of high-tech goods.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index dropped 1.5 per cent to 22,018.52. South Korea’s Kospi dropped 2.0 per cent to 2,409.03. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong slipped 1.4 per cent to 30,056.79 and the Shanghai Composite index fell 2.5 per cent to 3,041.44. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 fell 0.5 per cent to 5,984.70. Shares fell in Southeast Asia and Taiwan.ENERGY: U.S. crude oil climbed 43 cents to $67.16 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange while Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 71 cent to $76.20 a barrel in London.last_img read more

CRTC opens online survey about sales tactics by phone cable internet providers

first_imgGATINEAU, Que. – Canada’s telecom regulator is giving consumers until Sept. 7 to answer an online survey about sales tactics used by the country’s largest phone, cable and internet service providers.The 11-day online survey conducted by Ipsos is part of a months-long process leading to public hearings to be held by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission starting on Oct. 22.Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, who is responsible for telecommunications, ordered the CRTC investigation in June after media reports and direct complaints about how telecom services are sold.In particular, the inquiry wants to address complaints that prices for services may be unpredictable or higher than expected and sales messages may result in stress, confusion and frustration.The CRTC has already collected about 890 comments, mostly from individuals, since mid-July through a more formal intervention process that closes on Thursday.The bilingual survey can be found at https://ipsosasks.ca/CRTClast_img read more

Fort St John RCMP launching Safe Place program to support local LGBTQ

first_imgLocal businesses and organizations are able to participate by placing a decal in their window that clearly identifies the premise as a safe haven and ally for members of the LGBTQ community.In January, Prince Rupert became the first community in Canada with an RCMP-led Safe Place program, and other detachments across B.C. have followed suit.Cpl. Francoeur said that to his knowledge, Fort St. John is the first community in Northeast B.C. to launch the program.Any businesses or organizations can sign up to participate in the Safe Place program by calling Cpl. Francoeur at the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at (250) 787-8100, or by emailing steven.francoeur@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.With files from The Vancouver Sun and CBC News. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is launching a new anti-hate crime program in support of the LGBTQ+ community in the Energetic City.Cpl. Steven Francoeur said that the local RCMP detachment will be starting a Safe Place program in Fort St. John after the program was launched by the Vancouver Police Department ahead of that city’s Pride Festival two years ago.Cpl. Francoeur explained that the Safe Place program offers anyone who feels they are in an unsafe environment a place where they will be welcomed and are able to call the police and wait for officers to arrive.last_img read more

Livestock Producers learn about Anthrax at community session

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Many concerned livestock producers came out to learn about anthrax at the Anthrax Information Session held Monday night at the Stoneridge Hotel.The meeting was organized after anthrax was confirmed in the death of 13 bison on a farm near Fort St. John.  Dr. Chris Clark, of Western College of Veterinarian and Medicine, gave a lecture on the anthrax disease and the risk it may pose to livestock and humans.“One thing about the disease anthrax is it conjures up a lot of spectres in people’s minds, and they get very nervous when they hear about anthrax, and I do firmly believe that knowledge is a way that we counter those,” said Dr. Clark as he addressed the audience. “This is nothing new. Anthrax is essentially the oldest disease known to medicine. We’ve got evidence that it’s been around for, at least, 4,000 years”, said Clark.Anthrax is a naturally occurring disease caused by a spore-forming bacterium.Clark reassured producers that the risk to humans is minimal as it is not a directly contagious disease. The only way to get infected is if you were to ingest the bacteria. If you were to get infected, there are very effective vaccines that prevent and cure anthrax.Clark suggests that if a producer has any concerns about the risk of anthrax, they are encouraged to speak with their veterinarian.More about the anthrax disease can be found on the Government of Canada website.You can watch the entire anthrax session with Dr. Clark below:last_img read more

BJP Cong get into poll mode Cong wants top leaders to contest

first_imgShimla: In the state, where there power equations swings between two national parties – BJP and the Congress, the battle for upcoming Lok Sabha polls is getting quite interesting this time.The BJP, which had won all the four seats in 2014 , wants to retain all sitting MPs, including party veteran Shanta Kumar, 84, for the contest but the Congress is looking at new choices to field its top seniors. At a meeting of the Congress’s election committee, held on Wednesday at Chandigarh, the party has shortlisted names for all the four Parliamentary constituencies even proposing to former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh either to contest himself from Mandi Lok Sabha constituency or make sure that his son Vikramaditya Singh, a sitting MLA elected first-time from Shimla (rural) contests the seat. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The BJP’s core committee in its two days meeting has also shortlisted the names for Shimla, Kangra, Mandi and Hamirpur Parliamentary constituencies. Initially, there was much suspense on party senior Shanta Kumar, who had won Kangra Parliamentary seat in 2014 but it looks Shanta Kumar is well settled to re-enter the poll fray. Admits Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur “as far as the decision on tickets is concerned, there is already consensus in the party not to change candidates. On Shanta Kumar’s candidature, the party’s national leadership will take a final call. But, we are clear on retaining the candidates.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency, where three-time sitting MP Anurag Thakur, who was also BJP’s Chief whip, will be party’s candidate while two other incumbent MPs — Ram Swaroop Sharma (Mandi) and Virender Kashyap (Shimla) will be back in the contest. Beside Mandi, Parliamentary seats of Hamirpur, Shimla and Kangra have become quite high stake constituencies for the Congress, which the party has not won for several years. The name of Congress legislature Party (CLP) leader Mukesh Agnihotri was being prominently mentioned as ‘winning” candidate or one who can really give Anurag Thakur a tough fight. Given a chance Agnihotri – a Virbhadra Singh loyalist,w ill not risk his political career. Kangra Parliamentary seat is also a hot spot for the Congress. Former Minister G S Bali is Congress heavyweight in the area also keen to contest the Lok Sabha. Another former minister Sudhir Sharma could be considered for the contest. In Shimla, former MP Col (Rtd) Dhani Ram Shandil is also party’s choice to take on incumbent MP Virender Kashayp. But, being a sitting MLA, he may not also look forward to contesting. Vinod Sultanpuri son of former MP Late K D Sultanpuri is another contender for the ticket. In totality, the Congress is undoubtedly looking forward to put-up a good show in the poll. The party has a bigger struggle to make some of the leaders agree to contest the poll rather than building-up a campaign against the BJP.last_img read more

Facebook still hosting NZ shooting footage Report

first_imgSan Francisco: Despite Facebook’s claim that the livestreaming video of the March 15 Christchurch shooting that killed 50 people was removed from its platforms, sections of the raw footage are still available for users to watch, the media reported. According to a report in Motherboard on Friday, certain videos on Facebook and Instagram show sections of the raw attack footage. “The world’s biggest and most well-resourced social media network is still hosting copies of the violent attack video on its own platform as well as Instagram,” the report claimed. Some of the videos are slices of the original 17-minute clip — trimmed down to one minute or so — and are open to be viewed by anyone. In one instance, instead of removing the video, which shows the terrorist shooting and murdering innocent civilians from a first-person perspective, Facebook has simply marked the clip as potentially containing “violent or graphic content”. One of the clips shows the terrorist walking up to the first mosque he targeted, and opening fire. The video does not show the full attack, and stops at the 01:15 mark. A Facebook spokesperson, however, said “the video did violate our policies and has been removed”. The Facebook livestreaming of the New Zealand terror attack sparked global outrage. The video was viewed over 4,000 times before it was removed. The video was later shared in millions on other social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube. Facing flak, the social media giant is now exploring restrictions on who can use its “Facebook Live” feature. Earlier this month, New Zealand’s privacy commissioner John Edwards labelled Facebook as “morally bankrupt pathological liars” after the social media platform’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to play down the Facebook livestreaming of Christchurch shooting.last_img read more

BJP intensifies poll campaign in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: With less than 15 days to go to for the May 12 Lok Sabha elections in the national capital, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday intensified their poll campaign here. Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, who is pitted against Congress’ J.P. Agarwal and the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Pankaj Gupta from the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat, held meetings with the residents of the Kishanganj railway colony. He then kicked off his ‘padyatra’ from Kishanganj Mandal to Motibagh, Padam Nagar and Sadar Bazar. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victims Meanwhile, Union Minister Vijay Goel took out a cycle rally on Sunday morning with suspended AAP MLA Kapil Mishra in the capital city. On the other hand, North East Delhi BJP candidate Manoj Tiwari, who is pitted against former Delhi Chief Minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit and the AAP’s Dilip Pandey, kicked off his roadshow from the Burari area in his constituency. On Saturday, he held a 15-km long roadshow from Loni road to Shahdra which saw the participation of hundred of BJP workers and supporters. Also Read – Kejriwal seeks Transport Dept’s views on odd-even exemption The BJP’s West Delhi candidate Pravesh Singh Verma also interacted with the residents of Punjabi Bagh at the Veer Sawarkar park in the area. Ramesh Bidhuri, who is re-contesting from South Delhi and is pitted against Congress’ Vijender Singh and AAP’s Raghav Chadha, met members of the resident welfare association in Saket, after which began his ‘rath yatra’ from the Bijwasan area in his constituency. Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, who is contesting for the BJP from the East Delhi seat, kick-off his roadshow from Seemapuri roundabout to Babu Ram school in Shahdra. In the 2014 polls, the BJP won all the seven Lok Sabha seats from Delh.last_img read more

On The NCAA Bubble Heres The Number To Watch

Kansas State6041324561.9 Clemson6333354915.7 TEAMRPIBPIKENPOMSTRENGTH OF RECORDCHANCE OF MAKING TOURNEY Syracuse7931445312.2 Bubble teams are drawn from Joe Lunardi’s bracketology classifications.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group, KenPom.com Wake Forest34303033>99.9% Illinois586368581.5 USC3958614376.4 Rhode Island4239515458.1 Marquette5529284188.6 California565255692.8 Illinois State3160494685.7 Indiana8132465719.1 College basketball season is in its final sprint toward Selection Sunday, and that means it’s panic time for teams on the men’s NCAA Tournament bubble. But not all bubble teams are created equal. For instance, Wake Forest, which ranks 30th in ESPN’s BPI power rankings, ought to feel relatively good about its tourney chances, while Syracuse, which ranks 31st, should be in a state of full-blown terror. Why the difference? It all comes down to how each school did in a metric that best predicts the NCAA selection committee’s picking tendencies.The selection committee has struggled for a while with how to pick the teams for the NCAA tournament. Should they be the best teams? Or simply the most deserving teams? The former may not have the best record, while the latter may not have the best talent. (In January, the NCAA even met with several analytics experts to help sort out this quandary.)Stats, too, have to figure out which of these two questions they’re trying to answer. ESPN’s BPI and KenPom.com’s ratings are examples of predictive rating systems, meant to tell fans who the “best” teams are. Other rating systems such as ESPN’s new Strength of Record (SOR) are meant to rank “deserving” teams, grading a team’s resume according to how hard its record was to achieve. The two approaches can yield very different results, and my research shows that Strength of Record aligns more closely with what the committee looks for in a tournament team.As the man behind updating ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index (BPI) before this season, I studied the Selection Committee’s historical behavior, to help build a system that assigns each team a probability of making the NCAA Tournament. I looked at many variables, including resume rankings such as Strength of Record and the NCAA’s official Ratings Percentage Index, predictive rankings such as BPI and KenPom, and simpler measures such as a team’s win-loss record.1Including its overall record and its record in conference and nonconference play.Most of these variables are highly correlated with each other, and in many cases they tell the same story about a school’s season. But Strength of Record has the highest correlation, and using it alone to select teams would help you agree with the committee 90 percent of the time. Plugging Strength of Record into a model (which includes other metrics, but weights them less2Specifically, here’s how the model works: We use BPI to simulate the rest of the season (including conference tournaments) 10,000 times, and in each simulation both automatic and at-large bids are selected. For the latter, we use a data-augmentation Bayesian Probit Regression model that includes SOR, RPI, BPI and an estimation of KenPom.com ratings to rank each team by its likelihood of grabbing one of the tourney’s 36 available at-large slots. A team’s chance to make the tournament, then, is a combination of their chance of winning their conference’s tournament and their chance of being selected as an at-large team if they don’t win the conference tournament.), we can assign tournament probabilities to teams considered “on the bubble” by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. Because of differences in resume quality (as measured by SOR), some bubble teams are quite likely to be favored by the committee, while some should be worried if they fail to win their conference tournaments. CURRENT RANKING AMONG D-I TEAMS Xavier3336433799.9 Providence5255534063.0 Houston5035415917.2 Iowa727767640.5 Chance of bubble teams making the NCAA Tournament, according to ESPN Stats & Information’s model Vanderbilt4449405665.6 So if your team is sweating things out on the bubble Sunday, keep an eye on its Strength of Record — not its RPI or its predictive ratings. read more

At Least Phil Jackson Didnt Leave The Knicks In Ruins

Naturally, that surplus is made possible by the nature of the rookie scale, which artificially depresses pay for young players, but even going only by the real and projected value, this group of young players has been and will be worth far more than the veterans Jackson acquired. And the value isn’t all tied up in Porzingis, either — Hernangomez and Ntilikina both project to produce at a high level.With Jackson on the way out, the expectation is that coach Jeff Hornacek will have the freedom to move away from Jackson’s much derided triangle offense. Dolan is teasing the idea of chasing former Denver Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri, who helped pants New York in the ill-advised trade for Anthony, and then again in the even more lopsided Andrea Bargnani deal a few seasons later when Ujiri was working for the Toronto Raptors. (Somewhat infamously, Ujiri nearly traded Toronto’s star point guard Kyle Lowry to New York before Dolan, hesitant to be humiliated by Ujiri once again, called off the trade at the 11th hour.)The Knicks, who were 80-166 under Jackson, 29.5 games under their preseason Vegas win totals, are in possession of all of their future first-round draft picks for the first time in a decade.2Hell, the last time the Knicks’ draft outlook was promising for consecutive years was 2005 and 2006, when they had back-to-back seasons with multiple first-rounders. In 2005 they drafted Channing Frye and David Lee, and traded Kurt Thomas for Quentin Richardson and the draft rights to Nate Robinson. The following season, the team drafted Renaldo Balkman and Mardy Collins. Things are looking up.And so the Knicks move on to the next stage of their development, better off than they were three seasons ago. Phil Jackson did a good job — except for the parts where he didn’t. Or perhaps he did a world-historically bad job, except for a few draft picks that went his way. It was a mixed bag, full of drama and triangles, and maybe the best thing to be said about Jackson’s Knicks is that they never managed to completely bungle the future. But in this town, that’s not nothing. It’s borderline groundbreaking. Stick around long enough and even the New York Knicks might have a bright future to sell you.VIDEO: Phil Jackson’s legacy with the Knicks isn’t all bad In just three full seasons, Phil Jackson inflicted as much psychic distress on the New York Knicks fanbase as any executive in New York’s recent, storied, terrible history. Jackson signed with the Knicks on March 18, 2014. News broke on Wednesday morning that he’s leaving.Yet the fans’ discomfort was only possible, in large part, because Jackson’s front office drafted well and unearthed talented young players. Jackson built the team of the future, and then set about imperiling it.Jackson’s exit ends several weeks of turmoil which saw him feud openly with Carmelo Anthony over his no-trade clause (which Jackson himself negotiated) and entertain trade possibilities for Kristaps Porzingis, either in earnest or to send the young star a message to fall in line. It was a messy end, but then, things have been a mess for a while now.In Jackson’s first offseason, he made the biggest decision of his tenure: re-signing Anthony to a 5-year, $124 million contract, which included a no-trade clause. He also traded Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton for then-33-year-old Jose Calderon, a handful of cap filler and a pair of second round picks. Not quite an earth-moving rebuild, but not terrible.The following season, the Knicks made a three-team deal that sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland (and three straight Finals appearances), but returned three marginal players and a 2019 second-round pick. That offseason, the team drafted Porzingis with the No. 4 overall pick, and signed Robin Lopez to a 4-year, $55 million deal. The roster rounded out with peripheral free agents Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams and a trade for Kyle O’Quinn. Then the real trouble began.In the summer of 2016, Jackson signed Joakim Noah to a 4-year, $72 million contract, and traded Lopez (and his favorable contract), rookie Jerian Grant and Calderon to the Chicago Bulls for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a second round pick. Rose remained a ghost of his former self; Noah was injured, ineffective and more expensive than Lopez.Going by FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system,1CARMELO has been updated to once again use Real Plus-Minus, though it’s now blended with Box Plus-Minus. We’ll have more details in a few days, but for now, these numbers won’t match the ones in the interactive. we can see just how badly Jackson overshot on the veterans he acquired. The seven most significant players he brought in or re-signed — Anthony, Rose, Noah, Afflalo, Courtney Lee, Lopez and Calderon — made or will make a combined $253 million from the 2014-15 season to the end of the 2019-20 season from the Knicks. Over that same time, they will have produced $134 million of value. The Knicks overpaid by half. The rookies were a different story. Jackson famously preferred Jahlil Okafor to Porzingis, but should be credited for taking a talented but risky prospect. The same goes for trading second-round pick swaps for Willy Hernangomez, a viable center of the future, provided we live long enough to see a future without Joakim Noah on the books, and signing Mindaugas Kuzminskas. And last week’s draft selection, 18-year-old Frank Ntilikina, is a risky, home-run type pick at a draft position in which Jackson could have taken safer players with lower ceilings.Using the same CARMELO method as we did for the veterans, the key Knicks rookies look far better. They project to produce $203 million by 2020, but will have been paid just shy of $43 million. read more

There have been no formal offers Piateks agent

first_imgThe Polish striker is the hottest player in the Italian Lega Serie A having scored 14 goals in his last 10 competitive matchesPolish forward Krzysztof Piatek recently joined Genoa in the Italian Lega Serie A.The footballer has only played 7 matches, where he has scored 9 goals for his club.And there have been many rumors of him leaving Genoa soon, but there’s nothing official.“Many clubs have contacted us, but there has been no formal offer,” Piatek’s agent Szymon Pacanowski was echoed by Football Italia.“Many clubs have contacted us over the last few weeks, but I won’t name them.”“However, there has been no formal offer from any club, including Napoli,” he added.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“His value has certainly risen over the three months in Serie A, but right now we are happy to remain at Genoa.”📋 – Straight off the training ground!Take a look at how Krzysztof Piatek gave Poland the lead against Portugal…Watch Poland v Portugal live on Sky Sports Football Red Button or watch in-game clips and highlights here: https://t.co/orKC8PgnPR pic.twitter.com/vlh1GWtWlC— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) October 11, 2018last_img read more

BAHAMAS Administrations investments in education healthcare communities and economy to ensure renaissance

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 24, 2018 – Nassau – The Minnis Administration will channel resources into areas such as education, healthcare, social development and economic opportunities – including jobs and opportunities to become entrepreneurs and businesspersons – as part of its commitment to provide Bahamians with the resources and opportunities they need “to build a good life and a better Bahamas.”“That is my vision and commitment as Prime Minister,” Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said while addressing the 17th Jones Communications Network’s (JCN) Person of the Year and Civil Society Awards Ceremony held at Jones Communications Media Centre, University Drive.“We will only truly achieve success as a nation when more of us succeed.  This is why I am committed to the redevelopment of Over-the-Hill and to providing training and other opportunities for entrepreneurship for young Bahamians.  This is why I am also committed to Family Island development and to a rebound and renaissance for long-struggling Grand Bahama,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Prime Minister Minnis, who was named Jones Communications Network’s Person of the Year for 2017, used the opportunity to further explain the path his Administration will take in order to “build a better Bahamas while providing greater opportunities for Bahamians – especially our young people.”The Prime Minister said his Administration will use the tools of education and the internet to “help our young Bahamians succeed and flourish.”“This is why I have an emphasis on improving pre-school and introducing more technology-based learning into our schools.  This is why my Government will introduce an ambitious programme for the development of young entrepreneurs. This is why I have insisted on introducing free WiFi to communities Over-the-Hill.”Recalling the story of the legendary German Printer/Inventor Johannes Gutenberg (Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg his full name) who has been credited with being the first European to use movable type, Prime Minister Minnis said Gutenberg’s introduction of mechanical movable type-printing began the Printing Revolution and is regarded as a milestone of the second millennium, ushering in the modern period of human history.“Gutenberg played a key role in the development of the Renaissance, Reformation, the Age of Enlightenment and the scientific revolution and laid the material basis for the modern, knowledge-based economy, and the spread of learning to the masses.“Gutenberg’s accomplishment helped a mass of people to realize their talents and imaginations,” Prime Minister Minnis continued, “this included the great inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci who had around 300 books in his library.“Today, the tools that will help our young Bahamians to succeed and flourish are education and the internet,” Prime Minister Minnis added in driving home his point about his Administration’s decision to provide free WiFi to Over-the-Hill communities and the introduction of more technology-based learning in schools.“The Internet is like the Gutenberg Press, enabling the mass of people to use it for learning and personal development.  The internet is one of the greatest learning tools in human history,” Prime Minister Minnis added.  The Prime Minister said as a “son of Bain Town” he knows the value of education.“I could never have dreamt of being here to receive such a award. But through education, I was able to develop my talents and gifts.  My commitment is to help our young people realize their talents and gifts so that they can contribute to our Bahamas in a meaningful way.  Who knows from whence will come our own Leonardo da Vinci, or the next Max Taylor, or Brent Malone,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption: Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis – ‘Person of the Year’ for 2017 addresses the 17th Jones Communications Network’s (JCN) Person of the Year and Civil Society Awards Ceremony at Jones Communications Media Centre, January 19, 2018.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, Photographer/Social Media) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

2020 MercedesBenz CLA says so long to entry level with 3000plus price

first_imgNot so entry-level anymore. Mercedes-Benz When the Mercedes-Benz CLA first arrived in the US, it marked a big shift for the German luxury brand. The C-Class was no longer the gateway model and the CLA was priced aggressively to start just around $30,000. That figure is long gone, friends.For 2020, Mercedes-Benz said in a Thursday release that the CLA will cost $37,645 after a $995 destination charge. For starters, that’s almost $7,000 more than what the first CLA cost originally. Secondly, that’s a pretty hefty price bump over the 2019 model. Buyers will fork over $3,550 more for the new model. Add all-wheel drive and buyers will flirt with $40,000 for a base model at $39,645.To be fair, the CLA does differentiate itself from the brand’s new entry-level model, the A-Class. For starters, the CLA comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that musters 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. In contrast, the A-Class’s 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes just 188 hp and 221 pound-feet of torque. The CLA is also larger than before and boasts that swankier coupe-like look that’s all the rage these days.Standard equipment for all CLA models includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster and a matching 7-inch touchscreen for infotainment purposes. The brand’s latest infotainment system, MBUX, is also on board with its “Hey Mercedes” command ready to answer your questions and assist. Additional driver assistance packages and premium goodies will increase the CLA’s price well past $40,000 before other fees and taxes.Is all of it too pedestrian, perhaps? There will also be Mercedes-AMG models to heat things up. The CLA35 and CLA45 models will boast 302 hp and nearly 400 hp, respectively.  Prices aren’t available for the sportier of CLAs, but expect healthy premiums over the standard car. Buyers will find the regular CLA arriving at dealers this fall. 0 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth More From Roadshow Preview • 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 first drive: Now actually feels like a premium car Post a comment The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is more design-focused than ever Mercedes-Benz Luxury cars Sedans 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark 38 Photos 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220: The entry-level luxury sedan… More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 6:01 Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more

Robert Pattinson — From a sparkling vampire to a billionaire bat

first_imgRobert Pattinson as BatmanBossLogic (@Bosslogic/Twitter)Robert Pattinson is officially set to star as Bruce Wayne aka Batman in the upcoming Matt Reeves-directed The Batman movie. Twilight fans from around the world are overjoyed with this casting update and some are even stating that now they have a reason to watch DCEU movie featuring a billionaire orphan who turns a vigilante to avenge the murder of his parents.In the upcoming DCEU movie, there a lot of things which are at stake. If we go in the past and check then apart from Aquaman and Wonder Woman, all the recently released superhero flicks have failed to impress the audience. Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman in several DC movies was appreciated by fans but the script and screenplay were not up to the mark.When it comes to Batman, everyone (both Marvel and DC fans) talks about Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. In those three films, we got to see how a superhero can actually relate to everyone. Those movies gave the antagonist some ideologies and it is always a tough task to beat the villain if he has his own philosophies, consider Thanos for that matter. Christian Bale breathed life into the character and we keep on talking about his for the generations to come. Hiring Robert Pattinson to play Bruce Wayne is surely a gamble for Warner Bros. who wants to press the reboot button on their superhero movies.Over the years, Robert Pattinson has proved that he is not only an actor with some sharp jaws that can cut throats or someone who had a high romantic endeavor with his former Twilight co-star. After wrapping up Twilight saga, Robert did star in several projects which brushed his acting skills and even enhanced him as a person. A still from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight RisesThe Dark Knight Rises, FacebookIn The Last City of Z, we got to see an extremely different side of Robert Pattinson. The 2016 film starred Charlie Hunnam in the lead role but it was Robert’s portrayal of Henry Costin that won applause. If this was not enough, then Robert amazed everyone with his brilliant performance in science-fiction movie High Life featuring him as a former criminal who is now on a voyage into deep space. The movie was well received by the critics and everyone appreciated Robert Pattinson’s performance.With films like Cloverfield, Let Me In, and Planet of the Apes II & III, Matt Reeves has proved that he knows his art and knows what he has to do to make a great cinema. Even he knows what is at stake here and chances of Robert Pattinson’s Batman movie going south are pretty slim.Robert Pattinson’s The Batman movie is currently under preproduction and as of now, there are other actors to be cast. The upcoming DCEU movie is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 25, 2021. It will be amazing to see how an actor who once played a vampire could actually become a bat.last_img read more

SBI cuts base rate to 865 to benefit retail borrowers

first_imgA security personnel stands guard in front of the gate of the State Bank of India (SBI) regional office in Kolkata May 23, 2014.                 REUTERS/Rupak de ChowdhuriState-run State Bank of India (SBI) on Monday announced a hefty reduction in its lending base rate from the New Year by 30 basis points (bps), to 8.65 percent per annum.With this reduction from the earlier base rate of 8.95 percent, SBI’s base rate has become the lowest among commercial banks, coming as a relief to its many retail borrowers, particularly of home and student loans.Similarly, the bank’s Benchmark Prime Lending Rate (BPLR) was also reduced with effect from January 1, to 13.40 percent yearly, from the earlier 13.70 percent p.a.”The revised base rate is reduced from 8.95 percent to 8.65 percent for existing customers and BPLR is reduced from 13.70 percent to 13.40 percent,” an SBI release said here.”Additionally, the bank has decided to extend ongoing waiver on home loan processing fees till March 31, 2018, for new customers keen on buying their dream house and other customers looking to switch their existing loans to SBI,” it added.There was, however, no change made to SBI’s Marginal Cost of Lending Rates (MCLR), the later system whereby rates are fixed for a one-year period and revised only at the end of each year.The SBI had earlier revised its base rate by 5 basis points on September 28, while some other public sector banks like Andhra Bank and Bank of Baroda have also announced cuts in base rates.”The reduction in base rate is a new year’s gift to the bank’s loyal customers as a large number of consumers who have their loan linked to base rate will be benefitted by decrease in rates,” MD, Retail and Digital Banking, P.K. Gupta said in the statement.”This reduction is part of bank’s efforts to ensure transmission of reduction in the policy rates in the recent past. Approximately 80 lakh customers will be benefitted by this move,” he said.In this connection, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has earlier pointed out problems around lending rate calculations, which are also holding up proper transmission by commercial banks of the interest rate cuts made by the central bank.”Arbitrariness in calculating the base rate and MCLR and spreads charged over them has undermined the integrity of the interest rate setting process. The base rate and MCLR regime is also not in sync with global practices on pricing of bank loans,” the RBI had said.Banks’ base rate on an average reduced 0.61 percent in the period between December 2014 and October 2016, when the RBI lowered its repo, or short-term lending rate for commercial banks, by 1.75 percent.last_img read more

Venezuelas military backs Maduro

first_imgDemonstrators clash with police during a protest against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro`s government in Caracas, Venezuela on 23 January 2019. Reuters File PhotoVenezuela’s powerful military threw its weight behind president Nicolas Maduro on Thursday as the US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido pressed a direct challenge to his authority, and the fate of the crisis-wracked country hung in the balance.As the death toll from days of street protests jumped to 26, a defiant Maduro announced the closure of Venezuela’s embassy and consulates in the United States, a day after president Donald Trump’s administration declared his regime “illegitimate.”The oil-rich but economically devastated country was plunged into uncertainty Wednesday when Guaido, the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly, proclaimed himself “acting president” — earning swift endorsement from Washington and a dozen regional powers including Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.Maduro’s re-election last year was contested by the opposition, and criticised internationally — but the socialist leader has until now retained the loyalty of the powerful military, whose response was being keenly watched.Flanked by military top brass, Defence minister Vladimir Padrino, himself a general, declared the 56-year-old Maduro “the legitimate president” — and vowed to defend his authority against an attempted “coup d’etat.”Following Padrino’s lead, eight generals in turn reiterated their “absolute loyalty and subordination” to the socialist leader in messages carried on state television.And the Supreme Court — made up of regime loyalists — doubled down by reaffirming its allegiance to Maduro’s “legitimate authority.””A coup is brewing in Venezuela with the consent of foreign governments,” charged the court’s president Maikel Moreno.’Debate is done’In a Skype interview with Univision, Guaido said he did not rule out including Maduro in an amnesty he is offering for military and civilian officials who lead a transition in Venezuela. But he said such an option would have to be evaluated because, he said, Maduro is responsible for the death of protesters.Analysts at the Eurasia Group consultancy noted that while international recognition of Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president cemented his position as the main opposition leader, he had failed to win over senior elements of the military.In that light, “Maduro’s fall does not appear imminent,” the analysts wrote.In Washington, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo kept up the pressure on the leftist leader, as the United States called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting on the crisis.”The time for debate is done. The regime of former president Nicolas Maduro is illegitimate,” Pompeo said in a speech to the Organization of American States, warning him against the use of force towards demonstrators.A furious Maduro on Wednesday issued US diplomats a 72-hour deadline to leave the country, and on Thursday said he was recalling all Venezuelan diplomats from the United States.The State Department meanwhile ordered its non-emergency staff to leave Venezuela but refused to comply with a full expulsion, saying it would maintain diplomatic ties with “the government of interim president Guaido.”Trump meanwhile has openly mused about military intervention in Venezuela, saying “all options are on the table,” and analysts suggest he could consider further economic sanctions against the country, a third of whose oil production goes to the US.The Republican president has found rare support from the Democratic Party over Venezuela, but one prominent dissenting voice was independent Senator Bernie Sanders.”We must learn the lessons of the past and not be in the business of regime change or supporting coups — as we have in Chile, Guatemala, Brazil and the Dominican Republic,” the 2016 presidential hopeful said in a statement, while also condemning Venezuela’s crackdown on protesters.Outside South America, the United States has been joined by Canada and Britain in recognising Guaido as Venezuela’s interim leader, while France has also rejected Maduro’s legitimacy.Security forces run after a demonstrator during a protest of opposition supporters against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro`s government in Caracas, Venezuela on 23 January 2019. Reuters File PhotoBut both Russia and China and have thrown their weight behind the embattled Maduro.Russian president Vladimir Putin called Maduro to express support, charging that the “crisis has been provoked from the outside.”China, Venezuela’s main creditor, opposed “interference in Venezuelan affairs by external forces.”Maduro has retained the support of Mexico, Cuba and Bolivia, all led by leftist governments.Military support keyMaduro has presided over a deepening economic crisis that has left the country facing shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicine.Some 2.3 million people have fled the country since 2015, according to the United Nations. Inflation is forecast to hit 10 million percent this year.Guaido’s bold move capped three days of high tension that began Monday when a group of soldiers took over a command post in the capital Caracas and rose up against Maduro.That uprising was quickly quashed and officials said 27 people were arrested but it set off a wave of smaller protests that were met by security forces using tear gas and rubber bullets.Wednesday then saw the first mass street protests in Venezuela since a crackdown on anti-government protests between April and July 2017 claimed the lives of 125 people.Leading figures around the world have appealed for calm to avoid a repeat of the bloodshed — as a Caracas-based NGO, the Social Conflict Observatory, said 26 people had been killed since this week’s protests began four days ago.Speaking at the World Youth Day in Panama, Pope Francis’s spokesman said he was “praying for the victims and for all the people of Venezuela.”last_img

Ram Katha redefined

first_imgEver thought of Ramayana depicted entirely through paintings? Well, more than 101 Ramayana based paintings are on display at National Museum titled as Rama Katha — The story of Rama through Indian miniatures.The paintings created between  17-19 century depicts various parts of Valmiki’s story like, the Portrait of Rama, Hanuman carrying the Dongiri mountain Rama breaking the Shiva’s bow in king Janak’s court, Rama, Laxman and the golden deer, fire ordeal of Sita, Ravan on his golden throne among others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The paintings also throw light on varied interpretations of the same story across stylistic genres like Pahari style, Kalighat style, Rajasthani style, Moughal style and many more. The paintings have been collected from various parts of India and more than 70 paintings are on display for the first time. The selection of art work has been done carefully so that each style is exhibited and viewers can compare, understand and imbibe the styles.The exhibition promises to be an experience of different styles of miniature paintings. Later this year, these paintings will travel to Royal Museum of Art and History at Brussels in Belgium, to be displayed.last_img read more