No surety on Anantnag polls

first_imgAlmost a year after the byelection to the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir was cancelled because of violence, it is not yet clear when the Election Commission (EC) will conduct the polling.The seat has been vacant since July 2016 when Mehbooba Mufti resigned as MP and took over as Chief Minister.Panchayat poll hurdleThe Commission had planned to hold the bypolls immediately after the panchayat polls in the State that were earlier scheduled between February and March, said a senior official.However, with the State government indefinitely postponing the panchayat elections, there is also a question mark over the Anantnag bypoll.“When the State government announced the panchayat polls, we were hopeful that immediately thereafter the Anantnag bypolls could also be held. But then, they had to defer the panchayat polls for security reasons. The Commission is now reviewing the ground situation periodically to take a call on the issue,” said the official.Last year, the EC had announced that byelections to the Srinagar and the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituencies would be conducted on April 9 and 12, 2017. Central armed police forces were arranged for security arrangements.However, a large number of security personnel could not be deployed in Srinagar because of heavy rain and floods. This, coupled with widespread violence, led to a very low turnout, forcing the EC to review the situation.Following multiple rounds of meetings with all stakeholders, including the State administration, the EC decided to first defer and then cancel the Anantnag byelection.Unprecedented situationIt is the first time that a Lok Sabha seat has been vacant for 22 months. Earlier in 1991, the EC could not hold elections to any Lok Sabha seat in the State due to stepped-up militancy.On April 18, 1991, the President promulgated the Representation of the People (Amendment) Ordinance to enable the EC to conduct Lok Sabha elections without taking into account the seats in Jammu and Kashmir.According to Central government data, the State has witnessed 60 incidents of violence till March this year, which has left 15 security personnel, 17 militants and two civilians dead. This is in contrast to only 39 such incidents during the corresponding period last year. The most number of incidents was reported from south Kashmir, in and around Anantnag.last_img read more

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Column: Fans get played as boxing takes back seat to UFC

first_imgWhat that means to the future of boxing can be debated, as can DAZN’s role in that future. The sport has taken its lumps over the years, though DAZN is spending hundreds of millions of dollars in a gamble to televise some of its biggest fights.But there’s no debating that the bow-down to UFC was not only an affront to paying fans, but an embarrassment to the sport itself.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I absolutely see it as a slap in the face to boxing and it was self-inflicted in a way,” said Stephen Espinoza, who heads boxing at the Showtime network. “No one forced this decision on the promoters or the broadcaster in this case. They just made an incredibly bad decision to delay the fight.”If the decision was bad, the optics were even worse. Here was the television platform with designs to take over boxing delaying one of its biggest fights of the year simply because it was afraid of competing with UFC. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! That meant the unsuspecting fans at the MGM Grand sitting and watching an empty ring much of the night. It meant boxing fans at home having to stay up watching mostly filler material until the fight finally ended after 2 a.m.It should have meant an apology from DAZN for both. But inconveniencing fans is the norm in sports these days, and boxing is no exception.Joseph Markowski, DAZN executive vice president for North America, argued that the company made the right decision for the future of boxing — at least as it pertains to his company.“Ultimately, we saw a surge in both subscription signups and audience from the end of the UFC fight to the beginning of our fight,” Markowski said. “The bottom line was that more people watched Canelo because of that. And that was a good result for us.”That may be true, though without seeing any numbers it’s hard to say for sure. Imagine, though, if the NBA had decided to delay the start of the Lakers-Clippers game on opening night because it went against Game 1 of the World Series.ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:23Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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The fight wouldn’t start until 1:15 a.m. on the East Coast because the streaming service didn’t want to go head-to-head with a UFC event — even with a fighter so popular that DAZN signed him to a $365 million contract that seemed to defy the logic of boxing economics.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Dortmund, Chelsea stage big Champions League comebacks LATEST STORIES Again, it didn’t have to happen. And it cheapens the product when boxing is seen as subservient to UFC when, in fact, both sports have audiences of their own that don’t overlap nearly as much as it might seem at first glance.“We’re seeing the visibility and stature of some of sports’ biggest events depressed,” said Espinoza, whose network is a rival of DAZN and has lost some big fights to the service. “And that’s bad for all of us.”Markowski declined to say how many new subscriptions were sold or how many fans are subscribers to the service, which offers an attractive alternative for fans turned off by the high price of boxing pay-per-views. Since its inception a few years ago, DAZN has refused to give out numbers on how many fans spend either $20 a month or $100 a year for the fights.But it’s no secret the company needs viewer revenue after handing out big contracts to fighters like Alvarez, Anthony Joshua and Gennadiy Golovkin.Still, it’s hard to imagine people at home pulling out credit cards at 1 a.m. to sign up. That’s especially true if they were UFC fans who had just spent $80 on a largely unsatisfactory card topped by a fight that featured a made-up belt held aloft by The Rock like it was a WWE event instead.The puzzling decision to delay the fight came after a week that DAZN was touting its place in boxing and its lineup of fights over the next few months.It’s an impressive schedule that includes the heavyweight title rematch between Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr., though fight fans again will have to check their clocks. The fight will be held in Saudi Arabia on Dec. 7 and with the time difference, fans in the U.S. will have to watch in the afternoon — not a prime time for drawing viewers — and the fight will go off against college football conference championships.It doesn’t make sense for a service looking for subscribers. And once again it cheapens what should have been a huge fight.In the end it’s DAZN’s money and the company can do what it wants.But that doesn’t make it right for the paying fans who are getting played along the way. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Rice industry paralysislast_img read more

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Indonesia triumph special because it’s my first Super Series win in 2 years: Kidambi Srikanth to India Today

first_imgKidambi Srikanth became the first men’s player to win the Indonesia Super Series Premier title for India on Sunday when he beat Japanese Kazumasa Sakai 21-11, 21-19 in the summit clash.With the win, Srikanth clinched his third Super Series title after he had notched up victories at the 2014 China Open and the 2015 India Open.Srikanth displayed clever net play and usage of court in order to create attacking opportunities for himself that allowed him to express himself and play his natural game against Sakai.This was Srikanth’s second consecutive Super Series final, after he reached the summit clash at Singapore Open where he lost to compatriot B Sai Praneeth.Srikanth’s next assignment is the Australian Open Super Series, which will be held from June 20-25. Along with him, other men’s singles competitors from India will be B Sai Praneeth, Ajay Jayaram, Sameer Verma and HS Prannoy. Ashwini Ponappa and Satwaiksairaj Rankireddy will be participating in the mixed doubles category while Ashwini will partner N Sikki Reddy in the women’s doubles category. The men’s doubles would be contested by Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy while Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will represent in the women’s singles. Srikanth posted a picture of his flight ticket on Instragram while HS Prannoy tweeted a picture along with a few teammates after reaching Sydney.In an exclusive interview with IndiaToday.in, Srikanth spoke about how much the win meant to him and how he conquered the title.Excerpts:Abreshmina S Quadri: You’re the first male Indian to win the Indonesia Super Series Premier title. How is it sinking in?advertisementKidambi Srikanth: I am very happy to do so and this title is also special for me because I won a Super Series after 2 years, that last title coming in 2015 at home in India Open.Abreshmina: What was your strategy against Sakai, especially when he took the lead in the second set?Srikanth: The conditions were very tricky here so it took a little time for me to adjust to that. In the crucial points, I tried to play a little aggressive and it worked for me.Abreshmina: What did you improve in your game from the Singapore Open where you finished runners-up?Srikanth: We train everyday for improvements and even now when I will go back, I’ll train to further improve my game. There’s nothing specific as of now that I’m working on, it’s like I want to improve every aspect of my game.Abreshmina: How has coach Mulyo Handoyo helped your game?Srikanth: His training program is different from what we used to do before and I feel this new setup is working fine for me.Abreshmina: What is the difference in the training program that Handoyo has implemented?Srikanth: The sessions have become longer and we are playing on court for longer periods of time compared to the amount of time we used to spend earlier.Abreshmina: Your celebration was extremely vibrant. Considering your return from the injury, how much does this title mean to you?Srikanth: As I told you, this title is very special to me because it has come after a long hiatus.Abreshmina: Any word on the changing scenario of badminton setup in India with the new president, Himanta Biswa Sarma, at the helm?Srikanth: The new president wants to develop badminton in the country and he is actually taking inputs from all the players. So I feel and wish that things only gets better from here.Abreshmina: Lastly, your thoughts on the growth of badminton in the country.Srikanth: It’s great to see so many players perform well on the global stage. That’s how the local standard also improves. I feel this is just the beginning and there much more to come.Hellooooo Sydney!! New city , new tournament. #letsgo #australiaopen superseries #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/JySEWU4w3Z- PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) June 19, 2017last_img read more

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Kontron: KBox B-201-CFL offers compact housing and flexible mounting options

first_img Continue Reading Previous Understanding the real limits of current AI technologyNext Clientron to exhibit latest embedded computing solutions at embedded world 2019 Kontron introduces the KBox B-201-CFL to its family of embedded box PCs. The KBox B-201-CFL features high performance in a compact housing and with low noise level (maximum 34 dB(A)). Thanks to its 8th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors and the Intel H310 Express chipset, the KBox B-201-CFL is geared towards compute-intensive processes and large amounts of data. This makes it particularly suitable for use in high-end image processing and plant data collection. In addition, the KBox is EN55032 class B-certified, complying with stricter radio interference limits than class A. This makes it ideal not only for use in industrial environments, but also for residential and commercial applications, or in their immediate vicinity. Along with its modern design, this makes the KBox B-201-CFL the ideal computer for architecture and graphics offices as well as music studios. The large number of interfaces, as well as the 2.5 inch SSD, and a fast M.2 SSD provide a wide range of applications.The core of the KBox B-201-CFL is a motherboard in the Mini-ITX form factor (170×170 mm), and a CPU with up to six processor cores: Depending on the requirements, three 8th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors can be selected. Performance is enhanced by the Intel H310 Express chipset.Various mounting options guarantee maximum flexibility: Using a VESA mount, the KBox B-201-CFL can be operated directly behind a monitor, or as a desktop PC horizontally or vertically. Special brackets, which also enable horizontal and vertical operation, are available for mounting under the table, on the wall, or in the control cabinet. The compact housing of the KBox B-201-CFL with the dimensions 190x60x190 mm is made of hot-dip zinc coated mild steel sheet (EN10215) and aluminium. The Box PC can be operated at a temperature range of 0°C to plus 45°C.The system features a DisplayPort V1.2, which can operate up to four displays as well as a DVI-D connector. Numerous interfaces, such as three USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, and two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports ensure high flexibility. The existing RS-232 interface can be used, for example, to connect POS terminals and measuring instruments. The Box PC can optionally be equipped with a Mini PCIe plug-in card in half-size format and a M.2 SSD (2260/2242), or a Mini PCIe plug-in card in full-size format in combination with a M.2 SSD (82242). In additon, two Ethernet ports 10/100/1000 MBit/s (WoL) are available.Data storage media for the operating system and data is available through a 2.5 inch SSD SATA III/SATA-600 removable drive or an internal M.2 SSD (2280, 2260, 2242) slot. The Box PC supports Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB or Yocto Linux operating systems.The KBox B-201-CFL supports TPM V2.0 encryption for secure cloud connection. It optionally supports the Kontron APPROTECT security solution. The integrated security chip from Wibu-Systems in conjunction with a suitable software framework protects IP rights and provides copy and reverse engineering protection. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also enables new business models such as “pay per use”, demo versions for limited time periods, or activation/deactivation functions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: India most searched team. MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli most popular players

first_imgThe Indian cricket team has grabbed the most searched team recognition on the Internet for the ongoing World Cup, while England have bagged the second position out of the 10 participating teams in a study conducted by SEMrush, the online visibility management and content marketing SaaS platform.The study further revealed that the Men in Blue have received 2,76,750 average monthly searches while England has 12,0375 searches under its name followed by West Indies, Pakistan and Australia.The study was conducted between January and April 2019. Comparatively, in 2018, England was the most searched team with 43,3,208 average monthly searches.Likewise, the study has also revealed Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni as the most popular players in the 2019 World Cup between January to April 2019.The Indian skipper was searched the most with 21,10,000 search entries and Dhoni 12,35,750 times followed by Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma and Andre Russell. They were also the most popular cricket players in 2018 as well.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli fastest captain from sub-continent to 50 ODI winsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Change-room is hurting and guys are down, says Faf du PlessisAlso Seelast_img read more

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9 days agoEverton could lose Djibril Sidibe to AC Milan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton could lose Djibril Sidibe to AC Milanby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton could lose Djibril Sidibe back to parent club AS Monaco in January.The Frenchman is currently on a season-long loan at Goodison Park, but is reportedly attracting interest from AC Milan.Fox Sports Italia says if Milan place a substantial bid for the defender this winter then Monaco would look to recall Sidibe so they call sell him to the Serie A giants.Sidibe is set to start against West Ham this weekend in place of the suspended Seamus Coleman. last_img read more

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Ferdinand: I’ve spoken to Man Utd about sporting director role

first_imgRio Ferdinand claims he has spoken to Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about the sporting director position the club are trying to fill.United have long been keen on a structural change that would see the club hire someone to oversee football operations, allowing Woodward to focus on the commercial side.Initially, the club were thought to be hopeful of making an appointment ahead of the close-season transfer window, allowing the new hire to instigate necessary changes to the playing staff. 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? Despite plenty of speculation linking people with the role, things have gone cold in recent months and a recent report claimed the club have stalled on hiring someone, with Woodward set to remain in charge of transfers for the time being.However, former United star Ferdinand has not been shy in declaring his desire for the position and says he has discussed the job with Woodward.21st May  Rain In Moscow… what a NIGHT, what a TEAM!   #MUFC #TEAM pic.twitter.com/8SvI1T5SFx — Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 21, 2019 “I’ve always spoken to Ed since I left, anyway. I had that type of relationship with him,” Ferdinand told BBC Sportsweek.”I’ve not seen him at a game, so all the chats I’ve had with him have been on the phone or I go and see him when I’m in London.”I’m not the type to dilly-dally around. I’ve seen the stuff in the papers. ‘What’s that role about?’ I’ve asked that question – so yes, I have spoken to him.”I’m very honest and Ed’s open and honest with me. Manchester United and the powers that be will decide as and when they are going to put someone into that role.”If I am the person on that list and the person they are going to talk to, then that time will come.”It’s nice to be on a list in such a responsible role at such a prestigious club. If the call comes I will say, ‘thank you very much for that’, but if that call doesn’t come, I’ll not lose sleep over it.”Ferdinand won 14 major trophies during his United playing career, including six Premier League titles and the European Cup.The 40-year-old has taken up a role as a pundit since retiring from football in 2015, covering Premier League and Champions League matches for BT Sport while also working with the BBC. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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5-Star Recruit Arik Gilbert Visited Alabama, Georgia This Weekend

first_imgA general view of the Georgia Bulldog's football field.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 6: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Sanford Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Although Georgia is listed as the favorite to land five-star recruit Arik Gilbert, the Bulldogs will have competition from other top schools as well. He projects as a tight end at the college level, yet the do-it-all athlete will have tons of offers because of his ability to play both sides of the football.Once again Alabama and Georgia are battling it out for conference supremacy. However, this time around it will come down to the recruiting powers of Nick Saban and Kirby Smart, not their ability to strategize from the sidelines.The Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs have competed for top recruits in the past, which isn’t shocking when you consider how successful both programs have been in recent years.While Gilbert might be enticed to play for Georgia because its close to his hometown of Marietta, the potential-packed prospect did visit with Alabama over the weekend.Location ??— Arik Gilbert (@arik_gilbert) February 16, 2019Gilbert also took the trip to Athens on Monday to get a better sense of the program.?‼️— Arik Gilbert (@arik_gilbert) February 18, 2019From Saturday Down South:The Georgia native publicly announced he was visiting Tuscaloosa over the weekend and did the same upon his arrival to Athens on Monday. It’s interesting on many levels that the nation’s top athlete would visit both schools in a three-day span but it’s not hard to imagine Kirby Smart and his Georgia staff inviting Gilbert to campus in order to cool any and all momentum Nick Saban and his Alabama staff may have gained over the weekend during Gilbert’s trip to Tuscaloosa.He is listed as the No. 9 overall recruit in the class of 2020, per 247Sports.Auburn, Ohio State and Notre Dame are also among the elite programs offering a scholarship to Gilbert. It’s safe to say he’ll be coveted by every coach in the nation.This recruiting war between titans could take a drastic turn if Alabama could land the best recruit from the state of Georgia.last_img read more

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India are the best side in ODI cricket in their own conditions: Aaron Finch

first_img India Today Web Desk MelbourneFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 13:14 IST India vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah will be back to lead India’s bowling attack in the upcoming T20I and ODI series (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia will play two T20Is and five ODIs in India from February 24Aaron Finch has said it’s important to remain confident and be clear with plans while facing IndiaVirat Kohli returns to lead India while pacer Jasprit Bumrah also joins the limited-overs sideAustralia captain Aaron Finch has said his team cannot afford to make mistakes if they are to do well in the upcoming limited-overs tour of India. Finch and his teammates head to India on Monday, well ahead of the two-match T20I series, starting February 24 in Visakhapatnam.Buoyed by the Big Bash League win, the Melbourne Renegades captain said Australia’s focus will be on having a clear game plan during the T20I and ODI series, which will be their second-last international assignment ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.While insisting that India are the best white-ball side in their home conditions, Finch pointed out that Australia can’t even afford to be slightly off the mark in their upcoming assignment.”I don’t think you need anything to put a pep in your step when you’re going on an Aussie tour, particularly to India,” Finch said.”If you’re slightly off the mark you’re going to get hurt. They’re the best side in one-day cricket in their own conditions, I think. So you’ve got to go there full of confidence and have a real clear game plan.”Notably, Australia lost their first-ever bilateral ODI series at home to India only earlier this year. Finch’s men squandered an opportunity to clinch the series after winning the first ODI in Sydney. MS Dhoni led India’s charge with the bat, scoring three successive half-centuries and helping the team come back from behind to create history.Australia will be without their premier fast bowlers, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood but the visitors have a lot of firepower with the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins being part of the 15-member squad.advertisementKohli returns to lead India vs AustraliaIndia have announced a full-strength squad for the series, which will be their last limited-over assignment ahead of the World Cup. Virat Kohli returns to lead the side after having missed a part of the New Zealand tour while Jasprit Bumrah also joins the squad after after resting through the ODIs in Australia and the entire New Zealand tour.Meanwhile, KL Rahul has also been included in the T20I and the ODI squads as India are looking at the Karnataka batsman as a reserve opener for the World Cup. Rahul struggled during the four-Test series in Australia and was subsequently suspended from the senior national team over the Koffee With Karan controversy. Rahul though has won back his place in the side with some consistent performances for India A against the England Lions earlier this month.Australia T20I squad for India tour: Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, D Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.Australia ODI Squad: Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, D Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam ZampaAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and I are seen as competitors but we share very good rapport: Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Chris Gayle hopes for fairy-tale finish at ICC 2019 Cricket World CupAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Aaron FinchFollow Glenn MaxwellFollow Big Bash LeagueFollow Australia tour of India 2019 India are the best side in ODI cricket in their own conditions: Aaron FinchAustralia tour of India 2019: Aaron Finch will be lead the Australian side, which will be playing two T20Is and five ODIs from February 24 against a Virat Kohli-led Indian team.advertisementlast_img read more

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New Contracts for Seadrill’s Jack-Up Units

first_imgSeadrill, April 2, 2014 zoom Seadrill Limited has secured new contracts for the jack-up units West Tucana, West Telesto, West Ariel, and West Prospero. West Tucana Jack-UpAdditionally, the contract for the West Mischief has been extended by four months. The total revenue potential for the four new contracts and one extension is approximately US$319 million.The West Tucana has secured a contract offshore Angola with Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited (CABGOC) – Chevron’s wholly owned operating unit in Angola. The contract is for a firm period of 24 months. The total revenue potential for the primary contract term is approximately US$168 million inclusive of an estimated US$8.5 million of mobilization. The West Tucana is currently operating in Vietnam and will likely be available to commence its charter in late November 2014.The West Telesto has secured a contract offshore Australia with Origin Energy Limited. The contract is for a firm period of two wells, expected to be 51 days each, plus two option wells. The total revenue potential for the primary contract term is approximately US$31 million inclusive of mobilization. The West Telesto is currently operating in Vietnam and will likely be available to commence its charter in the fourth quarter of 2014.The West Ariel has secured a contract offshore Congo with ENI Congo SA. The contract is for a firm period of 12 months plus an option of 12 months. The total revenue potential for the primary contract term is approximately US$89 million inclusive of an estimated US$8.5 million of mobilization. The West Ariel is currently operating in Vietnam and will likely be available to commence its charter in late April or early May 2014.In addition Eni Congo has extended the charter of the LeTourneau Super 116-E jack-up rig West Mischief for four months at an increased day rate. This extension not only represents an additional US$24 million to the total value of the contract but also demonstrates the strong working relationship between the two companies.The West Prospero has secured a contract offshore Vietnam with JVPC. The contract is for a firm period of one well, expected to be 40 days. The total revenue potential for the primary contract term is approximately US$6.5 million. The West Prospero is currently operating in Vietnam and will likely be available to commence its charter this month following the completion of its current contract.Following these fixtures, Seadrill has 92% of its jack-up capacity contracted for 2014 and 64% for 2015. The total order backlog for the jack-up fleet is US$4.4 billion and average remaining contract duration is 2.6 years.Seadrill, April 2, 2014last_img read more

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Assist Others in Power Outages

first_imgNova Scotians living in areas that have been without electricity for a number of days are being asked to check in on their neighbours. “These have been a difficult few days for many people across our province, but Nova Scotians have been showing the true holiday spirit by helping out their friends, family and neighbours,” said Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “It’s a time when communities come together and neighbours help neighbours.” Many retailers and services are closed this evening, Dec. 24 , Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25 and Boxing Day, Friday, Dec. 26, so Nova Scotians needing food or other supplies are advised to phone ahead to convenience stores, pharmacies, service stations, restaurants or other businesses before heading out. The Emergency Management Office also recommends that you pay close attention to local weather forecasts and road conditions. “We know that Nova Scotia Power crews have been working tirelessly to restore electricity,” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said. “The Emergency Management Office has been monitoring the situation and working closely with Nova Scotia Power, municipalities, provincial departments and non-profit agencies to ensure that the safety of Nova Scotians is not at risk.”last_img read more

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PMModiOnDiscovery takes Twitter by storm

first_imgNew Delhi: The news of Prime Minister Narendra Modi making an appearance on popular Discovery Channel’s show “Man Vs Wild” has taken the world of social media by storm. It all started with a tweet on July 29 by adventurer and television presenter Edward Michael Grylls, popularly known as Bear Grylls, sharing that Modi will be appearing in a special episode, which has been shot in the Jim Corbett National Park. The episode will throw light on wildlife conservation, highlighting issues related to environmental change. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The hashtag #PMModiOnDiscovery has won the Twitter world in just two days. With over 1.2 billion impressions on Twitter, #PMModiOnDiscovery is said to be one of the most used hashtags on Twitter to promote a television show ever. In a span of less than 12 hours since the tweet first made an appearance, the hashtag reached 728 million people through over 2,04,200 mentions by more than 2,06,200 users as per the data from global media intelligence firm Meltwater. #PMModiOnDiscovery was the top trend in India on the day of announcement. The trend also made waves globally entering the elite top three trends. Modi will appear in the “Man Vs Wild” episode on August 12.last_img read more

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Doobie Brothers To Perform At Playing For Change Foundation Concert

first_imgPlaying For Change, the multimedia company responsible for the popular ‘Songs Around The World’ video series, has announced it will host WE ARE ONE, a concert benefitting the Playing For Change Foundation and celebrating 10 years of positive change through music.Official partners for the event include Los Angeles’ premier rock radio station 95.5 KLOS, LA Weekly, and Japan-based music app Nana. The concert will take place on Tuesday, October 3, at the historic Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles and feature performances from The Doobie Brothers members Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and John McFee; as well as Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett from Little Feat; The Playing For Change Band, that features 10 respected musicians from 10 different countries; world-renowned drummer James Gadson; The Ambassador of Soul, Ellis Hall; legendary harmonica player Lee Oskar; and more. Ticketing options include an exclusive VIP experience with a pre-show meet and greet reception with The Doobie Brothers and musicians, bar offerings, a priority seating area, and VIP gift bag which includes a commemorative poster. Tickets for the benefit will be available at 10 a.m. PST on Friday, August 25 here.Playing For Change has garnered much success over the years by combining musicians from all walks of life, all over the world and showcasing music’s unifying power. Their videos have more than 450 million total online views, with their first ‘Songs Around The World’ video, “Stand By Me,” accumulating more than 100 million views on YouTube since its release in 2008. Artists such as Keith Richards, Bono, Jack Johnson, David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett, Sara Bareilles, Manu Chao, and many others have participated in these multi-cultural videos performing songs such as Bob Marley’s “One Love” and “War/No More Trouble,” Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Playing For Change’s new record, being released next year, features The Doobie Brothers along with more than 20 musicians from across the globe in a Song Around The World version of the band’s iconic hit song, “Listen to the Music.” The video for this song will be premiered at the show on October 3rd.The Playing For Change Foundation, a separate 501©3 organization, was established in 2007 in order to give back to the communities of the musicians met while filming these videos. Now embarking on its 10th year, the foundation has developed 15 music programs in 11 countries including South Africa, Rwanda, Nepal, Thailand, and Argentina, and serves more than 1200 children. All proceeds from the WE ARE ONE benefit will support free music education as well as supplemental primary educational support, and life enhancement services provided by the Playing For Change Foundation and assist in its effort to serve even more communities.“When one thinks of the thousands of children around the world positively impacted by the Playing For Change movement, gaining free access to music education in their own homelands, the love over a decade is simply immeasurable,” said John McKenna, Executive Director of Playing For Change Foundation. “What better place to celebrate than right here where it all started? We look forward to an unforgettable evening of joy, celebration, and recommitment to the children everywhere, through united love and song.”“This concert represents 10 years of traveling to over 50 countries connecting the world through music. From the streets and villages to the stage to the hearts of the people, Playing For Change,” states Mark Johnson, Co-Founder of Playing For Change.last_img read more

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PLATFORM DISCOVERY DOCUMENTARIES AND MIDNIGHT MADNESS AT TIFF 2019

first_img Login/Register With: Originally, introduced five years ago the Platform Prize seeks to honour emerging and established filmmakers from around the world who have a unique perspective; the 10 selected entries for the 44th Toronto International Film Festival edition come from Europe, Latin America, East Asia, USA and Canada with four of them directed by women.  “Competitions should celebrate the range of what great cinema is and what it can accomplish. Platform is alive to those possibilities,” stated Platform Co-Curator Andréa Picard in a press release. “Whether they are debuts or mid-career works, these films push the boundaries of narrative filmmaking in surprising and rigorous ways, some using documentary or experimental techniques in their approaches. Audiences will recognize similar themes emerge like a global collective subconscious, but what is truly exciting is the varied means of cinematic expression on display.”   Opening the competition is the World Premiere of Rocks by Sarah Gavron which revolves around a teenager struggling to care for herself and younger brother.  Others include the teacher as inspiration Wet Season directed by Anthony Chen, family trauma My Zoe helmed by Julie Delpy, musically incline Sound of Metal orchestrated by Darius Marder and literary adaption Martin Eden translated by Pietro Marcello. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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CAE inks easyJet and Air China contracts worth 100million

MONTREAL — Flight simulator and training provider CAE Inc. has added more than $100-million worth of contract wins in China and Europe.The Montreal-based company said it sold three flight simulators to Air China with a total list value of $42-million.The flight simulators will be deployed at the airline’s training centre in Beijing next year. They’ll be used to train pilots and cockpit crews that fly Airbus A320, A330 and Boeing 737 passenger jets.The orders raised the total full-flight simulator sales this fiscal year to 10.“The contracts with long-time customer Air China reflect CAE’s continued leadership position in China,” said Jeff Roberts, CAE’s president of civil simulation products, training and services.“Air China has been a CAE simulator customer for nearly two decades, and we are privileged to continue to serve their flight training needs.”Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Securities said the civil aerospace environment remains solid. CAE won 37 simulator orders last year and expects orders to be in the “mid-30s” in fiscal 2013.Orders are typically slow in the summer but should ramp up in the fall, helping CAE to meet its simulator sales guidance for the year ending March 2013 on expected delivered to Airbus and Boeing, he wrote in a report.“Today’s orders reflect CAE’s strong leadership position in China, and solid penetration of emerging markets,” he said. Sixty per cent of last year’s orders came from Asia and Australia, while 16% were from the Middle East and Africa.CAE was also selected by European air transport company easyJet to provide long-term pilot training services in a contract valued at more than $60-million, the company said in a separate announcement Tuesday.CAE has provided simulators and training for easyJet pilots since 2004. The new contract will also provide competency-based Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL) First Officer program training at CAE’s recently acquired Oxford Aviation Academy.The first cadet class will graduate at the start of 2013, two others are in progress, and a fourth will begin by August this year.CAE added seven training centres to its network by acquiring Oxford in a $314-million deal announced in May. CAE also entered the pilot and maintenance crew sourcing business with the acquisition of Oxford subsidiary Parc Aviation.Although CAE has been a training supplier to easyJet for eight years the modified agreement increases the duration and scope of its relationship which is “indicative of the type of revenue synergies CAE can generate with its new bandwidth,” Poirier added.CAE will report the results of its first quarter Thursday. Analysts expect it will earn 18 cents per share on $509-million of revenues.CAE is a global leader in simulation and training for civil aviation and defence. The company employs about 8,000 people at more than 100 sites and training locations in some 30 countries.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares gained five cents at $10.03 in morning trading. read more

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TSX Wall Street rise amid higher oil earnings misses Bombardier shakeup

TORONTO — Resource stocks gave the Toronto stock market a solid advance Thursday as a weaker U.S. dollar helped send prices for oil and metals higher.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 78.53 points at 15,229.85, with gains limited by earnings misses from big Canadian insurers and a major corporate shakeup at transportation giant Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B).Bombardier shares tumbled 35 cents or 11.5% to $2.69 after the Canadian corporate giant suspended its dividend and announced plans to raise up to $2.5 billion. Bombardier has faced a string of delays related to its new CSeries jetliner and cost estimates keep climbing. “They have their issues with the CSeries; (it) seems like it’s taking forever,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at HollisWealth. “There’s no light at the end of the tunnel and the fact their stock is trading in the two-dollars-and-change range is not a surprise.”Bombardier also announced that Pierre Beaudoin is stepping down as president and CEO and will take over as chairman from his father, Laurent, who is retiring. The Beaudoins are members of a family that has controlled the company since it was founded.General U.S. dollar weakness also pushed the Canadian dollar ahead 0.95 of a cent to 80.06 cents US.U.S. indexes were positive as investors focused on a ceasefire deal in Ukraine. France and Germany brokered a deal that will see a ceasefire take effect in Ukraine on Sunday.The Dow Jones industrials gained 110.24 points to 17,972.38, the Nasdaq composite index was ahead 56.43 points at 4,857.61 and the S&P 500 index advanced 19.95 points to 2,088.48.Insurance stocks also weighed on the TSX in the wake of earnings reports from Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) and Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF).Manulife’s core earnings were 36 cents per diluted share, five cents below estimates. It also said that macroeconomic factors including low interest rates “produces headwinds in 2015.”“This low interest rate environment ensures they are going to struggle,” Small said. Sun Life’s net income on an adjusted basis came in at $360 million or 59 cents per share, missing estimates of 78 cents per share.Manulife fell 51 cents to $21.33 while Sun Life lost $2.73 to $39.23.The TSX energy sector was ahead 1.33% as March crude gained $2.37 to US$51.21 a barrel.Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) expects to cut its workforce by about 15%, with the bulk of the cuts coming from its contractors. Its shares dipped five cents to $24.63. Oil companies have scrambled to cut costs as prices have slid about 40% since late November amid a huge supply/demand imbalance.The base metals sector ran up 4.25% as April copper gained six cents to US$2.60 a pound.The gold sector edged up 0.1% as April bullion rose $1.10 to US$1,220.70 an ounce. The telco sector dipped 0.2% even as Telus Corp. (TSX:T) increased its fourth-quarter profit 7.6% from a year ago to $312 million, helped by growth in its wireless business. Adjusted earnings were 53 cents, in line with estimates, but its shares slipped a penny to $43.53.The Greek debt crisis also vied for investor attention after the country’s talks with eurozone creditors on overhauling its bailout loans broke down.Still, markets were optimistic a deal will be reached in time for Greece to avoid a potential exit from the euro. read more

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Alarmed by melting glacier in Norway Ban says world must act now

“I am just close to 250 metres to the glacier. It looks magnificent. But at the same time, I am alarmed that there are so many cracks that will soon break. They are melting very rapidly, and I fully agree with what scientists have been projecting. Unless we take action now, we will have to regret. We have to keep global temperature rise below two degrees as soon as possible.” Preparing for the upcoming meeting of the States parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that will take place in Paris in 2015, the UN chief was in Norway this week to attend a number of high-level events. On board the research vessel RV Lance, he seized that opportunity to see first-hand the changes in the Blomstrandbreen glacier since he last visited in 2009. “The fjord behind us has been open every winter, throughout the winter because the ocean is warmer. So we have seen a lot of change since the Secretary-General was here last time,” said Kim Holmén, International Director of Norwegian Polar Institute. “Glaciers on land are also a very visible example of the change in climate. Every year they are retreating and here in this area we have a lowering of the surface of approximately one meter per year, due to melting,” added the Director of Norwegian Polar Institute, Jan-Gunnar Winther, who travelled with the Secretary-General on board the research vessel RV Lance. Besides taking an excursion to Blomstrandbreen, Mr. Ban today received briefings at the Kings Bay Marine Lab and the Svalbard Satellite Station, both in Norway. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon makes a trip to the Blomstrandbreen glacier to see first-hand the dramatic changes to the ice. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas ‹ › read more

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Humanitarian actors need safe unhindered access to help Yemen avert famine –

The overriding need, said Stephen O’Brien, is for all parties to the conflict to provide immediate and safe access so that humanitarian actors can provide what is needed to stave off famine. “This will require […] all parties to stop gamesmanship or efforts to support their side of the fight by producing bureaucratic impediments and delays, or doubts about inspection mechanisms so that commercial shipment can be restored and food and medicines, and crucially, fuel, so water can be pumped out of the aquifers and cereals, the main foodstuff in the remotest areas of the country, can be processed,” he explained.Briefing reporters at UN Headquarters in New York via telephone from the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, Mr. O’Brien recalled that he had headed directly to Yemen from the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region, which had generated more than $670 million in pledges to help sustain critical relief operations over the next two years and beyond across four counties where millions are in need of aid.He said that along with Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen is among the countries, which, for the first time in modern history, could fall into simultaneous famine. “The common factor between the four potential famines is that they are all in the context of man-made conflicts which have become protracted crises in the absence of a resolution of the underlying causes and an unwillingness of the parties to […] find their way to a political track.” RELATED: Yemen’s health system another victim of the conflict – WHOBriefing alongside Jamie McGoldrick, the Resident Coordinator in Yemen, Mr. O’Brien highlighted the difficulties faced by relief agencies to bring aid to the communities that need it and reported that yesterday, he and his team were unable to reach the city of Taiz, because it had been stopped at military checkpoint even after assurances had been received. “It was very disappointing but illustrative. If I could not get through, it would be much more difficult for caravans that require safe and unrestricted access to reach all people in need wherever they are,” he said.In this regard, he reported that he spoke with the Houthi authorities on his return to Sana’a and had been assured that effort would be made to open the routes for the flow of food and other humanitarian supplies. He went on to explain that the country’s population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is growing and compounding the challenges of access, food insecurity and health care concerns.As he continues his visit, Mr. O’Brien s, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said he would meet with Houthi authorities and make clear the expectation that the UN and all humanitarian implementing partners – international and local – should have immediate, safe and unimpeded access to people in need, at all times, help avert a famine, and to help mobilize resources necessary at the pledging conflict in April in Geneva. AUDIO: Continuing conflict in Yemen has left millions without adequate access to food and water, and the international community needs to do everything it can “now” to fund a major relief effort, says UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien. read more

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Young Ohio State mens basketball team looks to continue winning start

OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) defends against Marquette redshirt-senior guard Matt Carlino (13) in a Nov. 18 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 74-63.Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographerTwo games into the season, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s basketball team has seen 10 players take the court.Of those 10 players, exactly half didn’t play a minute of basketball in a Buckeye uniform last season.With its new roster settling in, OSU (2-0) is set to take on Sacred Heart (1-1) on Sunday as the Buckeyes continue to work on a new style of play.Coach Thad Matta’s team has employed a two-three zone defense through the first two games of the year, and early results have been positive as OSU has allowed just 59 points per game. Senior forward Sam Thompson said the new-look defense helps keep players fresh, but less running doesn’t equate to less thinking.“It definitely saves legs (but) I don’t want to say you don’t have to pay attention as much on the defensive end,” Thompson said Friday. “For example, when I’m on the wing … I have to cover an area form the block to the 3-point line basically.”But even though the Buckeyes have been strong on defense overall, Matta said they have to be careful when it comes to staying on task.“If one guy lets down, it really weakens the entire defense,” he said Friday.So far the new-look defense has worked to the tune of opponents shooting just .443 from the field. In comparison the Buckeyes have shot .633 percent from the field, helping them average 83 points per game.Thompson said some credit for OSU’s up-tempo offense can go to the new style of defensive play.“It’s really easy to run out of that zone because we get so many deflections, we force so many bad shots,” Thompson said. “We’re already in good running lanes (too).”Matta attributed the high shooting percentage to preparation in practice and good decisions when on the court.“I think guys are taking shots in a game that they’ve shot a high amount of repetitions of that shot,” he said. “I think we — as crazy as it sounds — we break down every single shot.”As the Buckeyes have had success on the offensive end, their next opponent is coming off a 54-point outing in a 57-54 loss to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell on Thursday. That same UMass-Lowell team is the squad that OSU beat in its season opener, and the Buckeyes scored 92 points in the process.While Sacred Heart is coming off a loss, OSU is fresh off a 74-63 win against Marquette. The Buckeyes shot better than 70 percent in the second half, and Thompson said that offensive success stems from ball movement and a specific plan.“We’re moving the ball a lot better, we’re playing a lot faster,” he said. “I think we’re playing more to people’s strengths, as opposed to playing to weaknesses.”But despite the early-season success, Matta said there is still room for improvement coming off the win against the Golden Eagles.“It’s more positioning, it’s more thinking, it’s more scouting,” Matta said. “We made some pretty decent adjustments at halftime (against Marquette) and guys did a better job, but we got up 20 … and they scored 12 points in the last four minutes.”Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell agreed that OSU could have performed at a higher level last Tuesday, but added the Buckeyes have turned their focus to a new opponent and put that game in the rearview mirror.“Honestly, I feel like as a team we could’ve played better, (we) kind of let our guard down a little bit,” Russell said. “But we take every game one at a time.”OSU and Sacred Heart are set to tip-off at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Diego Simonet to replace Karabatic in Montpellier

← Previous Story Poland: Vive Kielce wins despite injury worries Next Story → Handball Talk – Aleksandar Brkovic (RK Partizan): “We will fight until the end” After the departure of Nikola Karabatic to Aix-en-Provence, it did not take long for Montpellier to find a replacement. The person that will join them on July 1st is Diego Simonet, and will stay three season in Montpellier according to the contract. This is the fourth signing of Montpellier for the next season, after Omeyer, Gaber and Dolenec have already been announced as signings for the next season. Diego SimonetdolenecgaberkarabaticMontpellieromeyersimonet read more

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