PCB pays USD 1.6 million to BCCI after losing case in ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board has paid the BCCI approximately USD 1.6 million as compensation after losing the case in the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani claimed on Monday.”We incurred costs of around USD 2.2 million on the compensation case which we lost,” Mani said.He insisted that besides the amount paid to India to cover the costs of the case the other expenses were related to legal fees and travelling.The PCB had filed a compensation case against the BCCI last year before the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee for an amount of around USD 70 million.PCB had sought a huge amount from BCCI for not honouring a MoU signed between the two boards. According to the MoU, India and Pakistan were supposed to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023, which the BCCI failed to honour.The Indian cricket board said they were unable to play against Pakistan as the Indian government did not give them permission. India also dismissed the Pakistan board’s claims as legally binding.”The ICC committee did accept that Pakistan had a case and that is why the damages/cost we had to pay to the Indian board was around USD 1.6 million,” Mani said.Also Read | Nothing wrong with forfeiting World Cup match against Pakistan: Gautam GambhirAlso Read | BCCI agrees to work with National Anti-Doping Agency for next 6 monthslast_img read more

IPL 2019: Lasith Malinga to miss the first six matches for Mumbai Indians

first_imgMumbai Indians will be without the services of veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga for at least their first six matches of the Indian Premier League, starting Saturday.Malinga has made himself unavailable for the team’s first six matches as he will be participating in Sri Lanka’s Super Provincial One-Day domestic tournament, slated from from April 4 to April 11, in a bid to make it to the World Cup team.”I had asked the board for the No-Objection Certificate for me to play in the IPL, and they had said that was fine, but that all players who want to go to the World Cup would need to stay back for the provincial tournament,” Malinga told ESPNcricinfo.”So I told them I’d play in the provincial tournament, and I asked the board to inform Mumbai Indians and IPL, since it was their decision. I’m ok with losing those earnings from IPL. I’m doing it for the country,” said the Sri Lankan, who was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 2 crore.Malinga, who had worked as a bowling mentor for Mumbai Indians last year, suggested that his franchise should replace him with someone else.”Once I become available for Mumbai Indians, I would have missed seven or eight games,” he said.”So there’s probably no point in them waiting around for me. Better for them to find someone else to replace me with.”Malinga is currently the ODI skipper and it is highly likely that he would be picked in Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad given that he has again emerged as the team’s best ODI bowler over the past six months.advertisementIf he makes the cut, Malinga will need to attend training camps through May, missing the IPL.Also Read | It’s IPL time: Cricket superstars set to rock and roll with an eye on World CupAlso Read | Rishabh Pant works with Kiran More ahead of Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitalslast_img read more

‘Rashford proof Utd academy tops Chelsea’

first_imgManchester United Rashford is proof that Man Utd’s youth team set-up better than Chelsea’s – Nicky Butt Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 22:20 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Marcus Rashford Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Manchester United Chelsea Premier League Marcus Rashford The Blues may have dominated the youth scene in English football of late, but the Red Devils have brought talent through into their first-team Marcus Rashford’s emergence at Manchester United is proof that the club’s academy system is more profitable than Chelsea’s, says Nicky Butt.The Blues have dominated the youth scene in recent years, collecting four successive FA Youth Cup triumphs and six victories over an eight-year period.Rashford 11/10 to score v Huddersfield Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There has, however, been little progress at Stamford Bridge for those to have formed part of those trophy wins, with the production line of talent often halted once it reaches senior level.In contrast, United are still trying to promote from within, as they did so successfully with the Class of ‘92, with Rashford the most successful of the recent graduates.Butt, who is now in charge of the Old Trafford academy, believes positive progress is being made, with the Red Devils having bested Chelsea despite suffering a humbling 5-1 defeat to the Blues back in 2015-16.Marcus Rashford Manchester United 2017He told ESPN FC: “We won the FA Youth Cup [in 1992] and got players into the first-team.”If that happens, you get a pat on the back from the board and the owners because it’s brilliant.”But my job is to get players to the first-team and the best example I can give is that, a couple of years ago, we were given an absolute doing by Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup. I was sat in the stand, I wasn’t in my current role at the time, but I was still cringing.”But fast-forward two years and we have Marcus playing over 50 first-team games last season – more than anyone else in the squad – and playing for England.”With all due respect, Chelsea haven’t produced one of their players for the first-team, and the end-game for me is to get players into the first-team.”Nicky Butt Manchester United Chelsea academyThat argument is supported by the fact that products of United’s academy saw more Premier League minutes in 2016-17 than any other club, with the Red Devils working hard to bring through players of that calibre even if they end up turning out for domestic rivals.Butt added: “The hard thing now is the immediacy in football.”Owners come in, spend millions and millions on players, contracts and managers and they want immediate success. But football doesn’t work that way and Academy football doesn’t work that way. You don’t get instant success, you get it over a period of time because you have to give young players the chance to grow and get used to that life.”We do things the Manchester United way because we think we are pioneers in what we do. We move forward, we don’t stand still. We have coaches and people at the club who don’t suck up to kids. Instead, they help them learn how to do things in life.”We do lots of things ourselves that are not put onto us by the Premier League or any governing body. We do what’s right for our players and the Manchester United way is what we do because we know it is right.”It’s not just about the players who come through our ranks and become potential world stars like Marcus Rashford, but players who don’t quite make it here have unbelievable careers elsewhere.”There are so many of our players playing professional football elsewhere now and I don’t think any club in the world can match the numbers.”Of United’s current squad, Jesse Lingard, Axel Tuanzebe, Scott McTominay and Joel Pereira sit alongside fellow academy graduate Rashford, while Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Sam Johnstone, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Andreas Pereira are taking in loan spells elsewhere, Paul Pogba has returned and the likes of Angel Gomes are pushing hard for more senior minutes with their performances at youth level.last_img read more

Statoil Hires Two PSVs from Blue Ship Invest’s Fleet

first_imgzoom Two of the six PSVs in the Blue Ship Invest fleet, ‘Blue Thunder’ and ‘Blue Guardian’, have been contracted for long-term work for Statoil.‘Blue Thunder’ has been working for Statoil since April, and this contract ends on 23 January. Statoil has now entered into a new 6-month contract for this vessel, with two 3-month options.‘Blue Guardian’, currently in the spot market for Statoil, has been contracted on the same conditions, and will start working for Statoil in the beginning of January.A third Blue Ship vessel, ‘Blue Protector’, is also currently in the spot market for Statoil.The other three vessels in the fleet are on long-term contracts for Apache and BG. The vessels were built in the period 2012-2013, and they have been very attractive since entering the market.All six vessels are undergoing a change of ownership, as they were recently sold from Blue Ship Invest to Nordic American Offshore.Ulstein, December 16, 2013last_img read more

Strongest Q1 for Dublin Port in Last Decade

first_imgzoom Dublin Port Company’s figures for the first quarter of 2015 show continued growth in import and export trade at Ireland’s largest port with cargo volumes up 5.3% on the same period last year.This is the strongest first quarter Dublin Port has had in a decade and surpasses the previous record year of 2007 by 3%, the company said.Total throughput for Q1 2015 was 7.8 million gross tonnes, an increase of 5.3% on the 7.4 mill tonnes handled in the first quarter last year.There were 1,642 ship arrivals in the first three months. Imports were particularly strong in Q1 at 4.7 million gross tonnes, while exports reached 3.1 million gross tonnes, up 6.9% and 3% respectively on Q1 2014 trade levels.Dublin Port Company attributed the overall strong growth to a combination of increased movements of unitised goods (containers and trailers) and imports of petroleum products (8.5% increase).Total throughput for Q1 2015 was 7.8 million gross tonnes“Our volume grew by 5.3% in the first quarter of 2015. This follows growth of 7.0% in 2014 and 3.0% in 2013, putting Dublin Port back on our Masterplan’s growth trajectory which will see volumes double over the period from 2010 to 204,” says Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Port Company.Imports of new cars and commercial vehicles continued to grow with almost 33,000 new vehicles imported through Dublin Port in the quarter, up 38.8% from last year.Dublin Port attracted 277,269 ferry passengers in the first three months of the year, a 5% increase on the first quarter in 2014.The port expects continued growth following Stena Line’s recent consolidation of its ferry services into Dublin Port and its introduction of a new ship (Stena Superfast X) on the Dublin to Holyhead route.“We are expanding the capacity of Dublin Port to cater for future growth with a focus on working within the existing footprint of the port and maximising the use of existing port lands. Our plans include the lengthening and deepening of the port’s berths and shipping channel and the redevelopment of existing lands for more intensive cargo handling.“Our current plans are centred on the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment Project which we hope to commence during 2015. In addition to providing additional capacity for cargo, this project will allow us to bring the world’s largest cruise ships right up to the East Link Bridge,” O’Reilly added.last_img read more

Mineral Rights Consultant Sought

first_imgThe province is looking for an expert to help tender the mineralrights to the Donkin coal resource in Cape Breton. “Donkin is a significant coal resource that the province mustensure is developed in a responsible manner by a company with thetechnical know-how and the financial capability,” said RichardHurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources. Accordingly, the Department of Natural Resources has issued arequest for proposals through the public tenders office for aconsultant with extensive knowledge of the coal mining industryto assist with tendering the mineral rights. The consultant will help department staff develop a call forproposals for mineral rights to the Donkin coal resource,establish evaluation criteria to assess responses and evaluateproposals. Last year, the Cape Breton Development Corporation surrenderedthe mining lease for the Sydney coalfield after holding thismineral right since 1967. A portion of this former lease areaincludes the Donkin coal resource block, which comprises thelargest offshore coal resource in Nova Scotia. The target date for completing the mineral rights tenderingprocess is June 28. For more information see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/tour/.last_img read more

China asks US not to let Taiwan President Tsai transit through America

first_imgBeijing: China on Friday asked the US not to allow Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to “transit” through America in compliance with the “one China” policy. Tsai, who is on a tour of four Caribbean nations, arrived in New York on Thursday and is expected to spend two days in the city. On her way back, she is expected to stop in Denver. China, asserts that estranged province of Taiwan is part of the mainland under the “one-China” policy. Beijing hardened its stance over Taiwan ever since Tsai, a firm advocate of Taiwan’s independence from China, came to power in 2016. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe US has said there had been no change in its “one-China” policy, under which Washington officially recognises Beijing and not Taipei. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang also reiterated Beijing’s firm opposition to any country establishing diplomatic and military ties with the island under the “one-China” policy. “We urge the US side to abide by the ‘one-China’ principle and the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiques, not to allow the Taiwan leader to ‘transit,’ refraining from sending any wrong signal to the ‘Taiwan independence’ force,” Geng said. China has made clear its position many times and lodged stern representations with the US over the so-called stopovers made by Tsai, Geng said. He expressed hope that the US could properly handle related issues so as to avoid harming peace and stability in the region.last_img read more

May not be able to meet financial obligations in near future DHFL

first_imgNew Delhi: Cash-strapped DHFL on Thursday said it may not be able to meet its repayment obligations due in immediate future to the lenders, who are part of the inter-creditor agreement. The non-banking financial company reiterated that the company has been facing a liquidity crisis since September 2018, and despite the challenges it has so far paid back over Rs 41,000 crore. “Given the ongoing discussions on the resolution plan with the lenders who have signed the ICA (inter-creditor agreement), the company believes that its payment obligations falling due in the immediate future, may not be met as per their existing schedule,” DHFL said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFurther, it said that in meeting the repayments of over Rs 41,000 crore, the financial obligations were met mainly through a combination of securitisation of assets and repayment collections. “We would like to reiterate that the company remains committed to resolving the issues being faced by it and is making best efforts to work out a resolution plan which will be in the best interest of all the stakeholders,” DHFL said. As part of the ICA, the company has formulated a draft resolution plan, as per the RBI’s prudential framework for resolution of stressed assets. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”While most of the lenders have executed the ICA, one of our debenture trustees, namely, Catalyst Trusteeship Services Ltd, is also, undertaking the process of seeking consent from the debenture holders to be a party to the ICA,” it said. As per the ICA, DHFL earlier on Tuesday had said that none of its creditors will have to face any haircuts. The other features of the plan include, moratorium on repayments, and seeking funding from banks/National Housing Bank (NHB) for starting the retail funding activity. The company has a debt pile-up of Rs 90,000 crore and has defaulted on its various repayment obligations in a serial manner in the recent past. DHFL has been generating funds through various means and has exited from its subsidiary units to tide over the current financial crunch. The company in mid-July posted its biggest-ever quarterly loss of Rs 2,224 crore for the quarter ended March 2018-19. Besides, one of the company’s auditor Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP tendered resignation as statutory auditor of the company this week. The reasons cited by Deloitte “are that in view of the matters stated in the disclaimer of opinion in the financial statements of the company for the year ended on March 2019 issued by them and its consequential effect on reporting under the Companies Act, 2013, their firm’s policy on client acceptance and continuation does not permit them to continue as statutory auditors of the company”, DHFL had said on August 6. It also added that the company was in discussion with leading reputed audit firms to appoint statutory auditors.last_img read more

Statistics Canada says number of policereported pot offences down again in 2016

first_imgOTTAWA – The number of police-reported cannabis-offences declined for the fifth straight year, Statistics Canada said Monday, a downward trend that began long before the Liberals brought forward their plan to legalize the drug for recreational use.The annual tally of police-reported crime from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics said there were about 55,000 offences related to marijuana reported to police in 2016, about 6,000 fewer than reported the year before — despite previous data showing consumption of the drug on the rise.The Liberal government has introduced legislation to legalize marijuana — a goal it intends to achieve by next summer — but has decided against decriminalizing simple possession in the interim, which the NDP has been urging them to do.Statistics Canada said police charged 17,733 people with possession of pot last year.That is a drop of about 3,600 from 2015, but still accounts for 76 per cent of all cannabis-related charges.“We’ve still got a significant number of people being charged for simple possession of cannabis in this country,” said Eugene Oscapella, a lawyer who lectures on drug policy in the criminology department at the University of Ottawa.Statistics Canada also said the combined rate of drug-related offences for substances other than cannabis and cocaine, which had also been on the decline, has been increasing since 2010.That included a seven-per-cent increase in the number of police-reported offences related to the possession of drugs such as prescription drugs, including opioids such as fentanyl, LSD and so-called “date rape” drugs in 2016, compared to the previous year.There was also a slight uptick in the number of drug-impaired driving violations — 3,098 in 2016 compared to 2,755 the year before.Still, 96 per cent of all police-reported impaired driving incidents involved alcohol last year, with only four per cent involving drugs.Statistics Canada suggested one reason the rate is so low is that impairment from drugs is difficult to measure.Oscapella said the legalization of marijuana should come with more public awareness of its true effects on driving.“Before, all we said was ‘Thou shall not use.’ We paid very little attention to educating people about social responsibility and driving,” he said.Meanwhile, the national crime rate did not change in 2016.The national crime rate has been on a downward trend since the early 1990s, although there were increases reported in both 2003 and 2015.Statistics Canada said there were nearly 1.9 million Criminal Code incidents — excluding traffic offences — reported by police in 2016, about 27,700 more than in 2015.However, the severity of the crimes increased slightly for the second year in a row.The agency said the one-per-cent increase in its crime severity index in 2016 was largely driven by a continued increase in the rate of police-reported fraud, which was up by 14 per cent over the previous year.That includes identity fraud, which was up by 16 per cent, and identity theft, which was up by 21 per cent.Rebecca Kong, chief of the policing services program at Statistics Canada, said some specific scams, such as those involving fraudsters purporting to be from the Canada Revenue Agency, could have led to the higher number of fraud crimes reported to police.“It could be also just an increase in awareness among victims and an increase in encouraging of reporting also,” she said.Irvin Waller, a criminology professor at the University of Ottawa, said little is known about the true rate of victimization from fraud in Canada, but data from the United Kingdom shows that about 80 per cent of these sorts of crimes go unreported.He urged Statistics Canada to include a question about fraud on its next national survey on victimization.“I think this small uptick is a reason to want to know more about what’s behind it,” said Waller.There were also reported increases in the rate of some violent crimes.Among them was a 30-per-cent increase in the rate of police-reported incidents of sexual violations against children, which Statistics Canada said could be partly due to recently introduced harsher penalties changing the way these types of crimes are classified for the annual report.Statistics Canada also said the rate of police-reported sexual assaults was 15-per-cent lower than a decade earlier, despite the self-reported sexual assault rate remaining unchanged over roughly the same period.“This demonstrates that, due to a range of factors, police-reported data can underestimate the nature and extent of sexual assault,” the agency said in its release Monday.Police reported 611 homicides in 2016, which is two more than the previous year, but because the size of the population grew, the rate actually decreased by one per cent to 1.68 homicides per 100,000 people.The city with the highest homicide rate was Thunder Bay, Ont., followed by Edmonton and Regina.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

All Africa Music Awards Boycotts Saad Lamjarred after Rape Accusation

Rabat – Saad Lamjarred is out of the competition. The Moroccan singer’s name was ruled off the list of nominees in the All Africa Awards (AFRIMA) competition, which will take place in Ghana in November. Lamjarred had been nominated in three categories: Best singer in Africa, best song in Africa for “Casablanca,” and best artist in North Africa. AFRIMA is an organization that aims to promote African music and artists across the continent.The organizers of the ceremony have recently decided to remove the singer of “Ghazali” because of his recent issues with rape charges. The 32-year-old artist was arrested on Sunday, August 26, in Saint-Tropez in southeastern France after police received a new rape complaint from another woman.After two days in custody, the Moroccan singer was placed under judicial supervision and prohibited from leaving France or contacting the complainant. In addition, the singer was required to pay bail of €150,000.The pop sensation met the victim in a nightclub in Saint-Tropez, on Saturday night. He invited her to his hotel room and, according to Lamjarred’s lawyer, had “a consensual sexual relationship.”However, the woman, a 29-year-old seasonal worker in Saint-Tropez, accused Lamjarred of rape.Lamjarred is also awaiting trial in a separate rape case in France. read more

Almost 100000 Mozambican children displaced by cyclone and floods UNICEF

Around 80,000 children in the southern African country of Mozambique have now been displaced by flooding after Friday’s cyclone added to the misery of almost a month of floods that destroyed the homes of at least 160,000 people, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, adding that the next week will be critical in avoiding outbreaks of disease.Persistent heavy rains across southern Africa have wreaked havoc for hundreds of thousands of people in the region over the past month but Cyclone Favio last week, which killed at least two children in Mozambique, also severely damaged the central hospital at Vilanculos, as well as an estimated 220 classrooms.“It is rare for a country to be hit by two massive and simultaneous emergencies within such a short period of time,” said the Head of UNICEF in Mozambique, Leila Pakkala. “Mozambique responded quickly to the flooding, but there is no quick fix, and all our problems around water and sanitation, shelter, health, and education are now exacerbated by this severe cyclone.”The next week is “absolutely critical” for children who have lost homes, schools and are in danger of contracting diseases. “The response has been express and effective, but it must be stressed that this can only continue while resources and actions on the ground are maintained.”Current priorities for the Government, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are to ensure water facilities are clean and serviceable, temporary health structures are functioning, children are back in school, and drugs and health equipment are delivered to all affected areas. UNICEF has already spent $3 million on helping the flood and cyclone victims, in particular by responding to the growing needs of populations now sheltered in camps, with such assistance as 500 tarpaulin sheets to build shelters, 10,000 cans and buckets for fresh water and other emergency supplies.UNICEF is the lead partner for nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene and is co-leader with Save the Children in education and protection. It also works in health, which is led by the UN World Health Organization (WHO). 27 February 2007Around 80,000 children in the southern African country of Mozambique have now been displaced by flooding after Friday’s cyclone added to the misery of almost a month of floods that destroyed the homes of at least 160,000 people, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, adding that the next week will be critical in avoiding outbreaks of disease. read more

Johnson Johnson Papa Johns rise Smucker Farfetch fall

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday:Altria Group Inc., down $1.87 to $45.25The tobacco company confirmed that it’s in talks to combine with Philip Morris International.Johnson & Johnson, up $1.84 to $129.64A $572 million ruling against the company in an Oklahoma opioid case was less than investors expected.Caleres Inc., up $3.66 to $18.90The footwear wholesaler and retailer, which owns Famous Footwear, reported earnings that easily beat analysts’ forecasts.Papa John’s International Inc., up $4.18 to $48The struggling pizza company named a new chief executive.J.M. Smucker Co., down $9.24 to $103.69The food company reported earnings and revenue that came in well below analysts’ forecasts.Farfetch Ltd., down 13 cents to $9.63The company denied a report in the New York Post that it is close to purchasing Barneys New York.Eaton Vance Corp., up $1.06 to $40.46The investment manager reported earnings that beat analysts’ forecasts.Heartland Express Inc., up 29 cents to $19.86The company is acquiring the transportation company Mills Transfer Inc. for $150 million.The Associated Press read more

UN finds proof of hostile armed group in DR Congo but doesnt

Speaking to journalists at their weekly briefing, Col. Patrick Colas des Francs said most of the evidence pointing to the presence of “several hundred armed soldiers” was concentrated in the triangle formed by Goma, Walikale and the south bank of Lake Edward and comprised burned villages and freshly evacuated bivouacs.Some of the reports being verified by the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) did not prove true. A team that went to the Mutombo area to check on reports of fighting found the civilian population living in peace, Colonel des Francs said.Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, had threatened last month to send troops against Rwandan Hutu Interahamwe and other rebel troops hiding in the DRC who were blamed for the 1994 genocide of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in their country, but he has since denied actually dispatching his soldiers. The rebels fled across the border to the DRC and have been accused of creating tensions there.On peace-building in the DRC, MONUC spokesman Mamadou Bah said that some 880 local former militia combatants in Ituri had disarmed and prepared for reintegration into the country’s military forces. MONUC had collected 4,332 weapons and munitions from them.Meanwhile, the Independent Expert on human rights in the DRC, Titinga Frederic Pacere, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Yakin Erturk, and the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of ethnic and racial intolerance, Doudou Diene, expressed deep concern “about information on the presence of Rwandan troops on the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.””The Independent Expert and the Special Rapporteurs urge all the parties concerned to abstain from the use of force and weapons, to put an end to violations of human rights and humanitarian rights, especially war crimes and crimes against humanity,” they said in a joint statement, citing sexual violations against the civilian population and violations of the security and integrity of persons.The experts called on the DRC Government and the international community to ensure that the country’s transitional process continued. read more

Crude oil resumes slide plunges 2 to US10083 in biggest drop since

The price of oil plunged two per cent Friday, the largest one-day drop since April, as Libyan oil appeared poised to return to the market in the face of muted global demand.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for August delivery fell $2.10 to close at US$100.83 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. WTI has fallen $4.54 a barrel, or 4.3 per cent, so far in July.Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refiners, fell $2.01 to close at US$106.66 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Oil prices shot up in June to a 10-month high over concerns that violence in Iraq might disrupt supplies from OPECs second-largest exporter. Prices then drifted lower over the past two weeks as the advance by Iraqi insurgents stalled.After a slight gain Thursday, the losses accelerated Friday to their biggest drop since falling 2.2 per cent on April 22.Along with more certainty about Iraqi supplies, a large increase in Libyan crude is expected to soon hit the market. Libyan exports have been slowed for nearly a year because of labour strife and other unrest, but recent agreements between the government and local militias may allow exports to surge in the coming weeks. U.S. crude production also continues to rise, adding even more oil to global supplies.The International Energy Agency this week cited only a small increase in oil production by Saudi Arabia, suggesting that markets were well supplied.“Contrary to seasonal patterns, the kingdom barely hiked production in June, a sign that demand for its crude may not have significantly increased,” the Paris-based IEA said in its monthly oil market report.At the same time, the IEA slightly lowered its 2014 forecast of global oil demand due to weaker than expected economic data in the middle of the year. It predicted demand would rise 1.5 per cent next year, to 94.1 million barrels a day.The U.S. Energy Department reported this week that gasoline supplies in the U.S., the world’s biggest consumer, appear plentiful and U.S. demand fell slightly compared with last year.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell 4.9 cents to close at US$2.909 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell 3.2 cents to US$2.861 a gallon and natural gas rose 2.6 cents to close at US$4.146 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) Crude oil resumes slide, plunges 2% to US10083 in biggest drop since April AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2014 3:19 pm MDT read more

Toronto FC to open CONCACAF Champions League play against Panama club side

Toronto FC, which finished runner-up in the last CONCACAF Champions League, will play Panama’s Club Atletico Independiente in the round of 16 of the 2019 competition.Should it advance, Toronto will meet either Mexico’s Club Deportivo Toluca or Sporting Kansas City in the quarterfinals. Its semifinal opponent would be the last team standing from Atlanta United versus C.S. Herediano (Costa Rica) and Mexico’s Monterrey versus Alianza FC (El Salvador).The knockout tournament features 16 top club teams from CONCACAF, which represents North and Central America and the Caribbean.Toronto made it all the way to last season’s final in April before losing to Chivas Guadalajara via a penalty shootout. TFC beat the Colorado Rapids and Mexico’s Tigres and Club America along the way.Guadalajara’s win earned it a berth as the CONCACAF representative at the FIFA Club World Cup, which runs Dec. 12 to 22 in the United Arab Emirates.The other round-of-16 matches are Santos Laguna (Mexico) versus C.D Marathon (Honduras), New York Red Bulls or Portland Timbers versus Club Atletico Pantoja (Dominican Republic), Tigres UANL (Mexico) versus Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica) and Houston Dynamo versus C.D. Guastatoya (Guatemala).The Red Bulls-Portland entry depends on Saturday’s MLS Cup final. If Portland loses to Atlanta, the final CCL berth goes to the Red Bulls.The draw, held in Miami, had Toronto FC in Pot 1 alongside Atlanta, Houston, either the New York Red Bulls or Portland Timbers and Mexico’s CF Club Deportivo Toluca, Monterrey, Santos Laguna and Tigres UANL.The other eight teams were in Pot 2. Clubs from the same country could not meet in the first round.The round of 16 is slated for late February and the quarterfinals for March, while the semifinals and finals will take place n April. All are two-legged series. Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press read more

Shipwreck where 200 servicemen died on way home from First World War

Prince Charles lays a wreath at the Iolaire War Memorial on the Isle of Lewis on January 1 this year to mark 100 years since the disaster An MOD spokesperson said: “We can confirm that the site of HMY Iolaire will officially be recognised as a site of final resting place on September 2, 2019.”This means the ships wreckage will be protected under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.” Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan said he was delighted at the news.“The story of the Iolaire is one of the saddest ever told in the islands,” he said.”There was barely a family on the island that didn’t lose a relative in the disaster.“This was a subject that was essentially too painful to be talked about in the islands for at least sixty years, and even now is still very raw in people’s minds.”Prince Charles laid a wreath at the Iolaire War Memorial on the Isle of Lewis on January 1 this year to mark 100 years since the disaster. Prince Charles lays a wreath at the Iolaire War Memorial on the Isle of Lewis on January 1 this year to mark 100 years since the disasterCredit:Lenny Warren/PA A shipwreck where more than 200 servicemen died on their way home after the First World War has finally been recognised as a war grave.Only 82 of the 283 passengers on board HMY Iolaire survived when it smashed into rocks and sank off the Isle of Lewis on January 1, 1919. Around a third of the bodies were never recovered.Servicemen were travelling back to Lewis, Harris and Berneray after surviving the horrors of battle when tragedy struck in the early hours of the morning near the town of Stornoway.Western Isles Council has tirelessly campaigned for the shipwreck site to be given war grave designation and their calls have been backed by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The council wrote to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) last year, highlighting that it would bring comfort to the servicemens’ loved-ones and let them rest in peace.The designation has now been granted and will come into effect next month. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Opposition MPs will submit declarations but Govt MPs must also comply

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo and other PPP MPsOpposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has provided all assurances that Members of Parliament of the Peoples Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C), will submit up-to-date declarations of their assets to the Integrity Commission in due course.The Opposition Leader gave this commitment at his weekly press conference on Thursday. He was at the time being asked how many PPP Members of Parliament have been declaring their assets.“I don’t know as yet, but we’ll get it done though, because it’s something that we believe in, so this will be done. When we were in office, we made sure that every Minister did up to 2014” Jagdeo said.He was quick to question though as to whether the members of the government side of the House have been complying with the law to declare their assets.“You just ask the other side if they have done so, they have not done so three years. So I hope that we and also the Integrity Commission, go back to the starting point not just for this year but we will have to submit for the last three years , I hope that they are dealing with that. But we will all submit if people have not done so as yet” the Opposition Leader promised.Earlier this month, Integrity Commission Chairman Kumar Duraisami had stated that only some MP’s have so far submitted their declarations to the Commission.It was disclosed a total of 1296 letters and declaration forms were sent out to public officers. This includes 69 to the National Assembly; 407 to the various Ministries; 242 to the 10 Administrative Regions and 576 to the various constitutional agencies.However, only 248 forms were returned to the Commission. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMajority of PPP MPs have submitted declarations to Integrity Commission- Opposition LeaderNovember 3, 2018In “latest news”‘Kaieteur News misled Guyanese for many years, we won’t allow it again’ says PPP/COctober 13, 2018In “latest news”Integrity Commission could soon be functional following Opposition leader’s approval of nomineesFebruary 8, 2018In “latest news” read more

Google told to turn off search autocomplete in Japan

first_imgFor the most part Google’s auto-complete feature for search helps to refine and cut down on the time it takes to find what you’re looking for. However, one man in Japan sees it as an invasion of his privacy and has petitioned Google to get it suspended.The issue stems from the man’s name. He discovered that typing his name into Google brought up auto-complete suggestions linking him to criminal activity. As the man has not committed such crimes, he believes it is an invasion of privacy that he be associated with them through “thousands of results.” He also believes the results have stopped him gaining employment for a number of years.You may be surprised to hear that the Tokyo District Court agreed with the complaint and has told Google to suspend the auto-complete feature from its search service for Japan. However, Google is refusing to switch it off as the company believes the request isn’t valid because there is no invasion of privacy as the system automatically generates results. Google also believes the ruling doesn’t apply because it is a U.S. company and this is a Japanese law.The man is remaining nameless, but his lawyer, Hiroyuki Tomita, has suggested further pressure will be applied in the form of a request for compensation. The desired outcome is ultimately to get Google to disassociate the man’s name with the current results, not to ban auto-complete across Japan forever.As Google already filters out certain words from auto-complete results, this shouldn’t be difficult to do. But if the company agrees to change the results in this instance, would it not open the floodgates for other individuals and companies requesting auto-complete be changed for them, too?Read more at Physorglast_img read more

De Gea relishing Liverpools challenge

first_imgThe clash between Liverpool and Manchester United remains e biggest game in English football, according to goalkeeper David de Gea.The Spanish shot-stopper will reclaim his position in United’s starting line-up after Sergio Romero played in United’s FA Cup win at Chelsea.De Gea who is experienced in derby games having featured in the Madrid derby between Atletico and Real believes that United versus Liverpool in England is the most keenly contested tie.“It’s the biggest game in England,” De Gea told the club’s programme United Review and cited on Sky. “It’s a very special game, for the fans, the club, and the players and, above all, when it’s at Old Trafford, it’s always even more of an occasion. It’s just a massive game“We aim to enjoy and, of course, we’ll be trying our best to win it!”De Gea says he was aware of the magnitude of Sunday’s fixture even during his time in Spain.“When I was in Spain, you always used to hear talk of the big rivalry and the huge game, or Clásico, between Manchester United and Liverpool,” he said.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“You have two very big clubs, and it’s a game to really savour.”This man has kept 99 clean sheets in the Premier League. If he manages to get 100, he’ll be the 15th different goalkeeper to do so and the 7th for the same club.Clean Sheet against Liverpool @D_DeGea. Please!!! 🙏🏻🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/VKupdmgiDh— TJ (@UtdTalha) February 23, 2019De Gea will be aiming to deny Mo Salah from scoring his first league goal against United and possibly goal number 50 that would make him the fastest player to attain that figure.“You don’t just focus on the one player,” he added.“They have got a good side with some good players individually. You prepare like you would for any other game, knowing that you are up against a very good side with some top players.”last_img read more