TCS Profits Up 28%

December 2, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgCost cutting and a turnaround in the fortunes of the financial services sector has sparked a 28.7 percent increase in profits at India’s largest outsourcing company, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. Revenue for the quarter ending Sept. 30 grew 7% to $1.6 billion. “Recovery is beginning to happen for us definitely and we are seeing growth, but the growth is going to be slow,’’ said TCS chief executive Natarajan Chandrasekaran. Related Itemslast_img

Olympic tennis: Vishnu Vardhan loses to Slovakian rival Blaz Kavcic in first round

November 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgIndian Davis Cupper Vishnu Vardhan’ s dream outing in the Olympic men’s singles of tennis competitions was short-lived as he went down in straight sets to Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic in the first round in London on Monday.Vardhan, who was lucky to get a slot in the men’s singles event at the eleventh hour as German Phillip Kohlschreiber pulled out due to a hamstring injury, lost 3-6, 2-6 in one hour and 12 minutes.The 304-ranked Indian, whose strong point is his serve, was broken thrice in the first set and it was no different in the second. Before Vardhan could get the hang of it, he was down 1-4 and the World No.76 Slovenian walked through to the second round.Vardhan was hardly in the match and he committed far too many unforced errors.The 25-year-old will now partner Leander Paes in the men’s doubles and the Indian pair takes on the Dutch duo of Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer later in the day.last_img read more

Boxing: Eddie Hearn reveals PPV numbers for the fights he promoted in the past

November 26, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgIt didn’t do that many but in answer to your question I haven’t. I have done a million plus twice in a much smaller market and 800 plus three times though👍🏼— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) June 17, 2018As opposed to the US where pay per view figures are released by the likes of HBO and Showtime, Hearn’s broadcaster in the UK Sky Sports largely choose not to share that kind of information with the public.The above fights Hearn is referring too surely include most of, if not all of, Anthony Joshua’s big fights against opponents in recent years.Also Read…Boxing: Roman Gonzalez vs Juan Estrada rematch in works for Superfly 3 AdvertisementBritish boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, say what you want about him, always gets stuck in on Twitter with fans. So much so today he’s let slip some of the pay per view numbers he’s done.Since coming into the sport of boxing a number of years back Hearn has catapulted to fame with a number of massive outdoor stadium shows sold out and more recently, his billion dollar deal in the US for boxing with streaming service DAZN.Anthony Joshua has not only been the big driver in this over the years, Hearn and his team have done very well themselves to be fair in putting on some strong cards and events.Even his detractors would be-grudgingly have to admit it at this stage.Today when speaking to one fan on social media he revealed that in the UK he’s broke the 1 million pay per view buy mark on two occasions:When’s the last time you did 1.5m buys on HBO PPV sir?— Babs (@Babs_SP) June 17, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

Rio 2016: Sandeep Kumar finishes 34th in 50km Race Walk

November 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgIndia’s Sandeep Kumar finished 34th in the men’s 50km Race Walk event at the ongoing Rio Olympics on Friday. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)The 30-year-old racewalker took four hours, seven minutes and fifty five seconds to complete the distance.Matej Toth of Slovakia won the gold clocking 3:40:58, while Australian Jared Tallent (3:41:16) took the silver and Hirooki Arai of Japan settled for the bronze with a time of 3:41:24.The Indian was 26:57 minutes behind the leader of the race at the finish line.last_img read more

Report: Chelsea 2 Man United 2

November 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgJose Mourinho was involved in a furious touchline bust-up after Ross Barkley struck a last-gasp equaliser to hand Chelsea a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.Mourinho appeared on course to record a first victory as United boss at his old club thanks to Anthony Martial, the Frenchman’s brace overturning a half-time deficit.Martial volleyed home to cancel out Antonio Rudiger’s 21st-minute header before curling in what looked like being the winner from the edge of the penalty area. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! However, substitute Barkley – a major injury doubt for the fixture – made sure Maurizio Sarri avoided his first league defeat as Chelsea boss by smashing home a rebound in the sixth and final minute of additional time.Full-time: Chelsea 2-2 Man Utd.Barkley’s late equaliser secures a point for the Blues, and we remain unbeaten this season. #CHEMUN— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 20, 2018The dramatic finish sparked wild scenes of celebration on and off the field, with Mourinho taking exception to one member of Sarri’s staff celebrating right in front of him. Security staff had to get involved to restore order, though the two managers shook hands after an eventful conclusion.An early kick-off in late October sunshine, combined with a return to domestic duties after an international break, perhaps unsurprisingly led to a slow start before the game’s opening goal in the 21st minute.Rudiger gave Paul Pogba the slip to meet Willian’s outswinging corner from the right, planting the ball low beyond visiting goalkeeper David de Gea for his first goal of 2018.However, Mourinho’s half-time words seemingly transformed United. With the defensive shackles removed after barely venturing out of their own half before the break, they struck twice in an 18-minute spell to take the lead.Martial capitalised on a slice of good fortune – Ashley Young’s shot taking two deflections to break into his path – to fire in an equaliser, while a heavy touch inadvertently set him up to bend an effort beyond Cesar Azpilicueta’s attempted block and put Mourinho on course for a famous triumph.Yet the Portuguese was denied on his old stomping ground right at the death. David Luiz headed Pedro’s cross against the post and Rudiger hit the rebound straight at De Gea, though it turned out to be third time lucky for the Blues when Barkley hammered his attempt into the net.What it means: United they stand – until the closing secondsA slow-burner caught fire in the closing stages, and the antics after Chelsea’s second goal will dominate the post-match reaction.What might annoy Mourinho more, however, is his team’s failure to cling on. In a Jekyll and Hyde display, they remained in their shells for the first 45 minutes before springing into action after the interval. It felt similar to last season’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium but, unlike in the 3-2 win over City, they were unable to stand firm through to the final whistle.Martial at the doubleMartial scored twice in a game for United for the first time since November 2016. Both goals offered examples of his finishing abilities when he ends up in the right positions, but flashes of his talent are no longer enough. This should be a springboard for more goals, not the outlier on his season.Mixed afternoon for PogbaPogba epitomised his team’s fortunes. His over-the-top reaction after Chelsea’s goal – he jumped up and down on the spot while complaining team-mate Victor Lindelof had impeded his path to pick up Rudiger – was his only notable moment in the first 45 minutes, yet he was at the forefront of United’s surge to seize control following half-time.Key Opta stats95:27 – Ross Barkley’s goal was the latest Man Utd have conceded in the Premier League since October 2009, when David Ngog also scored against them at 95:27 for Liverpool. Drama. #CHEMUN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 20, 2018ArsenalWhat’s next?Manchester United welcome back a familiar face when they host Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus on Tuesday in a tasty Champions League clash, followed by another home game – against Everton – at Old Trafford next weekend. Chelsea, meanwhile, host BATE in Europa League action on Thursday ahead of a Sunday trip to Burnley. read more – Chelsea have lost just one of their last 17 home Premier League games against Manchester United (W10 D6 L1), a 2-3 defeat in October 2012.- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 65 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge in which they’ve been ahead at half-time (W54 D11), last losing against in October 2011 (5-3).- Since his debut in September 2015, Anthony Martial has scored more goals in all competitions for Man Utd than any other player (40 goals).- Manchester United have kept just one clean sheet from their opening nine Premier League games this season, this after recording seven shutouts at this stage of last season.- All three of Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger’s Premier League goals have come in games at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more


November 7, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia (TFA) National Youth Training Squad Camp will be conducted from 28 June – 1 July 2007 at the Currimundi Recreation centre on the Sunshine Coast.The compulsory training camp for Australia’s National 18 and 20 Years Youth Squad members is the first time the appointed National Youth Coaches will have the opportunity to assess and work with Squad members since the announcement of National Squads earlier in the year.Participants at the camp will form the core of Australian Youth teams for the Federation of International Touch Youth World Cup to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2009.TFA High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant believes the camp is a pivotal step in Australia’s quest to regain the Youth World Cup trophy which was claimed in 2005 by arch rivals New Zealand.“TFA have high hopes for our Youth Program and we want to help all squad members to achieve their own individual goals during this process. It is imperative that we get off to a good start and set the tone with a camp that positions us to mount an imposing challenge to regain the number one World Youth ranking in 2009.” Mr. Grant said.The camp will centre around player education, understanding, and development in the following areas:·         Education process around participation and expectations within the Youth Elite Program.·         Developing and challenging our existing Australian playing approach to the game to suit international competition.·         Assessing squad member’s ability to perform within the camp format.·         Education process around fitness requirements and fitness testing procedures within the Youth Elite Program.·         Assessment of squad member’s suitability for 2009 Youth World Cup and/or selection into the Open Teams.National Youth Squad members will enjoy a well rounded and varied program set around training, team building, recreation activities, athlete education and match play.Participants have been sent an invitation and information about the camp and need to accept their position via e-mail by MONDAY 7 May 2007 by e-mailing TFA High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant at read more

2019 4-Star WR Announces His Commitment

October 26, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgA general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska picked up its first win of the season last weekend against Minnesota. Today, they added another major victory on the recruiting trail.Vancouver (Wash.) Union four-star wide receiver Darien Chase announced his commitment to Nebraska this afternoon. Chase picked the Huskers over Boise State, Nevada, Utah and others.Chase officially visited Lincoln last weekend, where he watched the Huskers take down the Golden Gophers. Coming off the visit, he made his decision public.Thank you to everyone in my life that has gotten me to where I am today, after careful consideration I am 1000% committed to the university of Nebraska!! #GBR,” he wrote.Thank you to everyone in my life that has gotten me to where I am today, after careful consideration I am 1000% committed to the university of Nebraska!! #GBR ?— ✖️Darien Chase✖️ (@chasedariem) October 25, 2018Chase is the No. 21 athlete in the 2019 cycle, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Nebraska’s 2019 class is shaping up nicely. Right now, it is ranked No. 24 in the country.The Huskers may be 1-6 right now, but the future under Scott Frost certainly seems bright.last_img read more

Scandlines Second Hybrid Ferry Departs Shipyard

October 23, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgzoom German-Danish ferry operator Scandlines’ second new hybrid ferry for the Rostock-Gedser route left the Danish shipyard Fayard on December 19, 2016.According to the company, M/V Copenhagen is scheduled to go into operation on December 21 from Gedser in Denmark.Christened in late October, the new ferry can transport up to 2,600 passengers, 920 cars and 192 lorries between Rostock and Gedser, doubling Scandlines’ current capacity on the route, the company earlier said.During the last couple of months, the vessel completed a comprehensive test programme (Harbour Acceptance Tests), followed by a five-day sea trial (Sea Acceptance Tests) in late November.After the sea trial, M/V Copenhagen returned to the shipyard for final adjustments.Additionally, Scandlines plans to rebuild the injection system of engines aboard both its hybrid ferries, the M/V Berlin and the M/V Copenhagen. The company said that, as the new injection modules cannot be delivered until January 1, 2017, both vessels will therefore be converted during January 2017.M/V Kronprins Frederik will take turns during January to replace the two ferries to maintain normal operations on the Rostock-Gedser route.last_img read more

Death toll in Himachal building collapse climbs to 13

October 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgShimla: Five more bodies were retrieved on Monday from the debris of a building collapse in Himachal Pradesh’ Solan district, taking the death toll to 13, officials said. Twenty-eight people were injured after the four-storey building, which housed a restaurant, collapsed on the Nahan-Kumarhatti Road on Sunday evening following heavy rains, they said. The bodies of 12 Army personnel and a civilian were extricated from the debris, the officials said. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Solan Sub Divisional Magistrate Rohit Rathore said one person was still feared trapped under the debris. However, the actual number of those trapped inside would be clear only after the rescue operation ends, which was expected to be over by the evening. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who visited the spot on Monday morning, said initial investigation has found that the structure was not built up to specifications.”A magisterial inquiry has already been ordered. Strict legal action will be taken against erring persons after getting the report,” he said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty A first information report (FIR) was registered against the owner of the building, he added. “There are more such buildings in the state. Owners have constructed them without following building by-laws. Whatever is required to be done, will be done to check it,” he said. The chief minister said, “Rescue operation is still on. Necessary equipment was airlifted on Sunday evening itself through a helicopter from Shimla’s Sunni to carry out the rescue work by the NDRF”. An injured soldier told reporters from the hospital that when the building collapsed, there were 35 Army personnel inside it, of whom 30 were Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs). He said Army personnel belonging to the 4 Assam Regiment of nearby Dagshai Cantonment went to the restaurant “to party as it was a Sunday but suddenly the building shook and collapsed in no minutes”. Another injured person Rakesh Kumar, said that about 50 people, including several Army personnel, restaurant staff and other customers were in the building when it collapsed. “We thought it was a quake and did not know how the building collapsed and we were trapped under the debris. I remained trapped for about 10-15 minutes after which some people rescued me,” he added. The Indian Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police initially carried out the rescue operation. Subsequently, two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams — one each from Haryana’s Panchkula and Shimla’s Sunni — reached the spot later in the night to carry out the rescue work, Director-cum-Special Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management, D C Rana told PTI. A third NDRF team from Panchkula joined the rescue operation on Monday morning, he added.last_img read more

Experts alarmed after deer meat from diseased herd allowed into food system

October 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMONTREAL — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is exposing the public to unnecessary risk by allowing deer and elk meat from farms affected by a contagious disease to end up on consumers’ plates, a group of experts and advocates say.Chronic wasting disease or CWD, an infection of the central nervous system similar to mad cow disease that is fatal to deer, elk, reindeer and moose, was discovered on a farm in Quebec’s Laurentians region last August, resulting in a cull of 2,789 red deer.While the 11 carcasses that tested positive for the disease, as well seven others, were destroyed, the rest were allowed to enter the food system, including some 1,000 young animals that had not been tested because tests aren’t sensitive enough to detect CWD in animals under 12 months of age, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.The news was a surprise to some experts, including Neil Cashman, a University of British Columbia medical professor who specializes in neurodegenerative diseases spread by prion proteins.He said that while there’s been no documented case of chronic wasting disease being transmitted to humans, it can’t be ruled out.“If you’re supplying meat, deer meat or elk meat or whatever from a farm in which animals have tested positive for CWD, if you provide it to the market for human consumption, that’s playing with fire in my opinion,” he said in a phone interview.He points to an ongoing study that suggests CWD can be spread to other animals, including macaque monkeys, as well as the case of mad cow, which was originally not believed to be dangerous for humans but was later linked to a rare degenerative brain disease called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob.He said it’s even possible that doctors might not recognize CWD at first if it did affect a human, because it could take a different form.“With all this knowledge about how wily prions are, how long they last in the environment, how resistant they are to destruction and degradation, it really behooves us to cut down on potential exposure to CWD,” he said.Health Canada notes there’s no evidence the disease infects humans, but recommends as a preventative measure that animals known to be infected with CWD should not be consumed, and that hunters should take precautions when handling carcasses of deer, elk and moose.In an email, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said that allowing the animals from the Quebec farm to enter the food system did not violate that position.“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada’s position is that animals and products from animals known to be infected with CWD are prohibited from entering Canada’s food supply,” the agency wrote. “The meat that was released into the human food chain came from animals which are not known to be infected with CWD.”The email noted that “CWD is not a known human health or food safety risk, and that there have been no recorded instances of humans being affected by the disease.”It also said that its policy of allowing animals from CWD-positive farms into the food system only applies to red deer and elk, which have lower rates of transmission than other cervids.CWD was first detected in Canada in 1996, and has since spread across parts of Saskatchewan and Alberta. The Laurentians deer farm was the first documented case in Quebec.Since 2014, animals from 21 CWD-infected elk herds have been slaughtered for consumption with the agency’s permission. The CFIA says only adult elks that tested negative were released into the food chain, since there is no market for meat from elks under 12 months.The agency’s position appears to have divided scientists.While some have expressed concern over what they see as a lack of caution, two other experts consulted by The Canadian Press said they see no reason to question the policy given that there’s no proof of any risk.Kerry Mower, a wildlife specialist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, pointed out that humans have been consuming CWD positive deer and elk since at least the 1960s, and have been consuming sheep with a similar disease for hundreds of years with no known transmission.But Kat Lanteigne, who co-founded an organization that advocates for a safe blood system, was outraged to learn the animals from infected farms were being sent to the food system.She said the federal government quietly changed its policy in 2014 to allow the practice, leaving consumers and scientists unaware.“None of the consumers in Canada know there is this infectious prion disease, that is the sister to mad cow, and that animals that could be infected could be ending up on their barbecues and dinner plates,” said Lanteigne, the executive director of Bloodwatch.In June, more than 30 people, including Lanteigne and Cashman, signed an open letter sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other senior cabinet ministers, urging them to take greater action to contain the spread of the disease.The letter claims that the threat is not only to human health but to trade and investment, noting that Norway has already banned hay or straw imports from provinces where the disease is present.“Despite the lessons of BSE and the dire threat posed by CWD, official policy still allows translocation of live animals, products, and equipment from cervid farms, movement of hunter carcasses, and continued human exposure—in violation of basic principles of science, public trust, and professional ethics,” they wrote.The signatories advocated for the government to issue emergency directives to contain the spread of the disease, including eliminating deer farms, testing all animals from areas where the disease is present, and boosting funding for research and surveillance.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Goa: Woman who accused Monserratte of rape goes missing

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgPanaji: The woman who lodged a rape case against former Goa minister and Congress’ Panaji bypoll nominee Atanasio Monserratte has gone missing from a rehabilitation facility here, police said on Monday. Verna police inspector Sandesh Chodankar said the woman, who charged Monserratte with drugging and raping her in 2016 when she was a minor, was undergoing rehabilitation at a facility in South Goa district from where she went missing on April 28. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghLast month, a missing person complaint was lodged and later on May 10, the police registered an FIR for offence of abduction against an unknown person, Chodankar said, adding that efforts were on to trace the woman. Monserratte, who is contesting the upcoming Panaji Assembly bypoll on Congress’ ticket, was booked in May 2016 for allegedly raping the woman in March that year, when she was 17 years’ old. A charge sheet was later filed against him by the police in the district court of North Goa. Auda Viegas, director of a South Goa-based NGO, said the victim was initially kept at a state-run facility for juveniles, but later shifted to a convent in South Goa as part of her rehabilitation.last_img read more

Sudan UN embarks on largestever delivery of voter registration materials

October 11, 2019 0 Comments

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are kicking off the largest-ever delivery of materials in the African nation ahead of tomorrow’s voter registration exercise. Nearly 120,000 kilogrammes of materials – including registration kits, forms and training supplies – will be sent to locations identified by the National Elections Commission (NEC).UNDP is funding the cost of transporting the supplies to Sudan’s 25 state capitals, while UNMIS is assisting in sending materials and NEC officers to train staff on the rules and procedures of voter registration in dozens of inaccessible and remote locations in Southern Sudan and Southern Kordofan. For its part, the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force in Darfur (UNAMID) will deliver materials to 10 isolated areas in Northern and Western Darfur. “We’re hopeful that this logistical assistance to NEC will enable the Commission to establish registration centers that enable more people to register and later to vote,” said Ray Kennedy, Chief Electoral Affairs Officer with UNMIS. “This will bring the country one step closer to a large-scale democratic polling exercise in 2010.” NEC requested UNMIS – which is mandated to provide technical assistance and support for elections – to assist with logistics and operational planning, electoral materials, training and capacity building of staff in support of the upcoming general elections. Next year’s multi-party polls are a key milestone in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the pact which ended 20 years of fighting between the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) separatists in the south and the national Government in the north. In his most recent report on UNMIS, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the parties to the CPA to enhance their partnership in ensuring that the elections are held. “The Agreement must be implemented in spirit as well as the letter if the immense work undertaken is to be sustainable,” he stressed, calling on the sides to enhance their cooperation. Next year’s elections must be seen as part of a larger process of democratic transformation, requiring a long-term commitment by all parties, the Secretary-General underscored, adding that it is vital that the polls are credible in the eyes of the Sudanese people. “Coming to an agreement on how to proceed with elections will also allow the parties to give the requisite attention to preparations for the referendums in 2011,” the report said. 31 October 2009The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are kicking off the largest-ever delivery of materials in the African nation ahead of tomorrow’s voter registration exercise. read more

Sri Lanka accused of serious corruption in cricket

October 8, 2019 0 Comments

However, he says he will take the opportunity to brief both the teams over the coming days to ensure they remain alert to the risks from would be corruptors. (Colombo Gazette) “We are currently in Sri Lanka as part of our ongoing investigations into serious allegations of corruption in cricket in the country. The enquiries are continuing so it would not be appropriate to comment further, but I can confirm that we have, at their request, provided a detailed briefing to the Sri Lankan President, Prime Minister and Sports Minister. We are receiving full support from the Competent Authority currently in place at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) whilst elections for the SLC Board are pending,” he said in a statement. Marshall said that the investigations have been underway for a considerable time and do not relate to the series about to start in Sri Lanka against England. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has accused Sri Lanka of serious corruption in cricket.General Manager of the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit Alex Marshall said that his team is currently in Sri Lanka investigating into allegations of corruption in Sri Lankan cricket. read more

Business Day update from motor show – 26 May 1400

October 2, 2019 0 Comments

Chancellor congratulates motor industry on contribution to UK economy Chancellor meets local apprentices on tour Mazda’s numbering death wish TV road test family give show the green light Sports car makers shake up dealer networks Chancellor congratulates motor industry on contribution to UK economy The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, today congratulated the UK’s automotive industry on its “vital contribution” to the UK’s economy.During a visit to The Sunday Times Motor Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham, the Chancellor said:“I’m delighted to be visiting Motor Show Live to see at first hand what a great job the UK’s automotive sector is doing and pay tribute to the vital contribution it makes to our national economy.“And I can tell you today that the ten year science and innovation plan we will announce in the next few weeks will be a major boost for manufacturing strength. Building on the Manufacturing Advisory Service, capital allowances, corporation tax cuts and the Research and Development tax credit, we will seek to make Britain the best location for new investment and innovation. And we will raise the level of science funding as a share of national income in the next spending review period.“The motor industry has risen to the challenges of globalisation and international competition and not just survived, but thrived.“The UK automotive industry sector contributes some £8.5 billion to the UK economy and accounts for almost ten per cent of total UK exports of goods.“Almost 250,000 people across the country are employed in the manufacture of vehicles and components in some 3,200 businesses. Another 544,000 work in the automotive retail sector.“And the motor industry makes a major contribution not just to employment and exports, but to innovation in our economy – investing £1.2 billion a year in research and development – and to our training and skills as well with over 20,000 young apprenticeships.“The motor industry has won for Britain huge amounts of inward investment with some of the world’s leading manufacturers choosing to locate new plants in the UK. 68 per cent of the vehicles produced in the UK are exported. And companies in the supply chain trade with customers and suppliers right around Europe.“That’s why our commitment as a Government is that we will make the case for our membership of the European Union – which accounts for 55 per cent of the UK’s trade – for the advantages it brings to Britain, and for Britain being a leader in an enlarged Europe.“I am particularly pleased to be able to pay tribute to the contribution the automotive sector makes to our country here in the West Midlands.“40 per cent of the UK’s motor industry income is generated here in the West Midlands. The sector provides jobs for around 65,000 employees in the region with many more jobs provided in the supply chain. “And the successes we celebrate here have helped create 80,000 jobs in the West Midlands alone since 1997.” Chancellor meets local apprentices on tourGordon Brown met four young apprentices in automotive design during his tour of The Sunday Times Motor Show Live. Discussing their four year scheme with the Chancellor were: Jaguar’s Sarah Cookes, 20, and Alex Edgington, 19, both from Coventry; and Land Rover’s Rebecca Champion, 20, from Warwick and Matthew Smith, 18, from Nuneaton.All four youngsters, who are based at the design studios in Gaydon, Warwickshire, signed up for their apprenticeships before they were 18. As they approach the end of their training they are all feeling secure and confident about the future. Rebecca, who was first introduced to Land Rover during a work placement when she was 15, left her A levels mid way to take up the scheme. She said: “When I sat down with my parents to look at what was on offer to me the apprenticeship was far more attractive than continuing my A levels and going on to university. The scheme has paid me to learn, I’m in a much better position than my friends who are doing degrees. I’m not in debt and can afford to be independent.”Matthew pointed out: “The best thing about my apprenticeship is that it gives me qualifications and experience. It’s fine to have a degree but you come out of university without any understanding of how business really works.” By the time the four finish their apprenticeships they will have accomplished HNC and NVQ level 3 qualifications and can look forward to a bright future in the automotive industry. Mazda’s numbering death wishMazda UK’s plans to call its new MPV, the 4, have proved to be a dead loss after the Hiroshima-based parent company revealed the number is associated with death and doom in the Asia Pacific region.As a result the flexible format people carrier, which will offer five, six of seven seats, remains a car without a name, or number. It is taking centre stage on Mazda’s Sunday Times Motor Show live stand in Flexa concept car form.With Mazda’s UK managing director Phil Waring, anticipating 5,000 sales a year for the new model, he admitted: “naming, or numbering the car is very important and we need a decision by the end of the year because it goes on sale next September.”British management are bemused as to why the parent company only notified its European importers of the superstitious element in numbering the car within the past week.Waring has commissioned “urgent market research” in the UK to see if the public would accept either 5 or 7 as a substitute, and not automatically confuse it with the MX-5 roadster and discontinued RX-7 rotary sports car.The number 4 was nominated because it fitted into the range sequence, which runs 2, 3 and 6. Mazda is not new to naming or numbering controversy. In the early ’80s the Montrose coupe was launched on the day that the company sacked its dealer, in Montrose. TV road test family give show the green light A local family has given the all-new motor show a huge thumbs-up. The five strong Hale family from Shirley, Solihull tested out the new interactive features on behalf of ITV motoring show Pulling Power.Mum and Dad Linda and David and their three daughters Kelly (16), Rosie (11) and Emily (9) got a sneak preview of the show and the interactive features before the event officially opens to the public on Thursday 27 May. Mum Linda thoroughly enjoyed her spin on the 4×4 Experience, especially The Edge, a 30 ft high metal construction with a 39 degree incline and decline. She said, “When you approach the practically vertical ramp, you wonder how you are going to get up it. It really took my breath away – all you see is sky!”There were plenty of other opportunities for the family to get interactive. Eldest daughter Kelly, who’s buzzing to learn to drive, jumped at the opportunity to get started at the BSM Driving School and was praised by her instructor Matt Robinson. Dad David was strapped in and taken on a thrill-a-second course at the Caterham Experience and youngsters Rosie and Emily were in no doubt that the Motoropolis Live Action Arena was their favourite part of the show. The whole family left the NEC with a new outlook on the motor show. Mum Linda said, “I thought it was a thoroughly good day out and will have no problem recommending it to friends with families.”The Hale’s adventures at the NEC will be screened on Pulling Power on ITV1 at 11.05pm on Thursday 27 May. Sports car makers shake up dealer networks TVR has fired six dealers over the past 18 months while fellow specialist sports car maker Noble has scrapped its retail network.The two companies, which between them sell about 1,270 new cars, have underlined the volatile business of representing sports car franchises.Peter Wheeler, chairman of Blackpool-based TVR, said: “We are currently gently recruiting dealers. We fired the six franchise holders because they were not suitable. There’s a cycle where you lose their enthusiasm and friendship over the years. It’s better to part company after winding each other up.”TVR’s dealer strength currently stands at 18 and Wheeler plans to hire another six. He admitted that filling open points depended on: “how far owners are willing to travel for service and back up.”Wheeler said TVR was “constantly considering” a return to the North American market but it would involve doubling the size of the company and establishing an assembly operation in the USA.He said: “We would go west if someone comes up with a sensible plan, including a fairly substantial facility, probably a kit-building operation. It is an issue to have people who really know the cars and take care of them and the customers properly. The company fell foul of being in the US 20 years ago.”Wheeler claimed the US market would generate another 1,000 sales, doubling present volume.Meanwhile Noble, based in Barwell, near Hinckly, Leicestershire, has terminated the ten dealers contracts, which it claims has allowed the firm to cut its prices.Noble spokesman Simon Hucknall said: “The dealers will continue as authorised servicing outlets, but will not sell new cars. We want tighter control of quality of sales and customer treatment.”The company is establishing three sales centres in northern England, Leicestershire and south-east England.Hucknall admitted: “Dealers take a large margin and by eliminating that cut we have reduced the price of two of our cars.”This translates into the twin turbo 3-litre V6 M400 coming down £6,000 from £61,995 to £55,995 while the 3R’s price has been reduced by £2,505 to £49,995.Noble sells around 270 cars a year, the vast majority are bought by UK customers although its Cincinnati, Ohio distributor believes there is a potential for 70 units.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Wife of Azeri banker spent £30k on chocolates at Harrods in one

September 25, 2019 0 Comments

She also spent thousands on La Perla and Agent Provocateur lingerie, children’s books, and a ‘Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo’ Disney fairtytale makeover experience for children.Such was her love of luxury design wear that one one day in February 2015 she paid a bill of £286,110 for Christian Dior items.The scale of her spending was laid bare for the first time yesterday following the release of a tranche of High Court documents linked to the NCA investigation.Mrs Hajiyeva’s transactions – on three separate loyalty cards and 35 credit cards issued by her husband’s bank – show she also spent:£5,650 on food and drink at The Burger Bar, where burgers cost between £20 and £29, an Australian Wagyu sirloin steak is £75 and a bottle of champagne £88£133,220 on Dennis Basso designer clothes in one day£250,000 in the store’s perfumeryThe documents list spending by department and do not contain details of individual items bought, so it is possible goods from one area of the store were paid for in another or could also have been a total bill for purchases over a period of time from that department.Some of the bigger transactions, including six-figure sums, are not itemised at all or appear in categories such as “international” or “non-trade services”. Using so-called ‘McMafia’ anti-corruption laws which came into force last year the NCA wanted to establish how the couple could afford to buy an £11.5 million Knightsbridge house a few minutes’ walk from Harrods and a £10.5 million golf club in Ascot, Berkshire.As part of the UK’s first ever Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) which were granted against the mother-of-three a judge found she spent more than £16 million in the luxury department store. A Magic Alhambra bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels – guide price £15,000 – £20,000Credit:NCA A Magic Alhambra bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels - guide price £15,000 - £20,000 On one day alone in 2014 Mrs Hajiyeva, the wife of jailed banker Jahangir Hajiyev, paid a £53,200 bill at the Harrods sandwich bar and furniture concession outlet, which had been opened that year by the British designer Tom Dixon.It is thought the amount was paid to settle an accumulated bill which she had run up at Tom Dixon’s outlet over a number of weeks.Documents released by the High Court yesterday showed that during the course of 2014 she spent a total of £167,000 at Dixon’s furniture and cafe outlet, which boasted that it served “the classic British snack with a refined twist” as well as selling items of his designer furniture.Prices for a sandwich at the Harrods Tom Dixon concession, which has since closed, varied from £12.90 for the ‘London Porker’, a bbq hog roast with apple coleslaw, and £18.50 for poached lobster with mango relish in a soft glazed roll.His furniture came at a cost, with a wingback chair as much as £3,500, a book case £2,000 and a console table £2,550. A newly released document outlining Mr Hajiyeva’s net worth in 2011 said he owned a £15 million villa on the Italian island of Sardinia, as well as a £5 million house and a £2 million flat in Baku.In witness statements submitted to the High Court, the NCA said Mrs Hajiyeva may have needed to raise money to maintain her lifestyle following her husband’s arrest, with high-value jewellery worth more than £1.5 million sold off at Christies between December 2015 and June 2016.A £1.1 million Cartier diamond ring, as well as 49 items of jewellery worth more than £400,000 were seized last year by the NCA. The wife of a convicted Azerbaijani banker spent £30,000 in one day on luxury chocolates during an incredible £16 million spending spree at Harrods.Zamira Hajiyeva made the payment at the store’s gourmet Belgian chocolate outlet Godiva, which provides luxury chocolate hampers for as much as £600, along with bespoke gift sets.Court papers have revealed she spent £1.6 million a year at the shop in Knightsbridge between 2006 and 2016, including £1 million in the toy department and £5.75 million at the jewellery designers Boucheron and Cartier.In one single transaction in the toy department – where toy prams cost almost £500, stuffed giant bears £2,500 and a life sized Winnie the Pooh bear £999 – Mrs Hajiyeva spent £790,000.Her extravagant spending was revealed after an investigation into the source of her wealth was mounted by the National Crime Agency (NCA), following the conviction of her husband on corruption charges. A Cartier diamond ring worth £1.2m A Cartier diamond ring worth £1.2mCredit:NCA A sapphire and ruby serpent pendant by Boucheron, which has a guide price of £80,000 to £120,000 (left) and a diamond panther pendant by Cartier worth up to £9,000Credit:NCA Mrs Hajiyeva’s husband was the chairman of the state-controlled International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) from 2001 until his resignation in 2015 and was subsequently sentenced to 15 years in his native country for fraud and embezzlement. The court ordered him to pay the IBA around 39 million US dollars (around £30 million) and confiscated his watch, worth around £50,000, a gold plaque inscribed with his name and position, and a gold coin.Mrs Hajiyeva, who was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK in 2015, is also facing extradition to Azerbaijan over allegations of embezzlement.Her application to the Home Office for a so called ‘golden visa’ meant for wealthy investors included evidence of a Swiss bank account with deposited funds “in excess of £1 million”, while a sum of just over £1 million was invested in UK Government bonds. When Mrs Hajiyeva unsuccessfully attempted to overturn one of the UWOs in October, her lawyers claimed her husband’s conviction was the result of a “show trial” and that his guilt “had been determined by the presidential administration in advance”.”The decision of the High Court upholding the grant of an Unexplained Wealth Order against Zamira Hajiyeva does not and should not be taken to imply any wrongdoing, whether on herpart or that of her husband,” they said.They also said the UWO was part of an investigative process, not a criminal procedure, and did not involve the finding of any criminal offence.In a statement Harrods said: “Harrods compliance with, and adherence to, the strongest anti-money laundering policies is a fundamental principle of the company’s operations. In this instance, where Harrods cooperated with a wider investigation, there has never been any suggestion that Harrods has operated in any way other than in full compliance with the highest regulatory and legal standards.”Harrods also said on Tuesday night that since tills are often moved around departments without their name being changed it was not necessarily the case that all items allocated to a particular till were bought in the department with that name. A sapphire and ruby serpent pendant by Boucheron, which has a guide price of £80,000 to £120,000 (left) and a diamond panther pendant by Cartier worth up to £9,000 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. During her 10-year spending spree Mrs Hajiyeva, 55, also blew £433,389.79 on Cartier jewellery in one day and paid six-figure sums shopping for fashion brands including Dennis Basso, Celine and Fendi. read more

HSE regrets but understands why Graces mother wont accept their apology

September 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Updated at 1.55pmTHE MOTHER OF the woman at the centre of the Grace case has said that she doesn’t accept the HSE’s apology, saying that she felt “it didn’t come from the heart”.The HSE responded this afternoon, saying that they ‘it was to their regret’ that they heard Grace’s mother wouldn’t accept their apology, but that they understood why.The Grace case concerns a young woman with intellectual disabilities who was in care. Allegations arose that she had suffered years of abuse, but despite the allegations she remained at the home for 20 years.Interview with Grace’s motherOn RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, a reporter who spoke with Grace’s birth mother said that she had regularly phoned up to check in on Grace, and that she was always told that Grace was doing well.Although these check-ins on Grace were always initiated by her mother, HSE did contact Grace’s mother for permission to conduct medical procedures such as dental work.Over the years before the case was made public, Grace’s mother was never informed of the sexual abuse claims, and only first learned of them in 2009.When she heard of the allegations, she immediately demanded the removal of Grace from the foster home.Grace’s mother said: Mar 6th 2017, 1:54 PM Monday 6 Mar 2017, 1:54 PM 22,377 Views I don’t trust them, the past nine years have been a living hell for me and it’s still that way.The HSE’s responseIn a statement released this afternoon, the HSE said:“It is genuinely to our regret, but we understand why Grace’s mother cannot accept our apology now.  We do hope that in the future she may be in a position to do so.”The HSE went on to confirm that they would work fully with the commission of inquiry, and said that the issue was a complex one. HSE ‘regrets but understands’ why Grace’s mother won’t accept their apology “The past nine years have been a living hell for me,” Grace’s mother told RTÉ Investigates. The fact she and others have so many unanswered questions is indicative of just how complex this matter is over a twenty year period. All that we know and can find to date is in the two reports published and in the Conor Dignam report which the Government commissioned as a precursor to the Commission of Inquiry. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article And that made me happy that she was happy. That’s what I was made to believe, that’s what I was always told.The HSE released a statement to RTÉ on whether Grace’s mother should have been told, saying that was “best dealt with in the upcoming commission of investigation”.Grace’s mother said that the “reports were very harrowing” and she couldn’t “look at in any detail”.She maintained that she didn’t accept the HSE’s apology, saying that she felt they should have contacted her personally to apologise. center_img Image: Image: “[The HSE’s apology] wasn’t coming from the heart, I won’t accept that apology, no one picked up the phone, nobody [did that for me], and I don’t accept their apology. 45 Comments Short URL Once again the HSE can only apologise to Grace and her mother and say that we genuinely are very sorry for all of the failings in her care and in our system.The HSE also clarified media reports that claimed misinformation over the weekend.Some reports said that one of the three members of the panel that decided to leave Grace in the foster home was now in a senior role in Tusla; the HSE say that this is not true, and that all three individuals are retired from the HSE and are in receipt of a pension.Reports also suggested that the HSE didn’t engage with gardaí until three years after the Devine report, which they say is also incorrect. Throughout the period from 2011, further live garda investigations linked to the former foster home and the Grace case continued throughout 2012, 2013, and 2014 which were the subject of ongoing contact, including correspondence and provision of additional information and files, to the gardaí by HSE staff in the South East.Commenting on the interview, Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar said that it was an “enormous omission that she wasn’t informed that those allegations existed”, but said that the important thing was that the woman known as Grace is safe now, and has been since 2009.Two reports looking into the case were published last week. The terms of reference for a commission of investigation into the case of the young woman known as Grace will be announced tomorrow.The full interview with Grace’s mother will be aired tonight on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live.Read: Allegations of abuse about another child at ‘Grace’ home reported to gardaí in 1996Grace case: 47 children went through foster home where there were abuse concerns Share62 Tweet Email My understanding before the allegations was that she was happy, she was attending her day services, and that she was in a loving caring home.last_img read more

La Center man held on 1M bail in kidnapping sexual assault case

September 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgA La Center man is accused of kidnapping and sexual assault after law enforcement drove by and later arrested him when his victim kicked the horn in his car as he forced himself on her, according to court records.Douglas L. Braaten, 61, is accused in Multnomah County Circuit Court of two counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree unlawful sexual penetration following his arrest Tuesday night. He also was arrested on suspicion of patronizing a prostitute. According to court records, the victim was eating at a Portland 7-Eleven on Tuesday evening when Braaten, who was in his car, honked his horn at her.Once he got her attention, he offered her a ride, and she eventually accepted. Court records say she asked Braaten to drop her off elsewhere in Portland, but he passed it and kept going.When she alerted him that they missed the turn, Braaten said he’d loop around, but again passed the location.last_img read more

Congressional Signatures Needed on NAFTA Renegotiation Letter

September 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBoth the House and Senate are organizing letters to Robert Lighthizer, the United States Trade Representative (USTR), urging him to prioritize the interest of the American agricultural industry during the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation process. The House letter is led by Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) and the Senate letter is led by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and John Thune (R- SD).Please access the Soy Action Center and urge your representatives to sign on to their respective letters. It’s critical for the USTR to receive a clear bipartisan message from Congress on the importance of preserving the advantages U.S. agriculture has seen under NAFTA.The letters, attached, highlight the significant gains for the agriculture industry under NAFTA, namely quadrupling U.S. ag exports to Canada between 1993 and 205, and emphasizes that renegotiations must preserve the economic increases NAFTA has seen over the years.The Senate sign on deadline is COB Friday, June 23 and the House sign on deadline is COB Wednesday, June 28. Again, you can access the Soy Action Center here to urge your representatives to sign on to these important letters.last_img read more

Elderly woman hospitalized after being struck by car

September 15, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – An elderly woman has been hospitalized after she was struck by a car, Monday morning.Hialeah Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene, near Seventh Street and Ninth Avenue, where the woman was struck.The victim was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in stable condition after sustaining a bone fracture.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Racial Justice Advocates Criticize Police Handling of Threats

September 1, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBy The Associated PressMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general’s office is continuing to investigate allegations of threats against the only Black woman in the Vermont legislature as racial justice advocates have criticized local law enforcement’s handling of the case.Democratic State Rep. Kiah Morris announced last month on her Facebook page that she wouldn’t seek re-election, citing “divisive” and “dangerous” political discourse on social media.Kiah Morris (Courtesy Photo/United Counseling Service Vermont)She told Vermont Public Radio she was the victim of vandalism and a home invasion and found swastikas painted on trees near her home. She says when she told the Bennington Police Department the response was underwhelming.Police Chief Paul Doucette has defended his department’s handling of the case.Attorney General T.J. Donovan says, “For whatever reason, there was a breakdown in Bennington” but has not accused police of wrongdoing.___Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.netlast_img read more