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Accident averted near Utkal Express derailment site

first_imgA major train accident was averted near Meerut on the Meerut-Saharanpur route on Wednesday when the track changing system stopped functioning. The automatic panel changer of the Daurala station, few km from Meerut, stopped working few minutes before the Delhi-Dehradun Express was out to cross the station. This comes weeks after the Utkal Express was derailed on the same route near Khatauli, killing 25 people and injuring more than 154 people after the train was allowed to pass the track when repair work was going on.Local officials said the gate man of Daurala was prompt in informing the station officials about the problem in the track changing system after which the Delhi-Dehradun Super Express was stopped.“Even minutes of delay in informing the officials about the problem in track changing panel could have caused a havoc,” said a senior railway employee at Meerut. The Station Superintendent of Daurala, Dinesh Das, told The Hindu that he quickly informed about the problem to higher officials after which a team of technicians came from Meerut and fixed the track changing system. Senior officials in the Northern Railway said the matter had not come to their cognisance but the local officials would be asked to explain how the automatic track changing system stopped functioning.last_img read more

U.S. Citizen Rape Case: Peepli Live Filmmaker Mahmood Farooqui Acquitted

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Sept. 25 acquitted Mahmood Farooqui, the co-director of the Peepli Live film of rape charges, setting aside a lower court judgment that sentenced him to seven years in jail for raping a U.S. citizen. The court ordered the immediate release of Farooqui, who is currently serving his sentence.The Delhi High Court, during the judgment, raised questions over the authenticity of the complaint lodged by the American citizen, and added that the victim delayed the filing of the First Information report. After the hearing, the high court quashed the rape charges imposed on Farooqui, giving him the benefit of doubt.The CaseThe incident that Farooqui was accused of allegedly happened on March 28, 2015, when an American citizen of Indian origin complained to the police that she was raped by Farooqui at his Sukhdev Vihar residence in New wDelhi. The two were at a party that day, and Farooqui who was reportedly drunk, took her to the room and forced her to have sex with him.The victim was a student at the Columbia University in New York. She met Farooqui at Varanasi, and he later helped her in her research work.Following the woman’s complaint, the police lodged an FIR against Farooqui on June 19, 2015. He was arrested soon, and the trial began on Sept. 9 that year. The victim herself appeared in the court on Sept. 14, 2015, and recorded her statement. Following the hearing, the sessions court on July 30, 2016, held Farooqui guilty of rape, and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment. He was also fined Rs 50,000.Farooqui immediately challenged the verdict in the Delhi High Court.Mahmood Farooqui is married to film director Anusha Rizvi. The couple directed the 2010 satirical film, Peepli Live, which received critical acclaim. The film dealt with the serious issue of farmer suicide, and was India’s official entry to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category although it was not nominated. Related ItemsLittle IndiaMahmood FarooquiMahmood Farooqui acquittedMahmood Farooqui convictedMahmood Farooqui Peepli LivePeepli Live director rape caselast_img read more

HRD panel hears both sides, to visit JNU tomorrow

first_imgOffice-bearers of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) as well as student councillors from various schools at the university met the high-power committee set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development at Shastri Bhawan on Wednesday and aired their concerns regarding hostel fee hike.In a separate meeting, various deans of the university also met the three-member panel and explained to them the rationale behind the revision of hostel charges.The JNUSU in a statement said, “We put across our view that the Inter Hall Administration meeting, which passed the fee hike and other unacceptable provisions in the hostel manual, was illegal as elected students’ representatives were not a part of it.” The union added that it made several attempts and appeals to start a dialogue process with Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar and his team, but it was clear that the administration did not want to work towards the resolution of the “crisis”. “We impressed upon the committee that until M. Jagadesh Kumar remains the JNU V-C, normalcy will be a far cry on the campus,” the statement said.The union said that it was willing to arrive at a new hostel manual passed through an acceptable deliberative process.The committee members gave a patient hearing to the students and assured them of another meeting when they visit the campus on Friday. “The students were pent up and they shared their concerns. The main thrust is that they expect more transparency, and a more participatory process,” said former UGC chairman V.S. Chauhan, who is a member of the panel.“We are focused on the core issue of hostel fee hike. We have invited students to come up with suggestions and will meet them again on Friday,” said Dr. Chauhan.“Everyone seems eager to resolve the issues quickly,” said the panel member, adding that a report with recommended actions will be submitted to the HRD Ministry “very soon”.The deans of the schools said in a statement: “We requested the committee to recommend increase in funds for the university so that students from economically poor section are able to afford a JNU education.”last_img read more

JNU student alleges beating by CISF personnel at Metro station

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 28 (PTI) A JNU student has alleged he was beaten up at the Rajiv Chowk metro station here by a few personnel of the CISF and told he would be “sent to Pakistan”, a charge rejected by the paramilitary force.In a Facebook post, Aman Sinha, 22, who is pursuing a Masters degree, said the incident happened yesterday evening and alleged the involvement of CISF personnel posted at the security check point of the station.Sinha, who was sporting a beard, claimed that the Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) personnel got enraged when he “defied” their instructions to take off his earphones, which is a laid down protocol that passengers are expected to follow.It was followed by a heated argument, he said.”Then another CISF person came and said you are spoiling the name of the nation, Pakistan bhejenge tum mussalay ko aaj.(You Muslim we will banish you to Pakistan today). They dragged me to the security office through the very long passage where there was no CCTV and no public.”They started abusing my mother and sister, thrashing and beating me very badly, saying that public k samne humara nam kharab kar diya. I tried to record it which they later made me delete it threw away my phone,” he alleged.When contacted, the CISF said the student was only asked to write an apology letter for his behaviour with the security personnel, and was neither “manhandled” nor “thrashed.””He started yelling and arguing with constables Shoeb and PC Bisht who were on duty after he was asked to remove the ear phones, which is a normal security drill in the Delhi Metro. He was unwilling and used abusive language after which he was taken to the metro control room,” a senior CISF officer said.advertisementHe added that Sinha was taken to the control room of the station where he tendered an apology in writing.As per CCTV records, the officer said, the entire episode lasted about 30 minutes and the student was then allowed to go. PTI CPB NES SBR GSN GSNlast_img read more

Nicky Henderson readies Altior for return to action at Newbury

first_imgThank you for your feedback. Share on LinkedIn Read more Quick guide Horse racing tips for Tuesday 6 February Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Was this helpful? Topics Show Share on Twitter Market Rasen 1.50 Oistrakh Le Noir  2.20 Flemerina 2.55 What’s Occurring 3.25 Master Of Finance 4.00 Just Minded 4.30 Sir Jack Yeats Southwell 1.30 Dawn Dancer (nb) 2.00 Odds On Oli 2.30 Helen Sherbet 3.05 Fooldad 3.35 Archimedes 4.10 Jack Blane (nap) 4.40 Clayton HallSedgefield (abandoned) Nicky Henderson hopes to have news on sidelined Altior by the weekend Cheltenham racecourse’s head vet, Liam Kearns, spoke on Monday of his delight following Edwulf’s astonishing win in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Sunday. That the 33-1 victory came about was due in no small way to the expertise of the veterinary and support staff at the track who helped save the horse at last year’s Festival.Edwulf collapsed after the final fence in the National Hunt Chase and there were fears he might die. He was on the ground for more than an hour, which in itself is extremely unusual and significantly reduces the odds of survival.The final race on the card was delayed by 10 minutes during the bid to save Edwulf. The efforts paid off as he eventually responded to treatment on the course before being taken to Three Counties Equine Hospital, near Tewkesbury, with a police escort.Kearns said: “The win in Ireland was fantastic to see. He had a long period of recumbency at the racecourse and then recovered quite well in the following days. Obviously he would have been very well looked after by [owner] JP McManus’s team through the summer. It would be fantastic to see him come back here for the Gold Cup.”center_img Horse racing tips Horse racing Nicky Henderson news Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The spectacular Altior – unbeaten in 11 races over jumps – is in line to make his eagerly awaited reappearance on Saturday. The eight-year-old’s trainer, Nicky Henderson, reported on Monday that last season’s Arkle Trophy winner, who has had wind surgery, is ready to return to action at Newbury.Henderson warned, however, that his star horse would run only if the ground is suitable in the two-mile Grade Two Betfair Exchange Chase, formerly known as the Game Spirit. Altior has been out of action since late last April, when he took his 100% record over fences to six in the Celebration Chase at Sandown.Henderson tweeted: “Altior has been given an entry for Newbury Racing on Saturday and the intention is very much to run. His work has been good and we’re very happy. We’ll keep an eye on the weather but if it stays good to soft/soft, he’ll be declared.”Altior is an 11-10 favourite to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival in March. Share via Email Since you’re here… Hide Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

PSG turn to Tuchel in hunt for Emery successor

first_imgPSG PSG turn to Tuchel in hunt for Emery successor Robin Bairner 00:57 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Unai Emery PSG Angers Ligue 1 14032018.jpg Getty PSG PSG v Monaco Monaco Coupe de la Ligue Double failure in Europe spells the end for the Spaniard, and the ex-Dortmund boss is currently the main candidate for the Parc des Princes hot seat Paris Saint-Germain may complete the first leg of a treble on Saturday if they can defeat Monaco in the Coupe de la Ligue final in Bordeaux, but even if head coach Unai Emery completes a domestic clean sweep, his future lies elsewhere.Cristiano Ronaldo scrawled the writing on the wall when he put Real Madrid 1-0 up earlier this month in Paris, guiding Zinedine Zidane’s men to a 5-2 aggregate victory and yet another European Cup quarter-final.Champions League progress was on Emery’s remit when he arrived at Parc des Princes in the summer of 2016 to replace Laurent Blanc, yet on this count he has managed to deliver only two last-16 appearances.  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 Indeed, it was based upon his fine Europa League pedigree with Sevilla that PSG decided to throw their lot in with him.He was unfortunate to draw Barcelona and Madrid at that point in successive seasons, but the tame nature of this term’s exit following last season’s record disintegration at Camp Nou was never going to be sufficient to keep him in command – especially when the league title was lost to Monaco a year ago.Of course, with three trophies still to be won, PSG have not made any decision official, but have rather skirted round the issue.Speaking on Friday, sporting director Antero Henrique said: “Every day we are confronted with news about the PSG coach“To be clear: the coach of Paris Saint-Germain is Unai Emery, he has a contract with the club and this is not the time to talk about this subject.“We are in an important phase of the season, we have a lot of work to do to reach our goals and we need to be focused and engaged.“No coach can say that he has spoken with us or is engaged with us for the future. All supporters of Paris Saint-Germain must know that only the club is authorised to communicate official information.”What was notable was the lack of denial that Emery will go before the summer is out, as revealed, inadvertently or otherwise, by right-back Thomas Meunier.“I’m waiting because a lot of things, like the coach, will change,” the right-back said when questioned earlier this month about his future.After the disappointment of the Champions League, it is simply impossible that PSG have not at least considered their future move.Rather than draw a Jose Mourinho or an Arsene Wenger away from the Premier League – too boring and too out-of-fashion, respectively – Goal understands PSG have turned their attention to former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel to lead them forward.Thomas Tuchel Borussia DortmundLike Emery, he is expected to arrive at Parc des Princes, despite not yet hailing from the upper echelon of coaches. After five successful seasons at Mainz, he spent two years at BVB, where he failed to muster a serious challenge to Bayern Munich’s supremacy. The 44-year-old, however, felt that his efforts were stymied by the existing infrastructure of the club, who often seemed to work contrary to his wishes, leading to background tension. Tuchel, though, has long been seen as the natural successor to Jurgen Klopp; a coach capable of that tantalising marriage of exciting, attacking football combined with success. This is what the Parisian public demand and expect from the expensively assembled side that play out in front of them on a weekly basis.Neymar remains a potential problem that could overshadow the appointment. He continues to enjoy a great deal of influence around the club, and with the prospects of the world’s most expensive player moving on this summer slim, how the Brazil forward reacts to any new coach remains pivotal to the club.Getting the 26-year-old to buy into Tuchel’s team ethos promises to be a tricky affair, as it will mean working far harder defensively than he has ever had to do previously. The German has already shown that he has limited patience with those who do not buy into his brand, and even the prospect of coaching one of the biggest names in the game today is unlikely to see him waver.But he is certainly not the only name in the mix; former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and Germany coach Joachim Low are also prominent in PSG’s thinking.For whomever takes over from Emery, though, it will be upon the Champions League he is judged.last_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola not dropping De Jong pursuit

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola not dropping De Jong pursuitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola isn’t dropping his pursuit of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.De Jong is preparing to move from Holland in 2019 and has courted interest from across Europe – including Barcelona and PSG.Indeed, De Jong’s father has talked up a move to Barca.However, Telefoot says City remain in contact, where Guardiola is driving the move.The Catalan is convinced De Jong can fit seamlessly into his system and has made his addition a priority for next year. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Nick Saban Explains Why Alabama’s Boat Broke Down Over Weekend

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban during a press conference.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Nick Saban is a man known for his meticulous planning and attention to detail. No part of “The Process” is executed on the fly; everything is outlined beforehand.However, all of Saban’s preparation wasn’t enough to prevent his boat from breaking down on the water on Friday. A handful for Alabama players were on board with Saban at the time.It was assumed that the boat ran out of gas. According to Saban, that wasn’t the case.Saban told ESPN’s Chris Low that it was a faulty fuel pump that did his boat in, not a lack of fuel itself.“Brand spanking new, and it’s the first time I’d been out in it,” Saban told ESPN. “So when it stalled, I’m thinking, ‘Oh my gosh. I bought a new boat, and they didn’t put gas in it.’ I didn’t even think about it. You just assume that it’s got gas in it when you get a new car or a new boat. My heart sunk for a minute because I had all those kids out there. I had two of them on tubes when it happened. We had fun, but I sure heard about it.[ … ]“We didn’t run out of gas. But when the fuel pump runs out, that’s exactly what it feels like,” said Saban, who was on the boat with members of the Alabama football team’s leadership group. “I’ve got all these kids on the boat, and I say, ‘We must have run out of gas,’ and then look at the gas gauge and it’s full. So I call for a mechanic, who brings another boat, and he resets the thing or whatever. I told him, ‘You drive that boat. I’m driving your boat.’”We can guess that this is the first and last time Saban will let this happen to him while he’s with his players.He’s not going to be caught slipping again.last_img read more

Canadas Kaetlyn Osmond wins Olympic bronze medal in womens figure skating

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea – Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond has won a bronze medal in women’s figure skating at the Winter Olympics.The reigning world silver medallist from Marystown, N.L., skating to music from “Black Swan,” scored 152.15 in her long program for a combined score of 231.02.She was also third after the short program.Osmond’s medal is historic as it boosts Canada’s total in Pyeongchang to 27, an all-time high for the country at the Winter Games.Russia’s Alina Zagitova, just 15 years old, scored a combined 239.57 to capture gold. Teammate and reigning world champion Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia won silver with 238.26 points.Osmond, 22, who almost quit skating after breaking her leg in a training accident in 2014, nailed her long program, landing seven triples jumps. Her only mishap was a slight bobble on a triple Lutz.Canada hadn’t won an Olympic medal in women’s singles since Joannie Rochette claimed bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Games just days after her mom died of a heart attack.It was a disastrous day for Gabrielle Daleman, who was seventh after the short program. The 20-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., fell three times — on her opening triple toeloop-triple toeloop combination, her triple Lutz, and triple flip.Daleman, who won bronze at last year’s world championships, was deducted 4.00 points for the fallsOsmond and Daleman will be looked to as leaders of Canadian team that will have to rebuild after these Olympics. Among those retiring are ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who won double gold in Pyeongchang, three-time world champion Patrick Chan, and two-time world pairs champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who captured bronze.Osmond and Daleman, along with the retiring veterans, claimed gold in the team event to open these Games.last_img read more

VARIETY MAGAZINE – Maureen Ryans 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

first_img Twitter Half of the showrunners of the programs in the list below are women. Women are 51% of the population of this country.This is not boring math. What’s finally occurring in TV is a long-overdue revolution.A decade ago, I would have been hard-pressed to find a single female showrunner within shouting distance of my end-of-year best-of list. Not because there weren’t women who had stories to tell and the skills to bring them to life. There have always been plenty of those women around. But the precincts of ambitious, adventurous TV —and all too often, huge sections of regular, meat-and-potatoes TV — were pretty much a dude-fest. (It’s still usually this way in TV; look at the stats.) Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But as I perused my very long list of possible Best TV contenders, it was heartening to see that women were not only making a lot of incredible, funny, gripping, provocative programs, but also that female characters predominated in so many of the shows. READ MORE Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Countries must reform pension programmes World Bank says

Rising divorce rates, increased budget deficits and people living longer overall should spur countries with pension programmes to reform them by diversifying their investments and taking into account real budgetary costs, the World Bank says in a new report.”This report shows us that while pension reforms in most countries initially are driven by the short-term budgetary woes of keeping costly public systems afloat, the more important longer-term problems of worldwide aging and social change, along with changes in our global economy, are equally important to the debate,” the Bank’s Robert Holzmann says.The report, “Old-Age Income Support in the 21st Century: An International Perspective on Pensions and Reform,” provides a “multi-pillar” framework of solutions, such as diversifying pension systems into public elements that would maintain minimum living standards and adding privately managed and funded components.Actual budget costs must be calculated in a comprehensive and transparent manner, it says, and those who create pension schemes must understand the standard actuarial principles of longevity involved.Most public pension schemes have not been designed to deliver current benefit levels when confronted with present major demographic and economic changes, the report says.To keep existing systems afloat many governments have chosen to cut public spending on keeping people healthy and educated, or to reduce pensions drastically for the succeeding generations of elderly, it says.Current problems include having to cover more single elderly people who have been affected by higher divorce rates and who are getting lower pension payments, as well as more women with interrupted careers earning both lower wages and lower pensions.With competition from globalization, workers have been moving in and out of formal, full-time employment to work part-time, temporarily, or to be self-employed, and have not qualified for full pensions, the report says.If problems like these are not solved, falling economic growth and greater poverty may be the end result, it says. read more

BlackBerry launches new security platform to help companies manage connectivity

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 8, 2016 2:52 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 8, 2016 at 5:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BlackBerry launches new security platform to help companies manage connectivity WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry revealed its latest security offering on Thursday intended to help companies reliably manage their current and future connectivity needs.The company’s new platform, BlackBerry Secure, is designed to help businesses keep tabs on all their devices to transmit sensitive data to keep people, information and goods safe.It builds on BlackBerry’s current offerings and integrates all of the company’s recent acquisitions, including Good Technology and WatchDox, into one platform.CEO John Chen said in a statement that the platform is compatible with BlackBerry’s current products and third-party software, and will work with future applications and cloud-based systems.BlackBerry (TSX:BB), once a leader in smartphone hardware development, recently abandoned the hardware business to shift focus to its more profitable software operations.BlackBerry Secure will be available in January 2017. read more

AP Exclusive Price tag of North Carolinas LGBT law 376B

AP Exclusive: Price tag of North Carolina’s LGBT law: $3.76B RALEIGH, N.C. – Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility that would have added an estimated $2.66 billion to the state’s economy to a cancelled Ringo Starr concert that deprived a town’s amphitheatre of about $33,000 in revenue. The blows have landed in the state’s biggest cities as well as towns surrounding its flagship university, and from the mountains to the coast.North Carolina could lose hundreds of millions more because the NCAA is avoiding the state, usually a favoured host. The group is set to announce sites for various championships through 2022, and North Carolina won’t be among them as long as the law is on the books. The NAACP also has initiated a national economic boycott.The AP analysis (http://apne.ws/2n9GSjE ) — compiled through interviews and public records requests — represents the largest reckoning yet of how much the law, passed one year ago, could cost the state. The law excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections, and requires transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings.Still, AP’s tally ( http://bit.ly/2o9Dzdd ) is likely an underestimation of the law’s true costs. The count includes only data obtained from businesses and state or local officials regarding projects that cancelled or relocated because of HB2. A business project was counted only if AP determined through public records or interviews that HB2 was why it pulled out.Some projects that left, such as a Lionsgate television production that backed out of plans in Charlotte, weren’t included because of a lack of data on their economic impact.The AP also tallied the losses of dozens of conventions, sporting events and concerts through figures from local officials. The AP didn’t attempt to quantify anecdotal reports that lacked hard numbers, or to forecast the loss of future conventions.Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan — who leads the largest company based in North Carolina — said he’s spoken privately to business leaders who went elsewhere with projects or events because of the controversy, and he fears more decisions like that are being made quietly.“Companies are moving to other places because they don’t face an issue that they face here,” he told a World Affairs Council of Charlotte luncheon last month. “What’s going on that you don’t know about? What convention decided to take you off the list? What location for a distribution facility took you off the list? What corporate headquarters consideration for a foreign company — there’s a lot of them out there — just took you off the list because they just didn’t want to be bothered with the controversy? That’s what eats you up.”Other measures show the country’s ninth most populous state has a healthy economy. By quarterly gross domestic product, the federal government said, North Carolina had the nation’s 10th fastest-growing economy six months after the law passed. The vast majority of large companies with existing operations in the state — such as American Airlines, with its second-largest hub in Charlotte — made no public moves to financially penalize North Carolina.Shortly after he signed the law, Republican then-Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement assuring residents it wouldn’t affect North Carolina’s status as “one of the top states to do business in the country.”HB2 supporters say its costs have been tiny compared with an economy estimated at more than $500 billion a year, roughly the size of Sweden’s. They say they’re willing to absorb those costs if the law prevents sexual predators posing as transgender people from entering private spaces to molest women and girls — acts the law’s detractors say are imagined.Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest issued a statement Monday accusing the AP of “another attempt to mislead and confuse the public through a bogus headline.” Forest questioned the tally and said even if true, it would represent only a sliver of the state’s economy.Forest, who declined an interview request to discuss AP’s analysis before its publication, recently told Texas legislators considering a similar law: “Our economy is doing well. Don’t be fooled by the media.”He has said that a global equestrian competition coming to North Carolina in 2018 despite HB2 is projected to have an economic impact bigger than the sporting events that have cancelled. The Swiss-based group behind the event estimated its spending poured about $250 million into the French region of Normandy the last time it was held — 2014. The organization said the figure came from a study by consulting and accounting firm Deloitte, but the Federation Equestre Internationale declined to release the report.Meanwhile, the state’s governor — Democrat Roy Cooper, who has long opposed HB2 — responded to AP’s story by saying: “We now know that, based on conservative estimates, North Carolina’s economy stands to lose nearly $4 billion because of House Bill 2. That means fewer jobs and less money in the pockets of middle class families. We need to fix this now.”And AP’s analysis shows the economy could be growing faster if not for projects that have cancelled.Those include PayPal cancelling a 400-job project in Charlotte, CoStar backing out of negotiations to bring 700-plus jobs to the same area, and Deutsche Bank scuttling a plan for 250 jobs in the Raleigh area. Other companies that backed out include Adidas, which is building its first U.S. sports shoe factory employing 160 near Atlanta rather than a High Point site, and Voxpro, which opted to hire hundreds of customer support workers in Athens, Georgia, rather than the Raleigh area.“We couldn’t set up operations in a state that was discriminating against LGBT” people, Dan Kiely, Voxpro founder and CEO, said in an interview.All told, the state has missed out on more than 2,900 direct jobs that went elsewhere.Supporters are hard-pressed to point to economic benefits from the law, said James Kleckley, of East Carolina University’s business college.“I don’t know of any examples where somebody located here because of HB2,” he said. “If you look at a law, whether or not you agree with it or don’t agree with it, there are going to be positive effects and negative effects. Virtually everything we know about (HB2) are the negative effects. Even anecdotally I don’t know any positive effects.”An analysis by the state Commerce Department shortly before HB2 was enacted shows state officials expected the PayPal expansion to contribute more than $200 million annually to North Carolina’s gross domestic product — an overall measure of the economy. By the end of 2028, the state expected PayPal to have added $2.66 billion to the state economy.The same analysis of the Deutsche Bank project estimated a total impact of about $543 million by the end of 2027. The economic model has been used for more than a decade — with some updates along the way — when the state offers major discretionary tax breaks to attract jobs.State officials said they didn’t run the same financial analysis for CoStar, Voxpro and Adidas, so losses attributed to them were calculated using payroll numbers and other figures from the companies or state documents.Meanwhile, cancelled conventions, concerts and sporting events ranging from the NBA All-Star Game to a Bruce Springsteen show have deprived the state of more than $196 million. The number was compiled through email exchanges and interviews with local tourism officials.All told, the state will have missed out on more than $3.76 billion by the end of 2028. The losses are based on projects that already went elsewhere — so the money won’t be recouped even if the law is struck down in court or repealed.By the end of 2017 alone, the lost business will total more than $525 million.Tourism officials in several cities say the numbers they report represent only a fraction of the damage the law has done. They typically track large conventions but don’t have firm numbers for when groups or tourists cancel smaller deals — or rule out North Carolina before booking.“The biggest impact is how many times our phones are not ringing now,” said Shelly Green, CEO of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau.When Green’s bureau sought to tally cancellations, it was able to count several large sporting events and conventions that backed out, depriving the city of more than $11 million, she said. But officials found hotels and meeting planners were tight-lipped about other events.“There are a lot more meetings that have cancelled, but we don’t have data on them,” she said.Elsewhere, tourism setbacks range from an estimated $100 million lost when the 2017 NBA All-Star Game moved out of Charlotte to $36,000 in spending taken elsewhere when the Lutheran Financial Managers Convention backed out of Fayetteville. Seven hundred part-time workers at Raleigh’s PNC Arena lost at least $130,000 in wages because of cancellations by Pearl Jam, Cirque Du Soleil and others.Other financial signals of disapproval have been more symbolic than clearly harmful.More than two dozen cities and states, from Honolulu to Vermont, have banned taxpayer-funded visits to North Carolina because of HB2. Most said they couldn’t estimate the money not spent on business travel. But in Providence, Rhode Island, officials refused to spend even the remaining $495 to send three city employees to a Charlotte conference after sponsors picked up most of the costs, city spokesman Victor Morente said in an email.Dozens of investment firms have urged North Carolina to repeal HB2, but most of those contacted in recent weeks, such as John Hancock and Morgan Stanley, wouldn’t discuss any financial measures they took to penalize the state. Trillium Asset Management, which manages more than $2 billion for wealthy families and foundations, had dozens of clients request that their holdings exclude bonds issued by North Carolina state or municipal governments, Chief Executive Officer Matt Patsky said in an interview.What impact did selling off several million dollars of municipal bonds have? Impossible to measure, Patsky said.In September, despite the law, Asheville’s Chamber of Commerce announced that biotech company Avadim was adding 550 jobs. Local officials call it the biggest single job creator in area history.But HB2 jeopardized another project of similar size for the left-leaning mountain city. Chamber CEO Kit Cramer said last year that another company considering bringing 500 technology jobs was balking because of HB2, adding: “That’s a loss that would be incredibly hard to swallow.” Cramer said in an email in March that the company hasn’t made a decision. She didn’t give further details; that potential loss wasn’t included in AP’s count.Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city, has lost projects totalling 2,000 jobs because of HB2, Chamber of Commerce research director Chuck McShane said via email. According to separate documents obtained through public records requests, the majority were in the PayPal and CoStar projects.CoStar, a real-estate research firm, was entering final negotiations to bring 732 jobs to Charlotte in September when its board backed out because of negative publicity over HB2, according to an email between a chamber executive and a city official. When the company picked Virginia, the reversal cost North Carolina at least $250 million in economic impact over the next six years, according to figures from both states.“I fear this will be an epidemic outcome for many projects we are still in the running for at this time,” Jeffrey Edge of the Charlotte Chamber wrote in the September email exchange first reported by The Charlotte Observer.Economic losses also hit smaller towns, such as those surrounding the University of North Carolina. When the San Francisco Symphony pulled out of two concerts scheduled for April 2017, the move had a ripple effect totalling about $325,000, according to Patty Griffin, of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.“Memorial Hall will be empty those two nights and see no revenue for tickets or concessions, and no employees will work,” she said via email. “The attendees for most of them who have dinner, drinks and desserts either before or after the performance will not come out, which impacts local restaurants.”Green, the Durham tourism official, said, “When you think about it, this whole thing is just such a Dumpster fire, and nobody wants to go near it.” In this Jan. 25, 2017 photo, Brian Moynihan, Chairman and CEO of Bank of America, speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Moynihan, who leads the largest company based in North Carolina, said he has spoken privately to business leaders who when elsewhere with project or events because of the controversy associated when the state passed the HB2 bill. The Associated Press has determined that North Carolina’s law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) by Emery P. Dalesio And Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2017 1:05 am MDT Last Updated Mar 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

As deadline slips in South Sudan UN chief urges African partners to

“He encourages the (East African) Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and African Union (AU) member States to seize the opportunity of the forthcoming African Union summit to address the political impasse that is impeding the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity,” a statement issued by his spokesman said.IGAD, the AU, the UN, China, Norway, United Kingdom and United States sponsored a peace agreement which President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Riek Machar signed in August to end the bloody conflict that erupted between their factions two years ago, killing thousands, displacing over 2.4 million people, and endangering the food security of 4.6 million.Senior UN officials have warned that repeated ceasefire violations by both the Government and opposition, with tens of thousands of additional people fleeing their homes, threaten to undermine the peace process in the country, which only gained independence in 2009 after breaking away from Sudan, its northern neighbour.“The Secretary-General expresses his concern over the parties’ deadlock over the issue of the establishment of 28 states, and their failure to meet the 22 January deadline to establish the Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan,” today’s statement said. “He stresses that the formation of the Transitional Government is an essential step in implementing the peace agreement and laying the foundation for peace and stability in the country… “The Secretary-General reaffirms that the United Nations will continue to do all it can to support the people of South Sudan who continue to be subjected to unimaginable suffering and human rights abuses, as they have been since the beginning of the conflict over two years ago.”Just last month, the Security Council increased the UN peacekeeping level in the country by more than 1,000 to a ceiling of 15,000 troops and police, citing protection of civilians “by all necessary means” as its top priority amid “reasonable grounds to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity” have been committed.The Mission currently has some 12,500 uniformed personnel on the ground. read more

Despite positive atmosphere Government of Yemen suspends participation from joint peace talks

“We understand the reasons that lead to this decision; however we urge all the parties to engage in good faith and demonstrate wisdom in their participation in the talks, Yemenis are counting on them,” said UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in a statement. “We believe that all difficult issues should be discussed at the negotiating table in a transparent manner, in order to reach a comprehensive agreement which will put an end to this kind of incidents. We are not underestimating the importance of what happened or what is happening,” he stressed, adding that the only path to a solution is through a peaceful dialogue with full adherence to Security Council resolutions. Mr. Cheikh Ahmed further noted that the UN is in constant contact with the De-escalation and Coordination Committee (DCC), and through it with the local committees, to investigate and halt all breaches of the cessation of hostilities. On 10 April, both parties had committed to adhere to its terms and conditions, which the UN envoy had presented. After communicating extensively with the delegation of the Government of Yemen and meeting the leaders of Ansar Allah and the General People’s Congress delegation this afternoon, the envoy confirmed that he had received assurances from the parties regarding their commitment to resolve the outstanding issues without convening joint sessions. According to the statement, United Nations political experts are currently reviewing the documents presented by the two delegations in order to identify common ground between them; the world body hopes to resume the talks and build on the tangible progress achieved during the past two days. Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and thanked him for his country’s constant support to the UN in the Middle East and for hosting the peace talks. read more

JLR commits extra £1 billion to UK suppliers and creates 300 new

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that it will be spending an additional £1 billion with UK automotive suppliers over the next four years, thanks to continued global demand for the Range Rover Evoque. The company has already sold more than 60,000 Range Rover Evoque models globally.JLR’s £1 billion spend with the UK automotive supply chain over the next four years is in addition to the £2 billion supply contracts that it awarded to more than 40 UK suppliers in March 2011. These suppliers provide components, facilities and services to support the Range Rover Evoque production line at Halewood on Merseyside.In a separate announcement, the company confirmed that a new logistics facility in Ellesmere Port will open this summer to support the success of both the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander 2 models, creating around 300 new jobs. JLR’s logistics provider, DHL, will manage the purpose-built site to enhance its existing operations at the Halewood plant. Details of how to apply for the new roles will be released by DHL in the near future.Dr Ralf Speth, CEO Jaguar Land Rover, said “Today’s announcements demonstrate JLR’s strong products and clear ambition for continued growth. The demand we have seen across the globe for the Range Rover Evoque means we are able to significantly increase what we spend with our suppliers, which is great news for the UK economy, and the thousands of jobs JLR supports in its supply chain.  Our commitment to the North West will also be enhanced with the new logistics facility and this will support the future success of both our Freelander 2 and Range Rover Evoque models.”Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Manufacturing is continuing to lead our economic recovery with automotive at the forefront of long-term growth opportunities. The major investment commitments made by global vehicle manufacturers to their UK plants and facilities are now beginning to create more jobs and stronger growth in the supply chain.”Paul Dyer, Managing Director of DHL Supply Chain’s automotive services in the UK and Ireland, commented: “We are delighted to continue our support for JLR’s ever-growing expansion plans. As the UK’s North West region is fast becoming a major supply chain hub for the automotive industry, this new facility will greatly enhance the next stage of the company’s development and future success.”In April 2012, JLR announced that more than 35,000 candidates had applied for 1,000 new jobs at its Halewood plant, which will support production of the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander 2. This recruitment campaign will take the workforce at Halewood to almost 4,500 – trebling the number employed there compared to three years ago – as the plant moves to three shifts and 24 hour production.Find out more about recent investment announcements by UK automotive companies.Read about SMMT’s ongoing commitment to driving growth in the supply chain.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Review scheduled for research management services

Faculty and librarians are invited to attend a feedback session as part of an external review of Brock University’s research management services. The session takes place on Monday, Nov. 6 between noon and 1:30 p.m. at Pond Inlet.Initiated by interim Vice-President, Research Joffre Mercier, the review will examine all services under the purview of the Vice-President, Research including:The Office of Research ServicesThe Office of Research EthicsInnovation and Commercialization ServicesAnimal Care“Given the quickly-evolving nature of research administration and the complexity of managing the research enterprise, the review was launched to identify our current capacities and to seek expert advice on how to move the research enterprise at Brock forward,” Mercier said.The external review committee is comprised of:Sandra Crocker, Chair, Associate Vice-President (Strategic Initiatives and Operations), Carleton UniversityRachel Scarth, Member, Associate Vice-President Research Operations, University of VictoriaDiane Dupont, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, Brock UniversityThere is a list of questions that attendees are asked to consider when coming to the consultation. These are listed on the Office of Research Services’ OneBrock internal site homepage.If you are interested in attending, please go to ORS’s OneBrock page.To RSVP, e-mail the Office of the Vice-President, Research, at VPRadmin@brocku.ca by Wednesday, Oct. 25. read more

Most parents are having to cook multiple meals per evening because of rise

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. Three in four parents are having to cook multiple meals per evening because more people have dietary requirements, research has found.It comes as almost a third (30 per cent) of Brits now have special dietary requirements or intolerances. Three quarters (74.5 per cent) of Brits now cook more than one meal every evening due to dinner table demands, A Co-op study found.Victoria Attwood, product developer at Co-op, said: “The evening meal is one of the most important times to socialise and relax after a busy day, bringing all the family together around the dinner table. With an increased awareness of sourcing, nutrition, and dietary options this naturally impacts a change in personal choices and is shifting the way we eat together.”Statistics show that Brits’ diets are increasingly in flux with dairy, gluten and meat-free diets growing in popularity. Almost two thirds (59.5 per cent) of Brits agree that food restrictions have impacted their eating habits within the last 12 months.The rise in intolerances may also be responsible for anti-social eating, as almost one fifth (18.2 per cent) of Brits choose to eat alone to avoid having to cater to different diets.Once households do sit down to enjoy a meal together, enjoying each other’s company and catching up on the day are most valued.Almost two thirds (57 per cent) of respondents cited dinner as the meal they are most likely to enjoy as a household.Over a quarter (28.2 per cent) of British households aim to eat at least one meal together every day but for over 80 per cent (81.4 per cent) their menu is shaped according to dietary needs. read more

Finlands MSK acquires major mining cabin manufacturer Matec

first_imgThe Finnish industrial conglomerate MSK Group has acquired the entire share capital of Matec GmbH, a cabin manufacturer operating in Germany and Slovakia. With the acquisition, Matec’s plants in Döbeln and Lipany become part of MSK Group. Matec manufactures cabins for machinery of many major mining OEM brands, such as Volvo CE, Liebherr and Komatsu including those on models such as the Liebherr R 9200 and Komatsu PC4000 hydraulic excavators.The acquisition is part of MSK Group’s strategy with which the group takes a confident step toward its goal of being the leading system supplier of safety cabins for mobile machinery in Europe. “The acquisition is a significant step for the company and the entire region. The Central European expansionwill not replace the Finnish operations but will supplement them, further strengthening MSK Group. We will continue to handle the Nordic, Baltic and Russian markets from Finland, while Matec will concentrate on customers in Central Europe. Supplemented with the expertise of MSK Plast, particularly in manufacturing plastic parts for mobile machinery, we will be one of the largest contract manufacturers of mobile machinery in Europe,” says Timo Lehtioja, President of the Group. He adds that the family business has a genuine will to develop its operations at all sites. “In accordance with our values, we want to provide our customers with exceptional quality, reliability and partnership while taking care of the well-being, safety and development of our staff.”“We are enthusiastic about the Matec’s new industrial owner that is a world-class leader in cabin manufacturing. We believe that Matec can reach a new operational and turnover level as part of MSK Group,” says Matec GmbH’s CEOs Carsten Prilop and Stefan Thieme. Matec’s operative management will continue with their duties, reporting to MSK Group’s President, Timo Lehtioja.last_img read more