Reigning Olympic gold medallists Germany outclassed India 4-0 in their opening match of the Six Nations Hockey tournament here on Monday.Fresh from a silver-medal winning performance at the Champions Trophy in London, the Indians with regular skipper Sardar Singh back into the side, looked a shadow of their self in the match against Germany.The Germans started attacking from as early as the fifth minute when Mats Grambusch got his team to a 1-0 lead before extending the lead to 2-0 in the 10th minute.Already in the backfoot, India tried hard in the second quarter only to concede a penalty corner which experienced midfielder Moritz Furste converted successfully to take a 3-0 lead and put the Germans in the driver’s seat heading into half time.FT! India go down to Germany in their opening clash of the Six Nations Invitational Tournament 2016!#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/sordraWBj4 Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) June 27, 2016India came back well denying any more chances in the third quarter but the dying minutes of the fourth quarter witnessed another penalty corner being converted successfully by Lukas Windfeder to wrap up the match 4-0 in favour of the Germans.On Tuesday, the Indians will take on minnows Ireland.
The 2018 edition of US Open was a great exhibition for the sport, but with time will likely be remembered for the umpiring controversies during the tournament.Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was reprimanded by U.S. Open organisers for going “beyond protocol” when he climbed down from his chair to give Nick Kyrgios a mid-match pep talk during his second-round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.Umpire Christian Rask then came in for criticism after he handed a code violation to French player Alize Cornet after she removed her shirt on court after realising it was on backwards.The tournament subsequently released a statement saying it regretted that she was given a violation.On Saturday, Serena Williams was handed three penalties during the second set of her championship match against Naomi Osaka, sparking a firestorm of debate.After all that, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said on Sunday it would undertake a review of its communication policies after a string of umpiring controversies at the US Open.”Some of these incidents, you know, have prompted us to reflect on the clarity of our own communication to the chair umpires,” USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said.”These incidents will prompt us to analyse ways of perhaps instituting some change. We certainly do not want inconsistencies.”I think it could potentially help everybody if there was some more consistency to this.” Serena Williams called chair umpire “liar” and “thief” (Reuters Photo)READ – WTA comes out in support of Serena Williams after chair umpire rowadvertisementThe Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) on Sunday expressed disappointment over the handling of the match between Williams and Osaka.”(The WTA) is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same. We do not believe that this was done last night,” WTA CEO Steve Simon said.He also called for coaching, one of the offences for which Williams received a violation, to be permitted, a topic the USTA plans to review.READ – Serena Williams fined USD 17000 for rule violations in US Open finalThe USTA’s Widmaier said that the extremely hot temperatures and high humidity, which led officials to introduce a heat rule for both men and women, may have contributed to the confusion.READ – Alize Cornet penalised for taking her shirt off on court”The Alize Cornet thing kind of was triggered by the heat but it also brought to the forefront nothing that had ever happened before,” Widmaier said. “It prompted us to say, ‘hey, maybe we’re not being clear here.'”READ – Nick Kyrgios booed by crowd, cheered on by chair umpireMark Kovacs, executive director of the International Tennis Performance Association, said that the officiating controversies at this year’s tournament “brought attention to areas of the sport that need to be addressed” going forward.”Consistency in the application of the rules is clearly needed,” Kovacs said. “Currently the umpires have a lot of discretion and many times the same offence does not have the same punishment.”READ – Is Serena Williams a bad loser? Opinions after Naomi Osaka wins US OpenThere was more controversy on Sunday when CoCo Vandeweghe and Ashleigh Barty told reporters they had been denied an opportunity to speak to the crowd after winning the women’s doubles final because officials did not want any delay to the men’s singles final match.(With inputs from Reuters)
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has extended by 30 days existing emergency disaster proclamations for counties affected by flooding in March.The extension means activation of Iowa disaster response and recovery efforts will continue through June 11, and allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of severe weather across the entire state.The extension also provides additional time for Iowa residents to apply for the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program.The new deadline to apply is June 11th. The extended proclamation covers 57 counties in Iowa.The proclamation also extends temporary suspension of regulatory provisions pertaining to hours of service for disaster repair crews and drivers delivering goods and services while responding to disaster sites, as well as weight limits related to disaster repairs.
Manchester United Man Utd wonderkid Angel Gomes: Why do I look like Wilfried Bony on FIFA 18? Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 15:38 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Manchester United Swansea City Premier League eSports The Red Devils starlet has been left less than impressed by his likeness on the latest release from EA Sports Angel Gomes is being tipped to become a household name at Manchester United, but for now he feels FIFA 18 have mocked him up as Wilfried Bony.With EA Sports preparing to release the latest version of their popular game, players around the world are keeping a close eye on their representation.The likes of Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy and Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi have questioned their ratings, but Gomes is more concerned with his likeness. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 The 17-year-old, who made his senior bow for United on the final day of the 2016-17 campaign, is forging quite the reputation at Old Trafford, but he fears FIFA have confused him with a Swansea forward.@EASPORTSFIFA Why do I look like Wilfried bony? Hahahahahaha #fifa18 pic.twitter.com/hm2rZit3jv— Santi Gomes (@agomes_47) September 22, 2017Gomes is considered to be one of the most exciting talents to have come through the Old Trafford academy system in recent times.His exploits within the youth ranks last season earned him first-team recognition, as Jose Mourinho threw him into the Premier League fold against Crystal Palace.The youngster has continued to make positive progress in 2017-18, with one recent outing seeing him net two late penalties to seal a remarkable 4-3 victory for United’s U18 side over Arsenal.If he is able to remain on his current upward curve, then maybe he will get greater recognition from gaming companies in the future and have no need to call out those in charge of player construction.
CALGARY – Canada’s oil industry is expected to be back in the black this year thanks to higher oil prices and more production after registering three years of losses.But the Conference Board of Canada says the recovery will be modest and ongoing pipeline capacity problems will likely continue to result in Western Canada’s oil production selling for discount prices.Michael Burt, director of industrial economic trends, says the oil industry will register pre-tax profits of about $1.4 billion this year after a string of losses since prices crashed in 2014.He says the profits are partly the result of efficiencies in the use of labour that are expected to continue to limit hiring. The industry is expected to create just 2,150 new jobs over the next five years.Total crude production in Canada is forecast to rise by an average annual rate of 3.4 per cent between 2018 and 2022, with most of it coming from the Alberta oilsands.Industry revenues are forecast to increase by about eight per cent in 2018.
Manama – Morocco’s national human rights council (CNDH) and Bahrain’s national foundation for human rights signed on Wednesday in Manama a memorandum of understanding for coordination and cooperation in deepening human rights respect.The two institutions pledge to cooperate in reinforcing their capacities in deepening and spreading human rights values.The agreement provides for trading visits, sharing publications and studies, holding training sessions and workshops and organizing joint conferences on Arab issues during international and regional events. The two institutions’ secretaries general held on the occasion a meeting over preparations for next May’s international conference on the Arab Human rights court to be held in Bahrain in the presence of several international organizations, including the High commissioner for human rights and Amnesty International.
“It’s a sad anniversary of the one that marks the arrest, 18 years ago, of this figure of Burmese journalism,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, which awarded the Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to the journalist in 2001.“U Win Tin is today an old man and his state of health has deteriorated,” said Mr. Matsuura, repeating his call for the Burmese authorities “to show compassion and free him.”A former editor of the daily newspaper Hanthawati, U Win Tin was vice-chair of the Myanmar Writers’ Association before he was arrested in July 1989 and accused of belonging to the banned Communist Party of the country. He was sentenced to 14 years jail. In 1996 he received an additional sentence of five years for breaking prison regulations prohibiting the possession of writing materials. According to the International Freedom of Expression exchange, representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross have not been able to visit U Win Tin or other Burmese prisoners since the start of 2006. UNESCO is the only UN agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom, and Mr. Matsuura has issued frequent condemnations of the murder and detention of journalists around the world in recent months. 6 July 2007The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today renewed his call to the Government of Myanmar to release U Win Tin, the prize-winning journalist who has been in jail since 1989.
14 October 2009The first United Nations human rights office in the European Union opened today in Brussels, marking what the world body’s top rights official hopes will be a new era of cooperation with countries in the region. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is headquartered in Geneva but has never before opened a national or regional office in Western Europe. “We already have 10 other regional offices in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia, and we are now present in 55 countries around the world in all. Europe was in many ways the missing piece in the puzzle,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said as she opened the new office at the EU’s headquarters in Brussels. The main aim of the new Regional Office, she said, will be to strengthen engagement with European countries in the implementation of international human rights standards as well as to forge stronger partnerships with regional organizations such as the EU and its relevant institutions. The office would also work with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. “The EU is, of course, already an important partner for us, both as a donor and as a strong moral voice on many human rights problems facing people all over the world,” said Ms. Pillay. “When the EU speaks, people listen. When the UN speaks on human rights issues, people also listen, and when we are in tune we can be an important force for change.” The High Commissioner noted that EU countries themselves face a number of human rights challenges. “This office will help EU countries in their efforts to combat racism and discrimination, and to tackle human rights violations related to migration and poverty, as well as deficits in other economic and social rights, particularly for minorities such as the Roma,” she said. “A particular challenge in recent years has been ensuring that counter-terrorism measures do not undermine human rights standards.” While in Brussels Ms. Pillay also took part in a joint OHCHR-EU conference on combating all forms of discrimination – with a particular focus on discrimination based on race, gender and disabilities – and met with Belgian and EU officials.
by Matti Huuhtanen, The Associated Press Posted Oct 29, 2013 5:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nokia in third-quarter loss of $125 million with sales plunge but high hopes in networks unit HELSINKI – Nokia reported Tuesday a third-quarter loss as sales at the handsets unit it is selling to Microsoft continued to plunge. But the company gave a positive outlook on continuing operations, including the networks unit, causing the share price to surge.Third-quarter net loss of 91 million euros ($125 million) compared with a net loss of 969 million euros a year earlier, while revenue fell more than 20 per cent to 5.6 billion euros.But the struggling company said its network operations saw net profit grow 33 per cent and was expected to have a positive operating margin of up to 12 per cent in the last quarter, with “solid net sales growth on a sequential basis.”Nokia’s share price closed up 7 per cent higher at 5.34 euros in Helsinki.The Finnish company sold 8.8 million smartphones in the period — all Lumia products — up 40 per cent from a year earlier. In the third quarter last year it sold 6.3 million smartphones of which less than 3 million were Lumias. Demand rose strongly in the U.S., traditionally one of its tougher markets.But that was not enough to keep Nokia Corp. from giving a negative outlook for the devices and services unit it has agreed to sell to Microsoft Corp. for $7.2 billion, which will be shown as discontinued operations in the fourth quarter.The company was more upbeat about its remaining operations: Nokia Solutions and Networks, or NSN; HERE mapping services and the Advanced Technologies unit.CFO Timo Ihamuotila said it will be in better shape without the devices and services unit, which saw net sales fall by 19 per cent in the quarter to 2.9 billion euros, selling only 64.6 million devices, down from 83 million a year earlier.“Nokia’s earnings profile and financial position are expected to strengthen significantly,” Ihamuotila told analysts during a conference call, saying the company will invest in growth in both mapping and location services.Although Nokia retained its no.2 position in mobile phone sales overall with a 15.5 per cent global share, that was mainly thanks to its line of older, non-smartphones that still sell in some emerging markets.In smartphones, Nokia did not fare well.At less than 9 million units, its sales lag well behind Samsung’s 88 million and Apple’s 33.8 million. Even South Korean LG, with 12.7 million units, and China’s Lenovo, which sold 11 million, surged past the former world No. 1 that once commanded a global smartphone market share of 50 per cent.Neil Mawston from Strategy Analytics near London said Nokia’s remaining operations looked promising.The networks figures were “reasonably good” and would be a short term boost for the company, he said, while the HERE mapping services — commanding more than 80 per cent market share in the automobile trade — could be a longer lasting boon.“HERE has some decent prospects, and we see it as being the long term profit driver,” Mawston said. “Nokia has a huge market share in maps worldwide and maps are core to a lot of the automotive and shopping experiences out there worldwide.”Mawston said he was also “relatively optimistic” about Nokia’s Lumia range.“All the arrows are pointing in the right direction,” he said. “Nokia-Lumia still has a long way to go but at least they are headed in the right direction after going in the wrong direction for so long.”Nokia board chairman and interim CEO Risto Siilasmaa described the third quarter as “the most transformative” in the company’s history.The company repeated its target to save 3 billion euros in operating costs by the end of 2013. Nokia employed 87,000 people at the end of the period, down from more than 105,000 a year earlier.
by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 16, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 16, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sizing up the federal deficit: experts ponder how deep Ottawa should go OTTAWA – It’s become the multibillion-dollar question — how big, exactly, will the federal deficit be?Analysts have made predictions leading up to next Tuesday’s spring budget on the magnitude of Ottawa’s shortfall, which is already poised to reach tens of billions.The Liberal government has acknowledged the deficit could rise above $20 billion as it fulfills election vows and introduces economy-boosting measures, such as infrastructure spending.The government has kept mum on the final figure, but many experts anticipate Ottawa will be $30 billion in the hole in 2016-17 — at least.Some have even recommended how large — or small — the government should allow the deficit to grow in its budgetary blueprint.The C.D. Howe Institute is the latest to weigh in with the release today of its annual “shadow” budget, a document that urges the Liberals to show some spending restraint.The think-tank suggests a fiscal approach that will produce deficits of $15.3 billion and $12.2 billion over the next two fiscal years — levels significantly lower than other observers.On the other end of the spectrum, a couple of big banks and the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives have recommended the government inject even more fiscal stimulus, which will create a deficit as high as $40 billion in 2016-17.TD Bank, meanwhile, has said the federal government is on track to run $150 billion in budget deficits over the next five years.The projections come as the government prepares its maiden budget at a time when the economy is struggling with the negative consequences of low commodity prices, particularly oil.The country’s economic situation darkened in the months that followed the October election, which prompted Finance Minister Bill Morneau to take the rare step last month of releasing a fiscal update only weeks before the budget.The document revealed the treasury was projected to produce a shortfall of at least $18.4 billion in 2016-17, a projection that didn’t account for roughly $10 billion in Liberal spending commitments.The updated numbers also predicted a $15.5-billion deficit in 2017-18.The projections also included an additional $6 billion per year for economic prudence that the government argued was necessary to account for risk.In November, shortly after they were elected, the Liberals predicted shortfalls of $3.9 billion in 2016-17 and $2.4 billion in 2017-18.The Liberals made a counter-intuitive promise during the election campaign when they vowed to run deficits over the next three years in order to pay for infrastructure projects to stimulate the weak economy.They had pledged to cap annual shortfalls at $10 billion over that span, a vow they are now poised to break. The Liberals have also backed away from their campaign promise to balance the books in four years.In releasing the grimmer numbers last month, Morneau insisted the government’s starting point was “much further back” than the Liberals thought.He has come under attack by Conservative opponents for breaking election promises and for planning to drive Canadians deeper into debt.Morneau, however, has repeatedly maintained that spending is necessary to revive economic growth and create jobs.The C.D. Howe Institute argues in today’s report that the Liberals can support economic growth and still return to a balanced budget by 2019-20.“Ottawa must temper the sense created by the election campaign and early post-election announcements that there are no limits to what the federal government can spend and borrow,” reads the document, which includes calculations that cut the government’s annual economic prudence of $6 billion in half.Last week, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released its “alternative” budget that called for major investments in infrastructure as well as support for social programs and low-income households.The group propose generating additional government revenues by closing tax loopholes for the wealthy, raising corporate taxes, introducing a national carbon tax and ending subsidies for the energy industry.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
Earlier this year, SMMT set up an ad hoc Digital Radio Working Group (DRWG) to discuss the implications for the automotive sector of broadcasters switching radio transmission from analogue to digital. The group was established at short notice and comprises representatives from vehicle manufacturers, audio suppliers and associated aftermarket personnel. Broadcasters had intimated there would be a cut off date when analogue radio was totally switched off, in favour of digital. There is still work to be done, notably in conjunction with independent regulator Ofcom, with regard to field strengths required to give good reception in vehicles and other areas identified in the interim report – which can be viewed by clicking here. SMMT will continue to monitor the situation and offer guidance to the DCMS WG wherever possible. Once completed, a final report will be issued to the secretary of state in November or December.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Although undoubtedly successful in domestic homes, digital radio for mobile vehicles has its own set of challenges and the group rapidly pooled its collective knowledge to form a response to a call for evidence made by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). DCMS set up its own working group (WG) in November last year and SMMT welcomed the opportunity for the automotive sector to be involved. Yesterday, an interim report was issued by the DCMS WG which accurately summarises the points developed and raised by SMMT. Importantly, it does not recommend setting a date for switchover to digital radio now – rather it recommends a timetable for migration, dependent on progress against agreed criteria.
Normet, the global mining and tunnelling equipment and chemicals group, has introduced its new Alpha series concrete sprayer, the Semmco Alpha 30, at the Convencion Internacional de Mineria 2011 in Acapulco, Mexico. The machine is a diesel-hydraulic mobile concrete sprayer designed for tunnel profiles of up to 7 m in height and 9 m in width. The new NSP 30 concrete pump has a maximum pumping capacity of 30 m3/h and accelerator dosing system with a total 550 l accelerator volume is designed for a variety of modern accelerators. The spraying operation is controlled with a radio or wired remote control.Marcelo Anabalon, COO Normet Chile stated: “The new Semmco Alpha 30 is designed to meet the latest market and customer needs with more emphasis on environmental and safety issues. Therefore it has a Tier 3 diesel engine and a FOPS & ROPS canopy. Its four-wheel drive and four- wheel steering makes for easier manoeuvering in narrow tunnels”. The company said that the Alpha 30 is now available for customer orders with earliest deliveries available from January 2012.Normet has also established its own sales and customer support company – Normet Mexico – in Zacatecas state. The new company will take care of sales and support for Normet and Semmco products. The new company will be in full operation by the beginning of March 2012. “Our strategy is to be near the customer wherever they are in the world”, said Tom Melbye, President Normet Group and Managing Director Normet International , adding: “Therefore it is obvious to have our own company for the sales and support for our Normet and Semmco line equipment in Mexico, which is one of the main mining countries in the world.” Mike Rispin, Normet’s Vice President – Americas stated: ” Our existing representative Minas y Tuneles, has done a good job by putting Normet into the market and now it is time to take our presence to the next level. Minas y Tuneles will continue to participate in the new Mexican structure.” The new company will have its own sales personnel for equipment and spare parts together with technical support and service personnel to support both existing and new customers.
Lionel Messi used to form a star duo with Neymar back in his days at Barcelona – and now, the Brazilian attacker can possibly join Real Madrid and Messi would hate to see that…The Argentinian star claimed that it would be terrible to see Neymar playing for their biggest rival as he had a huge success at Barcelona and he shouldn’t forget all the trophies that he won there.The Barca star striker spoke about this possible transfer as he said, according to Goal:“It would be terrible because of everything that Ney means to Barcelona.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Although [Neymar’s time in Barcelona] ended the way it did, he won important titles here, he won the Champions League, he won La Liga.”“If he ends up in Madrid it would be a tough blow for us and for all of Barcelona.”“And on a football level, it would make Madrid much stronger than they already are.”
Pharmacy retailer Boots UK is increasing the starting rate of pay for customer assistant staff outside of London by 7%, and that of customer assistants in London by 3%.Customer assistants based in London currently receive a base rate of £8.77, which will increase to £9.07 in April 2016, and those outside of London will receive £7.70 instead of £7.20.The increase will ensure all hourly paid employees will begin on a higher rate than the national living wage, regardless of their age.The statutory £7.20 national living wage rate will come into effect from April 2016 for staff aged 25 and over.The pay increase, which forms part of Boots UK’s three-year growth plan, is being offered as part of the organisation’s focus on investing in its workforce and recognising the efforts and commitment of its employees.The organisation, which employs around 60,000 staff in the UK, is also consolidating its store leadership model as part of its strategic growth plan. Between 300 and 350 store management roles will be shed through a combination of redeployment, retraining, redundancy and natural attrition.Simon Roberts, president of Boots, said: “So many of our employees deliver amazing care for our patients, customers and communities everyday and we are actively working to make sure our workers are rewarded for the great work they continue to do.“I believe our plans will enable us to build an even better Boots and drive future growth.”
Public records show nearly all of the employees of the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. who played in a charity golf tournament last month took personal leave time that day.Stacy Schubert, a spokeswoman for the independent state agency, says some returned to work while others took personal leave for the day. She says one employee, who helped with the tournament and later returned to the office, was paid for the day.Rep. Lynn Gattis used the event as an example of the need for agencies to exercise restraint in activities that go beyond their core missions as the state deals with large budget deficits.Schubert says no state or federal money was used to put on the event, which raised about $15,000 for the Nome Boys and Girls Club.
Prince HarryGetty ImagesPrince Harry seems to be enjoying fatherhood so much that he confessed that he wouldn’t mind having a second child.However, the Duke of Sussex is in “dangerous territory” after declaring he and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, are “hoping” to have another child at some point in the future, a TV presenter has claimed.Prince Harry made the revelation that he hopes to have another baby with Meghan Markle at some point in the future during an interview with world-famous ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall. Speaking on Sky News, presenter Jayne Secker, claimed Prince Harry was in “dangerous territory” after his comment.She said: “We were talking earlier in the week about Meghan and how she is guest-editing Vogue.””As part of that, there is an interview with Prince Harry, he is talking to Jane Goodall, the well-known environmentalist, and the subject of children came up…..She said – ‘Not too many I hope’, and he said, ‘oh we are hoping for two.’ Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesIt was already noted that having two children could be construed as a disagreement against his brother Prince William who has three children. “It is interesting because for one his brother has had three so I think it’s dangerous territory stating how many children you are going to have I think for lots of reasons.”The presenter went on to detail the reasons by saying that it is not a guarantee that the couple Sussex may be able to have more children, and if they do, they won’t know how they feel, they might even go for a third one.It was during a candid interview, the Duke of Sussex dropped a huge hint over whether he and his wife, Meghan, would seek to have another child.The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry replied: “Two, maximum!”He added: “But I’ve always thought: this place is borrowed.Well, we have to say that Prince Harry does seem environmentally conscious at the very least.
A clarification by Kotak Mahindra Bank denying talks with Berkshire Hathaway on a 10 per cent stake sales to Warren Buffet’s firm buffeted the shares on Friday.The private bank’s shares that opened trading at Rs1,181 on NSE and dipped to an intraday low of Rs 1,176 soared 13.87 per cent following a media report about the Berkshire Hathaway talks.After the bank informed the bourses that there were no such talks the shares shed part of the gains from its intraday high Rs 1,345.35 to close at Rs 1,284 or 8.84 per cent higher, according to market reports. The share was still far from the 52-week high of Rs 1,417 that it achieved on July 16 this year.”We confirm that we have nothing to report to the exchanges on the said item. Kotak Mahindra Bank is unaware of any plans by Berkshire Hathaway to buy a stake in the bank as stated in the story,” the bank said in a notice to the BSE.NSE’s sectoral index Nifty Bank that opened the day on 26,307.40 soared to 26,659.70 on the strength mainly of Kotak bank movement before closing at 26,594.30.The rumours of the talks floated after reports emerged that the RBI had mandated Kotak Bank to reduce its promoter shareholding to 20 per cent of its paid-up capital by December 31, and 15 per cent by March 31, 2020.Uday Kotak, vice chairman and managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank, has a 30.03 per cent stake.The tumult over Kotak Bank shares occurred days after rival lender Yes Bank accused it of allegedly instigating negative media. Yes Bank targeted financial newspaper Business Standard owned by Uday Kotak, who is also the principal shareholder of Kotak Mahindra Bank. Yes Bank included its letter to the newspaper in a filing with the stock exchanges.There were reports that the RBI rejected the bank’s proposal in August to issue non-convertible preference shares to cut the promoter holding. It had talked of a plan to raise Rs 500 crore through non-convertible perpetual non-cumulative preference shares in its attempt to dilute the promoter shareholding.Kotak Bank shares have been on investors’ crosshairs since October following RBI strictures on Bandhan Bank for failing to meet promoter shareholding norms. The central bank barred Bandhan Bank from opening more branches without approval and also ordered the freezing of CEO Chandra Shekhar Ghosh’s salary.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share X Houston’s homeless outreach team has been coordinating with shelters to keep people out of the cold. Captain Bill Staney is commander of the Houston Police Department’s Mental Health Division.“We’ve got areas along the downtown bayous and we’ve got several encampments that we have downtown. We’ve got a lot of people and we’ve offered them all a place, but we don’t get a lot of people who want to come out of those encampments right now. We keep trying.”Captain Staney says there are about ten shelters, and some downtown churches are being used as warming centers. Homeless outreach teams continue their efforts, although some remote areas are harder to reach after dark. Citizens can call 311 for assistance.“And MetroLift can come out and provide transportation, particularly those that they may be wheelchair-bound, that sort of thing. Plus patrol will be out throughout the night. So there’s lots of mechanisms to get people who want to go into a shelter.”Overnight hard freezes and sub-freezing mornings in the Houston area are expected to continue until the weekend. 00:00 /01:03
(Credit: Shutterstock)Let’s preface this whole story with a disclaimer: It’s never really a good idea to pop a pimple. But, if you must, absolutely do not use a dirty woodworking blade.How do we know? Because a 23-year-old man from Chicago did exactly that, and paid a gruesome price.According to a case report published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine, doctors at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County treated a construction worker who came to them with a crusty, bloody, bulbous, warty lesion below his lower lip (image here, but not for the faint of heart). The wound had developed over several months after the man said he had “snipped a pimple” with a woodworking blade.The man didn’t recall experiencing fever, chills, weight loss and hadn’t traveled to any far-flung places recently. So doctors performed a skin biopsy and discovered a rare budding yeast form growing in the wound. Further analysis revealed that it was Blastomyces conidia, a fungus that thrives in soil and wet, decaying wood. The fungus is endemic to parts of eastern North America, and along the western bank of Lake Michigan and most of Wisconsin. It’s also sometimes found in Africa, the Saharan Desert and Saudi Arabia.Blastomyces causes a nasty disease, blastomycosis, which causes lesions to form in the skin, internal organs and nervous system. Infections are rare, but they are usually caused when humans and animals breathe spores into the lungs, where the disease will then cause mild, flu-like symptoms. In this case, doctors believe the spores entered the man’s skin when he used a dirty woodcarving blade for cosmetic work.Fortunately, the man was treated with anti-fungal medication and the nasty infection cleared up within a couple of weeks.When it comes to clearing blemishes, it doesn’t pay to get creative. You can never go wrong with salicylic acid and a little patience.(h/t ArsTechnica)
Fusion Resort Phu Quoc brings the brand’s health and wellness lifestyle to one of Vietnam’s up-and-coming destinations. Echoing the island’s coastal architecture and fishing culture, this secluded beachfront resort is the perfect way to escape the stresses, strains and excesses of the modern world.Opened in June 2017, with 97 rustic yet contemporary thatched villas hugging the ocean and the banks of the neighboring river, the focus here is on relaxation, rejuvenation and understated luxury, all delivered in natural surroundings.Fusion’s All-Spa Inclusive concept means daily spa treatments can be enjoyed at no extra cost. Guests may stroll the bamboo-lined grounds of the 20-double room facility as they choose from a variety of massages, reflexology experiences, facials, hair and beauty treatments, and a selection of all-natural body scrubs and wraps.Courtesy of Fusion’s Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime service, guests may enjoy the most important meal of the day wherever, and whenever they wish, whether it’s midday or midnight, whether by the pool, on the beach or in bed.Between spa visits and long leisurely breakfasts, they may choose between two restaurants or a casual beachfront bar and diner, all boasting nutritious meals, drinks, and snacks courtesy of Executive Chef and health-oriented food expert Edmond Kwan.As part of Fusion’s holistic approach, there are also complimentary daily indoor and outdoor yoga sessions, plus a state-of-the-art health and fitness centre.“Vacations are a great time to chill out,” says Fusion’s Founder and CEO Marco van Aggele, “But they’re also a great opportunity to get fit, get healthy and get moving.”For entertainment and fun for all ages, Fusion has also laid on an outdoor cinema plus various games and activities and the Mini Maia kids’ club, making this resort a great choice for families as well as couples, honeymooners, groups of friends or solo travellers.“With the latest Fusion property, we’ve created a wellness retreat that offers outstanding comfort and down-to-earth hospitality without the fuss and formalities of the traditional ‘luxury’ beachfront resort. We’ve also chosen a location that is currently undergoing a boom in tourism thanks to its powder white sand beaches, exotic jungles, world-class diving, and some of the freshest seafood you’ll find in Vietnam,” adds Marco.