TSX weighed down by resource stocks loonie remains above 82 cents US

Toronto’s main stock index capped off a negative week with more losses as resource stocks weighed heavily, while the loonie continued to take flight.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 39.21 points to 14,985.32 on Friday, with base metals leading decliners, which included gold, materials and energy.“It’s the same story all year. Energy and materials are a drag and that’s why the TSX continues to underperform,” said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management.The TSX is down more than 206 points since trading resumed on Tuesday following the holiday weekend.Seemingly positive jobs data released Friday did little to assuage markets after Statistics Canada reported the labour force expanded by 22,200 jobs last month.While the numbers helped nudge the unemployment rate to a nine-year low of 6.2 per cent, the August growth was fuelled by less-desirable work as the economy added 110,400 part-time jobs and shed 88,100 full-time positions.“You have to read between the lines,” said Jerusalim. “The fundamentals behind that 22,200 jobs increase was not encouraging.”Another story capturing headlines was credit monitoring company Equifax (NYSE:EFX), which saw its shares plunge after it disclosed a data breach that affects 143 million Americans, including an unspecified number of Canadians.Equifax, which hit all-time highs last month, took its biggest one-day loss since 1999, tumbling US$19.49, or 13.7 per cent, to US$123.23.Jerusalim says cyber security is a topic that’s keeping bank CEOs up at night.“It’s top of mind. … There’s real dollars being spent to protect the banks,” he said, adding that efforts are being focused on how to contain problems.“Every bank is going to be hacked at some point,” he said. “So if someone gets into your system, don’t let them take your data.”“Companies need to be preemptively investing in the protection of their data and costs as a result are going to be going up for all organizations,” he added.South of the border, major New York indexes were mixed as hurricane Irma continues to be a going concern as it spins toward Florida for what could be a catastrophic blow this weekend.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 index inched down 3.67 points to 2,461.43 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 37.68 points to 6,360.19. The Dow Jones industrial average added 13.01 points to 21,797.79.In commodities news, the October crude contract dropped sharply, skidding $1.61 cents to US$47.48 per barrel.“With energy, there’s a lot of noise in around oil prices given the strain supply demand fundamentals happening as a result of Harvey and now Irma,” said Jerusalim.“But it’s also a little bit of trader skittishness exacerbating the problem. If you look at oil over the last number of quarters, it’s been in a relatively tight band. … It’s had a hard time cracking or staying above $50 US for any extended period of time this year.”In currency markets, the loonie continued its ascent, capping off a sixth straight day of gains.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 82.43 cents US, up 0.11 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the October natural gas contract was down nine cents to US$2.89 per mmBTU while the December gold contract added 90 cents to US$1,351.20 an ounce.The December copper contract lost ten cents at US$3.04 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

Carillion Canada granted creditor protection following insolvency of UK parent

Carillion Canada has been granted protection from creditors by the Ontario Superior Court under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.The Canadian branch of insolvent British construction giant and state contractor Carillion PLC said on its website on Thursday that its decision to seek CCAA protection was forced by the compulsory liquidation of its parent company earlier this month when it couldn’t arrange short-term financing.It said that event gave rise to “unexpected liquidity challenges” for the Canadian operations.Road to ruin? Carillion collapse puts spotlight on U.K. outsourcing modelDBRS weighs in on two Canadian projects linked with CarillionCanadian projects adjust as U.K.’s Carillion enters bankruptcy“It is expected to be business-as-usual for all Canadian Carillion applicants as they continue to operate under the protection of the initial order,” it said.“Public safety remains our top priority, be it in the maintenance and cleaning of hospitals, the clearing of roads or any of our other activities.”The company says it employs more than 6,000 people in Canada. It did not immediately respond to a request for further information.According to its website, its operations include facilities management and maintenance in sectors including oil and gas, health care and aviation, as well as handling road maintenance for 40,000 kilometres of highway in Alberta and Ontario.It is also involved in private public construction partnerships, one of which is currently building a new mental health hospital in North Battleford, Sask.Carillion Canada said it will use the court protection to stabilize operations and consider options to satisfy creditors and the court. The initial protection period is for a month but it can be extended.The company said the protection order covers Carillion Construction Inc., Carillion Canada Inc., Carillion Canada Holdings Inc. and Carillion Canada Finance Corp.Canadian construction industry analyst Frederic Bastien said he’s not surprised Carillion has filed for protection given its parent’s financial woes.He said he expects the company’s divergent businesses in Canada, which include equity positions in several hospitals including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, will ultimately be split up and sold.“I would expect that over time all of their assets are going to come up for sale,” he said.“I don’t expect that Carillion Canada will re-emerge as an operating company down the road.”He said its support services business could attract a bid from Brookfield Asset Management.Carillion says it earns about $1 billion a year in Canada and has been working here for about 60 years. read more

Chief of UN Food Agency says sustainable development rests on better communication

Better communication – including more listening by donors – needs to be a more central part of developments efforts, the head the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has told a major conference on development and communications.“Giving people a voice, helping them to make that voice heard, only then does development become sustainable,” Jacques Diouf, Director-General of FAO told some 700 delegates at the First World Congress on Communication for Development (WCCD) in Rome that wrapped up on Friday.“It also helps to be a good listener because there is much to be learned from the other side,” he added.The three-day conference, attended by policy-makers, academics and media professionals, was jointly organized by FAO, the World Bank and the Communication Initiative Partnership, and was hosted by the Government of Italy. “This Congress demonstrated that Communication for Development is an essential development tool and needs to be raised on the global agenda,” said Paul Mitchell, manager of the development communication division at the World Bank.Professionals from over 200 organizations engaged in creative workshops and seminars in order to share experiences, exchange ideas and debate the most efficient communications strategies. Conference participants distilled days of case study presentations and debates into recommendations on ways policymakers can improve communications to produce more tangible development results. While noting the rapid advance of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), which is accelerating economic growth and creating a global marketplace, Mr. Diouf said these new technologies could also widen the gap between those with access, to cell phones and the internet, and the one billion who do not. “By extension the danger is to further widen the divide between all those who eat three meals a day and the 854 million who count themselves lucky to get one,” he warned. read more

Repealing antiabortion laws would save the lives of nearly 50000 women a

“Criminalization of abortion and failure to provide adequate access to services for termination of an unwanted pregnancy are forms of discrimination based on sex,” they said in a joint statement on the eve of the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion.“Restrictive legislation which denies access to safe abortion is one of most damaging ways of instrumentalizing women’s bodies and a grave violation of women’s human rights. The consequences for women are severe, with women sometimes paying with their lives” they said. The experts are: Alda Facio, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice; Dainius Pûras, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; and Juan E. Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. “In the 21st century, unsafe abortion is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality and morbidity,” they said, noting that according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), about 22 million unsafe abortions take place each year globally and some 47,000 women die from complications from the resort to unsafe practices. Restrictive laws apply to 40 per cent of world’s population. In countries which prohibit it, women who seek health services for an abortion, whether to carry out the termination or seek medical care after a miscarriage, may be subjected to prosecution and imprisonment. Prohibition does not reduce the need and the number of abortions, it merely increases the risks to the health and life of women and girls who resort to unsafe and illegal services, the experts said, calling evidence-based comprehensive sex education and availability of effective contraception essential to lower the incidence of unintended pregnancy, and hence abortions.“Indeed, it has been demonstrated that countries where access to information and to modern methods of contraception is easily available and where abortion is legal, have the lowest rates of abortion,” they added.“The possibility of accessing safe abortion remains essential. Unwanted pregnancies cannot be totally prevented since no contraceptive method is 100 per cent effective, and women may be exposed to sexual violence,” the experts said. They recommend the practice in many countries providing women’s access to safe abortions on request in the first trimester of pregnancy. “We insist on international legal requirements that women can access abortion at the very least in cases of risk to their life or health, including mental health, rape, incest and fatal impairment of the foetus during the first trimester and later,” they stressed. “We cannot tolerate the severe violation of women’s human rights on the basis of their sex and biological differences. We cannot tolerate the high incidence of women’s and girls’ preventable deaths resulting from maternity-related issues, including from unsafe abortion,” said the experts. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Ohio State keeping focus on Illinois before home stretch of season

OSU players attempt to take down Illinois then-junior running back Josh Ferguson (6) during a game on Nov. 1, 2015 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoFor the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes, the important part of the season sits on the horizon.Looming are matchups with No. 13 Michigan State, No. 12 Michigan and, if things go right for the Buckeyes, a meeting with No. 5 Iowa is likely in the Big Ten Championship Game.Before any of those games come, however, OSU (9-0, 5-0) has a meeting with a team that has played spoiler in the past.A trip to Champaign, Illinois, to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini (5-4, 2-3) is on the docket for the Buckeyes on Saturday at noon.While the team understands the season-defining importance of the games following Saturday’s, sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan said the team’s coaches have made sure the team is only thinking about the task immediately ahead.“With (coach Urban) Meyer’s mentality, and our whole coaching staff’s mentality, it’s one game at a time,” McMillan said. “We really don’t worry about what’s down the road or what’s two weeks from now, we have to worry what’s right now and what’s coming at this time.”The Illini have given the Buckeyes trouble in the past in “trap games.”In 2007, Illinois came into Ohio Stadium and stunned the No. 1 Buckeyes. In three of the next four years following that game, the Illini put up a fight against OSU, losing by 10 points in 2008 and 2011 and 11 points in 2010, though the 2011 meeting saw OSU as the underdog pulling off an upset victory.However, Meyer’s arrival in 2012 has been accompanied with a turnaround in that trend.In Meyer’s three games against Illinois, the Buckeyes have won by a total of 96 points, scoring 167 points.Previously for IllinoisIt has been a season of change for the Fighting Illini, as the team fired its coach Tim Beckman just one week before the season, replacing him with interim coach Bill Cubit.Then, on Monday, the school’s athletic director Mike Thomas followed Beckham out the door following a report detailing mistreatment of football and women’s basketball players.Amid the high rate of turnover off the field has come an equal rate of inconsistent play on it.After a strong start to the season that saw the Illini start 4-1 — with its only loss coming against now-No. 23 North Carolina — the wheels came off the bus. In its last five games, Illinois has gone 1-3.That stretch featured a three-game losing streak, with competitive losses to No. 5 Iowa and No. 25 Wisconsin by nine and 11 points, respectively. However, the third game was a 39-0 thumping at Penn State.The Illini bounced back last Saturday, traveling to West Lafayette, Indiana, to blow away Purdue 48-14.Other than the rushing attack, one of Illinois’ strengths this season has been forcing turnovers, as it has come away with 11 interceptions, second most in the Big Ten. Redshirt junior safety Taylor Barton has led the way with four picks.Illinois is led by a strong run game anchored by the tandem of redshirt senior Josh Ferguson and true freshman Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who combined for 313 yards rushing against Purdue.“This team is going to try to establish the run, but it’s up to us to stop it,” McMillan said.Ferguson missed two games before the Purdue game but came back with 133 yards against the Boilermakers.“He’s a spark for that team,” McMillan said. “He wants to be that playmaker, so they’re going to put the ball in his hands a lot.”Back to full strengthAfter OSU lost a starter on the defense to the injury for the first time this season in the last two games, it appears the top 11 will be getting back to full strength on Saturday.Senior defensive tackle Tommy Schutt made his return to the depth chart for the Week 11 matchup after missing two games with a wrist injury.Though he will still have to wear a cast on the field, Schutt’s return comes welcome for a defensive line that rotated redshirt senior Joel Hale and redshirt sophomore Michael Hill in Schutt’s absence.For the season, Schutt has 20 tackles, including four for a loss.While not missing more than part of the fourth quarter, redshirt senior Braxton Miller is also expected to be able to play.Meyer said the H-back suffered a neck injury when his head was thrown to the turf on a tackle, but he should be fine for Saturday’s contest.OSU will also be getting redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett back following a one-game suspension for a citation for operating a vehicle impaired.“I think it’s going to be a good thing,” redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall said about Barrett. “He’s proven himself as a great player, so we’re looking forward to having him back with the offense and the team.”Up nextThe Buckeyes are set to finish up their home schedule in a key Big Ten East division game against No. 13 Michigan State on Nov. 21. Kickoff is scheduled for either noon or 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Two BBC presenters known as the Richard and Judy of radio had

first_imgTony Wadsworth, 69, and his wife Julie Mr Wadsworth also pleaded not guilty to ten charges of indecent assault against seven boys aged under 18 between September 1992 and August 1999.It was alleged that he watched as his wife, who denies 12 charges of the same offence, sexually assaulted the youngsters.The court also heard that Mr Wadsworth “kept watch having in possession a camera” and on another occasion he committed a sex act.On Thursday, Mr Wadsworth, dressed in a dark blue suit with a purple tie, and his wife, who wore a black suit and red high-heels, spoke only to deny the charges.A three-week trial has been listed for May 15 at the same court – the date of Mrs Wadsworth’s 60th birthday.Both defendants, who also previously worked for BBC Radio WM in Birmingham, were granted bail on the condition they did not have unsupervised contact with any children under the age of 18, apart from family members, and that they stand down from any charity work which may involve under 18s. Addressing the pair, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: “You will face trial before this court on the May 15.”You must serve your defence case statements by April 10.”You must attend the trial. If you do not, then the trial may take place in your absence, which would be most unfortunate.”Previously a BBC spokesman said: “Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer remain off air.”We understand the charges do not relate to their conduct or position at the BBC.”This is an ongoing criminal process and we cannot comment any further.” 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.center_img Two BBC presenters known as the “Richard and Judy of radio” had sex against a tree at a park in full view of children, a court heard.Credit:PA/PA Two BBC presenters known as the “Richard and Judy of radio” had sex against a tree at a park in full view of children, a court heard.​Veteran broadcaster Tony Wadsworth, 69, and his wife Julie, 59, are accused of having sex in front of a group of teenage boys in public on five different occasions during the 1990s.They denied five counts of outraging public decency between July 1992 and June 1996 at Warwick Crown Court.The couple, who work for BBC Leicester and are known as the “Richard and Judy of local radio”, were initially charged with the offences last May after being off-air for four months.last_img read more

Battlefield 3 PC specs appear briefly at GameStop

first_imgAny PC gamers waiting eagerly to buy and play Battlefield 3 will be asking themselves the single, most important question: is my PC powerful enough to play it?Until EA and DICE officially release details of the required specs you just don’t know for sure. In most cases today’s mid-range PCs will run the game, but you end up using a lower resolution and the special effects turned down or off to some extent. Only those with a gaming rig purchased or built in the last 6 months can really be sure of being able to turn everything up to 11.GameStop seem to have answered the spec question early, though, by accidentally posting the minimum and recommended requirements for Battlefield 3 on the product listing page. Those specs have now gone, but not before they were grabbed by a few gaming sites.So, if you intend on buying the game on October 25th here’s the minimum and recommended specs you need to be aiming for:MinimumCore 2 Duo dual-core processor running at 2GHz (or equivalent AMD)2GB RAM10GB hard drive space (digital version) or 15GB (disc version)Windows Vista or Windows 7Nvidia or ATi graphics card supporting DirectX 10RecommendedQuad core processor (no speed specified)4GB RAM10GB hard drive space (digital version) or 15GB (disc version)Windows Vista or Windows 7GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 6850, or equivalent DirectX 11 cardWhile the recommended specs are quite high, you have to consider this is the new Frostbite 2.0 engine which is looking forward rather than back in terms of supported features and hardware.What doesn’t make sense at the moment is why the disc version is 5GB larger than the digital game. Is this due to additional feature shipping with the disc?Whatever the case, with Battlefield 3 still 3 months away it sounds like a great opportunity to start choosing components for a new gaming rig built just in time to play it.More at Gamerzineslast_img read more

SpiceJet Lessors Seek Return of 15 Boeing Aircraft

first_imgSpiceJet is facing a different sort of turbulence, with the aircraft lessors wanting to take back 15 of the 20 Boeing planes, still being operated by the cash-strapped airline. ReutersThe lessors have asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to deregister the aircraft, as they want to repossess the planes. However, sources say that Ajay Singh-led new management is in talks with the lessors and a solution is expected to be found soon.BOA Aviation, who have leased three Boeings to the airline, fear a repeat of Kingfisher Airlines, which may prevent them from taking back the aircraft.In the last few months, SpiceJet has turned in 20 aircraft on its own, after being unable to continue with the lease payments. If the lessors take back the aircraft, it would significantly impact SpiceJet’s ability to continue operating, an official at the DGCA told The EconomicTimes.The previous owners of the airlines, the Maran-owned Sun Group, have not been communicative, which has forced the new management to share the funding plans and convince the lessors for additional time.SpiceJet shares closed the day at 21.10, down by 1.90 or 8.26%.last_img read more

UPDATE Houston Murder Suspect Violated Probation But Wasnt Sought

first_imgPhoto via Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s TwitterThis booking photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office shows Jose Gilberto Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who was arrested Tuesday July 17, 2018.Authorities didn’t search for a Texas man who cut off his ankle monitor in violation of parole terms until a week later when he was linked to a violent rampage that included three shooting deaths over four days, according to state and county officials.The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, was among more than 500 parolees with a violent history living in the Houston area and facing an active arrest warrant for violating terms of parole. Rodriguez removed his ankle monitor on July 5, more than a week before authorities believe he fatally shot three Houston-area people.Department spokesman Jeremy Desel said neither the agency nor parole officers have the authority to arrest someone, so when authorities learned Rodriguez had tampered with his monitor a warrant was issued for other agencies, such as the Harris County sheriff’s office, to arrest him.But deputies don’t necessarily search for parolees who have violated their terms of release and would only arrest those offenders they come across during the course of a patrol and run a background check, according to Harris County senior deputy Thomas Gilliland.“He was, quite frankly, just another person who was a parole violator,” Gilliland said of Rodriguez.There are approximately 84,000 parolees living in Texas and about 18,000 of them live in the greater Houston area, with about 1,200 monitored by GPS or electronic monitoring, according to the criminal justice department.“These sorts of devices go off all the time,” Desel said. “You can get an alert because the strap is twisted or get alerted because the person is playing soccer or doing some other activity.”Houston police Chief Art Acevedo expressed frustration at a Tuesday news conference with the low bonds, if any, that were being ordered for violent criminals who violate paroles in the Houston area and across Texas. He promised to create a task force of law enforcement agencies in Harris County to recommend to the Texas Legislature changes to tighten the system. For instance, Acevedo wants police to be authorized to search all parolees they encounter for drugs and weapons.Acevedo spoke hours after Rodriguez was arrested while driving a car belonging to 57-year-old Edward Magana, an employee of a Houston mattress store who was shot dead Monday. Rodriguez also is accused in the deaths of Pamela Johnson, 62, who was found Friday in her Cypress-area home, and Allie Barrow, 28, found dead Saturday inside another Houston mattress store.Rodriguez also is a suspect in the robbery, shooting and wounding of a Metro bus driver on Monday and two home invasion robberies, investigators said. It’s believed a handgun found in the car Rodriguez was driving when he was arrested was used in at least two of the killings, Gilliland said Wednesday.Rodriguez is being held without bond on two counts of capital murder. Online jail records don’t indicate whether he has an attorney to speak on his behalf.Gilliland declined to speculate on a motive but said the killings appeared to be “crimes of opportunity.” The parolee’s actions were consistent with criminals searching for “soft targets” such as smaller stores with minimal customer traffic and only one or two employees.Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez earlier referred to Rodriguez as a “suspected serial killer” but Gilliland said at this point in the investigation he’s not a suspect in any other deaths.Rodriguez’s criminal history dates back to at least 1989 when he was charged with a variety of offenses that include attempted aggravated sexual abuse, burglary and auto theft. He spent decades in state prison and while there was convicted of possession of a deadly weapon. He was released on parole in September after having completed a pre-release sex offender program.Desel said he had no compliance issues in the months after his release, having registered as a sex offender, submitting to a polygraph examination and reporting to his parole officer as required.Gilliland said it’s not clear why Rodriguez went on a violent rampage after complying with the terms of his parole for months. But the deputy said Rodriguez’s actions followed a pattern.“As criminals continue to be more bold and more aggressive, they tend to become more violent,” he said. “That’s when you have someone you really need to find and get them off the streets.” Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday December 2 From 57

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA review of some of the top news stories of the week, directly from the pages of the AFRO with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real New Network report on law enforcement and politics, including an update of 21st century Jim Crow on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

Dravidian language family 4500 years old

first_imgThe Dravidian language family, consisting of 80 varieties spoken by nearly 220 million people across southern and central India, originated about 4,500 years ago, a study has found. This estimate is based on new linguistic analyses by an international team, including researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany, and the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun.The researchers used data collected first-hand from native speakers representing all previously reported Dravidian subgroups. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThese findings, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, match well with earlier linguistic and archaeological studies.South Asia, reaching from Afghanistan in the west and Bangladesh in the east, is home to at least six hundred languages belonging to six large language families, including Dravidian, Indo-European, and Sino-Tibetan.The Dravidian language family, consisting of about 80 language varieties (both languages and dialects) is today spoken by about 220 million people, mostly in southern and central India, and surrounding countries. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIts four largest languages, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu have literary traditions spanning centuries, of which Tamil reaches back the furthest, researchers said.Along with Sanskrit, Tamil is one of the world’s classical languages, but unlike Sanskrit, there is continuity between its classical and modern forms documented in inscriptions, poems, and secular and religious texts and songs, they said.”The study of the Dravidian languages is crucial for understanding prehistory in Eurasia, as they played a significant role in influencing other language groups,” said Annemarie Verkerk of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Neither the geographical origin of the Dravidian language nor its exact dispersal through time is known with certainty.The consensus of the research community is that the Dravidians are natives of the Indian subcontinent and were present prior to the arrival of the Indo-Aryans (Indo-European speakers) in India around 3,500 years ago.Researchers said that it is likely that the Dravidian languages were much more widespread to the west in the past than they are today.In order to examine questions about when and where the Dravidian languages developed, they made a detailed investigation of the historical relationships of 20 Dravidian varieties.Study author Vishnupriya Kolipakam of the Wildlife Institute of India collected contemporary first-hand data from native speakers of a diverse sample of Dravidian languages, representing all the previously reported subgroups of Dravidian.The researchers used advanced statistical methods to infer the age and subgrouping of the Dravidian language family at about 4,000-4,500 years old.This estimate, while in line with suggestions from previous linguistic studies, is a more robust result because it was found consistently in the majority of the different statistical models of evolution tested in this study.This age also matches well with inferences from archaeology, which have previously placed the diversification of Dravidian into North, Central, and South branches at exactly this age, coinciding with the beginnings of cultural developments evident in the archaeological record.last_img read more

Beauty trends to rule in 2019

first_imgGlittery lids, virgin brows and bronzer are in this year, say experts. Here is a list of some of the beauty trends that you can follow: Glitter means instant glam-up. However, you don’t need to swim in it. A little is perfect. Take a very tiny amount of gold or silver and lightly dust it on the inner corner of your eyes. A hint of glitter peeping from the inner corner of your eyelids is perfect to lend that unmistakable spark to your look. In case you want to get into the diva mood, cover your lids with chunky gold glitter. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfInstead of applying an overall eyeshadow, go for fading traces of colour on both upper and lower lids. Use different but complementing colours for upper and lower lids. Finish off with a liner and mascara and you are done. It’s time to ‘unfollow’ the perfectly shaped eyebrows and follow real and raw brows. While tweezers are kept aside, the eyebrows are groomed with the help of eyebrow brush. If the idea of bushy brows is too daunting for you, then you can shape your brows in a natural arch, instead of a total clean up. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile bronzer makes its way back, heavy contouring is shown the exit door. Skip framing the face to perfection. Instead, take a large fluffy brush, and put the bronzer along the temple, cheekbones and jawline. And you are done. Keep the skin clean and luminous with a high-definition foundation. Last year was the year of the hot red shade. This year will be all about subtle and dark tones of brown matte and gloss. Be it eyes, lips or cheeks highlighting, brown would be seen everywhere. Even the hair colour in brown would be more viral. This year again, the winged eyeliner will be in trend. Smokey eyes are gorgeous as ever, but can be too bold for some. As bridal make-up moves into its understated glam phase, it is time to welcome the blurred eyeliner. With the flexibility of playing with colours and intensity that this smudged look allows, it manages to complement just about every age and style and is perfect for a bridal glam look.last_img read more

SpaceX Launch Delayed to Thursday Due to Weather Heres How to Watch

first_img 2 min read Update, March 14, 2017Citing high winds at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Tuesday morning, SpaceX decided to postpone the launch of the commercial EchoStar 23 satellite.The company had a two-and-a-half-hour window beginning at 1:34 a.m. with which to safely launch the satellite, but could not do so with the inclement weather.The satellite launch is now set to go on as planned from Launch Complex 39A on Thursday, March 16, at 1:35 a.m. EST.Original story, published March 13, 2017, follows.If you’re a bit of a night owl and want to catch SpaceX’s next launch, you can watch the Falcon 9 rocket lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1:34 a.m. EST on Tuesday, March 14.You can check out the livestream here.The company is set to launch the EchoStar 23 satellite into orbit. While previous launches have included a landing of the reusable rocket, this outing will not, as the rocket will not have enough fuel to make a safe landing after releasing the heavy satellite into orbit. The satellite will provide broadcast capabilities to Brazil and has a lifespan of 15 years.Related: Watch Elon Musk’s View of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket LandingThe rocket is set to take off from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 39A, the second time the company will use the historic platform that saw the launches of the Apollo Missions to the Moon in the 1960s and ’70s.In February, the company had both a successful launch and landing of the Falcon 9 rocket and safely delivered its Dragon Capsule to the International Space Station. March 14, 2017 Enroll Now for Freecenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Ladysmith Gazettes pick of the top 5 local and international news stories

first_img3: Ladysmith Secondary gives back to the communityCo-ordinator Mr K Bihaspat from Ladysmith Secondary School (Lasec) and Mrs P Pillay once again reached out to the community when they visited AFM Watersmeet Church on Sunday, where members of the church congregation and children were treated to some delicious creamy butternut soup and bread, once again prepared and sponsored by the Royal Hotel. Read full story: Ladysmith Secondary gives back to the community4. Vacant apartments held for ransom in SpainThe goal? To prevent the vacant flat from being taken over by organised gangs who break into empty homes, hand them over to others for a fee who then proceed to hold the owners to ransom — a phenomenon that has homeowners and authorities concerned. Read full story:  Vacant apartments held for ransom5. Turkey blocks Wikipedia access, bans TV dating showsTurkey on Saturday blocked all access to Wikipedia and banned television dating shows, adding to fears of a crackdown after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in a referendum on enhancing his powers. Read the story: Tough Turkey bans TV dating shows…Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! 1: Another demon tree appears?Is there another “Demon Tree” in Ladysmith, and in the same road as the last one? Yes, we’re talking about Poort Road. The latest supposed demonic-looking tree is at the top end of Poort Road, opposite Sondela Service Station, just before you get to the robots.. Read the full story: Another “Demon Tree” in Ladysmith?2: Update: Beware of new WhatsApp scam doing the rounds in South Africa.A WhatsApp scam is doing the rounds in South Africa and has hit Ladysmith as well. A 31-year-old resident recently reported to Ladysmith police that she had been the victim of what appears to be a new type of scam involving WhatsApp messaging. Read full story: Update: Beware of new WhatsApp scam doing the rounds in South Africa WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map A flight with no turbulence is a popular choice with 44% of respondents, but did you know that there are certain flights and seats that will minimise the effects? Find out more in our guide to turbulence.While not the top choice, knowing you got a good price is of course a key factor in getting the perfect flight (voted by 30% of respondents). We highly recommend setting up a price alert so you can track fares on a specific route and book when the price drops, as well as knowing when the best time to book to a particular destination is. You can read more here.And last but not least, a great view was a top choice for almost a quarter of respondents. Find out which routes offer the best views with our guide.Want to know if your next flight will be a perfect one? Calculate its score with our formula for the perfect flight.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Helping travellers find their perfect flight is central to what we offer at Skyscanner. We want to equip you with all the tools and knowledge needed in order to get the best flight for your particular wants and needs.Our study of flight preferences showed that there are many elements that passengers are looking for from a flight, other than simply the ticket price, which is why we are now bringing you these guides to share our insight and help you find your perfect flight. Spacious seating was the top factor influencing flight happiness, cited by 61% of travellers. Find out which airlines offer the most legroom with this guide or how to increase the likelihood of an empty seat next to you with this guide. Many airlines have improved their inflight food in recent years and it appears they are right to do so, with almost half (48%) of travellers citing this as a key factor for inflight happiness. Find out which airlines are best for foodies with our guide.center_img RelatedSkyscanner reveals formula for the perfect flightWhat makes the perfect flight? Our formula revealed!Guide to the Best Airline FoodFind out which airline to book if you want to tickle your taste buds at 40,000 feetGetting the most space on your next flightWith some savvy planning, that sacred space beside an empty seat could be yours. Read our guide to find out how.last_img read more

Delek silent on licence renewal for Block 12

first_imgISRAELI energy conglomerate Delek have clarified that they do not plan to drill another exploratory well within their Block 12 offshore concession until May 2016, when their licence is set to expire.In a disclosure to the Tel Aviv stock exchange last week, Delek said its gas subsidiaries have postponed the schedule for an “additional test drilling well” in Block 12 from October 23 to May 23, 2016.The date coincides with the expiry of the company’s licence.In an emailed response to a Cyprus Mail query on Monday, the company clarified that the test drilling referred to an “exploration well obligation.”Delek did not comment on another question as to whether, given this development, they intend to request a renewal of their Block 12 licence.“The Block 12 Contractors (Noble, Delek Drilling and Avner) are in discussions with the government of Cyprus regarding the implementation of the proposed development plan for Aphrodite discovery that the Block 12 contractors have submitted to the government of Cyprus, and such plan would also address any issues relating to drilling timelines etc,” the response read.From the reply it can be deduced that Delek are looking to amend their agreement with Cyprus, but details are sketchy.“As for raising the stake in Block 12, as the Delek Group disclosed, it has entered discussions with Noble for a possible farm-in which is still subject to agreement between the parties and relevant corporate approvals as well as for the approval of the government of Cyprus.”In their October 22 press release, Delek had said the Block 12 partners “are examining options for amending the Development plan as required under the Production Sharing Contract and conducting discussions with regard to the proposed outline for the development plan of the Aphrodite reservoir.”The Aphrodite gas reservoir in Block 12 was declared commercial earlier this year.In their full-year 2014 results, released in March, Delek characterised Aphrodite as a 4.5 trillion cubic feet (contingent and prospective) natural gas discovery.At the time, Delek announced on behalf of their partners that the drafted, preliminary plan for Aphrodite included the establishment of an FPSO (floating production storage and offloading) vessel.In August, operator Noble Energy announced that it was considering a plan that included gas exports to Egypt.Noble operates the block with a 70 per cent interest, in partnership with Delek subsidiaries Avner Oil Exploration and Delek Drilling (15 per cent each).    You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Price local police officer take part in House ceremony honoring first responders

first_img11Sep Price, local police officer take part in House ceremony honoring first responders, military Rep. Amanda Price welcomes Lt. Christopher Wright of the Grand Haven Public Safety Department to the state Capitol today. Price invited Wright – a Norton Shores native with nearly 20 years of service on the Grand Haven Public Safety Department – to a special House session honoring first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty during the last year. The annual ceremony also commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.### Categories: Newslast_img

State House approves Rep Idens Michigan Tax Tribunal reforms

first_img Categories: Iden News,News 20Jun State House approves Rep. Iden’s Michigan Tax Tribunal reforms The state House today approved Rep. Brandt Iden’s bill to benefit residential and commercial taxpayers by improving the Michigan Tax Tribunal.Iden’s legislation would make the state’s administrative court handling property tax appeals more efficient and reliable. The reforms would speed up the resolution of cases and require comprehensive training for new tribunal appointees.“These reforms will make our tax appeals process more equitable, responsive and consistent,” Iden, of Oshtemo, said after the House vote. “I believe that these revisions were needed to strengthen our system and ensure taxpayers have a fair and level playing field moving forward.”The Michigan Tax Tribunal’s seven members are appointed by the governor. Most of the appeals heard by the administrative court deal with property tax assessments, although it also has jurisdiction in other tax disputes.Iden’s bill would:Establish required training for new Tribunal members including state and local tax issues, proper courtroom procedures and accepted appraisal practices.Require the governor to consider candidates solicited from appropriate professional associations when appointing Tribunal members.Allow the governor to remove a Tribunal member for failure to perform duties or wrongdoing, and establish procedures to eliminate potential conflicts of interest.Provide deadlines for decisions and other procedures to speed up cases.Allow regional Tribunal offices to make access easier for taxpayers.Define the types of rules the Tribunal may establish.The legislation advances to the Senate.###The legislation is House Bill 4412.last_img read more

Tedder bills allow physicians to be licensed in multiple states

first_img House approves measure with overwhelming support The Michigan House of Representatives approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Jim Tedder establishing a process to allow physicians to become licensed in multiple states today.Under this legislation, a licensed physician who meets certain eligibility criteria will be allowed to apply for an expedited license that authorizes him or her to practice in all other states that are members of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Member states may impose a fee for an expedited license or renewal through the compact in that state.The compact states, “In order to strengthen access to health care, and in recognition of the advances in the delivery of health care, the member states of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact have allied in common purpose to develop a comprehensive process that complements the existing licensing and regulatory authority of state medical boards.”Proponents for this legislation maintain that the compact creates another pathway for licensure and does not otherwise change a state’s existing medical practice act.“We have to take action to address physician shortages in rural and underserved areas of our state and take advantage of telemedicine technology,” said Tedder, of Clarkston.Telemedicine is the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology.If this measure is signed into law, Michigan will join 22 other states currently in the compact, with legislation pending in four others.The bills are supported by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, AARP, Federation of State Medical Boards and several other medical organizations.House Bills 4066 – 4067 now move to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Tedder News Tags: Health Policy, IMLC, Licensing, Physicians center_img 10Oct Tedder bills allow physicians to be licensed in multiple stateslast_img read more

Rep Bizon Recreation grant for trailhead recommended

first_img Categories: Bizon News,News State Rep. Dr. John Bizon today announced the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has recommended to purchase land for a trailhead in Albion Township.Bizon, of Battle Creek, said the recommended grant will help expand the Iron Belle Trail through the city of Albion and the Albion College’s Equestrian Center. Funding for the project is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments. The grant announcement coincides with the ribbon cutting for the Community-College Trail in the city of Albion, which was partially funded by a $294,000 Trust Fund grant.“This new land purchase will increase the recreational opportunities for local families and for visitors to our communities,” Bizon said. “We have a wealth of natural resources in this area, and development of the site will give people easy access to those resources, the city and the Kalamazoo River. In concert with the Community College Trail, this new project will further connect the region.”Acquisition of the 65 acres in Albion Township is the start of a development that will eventually be a trailhead and public recreational area for eastern Calhoun County. The trailhead will serve several recreational assets, including the Iron Belle Trail.The Legislature will consider the recommendations later this year.##### 10Jan Rep. Bizon: Recreation grant for trailhead recommendedlast_img read more