Toyota recently launched the Touring Sport Edition of the Innova Crysta in India, also marking the 1 anniversary of the new generation Innova in India. It is the essentially an Innova Crysta, but Toyota has given the jazzed up Innova new aesthetics. The Innova Crysta has received an overwhelming response and has sold more than 85,000 units in just one year of its launch in India and thus Toyota felt that the Innova deserves a new look which will help the brand to further enhance the Innova brand in India.Keeping in mind the changes in the Innova Touring Sport, we did a quick comparison with the new generation Mahindra XUV500, another heavyweight in the MPV/SUV segment that has been competing with Toyota for the top spot for quite some time now. Let’s take a look.(P.S.: Mahindra XUV500 comes only with the diesel option while the Innova Touring Sport comes in both petrol and diesel options).Price: Model Variant Petrol Price (ex showroom, New Delhi) Diesel Price (ex showroom, New Delhi) Toyota Innova Crysta Touring Sport Petrol Manual Rs 17.79 lakh NA Petrol Automatic Rs 20.84 lakh NA Diesel Manual NA Rs 18.91 lakh Diesel Automatic NA Rs 22.15 lakh Mahindra XUV500 W4 NA Rs 12.49 lakh W6 NA Rs 13.91 lakh W6 FWD AT NA Rs 14.79 lakh W8 NA Rs 15.66 lakh W8 AWD NA Rs 16.50 lakh W8 FWD AT NA Rs 16.75 lakh W10 NA Rs 16.58 lakh W10 FWD AT NA Rs 17.61 lakh W10 AWD NA Rs 17.64 lakh W10 AWD AT NA Rs 18.67 lakhDesign:Innova Touring Sport: The new Innova Touring Sport comes with an all-black front grille, smoked chrome headlamps and front bumper spoiler. The red stitches on seat and console box along with the exclusive red illumination combimeter lends a sporty look and feel inside the cabin.advertisementToyota Innova Touring SportXUV500: The XUV doesn’t require any tech to aid visibility, there are aesthetic inspirations to be found. A similar tear-mark runs down from the headlamps to the fog-lamps. A prominent chrome bezel sits on this gloss black detailing. Then there’s the grille – shorter, sharper and shinier with lots of chrome. The bonnet loses the narrow muscle line to develop broader lines accentuated at the sides. The new-age XUV also boasts of new wheel design. There’s a sunroof on the top-spec W10 model as well and a projection lamp on the ORVMs which double as a puddle light.Mahindra XUV500Engine: Toyota Innova Touring Sport Mahindra XUV500 Engine Type 2.7L/ 2.4L / 2.8L 2.2L diesel engine Displacement (cc) 2694cc/ 2393cc/ 2755cc 2179cc Power 164 bhp/ 148 bhp/ 172 bhp 140 bhp Torque 245 Nm/ 343 Nm/ 360 Nm 330 Nm Transmission 5-MT/ 6-AT/6-AT 6-MT/ 6-AT Drive Train RWD FWD Features:Innova Touring Sport: On the features list the Crysta Touring Sport edition will get an 8-inch advanced entertainment system with voice command, automatic climate control, new Premium Leather seat and Smart entry key.Toyota Innova Touring Sport interiorXUV500: The features that have been added to the car are Android Auto, Connected Apps, Ecosense & Emergency Call. Connected apps is an industry first feature that will allow the customer to access popular applications directly from the infotainment system, even if they are not installed on their smartphone. Ecosense technology measures how much fuel the driver is spending during a drive and gives a score of how fuel efficient the driver is on the infotainment system screen.Mahindra XUV500 interiorDimensions: Toyota Innova Touring Sport Mahindra XUV500 Wheelbase 2750 mm 2700 mm Length 4735 mm 4585 mm Width 1830 mm 1890 mm Height 1795 mm 1785 mm Ground Clearance 167 mm 200 mm Boot Space 400 L 702 LColors:Innova Touring Sport: The Innova Touring Sport will be offered in a new colour- Wildfire (Red) along with White Pearl Crystal Shine.Toyota Innova Touring Sport badgeXUV500: The Mahindra XUV500 comes in 8 different colour options- Tuscan Red, Opulent Purple, Pearl White, Moondust Silver, Volcano Black, Lake Side Brown, Dolphin Grey and Sunset Orange.ALSO READ:Toyota Innova Crysta vs Tata HexaALSO READ:Hyundai Tucson vs Toyota Innova Crysta
Samsung launched its flagship phone, Galaxy Note 9, at its Unpacked event in New York. The phone was launched on August 9. The phone will be available for purchase starting August 24 and its India price starts at Rs 67,900 for the 6GB model. However, Airtel is giving a chance to buy the new Galaxy Note 9 at a down payment of Rs 7,900.Airtel on Friday announced that Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (128 GB) is available on its online store at a down payment of just Rs 7,900. The telecom company has basically broke down the price of Galaxy Note 9 into 24EMIs of Rs 2999 each. The EMIs will also come built-in with a post-paid plan.The built in plan will includes 100 GB high speed data per month, unlimited calling and bundled content like 1 year Amazon Prime membership and free subscription to Airtel TV and Wynk Music.Intending buyers can pre-book the smartphone on the Airtel Online Store starting August 11, 2018 and Airtel will begin the delivery of the device starting August 22, 2018. To pre-book the Galaxy Note 9, log on to Airtel online store> select the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 from the device list> check your eligibility and get instant loan approvals> make the down payment.The company will deliver the new Galaxy Note 9 at your doorstep at your preferred address. On activation, the bundled Airtel postpaid plan will automatically apply.”We are pleased to add Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to the range of offerings on our online store as part of our endeavour to enable customers to conveniently upgrade to high end smartphones. With our built-in plans, customers can truly unlock the Galaxy Note 9 experience on India’s fastest mobile network,” told Airtel CMO Vani Venkatesh in a press statement.advertisementSamsung Galaxy Note 9 specsThe Galaxy Note 9 sports a 6.4-inch screen with QHD+ resolution that is 2960×1440 pixels. Like all the other Samsung phones, the Galaxy Note 9 also uses two processors, depending on the region where it is sold. In the US and many European countries, Samsung will sell the Galaxy Note 9 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. But in India and South Korea, along with a few other Asian and European countries, the Note 9 will be powered by company’s own Exynos 9810 processor.There are two variants of Galaxy Note 9- one comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage while the other comes with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage. The smartphone uses a combination of 12MP+ 12MP dual camera set up at the back and an 8MP front camera for selfies. It runs Android 8 Oreo and is backed by a 4000 mAh with fast charging.
It’s twilight. The last few groups of players on the South Course of the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, have finished their practice round. Unbeknownst to them, one player is still out on the course, waiting patiently for precisely this moment. The lone figure of Shubhankar Sharma, 168 yards,It’s twilight. The last few groups of players on the South Course of the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, have finished their practice round. Unbeknownst to them, one player is still out on the course, waiting patiently for precisely this moment. The lone figure of Shubhankar Sharma, 168 yards out on the 18th fairway isn’t visible from the clubhouse overlooking the green. Eight-iron in hand, Sharma can barely discern the contours of the fairway snaking up to the green. But he knows the shot he has to play; he has seen it hundreds of times.The 22-year-old was three-years-old when Tiger Woods hit that iconic eight-iron from precisely the spot where Sharma is standing. Woods couldn’t see the green, but hit it to within two feet to win the 2000 WGC-NEC Championship, and holed the winning putt in the flicker of cigarette lighters held up by the gallery.For Sharma, that was the kind of defining the moment that got him into the game. Eighteen years later, with the PGA Tours camera crew in tow, he has found the exact spot, and is trying to replicate Tigers iconic approach. It’s so much harder than I thought, he says, after getting his fourth try to within six feet. And there’s no tournament on the line nor a single spectator. For Tiger to hit it in those conditions must have been so much harder!Sharma’s unabashed fanboy enthusiasm and demeanour are disarming, to say the least. His ambition at the WGC Bridgestone Championship is first and foremost to muster the courage to go and introduce myself to Tiger Woods! I think I’ll go say hi to him, but I’m a bit nervous. The last time he acted on an impulse like that in March at his first WGC event in Mexico walking across to Phil Mickelson on the practice green to introduce himself, it didn’t end so well. Mickelson, mistaking Sharma for a journalist, shooed him away. Sharma got his own back by leading that tournament and being paired with Mickelson in the final round.advertisementSharma’s rise in world golf is hard to put into perspective because there are no other models in the order of players amongst whom he ranks. The youngster’s blitz into the games top echelons climbing nearly 450 spots in five months to become the highest-ranked Indian player in the world, beggars imagination.I think you have to consider that I turned pro when I was 16 years old, he says. For a young lad, playing a big tournament in the company of his heroes, Sharma sounds remarkably calm on the eve of his first round at Bridgestone. My career hasn’t really followed a conventional progression. After winning the All-India Amateur, I turned pro even though everyone told us that it was not a smart move.No one is questioning that decision now; Sharma leads the standings on the Asian Tour; is in 20th place on the European Tour; and is ranked 88th in the world. Winning the Order of Merit in Asia will be an honour, he says, but isn’t an active goal. I will do what gives me the best shot at progressing on the global stage, and if becoming the top-ranked player in Asia is one of those things, then I’ll give it my best shot, he says with a level of tact that belies his age.Sharma’s success in 2018 has opened up the floodgates when it comes to corporate support but, tellingly, he refers to individuals who he’s sticking with because they’ve been there for him when he needed them the most. I’ve been so lucky, especially with sponsors. Rajeev Singh of DLF has supported me from the time I was an amateur. It’s no exaggeration if I say that without DLFs support, my path to where I am now would have been extremely rough. Besides DLF, Sharma speaks glowingly about Aloke Lohia of Indorama, a Thailand-based MNC who has been a sponsor since 2015 and H.R. Srinivasan of Take Solutions. I’m just one, H. R. Srinivasan has done so much to support so many golfers, says Sharma. Almost as an afterthought, he mentions the biggest deal the details of which he doesn’t divulge with Nike. I’m contracted with Nike on a long-term basis. I guess I’m on the right track, he says.As he navigates the dog-eat-dog world of professional sport, Sharma is single-mindedly focused on the game, leaving his father to iron out the logistics and sponsorships. He has eschewed the extremely lucrative option of getting an equipment sponsor because he plays with a mixed bag of clubs. You need sponsors to support your game, but if your game gets disturbed, then whats the point? And even though he’s happy playing in Europe, the long game, like most pros, lies in America. It definitely is still a goal to try and earn my PGA Tour card this year. That’s my aim and I want to make it there, he says.advertisementThere’s something refreshingly uncomplicated about Sharma. He doesn’t spend too much time pondering over future rewards, focusing instead on present realities.After a certain level, golf is the same everywhere. It’s you playing against the course. Every place has its unique conditions, peculiarities but those matter only to a point. Beyond that, it’s just golf, and your skills in the game, he muses. And golf favours the most those who simplify it the best.
Blackpool target Newcastle whizkid Sorensenby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBlackpool are chasing after Newcastle United youngster Elias Sorensen.The Danish under-21 international could go out on loan for the rest of the season.The 19-year-old has penned a new contract with the Magpies, but his first team opportunities are limited for this term.Chronicle Live suggests that a loan to Blackpool would help them boost their chances of making the playoffs.When asked about a loan for Sorensen, Newcastle coach Ben Dawson is quoted by Chronicle Live as saying: “It has to be the right place to go on loan – you saw tonight some of the strengths he has and some of the areas where he has to develop.”He needs to play every week and the best place for him to go on loan is somewhere where there’s an experienced striker for him to learn from.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
e/r Toss: RAJ elected to field 0 4 Indian Premier League, 2019 148/6 ( A. Rahane 18.3 Overs) , 131/4 ( A. Turner 16.3 Overs) , 0 B 2 Murugan Ashwin M. Ashwin 3 160/7 ( S. Gopal 19.1 Overs) , Super Over 2 0 covers third Man 38/1 ( J. Buttler 4.1 Overs) , m 1 Point 2 Referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM) Umpires: Anil Chaudhary (IND), Vineet Kulkarni (IND) and S Ravi (IND) Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 170/7 0 S/R 10.75 c Lokesh Rahul b Mohammed Shami Punjab 0 8 Ravichandran Ashwin (PNJ) R. Ashwin (PNJ) 1 4 c Mayank Agarwal b Ravichandran Ashwin 21 fine Leg Mid on The race is heating up: R Ashwin after KXIP win their 5th match of IPL 2019IPL 2019: R Ashwin said it was important for Kings XI Punjab to the 10-point category with the race for the playoffs heating up in the 2019 Indian Premier League. KXIP have now won 5 out of their 9 matches this season. 0 2 R 3 128.57 Punjab PNJ Rahul Tripathi R. Tripathi c Mayank Agarwal b Ravichandran Ashwin Punjab PNJ c Mohammed Shami b Arshdeep Singh 0 300 0 0 0 vs (20.0) 2 170/7 6s Rajasthan 4s 3/15 (4) Square Leg Rajarshi Gupta MohaliApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 00:21 IST R Ashwin said KXIP’s victory over Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday was important in the context of the tournament. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSR Ashwin said KXIP’s victory over Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday was important in the context of the tournamentAshwin said it was important for his team to get into the 10-point category with the race heating upR Ashwin was named man-of-the-match after his all-round brilliance helped KXIP beat RR by 12 runsR Ashwin was a happy man after Kings XI Punjab won their 5th match of the 2019 Indian Premier League and moved to 4th spot in the points table on Tuesday. KXIP defeated Rajasthan Royals by 12 runs and now have 10 points from 9 matches this season.R Ashwin led from the front with bat and ball. He first a quick unbeaten 17 before picking up 2 for 24 off 4 overs to ensure the RR chase never really got any momentum. He won the man-of-the-match award for his efforts and showed he is still a force to reckon with in the shorter formats.KXIP had got off to a strong start in the 2018 Indian Premier League but had lost their way in the business end of the league. This year, they have been consistent and others like Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal, the captain himself have chipped in with significant contributions after the brilliance of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle.R Ashwin said it was important for KXIP to get into the 10-point category. As of now, KXIP, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals have 10 points while Chennai Super Kings have 14 points. But CSK. DC and MI have played 8 matches while KXIP have played 9.Kolkata Knight Riders (8 points from 8 matches) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (6 points from 7 matches) also have realistic chances of making it to the playoffs while time is running out for Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.In a tight situation like this, R Ashwin was happy to get into double digits in the points column.advertisement”It was very important for us ot get into the 10-point category. The race is heating up. Everyone is on 8 points. It’s important to catch the momentum right now,” R Ashwin told the broadcasters after the match.R Ashwin was not considered for the World Cup as India have recently focused on bolstering their bowling attack with wrist spinners. But he has been in top form this season of IPL and Ashwin said he believes reinventing is the name of the game for spinners.”A spinner is someone who reinvents the wheel all the time. For me it’s about hitting various lengths at different speeds. The undercutter, the reverse carrom. I live by the sword and die by it, plenty of people say I try too much, but it’s good that I’m keeping on experimenting,” he said.Also Read | IPL 2019: KL Rahul, R Ashwin shine as KXIP beat RR to move into top-4Also Read | IPL 2019: KL Rahul storms past 1000 runs for KXIP in only his 23rd matchFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Kings XI PunjabFollow R Ashwin 6 (20.0) 133/5 ( J. Archer 17.1 Overs) , Square Leg 170/7 All batsmen are considered right handed 0 Rajasthan RAJ Square Leg Mid Wicket Mid on Mid off Mid on commentary Sanju Samson (wk) S. Samson (wk) b Ravichandran Ashwin Mandeep Singh M. Singh advertisement Match Ended 0 0 Dhawal Kulkarni D. Kulkarni graphs view full scorecard 8 123.80 Mid Wicket not out 0 (20.0) Jofra Archer J. Archer c Lokesh Rahul b Mohammed Shami No data available! Rajasthan RAJ 1 fine Leg 2 Mid off 24 0 covers 1 Point Punjab Bowling PNJ Bowling 46 Mid off 52 (47) Square Leg Stuart Binny S. Binny not out 4 0 50 0 Mohammed Shami M. Shami 0 0 fine Leg Ajinkya Rahane (c) A. Rahane (c) c Mohammed Shami b Arshdeep Singh third Man third Man third Man 33.33 Square Leg Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 0 Punjab beat Rajasthan by 12 runs Rahul Tripathi (RAJ) R. Tripathi (RAJ) Mid on covers Mid off Point Mid Wicket 4 r 3 2 0 Series Status: Player Of The Match: Ravichandran Ashwin All batsmen are considered right handed nb 182/6 o Mid Wicket 0 2/24 (4) covers 50 (45) 17 c Mayank Agarwal b Mohammed Shami Lokesh Rahul (PNJ) L. Rahul (PNJ) third Man 21 1 0 Point Jaydev Unadkat J. Unadkat not out 45 0 Point (20.0) 33 Match Ended Point Ashton Turner A. Turner c David Miller b Murugan Ashwin Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) Mid Wicket Rajasthan batting RAJ batting 97/2 ( S. Samson 11.4 Overs) , 0 182/6 Mid off Square Leg 0 wd 8 Fall of Wickets All batsmen are considered right handed Mid on not out Mid Wicket All batsmen are considered right handed Ish Sodhi I. Sodhi fine Leg 0 third Man fine Leg 0 1 11 26 covers Mid on fine Leg 127/3 ( R. Tripathi 16 Overs) , 111.11 All batsmen are considered right handed 27 135.29 0 Jos Buttler J. Buttler c Nicholas Pooran b Arshdeep Singh 0 1 6 Mujeeb Ur Rahman Ur Rahman – Ravichandran Ashwin (c) R. Ashwin (c) covers Shreyas Gopal S. Gopal c Mayank Agarwal b Mohammed Shami 24 (20.0) 0 2 b Ravichandran Ashwin 43 4 1 w 0 0 All batsmen are considered right handed 11.5 Mid off c David Miller b Murugan Ashwin 1 Jofra Archer (RAJ) J. Archer (RAJ) Arshdeep Singh A. Singh 24 23 Extras: 10 runs (B: 0, LB: 1, WD: 9, NB: 0, P: 0) view more view less Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 32 Scorecard c Nicholas Pooran b Arshdeep Singh
A picturesque Kings County shoreline graces the cover of the 2004Nova Scotia Doers’ and Dreamers’ travel guide. Photographs of the shoreline in Halls Harbour, Kings Co., and asmaller inset picture of Grand Pre National Historic Site, arefeatured on the front cover of the guide now being distributedthroughout North America and around the world. The guide contains more than 3,200 listings for accommodationsand campgrounds, restaurants, museums and attractions, outdooroperations and adventures, signature festivals and events, andtour operators. “This travel guide is one of the most important parts of ourtourism marketing campaigns with hundreds of thousands of copiesdistributed every year,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister ofTourism, Culture and Heritage. “Visitors often compliment us onthis publication and refer to it as a must-have resource whenplanning their visit to Nova Scotia.” The front section of the guide features information and pictureson some of the province’s top attractions, events and regions,along with sections on activities for the fall and winterseasons. In the back section is a new listing for regionallibraries as a resource for those looking for public computer andInternet access or for those looking for genealogy information. Throughout the guide are 10 new features entitled Legacies andLegends. These features draw attention to some of the province’stop living-history attractions, where history is recreated andbrought to life by animators dressed in period costume. “The travel guide is a critical part of marketing Nova Scotia asa destination of choice,” said Scott MacAulay, chair of the NovaScotia Tourism Partnership Council. “It encourages people to stayin the province longer and also serves as a great resource forour operators.” With more and more potential visitors now exploring theirvacation options by using the Internet, 650,000 copies of thetravel guide have been produced this year, down from 750,000 lastyear. In March, 100,000 copies of the French version, Novelle Ecosse:Du reve a l’aventure Guide touristique 2004, will be available. Additional publications including maps, a Golf Guide and a Guidefor Nature and Outdoor Lovers will soon be available to helpvisitors plan their vacations. A newly designed Festivals and Events Guide is also beingdistributed to visitor information centres, trade shows andtourism organizations. The guide lists hundreds of community-based activities in an easy to follow layout organized by allfour seasons. One hundred thousand copies of the guide have beenprinted for distribution. “Festivals and events are an integral part of what tourism is allabout in this province,” said Nick Carson, president of theTourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. “They showcase therich culture, heritage and talent we have and they provide ourvisitors with a wide range of choices every month of the year.” Copies of both the travel guide and the guide to festivals andevents are available throughout North America by calling the NovaScotia Information and Reservation Service at 1-800-565-0000 orthrough the province’s official tourism website atwww.NovaScotia.com . Nova Scotia’s billion-dollar tourism industry provides employmentfor more than 35,000 Nova Scotians. Tourism is also a significantexport industry, with more than half of the money generatedcoming from outside the province. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–2004 Tourism Publications NowAvailable
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Closure The Highway 107 extension near Spider Lake Road is closed to all traffic due to a motor vehicle collision. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. -30-
APTN National NewsHearings for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline have begun in Edmonton.Pipeline giant Enbridge is expected to speak about the economics of the project.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.
New York (UN) – Morocco participates in the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, held on March 10-21 at the UN headquarters in New York, and which focuses on development, particularly education and reproductive rights.The Moroccan delegation participating in the session is led by Bassima Hakkaoui, minister of solidarity, women, family, and social development.In her remarks on Monday at a high level roundtable on “achievements and difficulties in achieving the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls,” Hakkaoui highlighted the achievements of Morocco, mainly the constitution of 2011, which recognizes the rights of women. She also stressed the efforts of the Kingdom to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, particularly regarding the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, economic and political empowerment of women, strengthening women’s access to decision-making positions, and the fight against all forms of discrimination and violence.
Marrakech – “Aerospace is an area in which the United States and Morocco collaborate very closely,” the US ambassador to Morocco Dwight Bush said on Thursday.Speaking during the opening of the American pavilion at 2016 Marrakech Air Show, the diplomat noted that “Morocco has determined that the aviation sector is an important one for its regional economic growth strategy.”“The Kingdom of Morocco encourages aviation companies, both civilian and military, to take advantage of its strategic location,” he added. “The United States has been a part of each Marrakech Air Show from the first show back in 2008. I am pleased to see that there has been steady growth in the number of visiting and exhibiting US companies each year,” Bush said.“The US Aerospace industry helps Morocco’s economy by helping it to attract more and more travelers and tourists each year. Many US companies also have active and productive joint ventures in Morocco that hire more than 1,500 Moroccan workers,” the US ambassador pointed out.“On the defense side, the United States and Morocco have a shared goal of stability and security throughout Africa,” Bush said.The International Marrakech Air Show (IMAS) showcases over 200 exhibiting companies from around the world. This global exhibition is dedicated to the aerospace and defense industry and is recognized as being a major event on the international the aerospace and defense calendar.With MAP
Former Goldman Sachs director Raj Rajaratnam has settled the civil suit pending against him by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US. The former director continues his prison sentence for insider trading, but has a litany of lawsuits still pending against him.Rajaratnam, convicted last year of trading on inside information from 2003 through 2009, will pay nearly $1.45 million to settle a civil case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to court documents. A federal judge approved the deal Thursday. Founder of the Galleon Group of hedge funds, the Sri Lanka-born Rajaratnam is serving 11 years at a Massachusetts federal prison, and has appealed. The 11 year sentence is the longest ever imposed for insider trading, and has been seen as a landmark case elevating the bar to deter future insider trading. (Zolmax News) The settlement includes $1.29 million representing profits gained and losses avoided as a result of trading on tips from former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. director Rajat Gupta, who was convicted separately in June. It also includes $147,738 in prejudgment interest.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Alan Doss, made the funds available through the Liberia Emergency Employment Programme, which was launched by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Monrovia yesterday. Special Representative Doss characterized peace building in Liberia as “jobs, jobs and jobs.” Recounting the old proverb ‘idle hands are the devil’s workshop,’ he stressed the importance of creating immediate employment opportunities for young people. President Johnson-Sirleaf urged Liberian youth to use the temporary employment opportunities provided under the programme to sharpen their skills and learn about work discipline. “We must set a good example of performance so that our partners will see that Liberia is ready to work hard and take responsibility for its own development objectives,” she said.The Liberia Emergency Employment Initiative is an 18-month programme aimed at creating labour-intensive job opportunities to address Liberia’s 85 per cent unemployment rate. In another development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today announced that, working in partnership with Liberia’s Government, it will construct 10,000 three-seat benches for distribution to 100 government schools that will benefit some 30,000 students. Government officials voiced gratitude for the donation, noting that schools in the country, which recently emerged from a civil war, desperately need furniture. “Our partners, especially in the donor community, need to know that Liberia’s schools were massively looted during the war and most of them remain without basic furniture,” observed Education Minister Joseph Korto. “So these benches are very helpful in addressing the seating problems facing many schools, as we strive to rebuild our educational system.”Bjorn E. Forssen, the agency’s senior official in Liberia, said the benches will go to government schools which are offering an accelerated learning programme aimed at enabling children and youth make up for educational years lost during the conflict.These facilities “serve an extremely useful function in the rehabilitation and reintegration of war-affected children, including returning refugees, demobilized children associated with fighting forces, and all those whose education has been repeatedly disrupted over the last 15 years,” he said.The development challenges facing Liberia were one of the “Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About” released by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) earlier this year.
by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 15, 2012 12:56 pm MDT OTTAWA – Canadian households are even more in debt than anyone imagined, according to a revised Statistics Canada calculation that gives a more accurate picture of family finances.The revisions place household credit market debt in the second quarter at 163 per cent of disposable income, well above the previously reported 152 per cent, although the two levels are no longer a direct comparison.The new numbers remove non-profit institutions from the household category, giving a more accurate accounting of family finances.The revision shows debt growth over the last decade that looks “eerily similar to the U.S. experience, just before their dramatic housing bust,” said David Madani, an analyst with Capital Economics.“Overall, this supports our bearish view that Canada’s housing boom is unsustainable and the eventual correction, which we think is already underway, is likely to have a material negative implications for growth,” he said.The revisions show a much steeper climb, with debt growing in each of the past six quarters.Madani doubts the news will cause Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney to hike interest rates, however, saying that point has past given the slowing housing market and still weak global economy.There was some good news in the revised data.It turns out Canadians have more assets than previously thought, with per capita net worth rising $7,900 to $190,200 due mostly to an improved calculation of holdings in unlisted company shares.Nevertheless, TD bank economist Diana Petramala said the overall results show Canadian households are more vulnerable to a housing correction than previously thought.That’s because although Canadians hold more assets than their counterparts in the U.S. and the U.K. did before the crash, most of those assets are locked into the value of their homes, which could take a tumble in a housing correction or if the economy tanks.At the peak of the U.S. housing bubble in 2007, household debt to income there hit a high of 170 per cent.Still, analysts caution that Canada’s housing market is on a more solid footing than was the case south of the border.Canadians tend to hold more equity in their homes and many of their mortgages are backed by the federal government through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. As well, risky subprime mortgages represent a small percentage of lending.Ottawa has moved four times in as many years to tighten mortgage rules to keep marginal buyers out of the market, most recently in August.The latest change, which added to monthly payments on insured, first-time purchases, has been partially credited with a recent slowing in home resales, particularly in previously hot markets of Vancouver and Toronto, and with a moderation in prices.New data released Monday by the Canadian Real Estate Association showed sales of existing homes fell 15.1 per cent in September from a year ago, although last month’s numbers were slightly higher than in August.Bank of Montreal economist Doug Porter said he believes the trend points to a soft landing for housing, not a crash. Revisions raise alarm bells about household debt as ratio reaches 163 per cent AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The Queensland Government has been urged not to drop its support for minerals and energy exploration to ensure that the state continues to sustain a thriving resources sector. “We share the government’s desire for Queensland to become Australia’s greenfield exploration capital by 2020,” said Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche. However, [it] needs to plug a A$1.1 billion shortfall in projected exploration expenditure if it’s to achieve the target announced by the Bligh Government just before the 2009 election in March last year,” he said.Roche continued: “With its three-year A$29 million ‘Smart Mining’ exploration initiative set to expire at the end of 2009-10, we call on the government to provide the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ) with stable ongoing funding for its exploration support programs of A$25 million per annum, plus a new marketing capability of A$3-4 million annually.“Western Australia currently reigns as Australia’s greenfield exploration capital. A straight line extrapolation of the rates of growth in exploration expenditure over the past four years suggests that by 2020, Queensland’s greenfield exploration would have grown to around A$400 million, while WA’s would have grown to around A$1.5 billion leaving a A$1.1 billion shortfall.“Clearly ‘business-as-usual’ policy settings are not going to be sufficient to achieve the greenfield exploration target. Our minerals production rates in Queensland are out-stripping our ability to find new resources.“That’s why we need a well-funded and highly active GSQ, turning out high-quality information about the state’s minerals and energy prospectivity. It is the quality of this geoscience information that will attract exploration capital into Queensland and boost our chances of major new minerals and energy discoveries.“Though Queensland is highly prospective, we are in danger of falling further behind more active jurisdictions elsewhere in Australia and in parts of Canada and Africa. The good news is that QRC’s latest CEOs sentiment index shows that confidence is returning in the industry, with the worst of the global financial crisis now behind us.”
Tony Mokbel is set to launch a constitutional challenge against new legislation that would see his attempt to change his guilty plea to serious drug trafficking charges thwarted.Mokbel’s lawyer, Peter Faris QC, told the Supreme Court today that he felt the new legislation breached Victoria’s charter of human rights and responsibilities.“I believe it (the legislation) is unconstitutional, and if he advises me to challenge it I’ll challenge it,” Mr Faris said.As it stands, Mr Faris has not received legal instruction from Mokbel as he is recovering in Port Phillip Prison’s hospital after suffering a mild heart attack on the weekend. The State Government announced this new legislation on Monday, to aleviate the faults caused by police failing to properly swear in affidavits in thousands of cases. The new law will apply to affidavits sworn before November 12 last year, as in the Mokbel case, and will not cover cases where a judge has already ruled that evidence is inadmissible because of the dodgy affidavits, which means Mokbel won’t be able to plead not guilty Justice Simon Whelan, who has been dealing with Mokbel’s plea change application, said he called the case on today because he believed the legislation was passed by the Legislative Assembly last night.Late last year, Mokbel applied to change his plea of guilty to not guilty for trafficking large commercial amounts of ecstasy and speed. The application was made after a police officer admitted that he had not sworn in affidavits, relating to Mokbel’s case, correctly. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
This month ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program hosted three Farmer Field Day Events in Pakistan as part of the USDA-funded FEEDing Pakistan program. With support from the Kansas Soybean Commission, ASA/WISHH brought Ram Bhujel, a tilapia expert from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, to present at the field days.Building upon last year’s successful tilapia feeding demonstrations under FEEDing Pakistan, Pakistani fish farmers have imported more than 1.5 million tilapia fry from Thailand this year. More than 150 progressive fish farmers and fisheries department staff participated in the field days. Bhujel was also able to provide vital one-on-one technical assistance to a select group of famers and technical staff, building local capacity through the transfer of knowledge. Through the seminars and consultations Bhujel was able to stress the valuable role soy plays in aquaculture around the world.ASA/WISHH partner Oryza is currently producing soy-based floating fish feed in Pakistan with imported U.S. soybean meal. The feed is the first of its kind produced in the country.Group of farmers at the ASA/WISHH Farmer Field Day event in Chillya, Pakistan.(WISHH photo by R.S.N. Janjua, WISHH Country Representative, Pakistan)
A collage of Vijay’s pictures (Thalapathy 63) taken when he attended a wedding.Vijay Twitter Fans PageSun TV, which has returned to the business with a bang, has acquired the satellite rights of one more big project after Rajinikanth’s Petta. The leading Tamil GEC (General Entertainment Channel) has bagged the TV rights of Vijay’s upcoming movie, presently referred to as Thalapathy 63.As per the reports, the channels sealed the deal for an undisclosed price, but people from the industry say that the channel has shelled out a record amount to beat the competition.Thalapathy 63 is a sports drama which is filled with action and Vijay’s trademark comedy. The film, reportedly, deals around the corruption associated with football sport in the country.Vijay is one of the big names in Kollywood and is only next only to Rajinikanth in terms of popularity. His movies often garner record TRP numbers. Hence, his movies are considered as safe bets by TV channels.On an average, the TV rights of Vijay movies are easily sold over Rs 20+ crore. It has to be noted that his films are watched by Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada cine-goers too. The film marks the third union of Vijay with Atlee after Theri and Mersal. Nayanthara plays the female lead in the flick, which is funded by AGS Entertainment.The makers of the movie are yet to announce the title and movie is expected to be out in the month of October to coincide with Diwali celebrations. Thalapathy Vijay in Sarkar.PR Handout
Hundreds of Rohingya refugees shout slogans as they protest against their repatriation at the Unchiprang camp in Teknaf, on 15 November 2018. — Photo: ReutersBangladesh’s plans to tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis have been stalled until the new year with repatriation and relocation programs only likely to be revisited following year-end general elections, a top Bangladeshi official said on Sunday.Abul Kalam, Bangladesh’s refugee relief and repatriation commissioner, told Reuters “a new course of action” needed to be adopted on repatriation that took into account refugees’ key demands.More than 720,000 Rohingya fled a sweeping army crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in 2017, according to UN agencies. The crackdown was launched in response to insurgent Rohingya attacks on security forces.Rohingya refugees say soldiers and Buddhist civilians killed families, burned many villages and carried out gang rapes. UN-mandated investigators have accused Myanmar’s army of “genocidal intent” and ethnic cleansing. Myanmar has denied almost all the accusations, saying its forces engaged in a counter-insurgency operation against “terrorists”.In late October, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to begin to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled, but the plan has been opposed by the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and the UN refugee agency and aid groups, who fear for the safety of Rohingya in Myanmar.The repatriation of the first batch of 2,200 refugees was to begin officially on 15 November, but it stalled amid protests at the refugee camps. None of those on the list agreed to return if their demands for justice, citizenship and the ability to go back to their original villages and lands were not met.“I don’t think anyone’s agreeing to go back without these,” said Kalam, who last week called on the international community to pressure Myanmar to accept certain “logical and acceptable” demands in order for any repatriation to take place.Myanmar does not consider the Rohingya a native ethnic group and calls them “Bengalis”, suggesting they belong in Bangladesh. It has agreed to take the Rohingya back and said they would need to accept the National Verification Card, which it says would allow Rohingya to apply for citizenship. The Rohingya reject the card, saying it brands them foreigners.Kalam said he believed Myanmar needed to propose a “clearer path” to citizenship for the Rohingya if any returns were to take place, adding he would raise the matter at the next bilateral meeting on repatriation, likely to take place next month.Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay was not reachable on Sunday for comment.With Bangladesh now set to go to the polls on 30 December, any decision either to repatriate people, or relocate refugees from the crowded camps to Bangladesh’s Bhasan Char island will not proceed until 2019, Kalam said.“Elections are coming up now, so the government will only finalise a future course of action after the elections,” said Kalam, adding that Bangladesh remained ready to repatriate refugees if any volunteered to return.Bangladesh has vowed not to force anyone to return.Kalam said construction work on alternative housing on Bhasan Char was “nearly complete.” He said he was hopeful some refugees would agree to move, given the island’s “livelihood opportunities” such as fishing and farming. Aid agencies express caution as the island is prone to flooding.
While it looks unlikely that the residential and commercial areas of the District of Columbia will become the state of Washington, D.C. during the Republican-led U.S. Congress, the city agency charged with getting statehood is moving forward undeterred.On Dec. 6, the D.C. Statehood Commission held its last meeting of the year at the John A. Wilson Building, including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D), D.C. Statehood Sens. Paul Strauss (D) and Michael Brown (D) and D.C. Statehood Rep. Franklin Garcia (D).Bowser said legislative activity on Capitol Hill makes the need for statehood for the District critical. “It is important that the work in front of us proceeds,” the mayor said. “In recent weeks, there has been substantial legislation that has been passed in the Congress and we have not had a voice. Tax reform has passed both houses and it is unclear what the impact on D.C. will be. Our congresswoman didn’t have a vote in the House and there is no voice or vote in the U.S. Senate from D.C.”While the residents of the District pay federal taxes and have to honor obligations of citizenship such as being drafted into the military in a time of war, the city is represented by a delegate, who can serve and vote in committees but cannot vote on the House floor. The delegate is Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1991.Bowser said the Senate’s tax reform plan “will benefit the one percent and raise taxes for the middle class.”“Does their tax plan work for D.C.,” she said rhetorically. “We should have a vote on those deliberations.”Beverly Perry serves as a senior advisor to Bowser and is charged with working with the D.C. Statehood Commission. Perry said there is progress on Capitol Hill for statehood.“Congresswoman Norton has 141 co-sponsors for her statehood bill and in the Senate, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) has 20 co-sponsors,” she said. Norton introduced the “Washington, D.C. Admission Act of 2017” and Carper has brought forward companion legislation in his chamber.Perry outlined the states she and her staff are focusing on for statehood support. “The states that we are targeting for D.C. statehood support are Arizona, Washington, Alaska, New Mexico, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Georgia, South Carolina and New Hampshire,” she said.Perry’s staff reviewed extensive data to determine the target states. In addition, Perry plans to ask local organizations to reach out to their national memberships to support statehood and establish a speaker’s bureau.She also noted that the District gets 20 million visitors each year and said that they are ripe for persuasion on statehood. “We will have statehood education kiosks at Union Station and at Reagan National Airport,” she said. “Also, we are planning on having signs that show the actual boundaries of the state of Washington, D.C.”While the members of the commission were satisfied with the work of Perry, there was still frustration that the statehood effort hasn’t caught on with some people. “I am angry and I think we should all be angry,” Brown said, voicing his anxiety at the media and residents who don’t show up for statehood strategy meetings.Brown said the $75,000 budget he works with is inadequate, given that he has a website and a radio show dedicated to the cause. Strauss said that celebrities such as comedian Dave Chapelle have taken up the statehood cause and that the movement is a member of the Unrepresented People’s and Nations Organization, which recently voted to support statehood.Garcia said that while reaching national and international audiences is great, he said local support is critical as well. “We need to make sure that D.C. statehood means something to the common D.C. citizen,” he said.
Example of a serial key requestPC gamers are used to the DRM shipping with games requiring the entry of a long multi-character key it’s very easy to type in wrong. The request for a code usually pops-up during installation as a way of verifying you actually purchased the game. In the box along with the disc will be a card with the serial key on, or it will appear in the game manual somewhere.Until now such codes have been limited to PC games, but Sony is thought to be considering them for PS3 games as an extra form of protection. With the PS3 master key going public Sony needs a new way of protecting games, and serial keys could be the solution.Although only confirmed by a “very reliable source” talking to PS3-Sense, such keys do form a major problem for both Sony and PS3 owners. The problem comes in the form of each key being many characters in length and the PS3 not shipping with a keyboard. That means a very tedious controller-typing exercise for every new game purchased which no one is going to enjoy.Such a move may seem too painful for Sony to consider with any seriousness, but the benefits for the company may outweigh the complaints. Not only would it introduce a new form of protection against piracy, it would also tie a game to a single console or user account. That in turn would mean no game trade-ins and no game rentals.Read more at PS3-Sense (translated), via Thinq.co.ukMatthew’s OpinionTyping in a serial key as we currently do for PC games would be very tedious, but Sony could reformat the codes into sequences of a smaller set of characters and bring up a grid of those characters on your TV to input the sequence on. Doing that once would not be a major hassle and may be accepted by gamers.What would cause more upset is the tying of a game to a console or account. That would destroy the market for PS3 trade-ins and used sales as well as rentals. Something Sony and games publishers would love, but retailers and gamers would hate.Will this happen? If Sony see it as a solution to piracy then it may. If they see killing the rental and used game market as a a big positive then it definitely will.