IND vs SA: Anushka Sharma reacts to Virat Kohli’s stunning double hundred

first_img India Today Web Desk PuneOctober 11, 2019UPDATED: October 11, 2019 23:09 IST Virat Kohli smashed a double hundred in 2nd Test against South Africa. (Twitter: Virat Kohli)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli scored his career-best 254 in Pune as India declared for 601/5It was Virat Kohli’s 7th Test double hundredVirat Kohli is now joint 4th in the list of most double centuries in TestsSwashbuckling batsman Virat Kohli smashed a scintillating 7th double hundred and his career-best 254 in Pune as India piled on 601 for 5 on Day 2 of second Test against South Africa.On the course, the ‘run-machine’ also set a slew of records. With his 7th double ton, Kohli went past Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar for the most double hundreds in Test cricket by an Indian.Virat Kohli is now joint 4th in the list of most double centuries in Tests with Wally Hammond of England and Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka. Only Don Bradman (12), Kumar Sangakkara (11) and Brian Lara (9) have more Test double hundreds than Kohli.Not just this, the Indian captain also crossed the 7000-run mark in Test cricket, becoming the 3rd fastest Indian to the feat after Virender Sehwag (134) and Sachin Tendulkar (136).Indian captain Virat Kohli ended his 2019 Test century drought by scoring a sparkling hundred in Pune on Friday to put the hosts on top vs South Africa in the ongoing 2nd Test. In doing so, Kohli not just scored his 26th Test century but soon also brought up his 150.Kohli also surpassed Australian legend Don Bradman as the captain with most scores of 150 and above and equaled former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting’s record of scoring the most number of centuries as Test captain.With his phenomenal batting in Pune, Kohli left the fans going gaga over him. Not just the fans, Kohli’s near and dear ones also praised him after his double hundred.Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma took to social medai where she posted a picture of Virat Kohli heart emojis in her Instagram story.advertisement Other than Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja hit 91 while Umesh Yadav picked 2 wickets on his comeback as India took firm control of the 2nd Test against South Africa in Pune.Kohli’s record-breaking innings helped India declare at 601 for 5 before Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami broke the backbone of the South African batting line-up. By stumps, South Africa were 36 for 3, trailing India by 565 runs.Also Read | India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Virat Kohli epic leaves South Africa with a mountain to climbAlso Read | India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Virat Kohli epic leaves South Africa with a mountain to climbFor 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 byAnita Jat IND vs SA: Anushka Sharma reacts to Virat Kohli’s stunning double hundredIndia vs South Africa 2nd Test: Virat Kohli smashed a double hundred as he surpassed Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar for the most double hundreds in Test cricket by an Indian.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Seaspans Unencumbered Vessel Pool Increased to 32 Ships

first_imgzoomImage courtesy: Unsplash/Cameron Venti Hong Kong-based charter owner and containership operator Seaspan Corporation informed that it had prepaid a credit facility which was secured by eight of its vessels.Upon completion of the collateral release documentation in respect of this facility and the facility prepaid in November 2018, Seaspan’s pool of unencumbered vessels has been expanded to 32 ships.“In line with our corporate goals, Seaspan continues to reduce leverage and streamline its capital structure, which will enhance our balance sheet flexibility going forward,” Ryan Courson, Chief Financial Officer of Seaspan, commented.The unencumbered asset pool includes fourteen 4,250 TEU ships, ten 2,500 TEU ships, two 3,500 TEU, two 8,500 TEU, two 9,600 TEU and two 10,000 TEU boxships.The announcement is being made on the heels of Fairfax’s closure of the second tranche of its USD 1 billion investment in Seaspan.With the closing of the second investment, Fairfax’s aggregate shareholdings in Seaspan are 76.9 million Class A common shares or 36% of shares outstanding.last_img read more

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Haryana CM flags off HisarChandigarh flight service

first_imgChandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar flagged off the Hisar-Chandigarh flight service from the Hisar airport on Tuesday.The flight, started under the regional connectivity scheme, was boarded by Khattar as its first passenger, an official said. Khattar said SpiceJet would initially provide daily service of two flights between Hisar and Chandigarh. The timing of the flights from Hisar are 8 am and 4 pm, and from Chandigarh are 9.30 am and 5.30 pm. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The price of an one-way flight from Hisar to Chandigarh has been fixed at Rs 1,674 per ticket. After Chandigarh, SpiceJet will gradually expand its air services from Hisar to Delhi, Jammu, Dehradun and Shimla, according to the chief minister. “Today, air travel is being started through a small seven-seater airplane,” Khattar said, adding that 18-seater and larger airplanes would also be able to fly from the airport later. He said the process of advance booking would start after a week, for which SpiceJet had to complete some formalities. According to the chief minister, the Hisar airport will be developed as an international-level airport in three phases. For this, 4,200 acres of land has been made available and the process of providing 3,000 acres of additional land is in progress. The length of the runway, which is 4,000 feet at present, will be increased to 10,000 feet, a required criteria for an international-level airport, Khattar said.last_img read more

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Junior hockey team in British Columbia is still waiting for 75 million

first_imgKIMBERLEY, B.C. – A junior hockey team in southeastern British Columbia says it has yet to receive a multimillion-dollar donation it was promised last month, but the man behind the pledge says it will be in the team’s hands in 10 days.The board of directors of the Kimberley Dynamiters posted a statement Monday on Facebook thanking fans for their support and explaining that it had yet to receive the $7.5 million.The junior B team said Mike Gould of Calgary was giving the organization the money during an announcement at the Dynamiters’ home game on Oct. 13.Gould said Wednesday he knew the Dynamiters would be releasing the statement and the delay on his end has been resolved.“Everything is done and dealt with. Everything will be done in the next 10 days and they will have their money,” he said in a telephone interview.He said the delay was due to minor issues and also “with the banks.” He didn’t elaborate.“I will be giving it to them,” he said.At the time the announcement was made, Gould said he was born in Kimberley and grew up playing hockey there.He said his mother died in December and she would have been proud of him as he waved to a crowd of 700 when the donation was announced.“It was a little emotional, not having mom there. She would be down on the ice going ‘That’s my boy,’ ” he said shortly after the event.Gould has said he won a 2008 jackpot in a EuroMillions lottery but would not disclose how much.The Dynamiters’ board says completing the team’s season in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is its main priority and it will not make any further statements unless there are developments.“The commitment promised to the Kimberley Dynamiters and Kimberley minor hockey has not been received,” the team says in its Facebook post.“We thank all of the Dynamiter fans and the wider community for their interest and continued support.”The team said previously it was discussing ways of using the money, including channelling some of it to the Kimberley Minor Hockey Association to help boost registration.The minor hockey association said the publicity surrounding the donations has hurt its fundraising.“Kimberley minor hockey relies on the generous donations from the community to help support our fundraising during our tournaments. This year KMHA members have been getting turned down for donations on the assumption of a large rumoured donation and we feel that it needs to be clarified that there has been no money donated to the association or its members,” president Curtis McLaren said in a statement released Tuesday night.“Kimberley minor hockey has had no direct contact with Mr. Gould and has not been promised any money by any person or organization.”last_img read more

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Toronto loses bid to host Amazon HQ2 mayor says effort still represented

first_imgTORONTO — Amazon will be spreading its highly anticipated second headquarters over two North American locations, but confirmed on Tuesday that it will not be calling Canada home.The retail behemoth announced that its new main base — popularly dubbed HQ2 — will be divided between New York City and Arlington, Va., putting an end to Toronto’s hopes of hosting the massive expansion that came with the promise of 50,000 jobs.The joint bid from Toronto and surrounding municipalities was among dozens from Canadian cities eager to court Amazon, but the only one to make the company’s shortlist of 20 final contenders.Canadian mayors involved in the extensive pitch said the effort represented a win even if the ultimate prize proved elusive.“Our city is booming and this process has allowed us to tell that success story — the story of our tech industry and our ability to foster that industry — around the world,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a statement. “There is no other place in North America which can boast all in one location the same talent, the same quality of life, the same vibrancy and economic strength.”Tory said Global Toronto, the company that co-ordinated the city’s proposal, remains in touch with Amazon to pursue “follow-up opportunities,” but provided no other details.The mayor also said Global Toronto estimated the bidding process represented about $143 million in advertising value for the city, but did not say how that calculation was reached. Global Toronto did not immediately respond to request for comment.The mayor of Markham, Ont., one of the municipalities involved in Toronto’s pitch, said making the final round of HQ2 competition was a significant victory.“Toronto Region being shortlisted for #AmazonHQ2 is an incredible achievement,” Frank Scarpitti wrote on Twitter. “It shows the strength of our region and our diverse talent. Our reputation as an innovation hub is growing.”Toronto’s bid, which billed the city and surrounding municipalities as a culturally diverse, safe and affordable hub for potential corporate growth, met many of the criteria Amazon laid out when announcing plans for a second headquarters.The company had indicated it wanted to locate near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to more than 740,000 square metres in the next decade.In the end, however, the company opted to spread its resources more widely.HQ2’s New York location will be in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens, while its Arlington offices will be located in an area called National Landing. Each site will get 25,000 jobs.Amazon said it could spend more than US$5 billion to build its second headquarters over the next 17 years. The two locations combined would be about the same size as the company’s current home in Seattle, which houses 33 buildings, 23 restaurants and 40,000 employees.In addition, the online retailer said it will open an operations hub in Nashville, creating a further 5,000 positions.The decision ends an intense competition among 238 North American cities, many of which resorted to stunts to curry favour with the company. Calgary’s irreverent campaign, for instance, dispatched city spokespeople to Amazon’s current headquarters in Seattle to erect a 36.5-metre by three-meter banner. The sign declared “we’re not saying we’d fight a bear for you … but we totally would. “Other Canadian competitors, such as the Ontario cities of Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie,  mounted bids with sister cities in Michigan while talking up the potential advantages of cross-border flexibility.Amazon made it clear, however, that financial incentives like tax breaks and grants would carry more weight. Toronto’s bid did not contain any such measures.The company has, however, been expanding its footprint in Canada in recent months — in July it announced a fulfilment centre in Ottawa and another in Caledon, Ont., that will bring more than 1,400 full-time jobs to Ontario. The company has nine warehouses in Canada and a technology hub in Vancouver that is undergoing an expansion.— with files from the Associated PressMichelle McQuigge , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Candidates in North West Delhi claim to have secured decisive mandate

first_imgNew Delhi: North West Delhi constituency where polling took place on Sunday, witnessed slight fall in voter turnout. The constituency recorded around 58.99 per cent votes in comparison to 61.66 per cent in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The candidates of three major political parties, despite having a lower voting percentage this time, claimed to have secured the decisive mandate.The voters, however, said to vote for development as the constituency is a mix of unauthorised colonies, middle class urban areas, an industrial belt and a swathe or rural areas. “While civic issues and facilities are the key issues in the urban areas of the constituency, in the rural belt, people say they need hospitals, better transport, higher education institutions, especially for girls, and lower electricity tariff for tube wells. Hence we have keeping these issues in mind,” said Mahesh, a time voter from Mangol Puri area. As far as assembly wise data is concerned Narela recorded 60.87 per cent, Badli 57.83 per cent, Rithala 58.44 per cent, Bawana 58.78 per cent, Mundaka 56.05 per cent, Kirari 58.69 per cent, Sultan Pur Majra 60.90 per cent, Nangloi Jat 54.03 per cent, Mangol Puri 63.74 per cent and Rohini 64.10 per cent votes. “There was slow but peaceful voting were witnessed in all 10 assembly constituencies. Despite the lower turn out, efforts were made to attract maximum number of voters at poling booths,” said a polling office deputed at one of the booths in constituency. The BJP has fielded popular Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans, preferring him over the incumbent Udit Raj, who then joined the Congress a day after denying the ticket. The Congress has fielded on one of its three working presidents and two-time MLA Rajesh Lilothia while the AAP has given ticket to Gugan Singh, a former BJP MLA from Bawana assembly constituency. The constituency of 23.7 lakh voters has a sizeable Scheduled Caste population mainly Jatav and Balmiki, roughly 22 per cent of the voter base. The villages are dominated by Jats and Brahmins, while unauthorised colonies and slums have mostly Scheduled Caste and Muslim voters. Considering the fact, the AAP candidate comes from Jatav community while BJP and Congress candidates are from Balmiki community. “The community from which Hans Raj Hans comes has nearly 3.5 lakh votes in three assembly constituencies- Sultan Puri, Mangol Puri and Bawana and we are hopeful that we will get 95 per cent votes of this community alone. Besides this we have also get a huge support of voters especially Jatav from Bawana, a stronghold of the AAP candidate. Poor performance of AAP in Delhi and zero possibility of forming government by the Congress in Centre is the key reason of support to BJP besides Modi Wave,” said Manoj ChandelNorth-West Media Co-Incharge, BJP. The Congress candidate Rajesh Lilothia, while talking to media, said to win the election. “The people who are fed up with AAP and BJP in Delhi and Centre, desperately want to change their representative. Both the parties have miserably failed to address the issues hence we are confident of our victory. The vision of Congress party is also a factor bringing people closes to us,” said Lilothia. The AAP candidate Gugan Singh, however, claim to work scores of development related projects.last_img read more

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US expects record domestic oil production in 2019 2020

The U.S. says domestic oil production levels will reach new heights this year and next, and that prices will be lower than they were in 2018.The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Tuesday that it expects the United States to pump 12.4 million barrels of crude a day in 2019 and 13.2 million barrels a day in 2020. The January average was 12 million barrels a day, up 90,000 from December.Most of the increase is expected to come from Texas and New Mexico.The energy agency expects U.S. benchmark crude to cost less than $55 a barrel this year and $58 next year, down from $65 in 2018. It expects internationally traded oil to be $61 this year and $62 next year, down from $71 in 2018.The Associated Press read more

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At UN Southeast Asian ministers highlight regions efforts on Global Goals

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn of Cambodia addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak “I wish to emphasize here the responsibility of the rich countries which have the means to turn these goals into reality,” he said, noting that two billion of the world’s inhabitants still live in poverty and 1.2 billion have to survive on a daily budget of $1.25. “Based on those figures alone, it is clear how urgent a task the 17 SDGs present.”Turning to non-governmental organizations, media and governments that have criticized Cambodia’s treatment of the opposition and its rules on slander and incitement to racial hatred, Mr. Sokhonn accused them of transforming “the least of our weaknesses into crimes of State.” “Multilateralism, international law, peace, cooperation and development are also the key elements to build a peaceful, stable and prosperous Asia-Pacific region,” the Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam, Phạm Bình Minh, told the Assembly’s annual debate. Viet Nam is strongly committed to implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a plan of action has been developed, he said. It is also working with UN agencies to craft the One Strategic Plan 2017-2021, as part of the UN’s ‘Delivering as One’ initiative, to assist Viet Nam in SDG implementation, he added. SDG implementation also encompasses efforts to restructure the economy and transforming the growth model, develop sustainable infrastructure, ensure social justice, address inequalities and protect the environment, he stressed, adding that as one of the countries forecasted to be hardest hit by climate change and sea-level rise, Viet Nam is expediting procedures for the early ratification of the Paris Agreement, and is planning its implementation. Viet Nam believes it essential to bring into full play its domestic resources and to mainstream sustainability into its development vision, strategies and policies, with the people at the centre, he said, also calling on developed countries to uphold their responsibility for assisting developing nations especially in the areas of financing, capacity building, technology transfer, and trade facilitation. Regional countries are working to promote initiatives for political, economic, social and cultural cooperation and integration, including new generation free trade areas, but the Asia-Pacific region also contains risks of conflict, especially in the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea. With regard to recent “complicated developments” in the South China Sea, Viet Nam calls upon all parties concerned to exercise self-restraint and solve disputes by peaceful means in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, fully respect diplomatic and legal processes, implement the Declaration on the Conduct of parties on the South China Sea (DOC) and expedite the completion of the Code of Conduct in South China Sea (COC), he said. Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, said that the Government is formulating a national SDG roadmap, establishing a broad-based and inclusive committee to oversee and monitor implementation of SDGs. He also stressed the importance of vocational training to prepare youth for the labour market and also prepare human capital for nation-building. The graduates of the Technical and Vocational Educational Training programmes have a 90 per cent employability rate. Malaysia is also working to make it the start-up capital of Asia through the establishment of Malaysian Global Innovation and Creative Centre. In the fight against terrorism, Malaysia has incorporated de-radicalisation and rehabilitation programmes towards changing the mind-sets of radicalized extremist individuals and avoiding relapse. So far, the success rate is around 97.5 per cent, he said. Malaysia has also widened the definition of human trafficking and migrant smuggling under the 2007 act to include labour exploitation.Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon highlighted the need for real political will to achieve the ambitious aims of the SDGs. Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi of Malaysia addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak read more

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Sabotage suspected after Rahamans Park Christmas tree collapses

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo nabbed with Rahaman’s Park Christmas tree strapsDecember 3, 2017In “Crime”Scores of persons attend light-up of 70-foot Christmas treeDecember 3, 2017In “Local News”200 children receive gifts at Rahaman’s Park Christmas tree light upDecember 10, 2016In “latest news” The annual Christmas tree light-up was nearly halted as sections of the structure came crashing down on Saturday morning in a suspected act of sabotage. However, Ray Rahaman has announced that the celebration will go full steam ahead for this evening as he made alternative arrangements for another tree.At about 11:00h on Saturday, traffic along several sections of the East Bank Demerara highway crawled at a snail’s pace after the Rahaman’s Park tree fell onto the roadway. The Police were quickly alerted and traffic ranks were deployed to re-direct traffic, as workmen removed the tree which Rahaman believes cannot be fixed due to the damage it sustained.Rahaman said  the tree’s destruction was the work of a saboteur given that the straps holding the 70-foot structure were removed and were missing.“Someone came here last night, went under the tree and took off all of the ratchet straps and stole the straps that were locking the tree together. The tree was doing fine, everything was tested,” he noted.Rahaman however stated that the annual tree light-up will go ahead as planned as an ever-green Christmas tree, also standing at 70 feet, has been identified to illuminate the area. The businessman observed the danger that surrounded the artificial tree’s collapse, as only moments earlier, a workmen was atop the structure.“If I had come back 15 minutes after with the extra lights, he would have been up there, and he would have been no more,” he stressed.Rahaman however encouraged the public to come out and enjoy the launch which begins at 17:00h this evening with the ceremonial light-up. read more

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VIDEO Eagle Scout Candidate Creates Video Project To Highlight Wilmington Youth Center

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Eagle Scout candidate Adam Kulis, of Troop 56, recently created a video to draw attention to the need for adult volunteers at the Wilmington Youth Center.“We’re in desperate need of new board members,” a current board member told Kulis. “We haven’t had any for a few years. A lot of our current board members don’t have kids [in the program] anymore. At end of this year, we’re going to probably losing half of our board. If we don’t get new board members, the youth center may not be able to continue. We need new volunteers to keep the organization going.”Kulis also stressed how much fun children (Grades 6-8) have at the Wilmington Youth Center, which features video games, basketball, pool, jukebox, foosball, refreshments, and dances.“It’s place that lets kids be kids in a fun and safe environment,” said Kulis.Watch the 3-minute video below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, September 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”2018 TOWN ELECTION: Read This Helpful Town Election Information Guide Put Together By An Eagle Scout CandidateIn “Government”last_img read more

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Yahoo Inc in search advertising deal with Google Inc to turn company

first_imgYahoo Inc said on Tuesday it had signed a search advertising deal with Google Inc, providing a potential boost to Marissa Mayer’s efforts to turn around the company, which also reported revenue and profit that fell short of market estimates.The deal with Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, builds on an existing search partnership Microsoft Corp under which Yahoo gets a percentage of revenue from ads displayed on its sites.Yahoo, whose shares were down 1.6 percent in after-hours trading, said the companies have agreed to delay implementation of the deal in the United States to allow the antitrust division of the Department of Justice to review it.Yahoo has been struggling to boost revenue from ad sales in the face of stiff competition from Google and Facebook.The Google deal was one of the few bright spots included in the company’s third-quarter results statement.Yahoo said it expected fourth-quarter revenue of $1.16 billion–$1.20 billion, well below the average analyst estimate of $1.33 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Mayer, in her fourth year as chief executive, said the forecast was “not indicative of the performance we want.””We are also experiencing continued revenue headwinds in our core (advertising) business, especially in the legacy portions,” Mayer said on a call with analysts.Yahoo said the proposed spinoff of its 15 percent stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd – a key issue for shareholders – may now close in January.Yahoo earlier this year sought a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service to confirm whether the transaction, worth about $27 billion currently, would result in a tax obligation. The tax agency denied the request, but Yahoo said it would go ahead with the spinoff by year-end anyway.Many analysts attribute little value to Yahoo’s core business without its Asian assets, which also include a 35 percent stake in Yahoo Japan Corp.Apart from the Google deal, the only other good news came results came from Yahoo’s emerging businesses, which Mayer calls Mavens – mobile, video, native and social advertising.Revenue in that area rose 43 percent to $422 million in the quarter. Native advertising refers to ads that blend into the type and style of the content being viewed.Excluding items, the company earned 15 cents per share, missing the average analyst estimate of 17 cents.Revenue after deducting fees paid to partner websites fell to $1.0 billion from $1.09 billion, and the company forecast a drop to $920 million-$960 million in the current quarter.Traffic acquisition costs, the amount Yahoo spends to attract users to its websites, jumped to $223 million in the quarter from $54 million a year earlier.GAAP revenue rose 6.8 percent to $1.23 billion, falling short of the average analyst estimate of $1.26 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Through Tuesday’s close of $32.83, Yahoo’s shares had lost 35 percent this year.last_img read more

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Delhi Airbus to set up its first Asia training centre for aircraft

first_imgAirbus will set up a training facility at Aerocity in New Delhi to support India’s growing need for Airbus aircraft pilots and maintenance engineers. On Friday, March 17, the ground-breaking for the Airbus India Training Centre was performed by Minister of Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Airbus CEO Tom Enders in the presence of Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha.Speaking on the occasion, Raju said that India’s rapidly growing passenger aircraft fleet must be matched by adequate availability of skilled pilots and maintenance engineers.”Airbus’ pilot and maintenance engineering training centre is the type of facility which will help augment the talent pool of such personnel and thus be a force multiplier for the Indian aviation sector,” he said.He also wanted Airbus to think of creating MRO facility in India to take forward the Make in India policy of the Narendra Modi government, as this would create employment opportunity.Airbus CEO Tom Enders added: “We have only scratched the surface when it comes to the growth of civil aviation in India. This training centre will be the first such facility fully owned by us in Asia. It is a symbol of our enduring partnership with this country.”India is the fastest growing domestic aviation market in the world and is expected to continue to grow at an annualised 9.3 percent over the next 20 years, outpacing the world average of 4.6 percent.The number of trips per capita in India is expected to quadruple by 2035 due to a combination of economic and demographic factors.To cater to this huge demand, Airbus forecasts a requirement for at least 1,600 new passenger and freighter aircraft by 2035. The consequent increase in Indian in-service aircraft fleet will lead to an accompanying need for over 24,000 new pilots and maintenance engineers.The Airbus India Training Centre will be built in a modular concept in order to become operational by end-2018 with two A320 full flight simulators, increasing to four and potentially to six simulators in due course.It will start with an initial capacity to train over 800 pilots and 200 maintenance engineers annually. The centre will cater primarily to Airbus operators in India and the region.Airbus has more than 250 aircraft in service in India and over 570 are on order by Indian airlines.last_img read more

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Postdemonetisation Govt receives vital info on transactions of 2 lakh suspicious companies

first_imgA man counts 1000 Indian rupee banknotes outside a branch of Bank of India in Mumbai, India, November 10, 2016.Reuters fileThe government on Friday announced that it has received ‘vital information’ on suspicious transactions post-demonetisation. The data provided by 13 banks has revealed suspicious transactions carried out by 2,09,032 companies, which were already blacklisted by the Registrar of Companies earlier this year.”It may be recalled that after being struck off, operation of the bank accounts of these 2,09,032 suspicious companies were restricted for discharge of their liabilities only,” the government said in a release on Friday.The government said that data received from the banks pertains to about 5,800 companies (out of more than 2 lakh that were struck off) involving 13,140 accounts. “This in itself is a revealing figure,” the government added.Data shows that companies have been found to have more than 100 bank accounts to their names, with the highest being a company with 2,134 accounts.”The data pertaining to the pre-demonetisation account balances and transactions conducted from the accounts of these companies during the demonetisation period is even more startling,” the release said.Excluding the loan accounts, these companies were having a meagre balance of Rs 22.05 crore to their credit before the announcement of demonetisation on November 8, 2016. However, after the announcement till the date of their being struck off by Registrar of Companies, these companies have altogether deposited a whopping Rs 4,573.87 crore in their accounts and withdrawn an equally large amount of Rs 4,552 crore, the government said in the release.”Disturbing factors have been identified of companies having multiple accounts with miniscule or negative balance as on November 8, 2016, which have then deposited and withdrawn amounts going in several crores from these accounts. The accounts were thereafter again left as dormant accounts with paltry balance,” the official release added.In its release, the government stated that agencies have been asked to complete necessary investigation in a time bound manner.last_img read more

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Louisville Announces 2019 Baseball Radio Schedule

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball program’s radio schedule for the 2019 season was released on Wednesday, with all 56 regular season games as well as all postseason games slated for radio coverage. FOLLOWING THE CARDINALS ON SOCIAL MEDIAFans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB. Print Friendly Version 2019 Baseball Broadcast Schedule Story Links ESPN Louisville, the group behind local stations ESPN 680 and 105.7 FM, launched 93.9 The Ville, powered by ESPN, on Jan. 29, 2015. The station provides coverage of the Cardinals through an official partnership with Louisville Sports Properties, which represents UofL athletics. The Cardinals enter the 2019 season ranked as high as No. 4 in the preseason rankings after a seventh consecutive season with at least 40 wins in 2018. Louisville was ranked in all six major preseason polls, five of which had the Cardinals inside the top 10.center_img 93.9 The Ville will serve as the flagship station for the fifth consecutive season. Selected games during the regular season will be broadcast on 1450 WXVW. Louisville opens the season on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. against No. 20 Connecticut in Lakeland, Fla. The series continues Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. All three games are scheduled for coverage on 93.9 The Ville. Sean Moth will once again be on the call of Louisville baseball games this spring with road weekends against Connecticut, Duke, Clemson, NC State, Notre Dame and Virginia. The home portion of the schedule features contests with Boston College, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Miami, Vanderbilt and Florida State. 2019 LOUISVILLE BASEBALL SEASON TICKETSAfter one season of ticketed admission for all home games, the Cardinals are giving free admission back to the fans in 2019. Louisville’s 15 ACC games as well as non-conference games against UK and Vanderbilt will be ticketed events at Jim Patterson Stadium. All other non-conference matchups, including games against Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Xavier, will have free admission.The 2019 reserved chairback ticket packages, which include one ticket to each of the 17 ticketed games, are priced at $110 for adults, $90 for senior adults/youths and $90 for families of four or more. Season tickets for the Left Field Berm are also available at $50 per ticket. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here, by calling 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Complete details on 2019 UofL baseball tickets can be found at gocards.com/bsbtickets.last_img read more

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Gordon Rises a Dark Knight Parties and Gotham City Gets its Sirens

first_img Even though Professor Pyg isn’t turning out to be as scary as early ads led us to believe, Gotham has still managed to get a pretty great villain out of him. All the truly horrific stuff he does happens off screen. We see the aftermath; we hear his taunting voice when he contacts Gordon. We only get a good look at his face right at the end of the episode when he takes off the prosthetics he used to fool the future commissioner. In last night’s episode, it became clear that Pyg isn’t on the show to shock and horrify us (although that’s almost certainly coming). He’s here to set Gordon on the path to becoming the police commissioner we all know from the comics. He’s been playing the one decent cop for a few episodes now. This is how he gets the rest of the GCPD behind him.It all starts with every cop in the GCPD getting a pig’s head delivered to them. Every cop except Gordon. The explanation that the delivery guy couldn’t smell what he was delivering because he has a cold is a little silly, but hey, I laughed. Worse yet, three cops soon go missing. Right away, the stakes are clear for Gordon. Pyg is turning his fellow officers against him. He needs to catch Pyg or cede the city completely to Penguin. That might be happening already. Despite Gordon insisting that Bullock quit taking Penguin’s money, Bullock pretty much turns the investigation over to Penguin entirely. As far as the writing and pacing go, this episode might be one of the best Gotham has ever had. Every scene drives the story forward. Nothing feels like filler, leading to an exciting hour of television that’s over way too soon.Robin Lord Taylor (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)Penguin has his own reasons for getting involved with the cops. He wants to show Sofia Falcone that his methods are working. Now that she’s taking care of kids in her orphanage, she has completely inserted herself into his mind as a mother figure. He is so desperate to gain her approval, he brags about his genius idea when it shows up on the news. She tells him her father would never have aligned with the GCPD. They’re going to fail big and take Penguin down with them. And with that lovely bit of foreshadowing, we have something to look forward to at the end of the episode. Of course, Penguin wants to prove he’s right, so he extends his partnership with the cops even farther. Sofia isn’t putting herself in this motherly role for no reason. It’s already clear she’s doing it to manipulate Penguin, and we’re starting to see her do just that. She had to know that criticizing his decision would only strengthen his resolve to make a mistake. And now she’s proven to be right, he trusts her even more. Whatever Sofia’s planning, it’s working.All this made sure that when the Gordon tracked Pyg to an abandoned courthouse and Penguin showed up to take over, we knew what was coming. Penguin’s grandstanding in front of the press guaranteed that things were about to go very bad for him. Even so, I have to say this episode pulled off its twist remarkably well. The revelation that the cop in the ambulance was actually Pyg delivered a satisfying shock. We also finally got to see Gordon play the hero for the first time in way too long. Bullock charges in, accidentally shoots a fellow cop and activates an automatic turret. A surprising amount of police die in this sequence, but at least Gordon gets to look like a badass, charging in and taking down turrets with a grenade launcher. The show is obviously preparing him to be a commissioner now. His actions have inspired a few of his fellow cops to stand up to Penguin. Meanwhile, Bullock is drinking in his office. The episode began with Gordon sitting in the Commissioner’s chair. The season will almost certainly end that way.Jessica Lucas and Erin Richards (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)The other major development of the episode saw the birth of this show’s version of the Gotham City Sirens. Now that Ra’s Al Ghul is out of the picture, Barbara is shutting her operation down. As this is the closest thing Selina’s ever had to a family, she’s not too thrilled with that decision. After failing to convince both Barbara and Tabitha to keep the gang together, she decides to rob a biker gang by herself to prove they can keep the weapons operation going. It doesn’t work out too well for her. She gets trapped in the gang’s hideout and watches them use a motorcycle tire to sandpaper off a guard’s face for failing to protect their money. It wouldn’t be Gotham if it didn’t show us something supremely messed up right after dinner.Fortunately, Tabitha and Barbara come to the rescue. That entails Barbara murdering everyone with a small pistol and impeccable aim, then demanding that Tabitha and Selina grab the money. They have a shipment coming in the next day. This all serves to set up the absolute coolest shot in the entire episode. Barbara, Tabitha and Selina walking toward the camera through the dark streets of Gotham. The show has had some great female villains before, but none have felt quite as important or as cool as this group. Between them and Sofia Falcone, the women are taking over Gotham City and I am so here for it. I can’t wait to see what the show does with them from here.Camren Bicondova (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)Even the weakest storyline of the episode was at least fun. Bruce is still dealing with the fact that he killed Ra’s Al Ghul, and it’s not going well. He snaps at a waiter during a fundraiser and yells at Alfred for trying to calm him down. It’s not until he sees an old friend from school that he discovers a way to vent, or at least dull, his anger. Underage binge drinking: the favorite pastime of angry teens everywhere. This season, we really get to see Bruce embrace his billionaire playboy persona. Whether he uses it as a mask, like he did in Penguin’s auction, or as an escape like tonight. He buys a club specifically to get his friends in and exclude the one guy he doesn’t like. Even in our dark dystopian present, it’s still fun to watch rich people have money fights. Even when those money fights are masking deep trauma with the popping of champagne bottles.Even with three concurrent storylines, Gotham managed a surprisingly focused and fun episode this week. Usually, it tries to do too much and ends up dropping at least one ball. That’s not what happened last night. It kept Bruce’s story simple, not allowing it to distract from the bigger, more interesting developments. Even with Pyg escaping at the end, the show still moved the story forward in a meaningful way. That’s a serious accomplishment for a show that can sometimes spin its wheels for too long. I only hope they keep this going next week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News last_img read more

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We Have a New Justice League Trailer

first_imgThe actual Justice League movie will be out in the fall, but we don’t have to wait that long for a taste of what DC has in store for its big Superhero team-up. You can watch the second theatrical trailer for the movie right now. Warner Bros. premiered the trailer this morning after half a week of build-up and hype, including multiple 15-minute teasers. For the trailer. Yes, we live in a world where commercials have their own commercials.By this point, we’ve seen plenty of Batman and Wonder Woman, now that her solo flick is almost here. What we were really looking forward to seeing is the other members of the League. Will The Flash be more than the awkward nerd we’ve seen him to be so far? What’s Cyborg’s story in this movie? Will Aquaman finally be cool? Now we can all find out together.That’s how you do Aquaman. Jason Momoa looks great in the role, and the trailer portrays him as a capable, intimidating hero. We also get our first extended glimpse at Cyborg, who may be the coolest part of the entire trailer. This isn’t looking bad. Yes, it still has that Zack Snyder look to it, but the tone seems much more fun than either Man of Steel or Batman v. Superman. At the very least, they’re able to make jokes at Batman’s expense. That’s a step forward.Also, are we still pretending that Superman isn’t going to be in this movie? You can’t have a Justice League without Supes. In any case, if this movie and Wonder Woman turn out to be half as fun as their trailers make them look, 2017 may be the year the DCEU turns itself around.Justice League will hit theaters on Nov. 17, 2017.last_img read more

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Study shows corpse removal in ant colonies is a survival advantage

first_img Citation: Study shows corpse removal in ant colonies is a survival advantage (2014, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-corpse-ant-colonies-survival-advantage.html It seems intuitive, removing dead bodies from places where social organisms congregate helps those that are still alive, live longer, presumably healthier lives. Dead bodies, after all, attract a host of organisms that feed off of them, some of which might be dangerous for those still living. Scientists have observed social organisms of many different species removing dead bodies from nests on many occasions, but until now, the researchers report, there has been very little research conducted to prove what everyone seems to think is so obvious—that doing so helps those that live there, live longer. To learn more, they focused their efforts on the common red ant (Myrmica rubra) which normally lives in a variety of areas in nests as large as a thousand members. Prior research has found the ants to be highly social with different ants performing different roles, one of which is to keep the nest clean by removing the carcasses of ants that die while inside—they drag and dump them outside. To better understand how carcass removal might benefit the ants, the researchers set up several nests in their lab. Some of the nests had normal sized exits, while others had openings that were so small it was difficult for ants to drag dead ants through.The researchers placed dead ants in each of the colonies and then monitored mortality rates. They found that such rates rose dramatically in the nests when the ants couldn’t remove the dead ants, starting after just eight days. After 50 days, the rate rose on average from 6 percent to 13 percent. They noted that larvae were impacted as well, but not as dramatically—likely, the researchers report, because the dead bodies were moved to locations as far from them as possible inside the nest.The researchers conclude that removal of dead ants from colonies is an important survival technique. (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers in Belgium has found that if red ants are prevented from removing dead ants from inside of their nest, survival rates go down. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Lise Diez, Philippe Lejeune and Claire Detrain describe a study they conducted where they restricted red ants from removing their dead and the impact it had on their survival rates. Explore further More information: Keep the nest clean: survival advantages of corpse removal in ants, Biology Letters, Published 9 July 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0306AbstractSociality increases exposure to pathogens. Therefore, social insects have developed a wide range of behavioural defences, known as ‘social immunity’. However, the benefits of these behaviours in terms of colony survival have been scarcely investigated. We tested the survival advantage of prophylaxis, i.e. corpse removal, in ants. Over 50 days, we compared the survival of ants in colonies that were free to remove corpses with those that were restricted in their corpse removal. From Day 8 onwards, the survival of adult workers was significantly higher in colonies that were allowed to remove corpses normally. Overall, larvae survived better than adults, but were slightly affected by the presence of corpses in the nest. When removal was restricted, ants removed as many corpses as they could and moved the remaining corpses away from brood, typically to the nest corners. These results show the importance of nest maintenance and prophylactic behaviour in social insects. ‘Bone-house wasp’ uses dead ants to protect their nestcenter_img (a) Survival curves of workers (mean ± s.e.). (b) Survival curves of larvae (mean ± s.e.). Squares, FR colonies; circles, LR colonies. Credit: Biology Letters, Published 9 July 2014 doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0306 Journal information: Biology Letters © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Investors meet for Bhorer Alo held

first_imgDarjeeling: The state Tourism department held an investors’ meet in Siliguri on Saturday inviting investments for “Bhorer Alo” at Gajoldoba in Jalpaiguri district. The project is dubbed as India’s largest integrated tourism location and is expected to emerge as a major attraction.The project was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on October 3. Spread across a sprawling 210 acres of land, the project, located 20 km away from Siliguri, will include a bird sanctuary “Pakhibitan,” jungle safari, sun set point, orchid park, amphitheatre, camping facility, jungle trek route, adventure cycling and boating facilities along with a golf course, star category and budget accommodation facilities and food court. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We will soon float tenders for six important components for this project and are inviting investments for the same,” stated state Tourism minister Goutam Deb. The six components include a nine hole golf course and resort spread across 63.77 acres; star category eco resort spread across 6 acres; high-end eco lake resort on 13.12 acres; budget category eco resort on 1.6 acres and a food court on 2.50 acres of land. Local investors were present in Saturday’s meet. There are a number of investors who have been showing interest in “Bhorer Alo”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSatyam Roychowdhury, MD of Techno India Group, has shown interest in investing in the star category eco resort. Local entrepreneurs including Norden Lama who owns a chain of hotels in this region and Summit Group of Hotels have shown interest in opening up budget category resorts. Abhaya Bose has shown interest in opening up a boutique hotel cum resort at “Bhorer Alo”. “We will have similar investors’ meet in Kolkata and Delhi in the near future to attract more investors for Bhorer Alo,” stated Deb. The state government has already invested Rs 373 crore on infrastructure development including electricity, drinking water and roads.last_img read more

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Wccftech Deals – Python Programming Pro Bundle

first_imgPython, the big snake of a language that’s both huge and utterly all-encompassing is also one of the easiest languages to learn, provided you buckle down for some good fun. And what better time to start mastering the icy serpent then now?6 courses that can help you sharpen your skills, honing them to a fine point. Or they can help kick-start your development career with a versatile language, all for a mere $29, 85% off of the regular price. Python is a rapidly growing language, one that’s being adopted by all manner of corporations and agencies despite being almost 25 years old. Why not join in on the party?Learn to code like a rockstar in PythonYou’ll get six courses that’ll cover the width and breadth of the language, from simple data types and functions to exploring handling and analyzing data, all the way to putting all of that to use with creating a physics based game.The following courses are taught by Stone River eLearning, and can help open doors you didn’t even know existed.Data Analysis With Python and PandasLearn Python Django From ScratchPython Web ProgrammingData Visualization with Python and MatplotlibPython Programming for BeginnersPython Game Development – Create a Flappy Bird Clone Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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