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WatchAurora Cannabiss battle for CanniMed turns hostile

TORONTO — Aurora Cannabis Inc. is pushing ahead with plans for an all-stock takeover offer for CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. after failing to reach an agreement with the company’s board.The company proposed the deal last week and gave the CanniMed board until Friday to respond. However, Aurora said Monday morning that the board has not replied and it would go ahead with its bid which it valued at $24 per CanniMed share.“While we have attempted to engage and have a constructive dialogue with CanniMed’s Board and management about the strong merits of our offer, their refusal to enter into such a discussion, along with the powerful strategic rationale for the combination, leaves us no recourse at this point but to launch a formal offer for the company,” Aurora CEO Terry Booth said in a statement.Aurora (TSX:ACB) said it has agreements with shareholders representing 38 per cent of CanniMed’s outstanding shares to support its bid.The offer follows an announcement by CanniMed on Friday that it struck an all-stock to deal to acquire marijuana company Newstrike Resources Ltd.Under the Newstrike deal, shareholders of the company (TSXV:HIP) will receive 0.033 CanniMed shares (TSX:CMED) for each Newstrike share held. The companies valued the offer at 50.5 cents per share, based on CanniMed’s share price on Nov. 14 before it disclosed it was in talks to acquire Newstrike, which is backed by the Tragically Hip.CanniMed shareholders would own approximately 65 per cent of the combined company, while Newstrike shareholders would hold the remaining 35 per cent.Aurora called CanniMed’s acquisition announcement “extremely troubling” in light of its offer presented to CanniMed’s board on Nov. 13.“At no point did CanniMed try to engage or otherwise entertain discussions with Aurora regarding the significant offer that had been presented to their Board for CanniMed shareholders prior to entering into the Newstrike Resources agreement,” the company said.The Newstrike offer “should be considered oppressive to CanniMed shareholders,” it added. The transaction is subject to approval from shareholders of both companies during special meetings.CanniMed president and chief executive Brent Zettl said Monday that Newstrike is “our optimal partner” as it looks to participate in the recreational marijuana market, with the July 2018 deadline set by the federal government for its legalization rapidly approaching.Zettl, who would not speak about Aurora during its conference call to discuss the Newstrike transaction, said this was CanniMed’s “initial step” to broaden beyond medicinal cannabis. “We are bringing on board an iconic, recognized brand associated with The Tragically Hip that will have a definite place in the recreational market,” he said.Shares of Aurora were up nearly 4 per cent in morning trading, at $5.72 in Toronto while shares of CanniMed were up 4.71 per cent at $20.23. read more


CWB deal to bolster grain exports through East Coast paves way to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CWB deal to bolster grain exports through East Coast, paves way to privatization EDMONTON – The former Canadian Wheat Board has reached a deal to bolster grain shipments through the East Coast in a move that will help pave the way toward its privatization.CWB announced Tuesday that it will buy all issued and outstanding shares of Mission Terminal, Les Elevateurs des Trois-Rivieres, and Services Maritimes Laviolette from Upper Lakes Group Inc.CEO Ian White said the purchase is a first step in securing the federal marketing agency a stronger position in the grain marketing supply chain.“These acquisitions provide the starting point for a network of strategic grain-handling assets for CWB-marketed grain and they are another critical step in CWB’s strategy to transition towards an operating model independent of the government,” the agency said in a release.The purchase price was not disclosed.The CWB said the deal would be financed through a combination of retained earnings and commercial borrowings. The purchase is to be completed by Dec. 31.A CWB official said no federal government money is involved.Mission Terminals Inc. markets crops such as wheat, durum, barley, canola, rye, flax, peas and oats around the world.It operates grain-handling facilities in Western Canada and Thunder Bay, Ont.“The flexible, efficient handling and transportation operations of Mission Terminal will let CWB source grain directly from farmers and move it right on to the ships docked at the East Coast,” White said.The CWB said Les Elevateurs des Trois-Rivieres in Trois-Rivieres, Que., has loading and storage facilities than can handle 110,000 tonnes of grain per year.Services Maritimes Laviolette is also in Trois-Rivieres and offers ship-loading services.Dayna Spiring, the CWB’s chief strategy officer, said the deal is the first part of a plan to have grain-handling facilities across Canada.She said the CWB ships about 30 per cent of the grain it deals with through the East Coast to customers around the world.More acquisitions in other parts of the country are to follow.“We are looking at a bunch of other opportunities right now,” she said from Winnipeg. “We are looking at a network across Western Canada.”The federal government passed a law in 2011 that stripped the Canadian Wheat Board last year of its monopoly on western wheat and barley sales.Farmers can still market their grain through the board, but now it is a voluntary decision.The CWB has not said when it will be privatized.Under federal law, the CWB is to present a plan for privatization to the government by 2016. The plan is to be completed no later than 2017.The CWB has said it wants to fast-track privatization and beat that deadline.“We are moving along and the Mission announcement today is the first step on that pathway to get ourselves in a position to privatize,” she said. by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 26, 2013 11:01 am MDT read more


More on Joey Vottos Swinging Habits

Responding to my piece earlier on Friday about the Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto and his approach to at-bats with runners in scoring position, reader Keith Anderson asked:How does his [swing] percentage compare to when there isn’t anyone in [scoring] position? Is there a noticeable/meaningful difference? I just wonder if people are picking at how his play changes or just how he plays.Funny you ask, Keith! Before deciding to focus specifically on whether Votto swings at pitches in the strike zone with runners in scoring position, I collected a bunch of other data covering different scenarios.Let’s look at this year first. Here are Votto’s 2014 numbers in RISP situations versus bases empty.Votto with RISP, 2014121 pitches47.1 percent strike rate (strikes + balls in play/pitches)29.8 percent swing rate24.7 percent called strike rate8.7 percent chase rate (swings at pitches out of the strike zone)57.9 percent fastballs57.7 percent swings on pitches in strike zoneVotto with bases empty, 2014437 pitches58.8 percent strike rate40.5 percent swing rate30.8 percent called strike rate17.4 percent chase rate59.3 percent fastballs64.8 percent swings on pitches in strike zoneSo Votto is swinging a lot more often this year in bases-empty situations than he is with runners in scoring position. Not coincidentally, he’s getting a lot more strikes to swing at with nobody on. Interestingly, he’s also doing something very un-Votto like: chasing pitches out of the zone, in this case twice as often with the bases empty as with runners in scoring position. Of course it’s only May 9, so we’re dealing with relatively small sample sizes.Now let’s take a look at how often Votto has swung at strikes with the bases empty over time.Votto swing percentage on pitches in strike zone with bases empty, 2009-20142009 73.32010 69.42011 66.82012 59.72013 64.32014 64.8Votto swing percentage on pitches in strike zone with RISP, 2009-20142009 78.22010 76.22011 69.82012 62.42013 69.22014 57.7The same trend governing Votto’s swing rate with runners in scoring position can be seen with the bases empty. He’s far less aggressive today than he was in 2009, and somewhat less aggressive than he was during his 2010 MVP season. After that, things level out, assuming we discount (or simply ignore) 2012, when a knee injury messed with his entire stat line. Also note that the small-sample-size issues that make Votto’s swing percentage on pitches in the strike zone with runners in scoring position has not carried over to the same stat with the bases empty; 2011, 2013 and 2014 look nearly identical with the bases empty.One other thing. If we assume that the 57.7 percent figure for runners in scoring position this year is a small-sample-size fluke that will even out shortly, then we’re left with a clear and healthy trend: The better the RBI opportunity, the more Joey Votto swings at pitches in the strike zone. read more


Commentary One Buckeye fell through the cracks

There exists a “Buckeye brotherhood” amongst Ohio State football players.It is a fraternity of sorts, and the members forged their bond on the football battlefields of the Big Ten Conference.This brotherhood is a lifelong connection shared between players past and present, they say. For the fortunate members of this brotherhood, they surely must be ensured lifelong friendships with former teammates.The late Michael Current, a former OSU lineman under coach Woody Hayes and a co-captain of the Buckeyes his senior year, does not appear to have been so fortunate.Current was found dead in the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge near Salem, Ore., Monday. The former Buckeye was in a troubled state during what we now know were his final days of life as he faced five counts of sexual assault charges, as well as a count of luring a minor, according to multiple reports.Current, who spent the majority of his professional career with the Denver Broncos and also had stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins, is believed to have taken his own life.In the wake of the tragedy, the most notable reactions and statements issued on Current’s passing came from the Broncos organization and former Broncos teammates — not OSU.Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth told The Lantern the organization is always saddened to learn of a tragedy involving a former Bronco.“… Our hearts go out to Mike’s family and friends during this most difficult of times,” Smyth said.Randy Gradishar, a former linebacker for the Buckeyes and Broncos, told The Denver Post he thought Current’s suicide was tragic, but added that he hadn’t been in contact with his former teammate for a long time.However strong the “Buckeye brotherhood” might or might not be, perhaps that is the way of life — you get old and separate from old friends.Sgt. Michael Holsapple of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. Holsapple painted a chilling picture of the scene where Current took his own life for The Denver Post report.It was night time and a light snowfall blew about the scenic overlook where Current apparently shot himself with a shotgun, according to the report.One Buckeye fell through the cracks of the brotherhood. read more


Growing waistlines and an ageing population – why NHS spending wont be

In response, the Government is reportedly set to agree to a three per cent a year funding increase for the health service, potentially for up to 10 years. The National Health Service celebrates 70 years of existence on July 5. However, if analysts are to be believed, the NHS is facing its greatest funding crisis yet. That would also require an immediate, short-term increase of around four per cent. Emergency cash injections are no longer enough, with modernisation… Yet a report this week from two think tanks, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation, has found that annual increases of 3.3 per cent would be needed just for the NHS to tread water, even in its overextended state.


Calls for junk food to have graphic cigarettestyle warnings on packaging

Show more Graphic health warnings on food packets – similar to those used for cigarettes – could prompt people to abandon “hedonistic impulses” and choose healthier foods, a study suggests.The study, by the University of Melbourne and Cancer Council Victoria, monitored the brain activity of 95 people as they were shown packages of 50 foods such as chips, chocolate bars, biscuits, nuts, fruits and vegetables.It found that warning labels prompted people to exercise more self-control rather than act on impulse.“The study shows that if you want to stop people choosing fatty and sugary packaged foods, health warnings actually work,” said Stefan Bode, from the University of Melbourne.“The food industry uses all sorts of positive cues to encourage you to eat, playing on taste, how it will make you feel good, making it look appetising, but when it comes to unhealthy foods – this is dangerous.” Ministers will publish updated childhood obesity strategy within weeks, amid calls for tougher labelling on unhealthy foods and drinks, and signals of a likely restriction on TV advertising.Prof Anna Peeters, lead author of the Deakin research, said: “The question now is what kind of impact these labels could have on the obesity epidemic. If there was political palatability for graphic warnings, that had the strongest effect so that’s what I would go for.”Gavin Partington, director-general at British Soft Drinks Association, said: “Experience in the UK suggests that action industry is taking is having ample effect in changing consumer behaviour. In fact, sugar intake from soft drinks in the UK has fallen by almost 19 per cent since 2013.” Pictures of crooked, decayed teeth were the most likely to deter consumers from buying sugary drinks, reducing desire by 36 per cent.When cans carried images showing how many teaspoons of sugar was contained, the chance dropped by 18 per cent. Jamie Oliver, the TV chef, is among those who have called for such labels to be placed on sugary drinks.And star ratings which rated a drink on how healthy it was cut the chance of a purchase of buying an unhealthy drink by 20 per cent.Researchers from Deakin University, in Australia, said the findings present a “compelling” argument for warnings to be implemented globally. The researchers asked people to rate their desire to eat each food before and after viewing various health warnings. Some used only text, others included graphic images of damaged hearts or a corpse beneath a sheet with messages such as “An unhealthy diet can shorten your life”.Helen Dixon, from Cancer Council Victoria, said: “Strong cues, like anticipated taste, tend to work on us in a more unconscious way. Therefore health messages need to disrupt these more impulsive, hedonistic responses to foods and make people consider the health implications of their choices.”It came as a separate study, presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, found images of rotten teeth on cans of sugary drinks could cut sales by more than a third.The study on 1,000 people aged 18 to 35 tested their likelihood of making purchases, after different labels were placed on the sides of products. Jamie Oliver, the TV chef, is among those who have called for such labels to be placed on sugary drinksCredit:Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News Jamie Oliver, the TV chef, is among those who have called for such labels to be placed on sugary drinks Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more


Moving to the Verizon iPhone 4 What you need to know

first_imgIt’s been discussed for years. Customers have wanted it since the very first release, but now that the more powerful versions have arrived, and AT&T has been a little more restrictive with new data plans, the push has grown beyond a fever pitch. You guessed it, folks, I’m talking about the Verizon iPhone 4.In an unprecedented event, Verizon opened up iPhone 4 sales to their existing customer base at 3AM this morning, and the rest of us can scoop them up on the 10th. In the mean time, if you are amongst those eager to get your hands on one of these, there are steps you can take to ensure that your transition to your new iPhone is a pleasant one, even if you are switching from an AT&T iPhone.ContactsObviously one of the most difficult changes when you switch to any new device is making sure you haven’t lost all of your contacts. Email addresses, IM screen names, phone numbers, etc. are a pain to enter in manually even with a shiny new touch screen. If you do not already have your information stored online, you will need to enter the contacts in manually. Fortunately, there are tools available to make that easy.The two most significant are Apple’s Mobile Me and Google Contacts. Mobile Me allows you to sync your contacts to any Apple device, and its other features make it an extremely powerful tool for any iUser. Unfortunately, there’s a $99/year fee associated with that tool. Now, if you plan to use the other tools within Mobile Me, it is worth the cost. If not, you may consider either using the 1 week free trial to migrate you contacts, or use Google Contacts. Attached to every Gmail account is the ability to both load contacts manually, or from a database.Additionally, if you are moving to an iPhone 4 from an Android device, all of you contacts will already be stored here. iTunes will allow you to easily import your contacts for free from a Gmail account.Keeping your Phone NumberThe next thing that is significant to many people is maintaining your existing phone number. As long as you have your phone number still active on your existing carrier, there are several options. A representative from Verizon had this to offer:There’s no need to cancel with your current carrier beforehand. When completing your transaction with Verizon Wireless, a sales representative can port your current, active number to your new account. Once this happens, your former carrier will be notified that your account is now terminated, and your friends, family and business contacts continue to reach you at the same number they all know. While that option is the most common, there is also now the recent addition of Google Voice number porting and Google Voice support for iPhone. Google Voice is an very powerful tool that allows you all the same functionality you enjoy in your phone, and then gives you text translated voicemail, starting phone calls and text messages via the browser, and more. for $20 you can transfer your number to Google Voice, and use your existing number on an unlimited number of devices.Trade your old phone into VerizonAs if getting your hands on one wasn’t reward enough, Verizon is offering credit to those who have a relatively new device and are moving to a new phone.Take advantage of the Verizon Wireless trade-in program: Regardless of carrier, Verizon Wireless accept all devices and models. You can use the website (www.trade-in.vzw.com) to get an idea of how much your device is worth and receive a Verizon Wireless gift card for its estimated value. For example, a 32GB iPhone 4 in good condition has an appraised value of $285.Donate your no-longer-used phone to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program: HopeLine recycles no-longer-used phones from any carrier and uses the proceeds to provide wireless devices, airtime and grants to local domestic violence shelters. You’ll be helping someone in need and doing your part for the environment. Making any kind of change is difficult, and hopefully with tools like these at your disposal your transition will be a great deal smoother. Will you be moving to the new iPhone 4?last_img read more


La Jolla Elementary School Principal apologizes for email warning parents

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Updated: 4:50 PM KUSI Newsroom, La Jolla Elementary School Principal apologizes for email warning parents KUSI Newsroom October 18, 2018 Posted: October 18, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The La Jolla Elementary School principal apologized this week for an email to parents that she says unintentionally perpetuated stereotypes about black people, it was reported Thursday.Last month, Principal Donna Tripi warned parents in an email about a man who had allegedly stared at and followed a parent’s daughter to a local Starbucks, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Tripi described the man in her email as “an African American male about 30 years old, about 6’1”-6’2, dressed in all black and a hooded sweatshirt, according to the Union-Tribune. The email went on to give parents security tips “to keep your children safe,” including calling the police “if you see something that doesn’t feel right.”“We’re all hoping it was an isolated incident,” Tripi wrote in the email, “but reminders are always helpful.”This week, Tripi sent another email to parents apologizing for her vague description of the man.“My email was a mistake. While it is critical to keep our school family safe, the way I communicated didn’t provide enough specifics to identify the individual, but could easily lead to unnecessary and harmful reactions against other members of our community,” Tripi wrote in the email. “African American males continue to face discrimination in our society every day. The thought that I unintentionally contributed to that climate with a vague email is something for which I owe our community an apology.”Andre Branch, president of the San Diego Branch of the NAACP, told the Union-Tribune that he took as much issue with Tripi’s second email as the first one.“This apology is as disturbing as the original email,” Branch told the newspaper. “She repeats the description of the man, mentioning his race, but not that of the parents or the children. This repetition reinforces the idea that the parents and their children have something to fear from African- American men.”Out of 535 students enrolled at La Jolla Elementary last fall, five were black, the Union-Tribune reported. The school didn’t employ any black teachers last school year and 28 out of 31 teachers were white.The school will hold a forum on Monday at 6 p.m. regarding the matter and how to “support all families” at the school, Tripi wrote in the email.The community forum will be facilitated by Omar Passons, a black attorney and community leader who recently ran unsuccessfully for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, according to the Union-Tribune.Passons told the newspaper he reached out to school district officials after he saw Tripi’s first email posted on social media. FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


Home burglary prompts lockdown at Columbia River High

first_imgThe report of a burglary in progress Tuesday prompted a lockdown at Columbia River High School a few minutes after students were being released.A disturbance with weapons was reported at 1104 N.W. 99th St. — a block west of River — at 2:08 p.m., according to emergency dispatch logs.Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Fred Neiman said deputies responded to a reported burglary in progress and looked for a suspect who fled on foot. A rock was thrown through a window of a home, but the suspect did not make it into the residence, Neiman said.Neiman said no weapons were seen; the suspect was wearing a “large jacket.” Deputies and a police dog searched the area but did not find the suspect. The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s who is 5 foot 11 inches tall and was wearing a blue rain jacket.Vancouver Public Schools spokeswoman Pat Mattison said the school was locked down at 2:10 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies determined there was no threat to students and the lockdown was lifted at 2:25 p.m., Mattison said.last_img read more


McConnell Presses Senate to Pass Disaster Aid Bill by Memorial Day Break

first_img ADC AUTHOR Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on the Senate Tuesday to pass a disaster aid package before the Memorial Day recess, Politico reported.“We need to get this done,” McConnell said at a late afternoon news conference.The stalled disaster aid package, which includes critical recovery funding for several military installations across the U.S., is caught up over differences with Democrats’ funding level request for Puerto Rico and President Trump’s demand to border-related projects.Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and ranking member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) shared optimism last week a deal was close on the $17 billion package.But earlier Tuesday Shelby said intensifying complaints from both parties were impeding a final deal, as ADC reported.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) placed blame on President Trump for the delay.“It was all on the road to being solved when President Trump came in and said ‘don’t give aid to Puerto Rico,’” Schumer said Tuesday.Ten governors wrote to the White House and congressional leaders urging them to pass disaster relief aid.last_img read more


We ride along and fix electric cars with Tesla Mobile Service

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Not content to just take Tesla’s word for it, I accepted an invitation to ride along with in a Tesla Mobile Service vehicle for the day to see how the service works in the wild. My office for the day was one of Tesla’s newest service vehicles, a Model S that’s had its rear seats replaced with a tool shelving system — accessible via the power hatchback — and safety cage. These are older, pre-facelift vehicles that have been given a second life helping keep their younger siblings on the road and operating safely. As someone who maintains my own vehicle, it was impressive to watch Tesla’s technicians work so quickly and efficiently and to marvel at the equally efficient organization of tools and parts in the Mobile Service vehicle’s hatch. On my ride-along, I witnessed fixes ranging from a Model 3 getting a simple tire rotation at a private residence to an airbag and power steering recall service on a Tesla Model S in the parking lot of a motel. You can see it all for yourself in the video above. Enlarge Image Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow One of the major benefits of electric cars is that, with much simpler powertrains than their combustion-powered predecessors, EVs should require a lot less maintenance. This means fewer inconvenient trips to service centers for owners, but that still doesn’t mean they’re exactly maintenance-free. You’ll still need some service for things like tires, air filters and brakes, as well as recall fixes and unexpected problems.Electric automaker Tesla aims to soften the maintenance blow by bringing the service center to the customer with its Tesla Mobile Service program. The automaker has transformed a small fleet of vehicles into rolling workshops driven by certified technicians, who drive out to Teslas wherever they happen to be to perform fixes ranging from simple and routine maintenance to complex airbag recalls. In fact, Tesla tells us that about 31% of its Takata airbag recalls have been completed by Mobile Service technicians in the field with an average replacement time of about 30 minutes. More From Roadshow 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip Tesla’s Model 3 simplifies the EV Electric Cars Auto Tech Comments Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachablecenter_img Tesla Share your voice 13 54 Photos 4:04 Tags We ride along in Tesla Mobile Service’s customized Model… Teslalast_img read more


25 discount in trains with less vacancy Railways

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to fill the vacant seats in trains and meet the challenges posed by the roadways and airways, the Indian Railways has decided to give discount of up to 25 per cent to passengers on ticket fares. According to the Railways, the decision will be applicable in air-conditioned executive class and chair cars of trains like Shatabdi Express, Gatiman Express, Tejas Express, Double Decker and Intercity Express. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “A decision on giving discount of passenger fare was taken today (Tuesday) and a circular has been issued to all the zonal managers,” a senior Railway Ministry official told IANS. He said, under this rule passengers will be given up to 25 per cent discount on the base fare in selected trains with less than 50 per cent occupancy. According to the circular, the percentage of discount on the fare and the right to decide the route of the train has been given to the Principal Chief Commercial Manager of the Zonal Railways. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Along with this, a guideline has also been issued under which trains and their route will be selected. The official said that the new guideline is based on the occupancy of the train in the last year. It also said that discounted fare can be given for the full year or part of a year, or month wise or seasonal or weekdays or weekends. “If the passenger occupancy is less on the entire route or it is less in between any two special stations, a decision will be taken on that basis,” it said. Advertise With Us Citing examples, the railway official said a lot of seats remain vacant from Kanpur to Lucknow of Lucknow Shatabdi running from Delhi. “In such a situation, the railways will waive passenger fares in that section,” he said. He also cited the example of Ajmer Shatabdi, which runs from Delhi to Ajmer and said that many seats remains vacant between Jaipur to Ajmer. “Volvo bus service is the first choice among travellers shuttling between Jaipur and Ajmer,” he added. Under the new strategy, Railways will aim to attract passengers by offering less fare than Volvo buses on such routes. Likewise, the Railways on a pilot project is providing 10 per cent fare or fixed fares on routes — Chennai-Mysore Shatabdi Express between Bengaluru-Mysuru section, in Delhi-Ajmer Shatabdi Express between Jaipur-Ajmer, in Delhi-Lucknow Shatabdi Express between Kanpur-Lucknow, and in New Jalpaigudi-Howrah Shatabdi Express between Malda-New Jalpaigudi. Now this pilot will be implemented on all trains with AC chair car coaches. The railways has asked all the zonal railways to identify the trains with less occupancy and inform it by September 30. “If found feasible, the same shall be implemented with effect from applicable advance reservation period for the train on experimental basis for an initial period of six months,” it said.last_img read more


Prime accused of publisher murder killed in gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationThe prime accused in writer and publisher Shahjahan Bachchu murder case was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Khashmahal Baluchar area of Sirajdikhan upazila in Munshiganj district early Thursday.Deceased Abdur Rahman was arrested by the law enforcement from Gazipur on 24 June, said an official of the district’s Detective Branch (DB) of police (DI-1) Md Nazrul Islam.Police took Abdur Rahman with them while conducting a drive at his rented house in Khashmahal Baluchar area to arrest his associates around 1:00am, he said.Sensing presence of the law enforcement, according to the detectives, the cohorts of Rahman opened fire on them while they were returning, prompting the members of the law enforcement members to fight back in self-defence, triggering the gunfight around 3:30am.The gun-battle left Abdur Rahman dead on the spot and three policemen injured, Nazrul Islam added.Abdur Rahman used to live at the rented house in Khashmahal Baluchar area along with his cohorts for the last two months, police said.One hand grenade, a firearm and a motorcycle were seized from the spot, he said.No comments were available either from any witnesses or from his family immediately.On 11 June this year, Shahjahan Bachchu, a former general secretary of the district unit of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and the publisher of Bishakha Prakashani, was gunned down in the upazila.On the following day of the murder, Shahjahan’s wife Afsana Jahan filed a lawsuit against four unnamed people with the police station.last_img read more


Cop killed in Bandarban road crash

first_imgA police constable was killed as a local bus hit his motorbike in Ruanchhari bus stand area of Sadar upazila in Bandarban early Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased is Imran Khan Jony of Chhagolnaiya in Feni district and a constable of Bandarban police lines.Officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Shahidul Islam said a bus of Pubali Paribahan hit Jony’s motorbike when he was going to Bandarband bazar, leaving him severely injured.He was taken to Sadar hospital and later shifted to Chattogram Medical College and Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds around 1:30am, he said.Police arrested an assistant of the bus driver.last_img


Square Creates Square Market an Ecommerce Service for Businesses

first_img 2 min read Move over, Etsy and Shopify. Popular mobile-transactions startup Square is branching out beyond processing in-person payments. Starting today, it wants to help businesses sell their wares online, too. Square has created Square Marketplace, an ecommerce service allowing businesses to sell their products and services online.”People are already using Square on their smartphones and tablets to sell things offline,” says Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Square and Twitter. “With Square Market, they have an online marketplace that enables … local businesses to go from neighborhood to national in an affordable way.”The idea is to eliminate the time and expense required for business owners to create their own dedicated ecommerce websites, says Ajit Varma, Square’s director of discovery. Any business — whether it is already using Square’s mobile payments reader and app or not — can set up a page for free. The page includes information such as the company’s name, contact information, photos and items it is selling.Related: iPad, Tablet Point-of-Sale Systems Gain PopularityOn the Square Market site, customers will be able to search for individual merchants or by the items they are looking for, Varma says. Business owners will be able to promote the items and services they’re selling over Twitter and other social media.Customers can make purchases directly through the marketplace using the Square Wallet app or by entering their credit card information. When a product or service is sold, Square’s fee is 2.75 percent of the sale price — the same rate Square charges for its mobile payments service.Already, 120 merchants have signed up to participate in the Square Market, Varma says. The service is live for all businesses starting today.Related: How Square Earned a $3 Billion Valuation Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img June 25, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more


MASSIVE DISCOUNT BeatsX Wireless Headphones for Just 79 Originally 150

first_imgThe BeatsX wireless headphones are down to an amazingly low price of just $79. Their originally price is $150.BeatsX Feature Apple’s W1 Chip for Quick Pairing and Awesome Sound – Grab Yours Today for $79BeatsX are without a doubt an amazing pair of wireless headphones. Not only they sound great but look wonderful too. Thanks to the Apple W1 chip, the entire package gets a double thumbs up. Why? Because if you have an iOS device then you can simply pair these headphones with your iPhone or iPad just by bringing them close to the BeatsX. That’s not all, once paired, the headphones will be synced across all your iCloud devices.The only downside of the BeatsX is that they cost a lot. For $150, everyone might not be convinced. However, if you have had your eyes on the BeatsX for a long, long time, then you will pleased to learn that you can pick up a pair in matte silver color for just $79 for a limited period of time straight from Amazon. Hit the link below and own yours today!Buy BeatsX Wireless Headphones for $79 [Amazon link] Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more


Guatemala exdictator gets 2nd genocide charge

first_imgAssociated PressGUATEMALA CITY (AP) – A judge lodged a second genocide charge against a former Guatemalan dictator on Monday accusing him in the massacre of more than 200 villagers.The charge came just months after a similar order to try ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt for the killings of 1,700 Indians.Judge Carol Patricia Flores ruled prosecutors presented sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the new charge. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories Top Stories During the 1960-96 civil war, more than 200,000 people, mostly Mayan Indians, were killed or went missing and entire villages were exterminated, according to the United Nations.Rios Montt, who took power in a 1982 coup and was toppled the following year, became in January the first former president to be charged with genocide by a Latin American court. He had held immunity from prosecution while a member of Congress for 15 years, but after losing his seat he was put under house arrest, where he remains.Advocates in Guatemala have said that charging Rios Montt for war crimes committed during his regime could stand as a precedent in the cases of two other former generals accused alongside Rios Montt in the first genocide case and of dozens of other lower-ranking military men accused of participating in atrocities.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 In the latest case, prosecutors allege Rios Montt was responsible for a military operation that killed 201 farmers in the northern hamlet of Dos Erres.Rios Montt already is facing a genocide trial after being charged in January for allegedly causing the displacement of 29,000 Indians and the killings of 1,771 Mayans. His lawyers are seeking to block the trial, arguing an amnesty law covers Rios Montt, who ruled Guatemala in 1982-83.Asked if he had anything to declare at a hearing on the new charge, the 85-year-old former general said he was innocent.“It is under military law, your honor, that I declare I am innocent,” Rios Montt said in a courtroom crowded with victims’ relatives and human rights activists.Many in the audience clapped when the judge ordered that Rios Montt be tried on the latest charge.On Dec. 7, 1982, soldiers from the elite special forces Kaibil unit attacked the community of Dos Erres, looking for missing weapons that guerrilla groups operating in the region had stolen from troops days earlier. They accused the farmers of collaborating with the rebels at the height of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war.The soldiers raped and killed women and girls and forced hundreds of people to flee, according to court filings. Dozens of bodies were exhumed from a well in the 1990s, and experts determined at least 67 were children under the age of 12.last_img read more


Housing Starts Leapfrog Forecasts by 15 in September

first_img Share Agents & Brokers Capital Economics Census Bureau Department of Commerce Home Prices Home Sales Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Pending-Home Prices Processing Service Providers Treasury Department 2011-10-19 Ryan Schuette October 19, 2011 440 Views Beating forecasts for lower-than-expected housing starts, builders put up 15 percent more new homes on a seasonally adjusted basis than predicted in September, the most since April 2010.[IMAGE]The hitch: Multifamily residential construction drove the numbers.The “”Commerce Department””:http://www.commerce.gov/ reported that “”housing starts in September””:http://www.census.gov/const/newresconst.pdf rose above August estimates for 572,000 units, hitting an annual 658,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis. The numbers rose on a year-over-year basis to perch 5.7 percent above starts recorded in September last year.At the same time, permits for privately-owned housing units dropped last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 594,000, reflecting a 5-percent fall below August forecasts.The jump in housing starts follows a “”4-point rise in homebuilder confidence””:https://themreport.com/articles/nahb-homebuilders-more-confident-despite-outlook-2011-10-18, reported Tuesday by the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/ – [COLUMN_BREAK]the biggest gain in sentiment since the expiration of the federal homebuyer tax credit in April last year.Writing in a widely circulated note, “”Paul Dales””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/staff/global-economics/paul-dales.html, senior U.S. economist with “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/, said the spike in starts “”suggests that housing may finally be helping the wider economy,”” adding the caveat that “”household formation is still too low and the excess supply is still too high to warrant a major rise in homebuilding.””He added that the surge in starts may not sustain itself over the long haul, given the slide in mortgage applications to their lowest dearth since 1996 last week. He also forecasted that multifamily starts may well ease over the course of the month.””Ryan Sweet””:http://www.economy.com/cnflow/bios.asp?author=149, a senior economist with “”Moody’s Analytics””:http://www.moodysanalytics.com/, tells _MReport_ that “”the volatile multifamily segment has really driven the overall gain in housing starts, with people opting more for renting than buying. People are sitting on the sidelines waiting to sit out the housing correction.””He says that scuttled permits from September signal stilted residential construction over the remainder of 2011 and into next year.””The foreclosure pipeline is still very full,”” he says. “”Until we work off shadow inventory, homebuilders are going to hold off in terms of construction.””””[T]here is a slim chance of a significant and sustained surge in homebuilding when household formation remains low and when there is still plenty of excess supply to be absorbed,”” Dales said. “”The upshot is that the economy will have to continue to cope without much support from housing for some time yet.””center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Housing Starts Leapfrog Forecasts by 15% in Septemberlast_img read more


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