Key accused in Akshardham temple attack held

first_imgMore than 15 years after the attack on Akshardam temple in Gandhinagar, the Ahmedabad crime branch on Saturday arrested key accused Ajmeri Abdul Rashid, who had allegedly hatched the conspiracy and fled to Riyadh after the attack.Acquitted by SCRashid is one of the 28 absconding accused in the case and was arrested by the Crime Branch from the city airport as he was returning from Riyadh. His brother Adam Ajmeri was also a key accused. Rashid was awarded the death sentence by the trial court, but the Supreme Court acquitted him along with a few others.In 2014, the Supreme Court had acquitted all six accused who were convicted by the trial court for the terror attack in September 2002. Over 30 pilgrims were gunned down by two terrorists who were subsequently killed by the National Security Guards (NSG) commandos specially flown in from the national capital. Of those six accused, three were awarded the death sentence by the special trial court in 2006 and the Gujarat High Court had confirmed it in 2010.The Supreme Court had slammed the Gujarat police for shoddy investigation in the sensational terror attack case.Interestingly, Ajmeri’s arrest comes two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Akshardham temple’s silver jubilee celebrations on Wednesday in Gandhinagar.last_img read more

Not consulted on demolition around Jagannath temple: Puri Shankaracharya

first_imgShankaracharya of Puri Swami Nischalananda Saraswati on Saturday said the Odisha government took a unilateral decision to demolish structures within 75-metre radius of Shree Jagannath Temple and he was not consulted on this important matter.Terming the ongoing demolition a conspiracy, the seer said the committee headed by former Orissa High Court Judge B.P. Das neither met him nor consulted him. The committee had suggested clearing the area around the 12th century temple of encroachments for its security.The Jagannath temple affairs should be regulated by religious processes and mutts’ activities follow similar process, he said.The seer’s reaction came in the wake of ongoing demolition of the 12th century Emar Mutt, close to the temple. Even as the eviction drive is under way, mutt Mahant Rajgopal Ramanuj Dash has been protesting the move and refused to vacate the structure.last_img read more

Blackwater set to acquire Maliksi from Star in 4-player trade

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trade papers have already been sent to the Office of the Commissioner on Sunday, beating the trade deadline on Monday.The 29-year-old Maliksi has had a career resurgence this season for Star, averaging a career-best 13.4 points on 41 percent shooting from three and 2.9 rebounds this season, enough for him to earn a nod to the Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2017 Seaba Championship last May.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJavier, meanwhile, has struggled to find playing time in his first year in the pros after a stellar career from the University of the East.The two are expected to bring immediate impact to Blackwater, which is hoping to advance to the quarterfinals for only the second time in its franchise history. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Stephens tells best friend Keys: ‘I wish it could have been a draw’ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Gamalinda on the other hand is averaging 7.22 points on a 53 percent shooting from three to go with 3.8 rebounds this conference.Pascual is also hoping to finally get the break with the Hotshots after seeing his numbers dip in the import-laden conferences.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn an interesting turn of events, Star is sending sweet-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi to Blackwater in a four-player trade.Sources close to the situation bared that the Hotshots are shipping Maliksi and rookie big man Chris Javier to Blackwater for hardworking forward Bambam Gamalinda and promising big man Kyle Pascual.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

Greek President Receives 2004 European Football Championship Team

first_imgATHENS – Greeks and the Greek nation must learn to leverage the virtues of their faults besides their virtues, President of the Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos said on Wednesday, at a reception in honour of the national team which won the European football championship in 2004.“When did we Greeks achieve a lot? When we leveraged even the virtues of our weaknesses,” Pavlopoulos said. “And when were we not equal to the occasion? When we became trapped in the faults of our virtues,” he added, thanking the team for the opportunity to remember the moment of glory for Greece and to convey the importance of its example as an inspiration for all, including himself.President of the Greek Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos at a reception in honour of the national team which won the European football championship in 2004, March 27, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/MIhalis Karagiannis)President of the Greek Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos at a reception in honour of the national team which won the European football championship in 2004, March 27, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/MIhalis Karagiannis)President of the Greek Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos at a reception in honour of the national team which won the European football championship in 2004, March 27, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/MIhalis Karagiannis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Chelsea team news & likely line-up vs Man United

first_imgChelsea Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Manchester United Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) N'Golo Kante Chelsea Premier League Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Manchester United Paul Pogba Antonio Conte The Blues are hoping to continue their recovery from a bad spell of form as they face the Red Devils on Sunday Chelsea welcome Manchester United on Sunday as both sides look to keep pace with Premier League leaders Manchester City.Antonio Conte’s side stuttered once again on Tuesday, losing 3-0 to Roma in the Champions League. Man United are on the verge of qualification to the knockout stage, having won all their matches in the competition.Morata 7/2 FGS with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jose Mourinho has a mixed record against his former employers at United, winning once and losing twice, and he will be joined by Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic in reuniting with the Blues.CHELSEA INJURIES N’Golo Kante is going to be assessed on Saturday ahead of the United game, but Antonio Conte remains hopeful that he will be fit enough to return after a week of training.Conte wasn’t decisive when asked about Kante’s fitness in his press conference on Friday and may have been holding back to keep Jose Mourinho’s side guessing ahead of Sunday.“He’s progressing well,” Conte said at a press conference at Cobham Training Ground. “He’s progressing well. We have also tomorrow, and then I’ll take the best decision for him and for the team.”But, for sure, N’Golo is progressing well and I’m very happy for this. You know very well that we are talking about an important player.”Chelsea will be without Victor Moses, who has been officially ruled out as he recovers from the hamstring strain suffered against Crystal Palace. Danny Drinkwater is back in the squad to face his former club and he has made one start and two substitute appearances in the past two weeks, although he has yet to complete a full 90 minute match. David Luiz is playing with a broken wrist but he also has been competing with bandages around his right knee. Chelsea have no other injuries but some players may be suffering from some tiredness after a busy month of fixtures in three competitions.Victor Moses of ChelseaCHELSEA SUSPENSIONS Chelsea have no suspensions for the match against Manchester United. POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Chelsea played their strongest side against Roma but were still beaten 3-0, though many first-team players will continue in the XI, starting their third match in a row against United.Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Pedro have emerged as Conte’s first choice front three, while 3-4-3 and 5-3-2 remain the club’s preferred systems despite the side’s form dropping in recent weeks. Antonio Rudiger has quickly established himself as an important first team player, while the likes of David Luiz, Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta continue to be automatic first choice starters. Kante’s fitness will be key to how Conte decides to line up and he will hope to be able to call upon the 26-year-old. Hazard 2/1 to score anytimeChelsea Team News predicted GFX Man UnitedMANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS Jose Mourinho has a number of injuries but he should be able to welcome back Phil Jones, who was rested against Benfica in light of his recent knee problem.Marouane Fellaini could make himself available again too following his recovery from a knee injury sustained on international duty with Belgium in October. Michael Carrick is nearing a return after stepping up his solo training this week as he recovers from a calf issue. Paul Pogba’s fitness remains a mystery but he remains unlikely to feature for Chelsea and he has been left out of the France squad. Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be back in the next few weeks having missed seven months due to his ACL injury. Marcos Rojo is still out after suffering the same injury, in the same match back in April. Paul Pogba Marcus Rashford Manchester UnitedBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Manchester United’s 2-0 victory in their last meeting with Chelsea ended a run of 12 games without a win against them in all competitions. They last won back-to-back meetings with the Blues in September 2011. Manchester United have lost more Premier League games (17) and conceded more Premier League goals (66) against Chelsea than they have against any other side in the competition. Antonio Conte’s side have already lost as many home Premier League games this season as they did in 2016-17 overall (2). Antonio Conte has won 112 points as Chelsea manager in his 48 Premier League games in charge, 11 points fewer than Jose Mourinho had at this point of his Chelsea managerial career (123). Mourinho lost just one of his first 48 Premier League games in charge of the club (W38 D9 L1), but Conte has already lost eight times (W36 D4 L8). Romelu Lukaku has scored 15 goals in 59 Premier League games against ‘big six’ opposition, averaging a goal every 295 minutes. His mins per goal ratio against non ‘big six’ opponents is 137 (77 goals in 137 apps). TV CHANNEL & KICK OFF TIME The match is being televised on Sky Sports at 16:30 BST on Sunday evening. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

MS Dhoni mature enough to take decision on retirement: Sanjay Jagdale

first_imgMS Dhoni mature enough to take decision on retirement: Sanjay JagdaleSanjay Jagdale, a former BCCI secretary, has said that Dhoni is mature enough to take decision on his retirement. He also added that the Indian team currently has no viable alternative to Dhoni as wicketkeeper-batsman.advertisement Press Trust of India IndoreJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 18:15 IST India’s M.S. Dhoni walks back after getting dismissed during the 1st Semi-final match (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSThe selectors should also inform Dhoni in what capacity they want to see him in the future, said Sanjay JadgaleJagdale said it would be improper to say that as a cricketer Dhoni has erredKeeping future in mind, young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant should be given opportunity, said JagdaleAmid speculation that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is contemplating retirement, former national selector Sanjay Jagdale Friday said the M S K Prasad-led selection panel should find out what was going on in the veteran wicket-keeper’s mind about his future.However, Jagdale, a former BCCI secretary, asserted that Dhoni was mature enough to take a call on his retirement from limited overs cricket.The 38-year-old 2011 Word Cup-winning captain, whose finishing abilities with the bat has been on the wane, would be the centre of discussion when the national selection committee meets in Mumbai Sunday to pick up squads for the West Indies series starting next month.”Dhoni is a great player and has always selflessly played for India. In my opinion, the Indian team currently has no viable alternative to Dhoni as wicketkeeper-batsman, Jagdale told PTI.There is intense speculation that the Jharkhand player, who opted out of Test cricket in 2014, is mulling retirement even though he himself has remained tight-lipped about his future plans.Thus, Dhoni’s selection or omission for the West Indies tour would be an indicator of things to come in the future.”Dhoni is mature enough to take a decision on his retirement. But the (national) selectors should meet him to find out what is going on in his mind about his professional future as was done in the case of Sachin Tendulkar before his retirement, added Jagdale (68), a former office-bearer of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association.”The selectors should also inform Dhoni in what capacity they want to see him in the future, he said.advertisementDhoni was criticised for slow batting during the World Cup, where India’s campaign ended in the semi-finals, but Jagdale, a former first-class player, defended the ex-captain, saying he played as per the situation.”Dhoni played in the World Cup as per the team’s requirement. In the semi-final also he was batting as per the same strategy but unfortunately he got run out at a crucial moment (in the game), he said.Jagdale said it would be improper to say that as a cricketer Dhoni has erred.”It is not expected from a 38-year-old player to play with the same energy and vigour that he displayed in his prime days.Taking a dig at those criticising Dhoni, Jagdale said, “Even those players are criticising him who have not played well in their career. However, only true players know Dhoni’s worth.”However, Jagdale said keeping future in mind, young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant should be given opportunity.”Before the World Cup, Pant should have been included in the ODI team alongside Dhoni as Pant could have learned from him,” said Jagdale.Pant (21) was not in the World Cup squad, but was called as a replacement for injured opener Shikhar Dhawan.Read more | Sachin Tendulkar reveals most memorable moment of career after ICC Hall of Fame honourAlso see:For 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow former BCCI secretaryFollow Dhoni retirementlast_img read more

Feel Good Friday: FREY Laundry Detergent for Men

first_img Duke Cannon Has Entered the Fragrance-Sphere With the Proper Cologne Line  Demeter Fragrance Library May Be the Natural Solution to Cheap Colognes Do You Want Your Home to Smell Like Scotch Country? Editors’ Recommendations Ably Apparel Clothing Is Almost Impossible to Get Wet or Dirty If your perception of reality were rooted in television commercials, you might assume that men are incapable of doing laundry. We’ve seen the same laundry detergent commercial since the dawn of commercials: A young mom, arms akimbo, sighs and shakes her head as she beholds a child’s dirt-covered soccer jersey or juice-stained shirt. It’s 2016: Maybe it’s finally time to market laundry detergent to men — encourage fellas to do the laundry for a change.That’s precisely the thinking behind FREY, the first laundry detergent for men. Deemed “designer-label safe,” FREY is ideally suited to cleaning classy men’s garments without inflicting damage. And instead of imbuing clothing with a vaguely chemical scent, FREY leaves a classically masculine oak and musk scent.Related: How to Remove Sweat Stains from Dress ShirtsThat’s all well and good, but what makes FREY truly Feel Good Friday-worthy is the fact that 10% of their profits go straight to charity. Organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, Americares, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Movember Foundation benefit from FREY’s generosity. The planet also benefits, as FREY has opted out of using brighteners, phosphates, bleaches, and other chemicals that are harmful to the environment.FREY is the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign launched by brothers Erin and Leif Frey. Originally called REAL, the name was changed to FREY as business took off. I was fortunate enough to give FREY a test run, and was very pleased with the results. FREY is a bit more viscous than your average laundry detergent, but it gets the job done, and leaves one’s clothes with the gentle essence of oak, sandalwood, musk, and other appealing scents.Though FREY is marketed toward men, there’s no reason why women can’t enjoy it. And considering the company’s charitable and environmentally friendly practices, there’s a lot to gain from making FREY your go-to detergent.FREY Oak & Musk: $20 for one bottle, $32 for two When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Expertslast_img read more

All Set for the Opening of Zayed Port’s New Cruise Terminal

first_imgzoom Port operator Abu Dhabi Ports is set to officially open the new state-of-the-art cruise terminal at Zayed Port in December.The preparations for the cruise terminal opening are in full swing in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Ports’ strategic partners such as Etihad Airways, Tourism and Culture Authority-Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Customs, and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC).The terminal is aimed at helping  Abu Dhabi Ports serve the increasing number of cruise liners and passengers visiting the Emirate.“We have achieved a major milestone by completing this ambitious cruise terminal project within one year. This will serve Abu Dhabi’s rapidly growing cruise industry. At all stages of the project, the guidance and support of the wise leadership gave us the strength and inspiration to accomplish this astounding task,” said Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports.Zayed Port recently hosted three luxury cruise vessels on the same day, those being Island Sky, owned by Noble Caledonia, that docked at Zayed Port as part of a 16-day voyage from Muscat in Oman to Mumbai in India, EUROPA 2, owned by Hapag-Lloyd,which was on a 20-day cruise from Dubai to Mauritius and Seven Seas Voyager, owned by Regent Seven Seas Cruises.Zayed Port has scheduled 111 vessel calls with 205,000 passengers from across the globe during 2015/2016 season. This will represent fivefold increase in number of passengers and ships visiting Abu Dhabi since the first cruise season during 2006-2007.This impressive growth is projected to reach more than 300,000 passengers expected on 130 scheduled ship calls by 2019-2020 season, catalysed by the new cruise terminal and the Arabian Gulf’s first cruise beach stopover at Sir Bani Yas Island that has already started receiving cruise vessels.last_img read more

Church services in Sri Lanka to resume from May 5 Cardinal

first_imgColombo: Public mass in the terror-hit Sri Lanka would resume in certain Catholic churches from May 5 and no bags will be allowed inside as part of the tight security measures, according to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. All public church services were cancelled after the Easter Sunday bomb blasts that ripped through three churches and high-end hotels, killing 253 people and injuring 500 others. The prelate said on Monday that vigilance committees formed by the residents of the parish would be responsible to identify individuals who enter their respective churches and parishioners will have to confirm their identity before entering a church. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report The cardinal, who conducted a private memorial mass on Sunday fearing repeat of the Easter attacks, told media that bags will not be allowed to be taken inside the churches owing to security measures. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s had also attended the private memorial mass. Commenting on Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s statement that the bombings could have been averted had the Counter-Terrorism Act been in force, he said that amending the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) is better than bringing in a new piece of legislation to counter terrorism, the Daily Mirror reported. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests It is easier to amend the existing legislation rather than bringing in a new one. Effective measures should be taken to apprehend the individuals and groups responsible for these attacks in order to prevent people from taking the law into their hands,” he said. The religious leader said a new government comprising all parties should be appointed. “No party should think of elections at this moment. We will even have to take to the streets and lead peaceful protests if the government continues to handle the situation in the manner it presently does. Action should be taken against ministers and MPs if they were found guilty of being part of the Easter Sunday bombings,” he was quoted as saying in the report. Cardinal Ranjith said he wasn’t consulted prior to the appointment of a presidential commission to probe security lapses that led to the Easter bombings. We are oblivious to the backgrounds of the members in the commission. We urge the government to appoint another commission comprising religious leaders. Buddhist clergy is eligible to lead such a commission as they will look into the matter impartially, he said. Meanwhile, the Cardinal refused to accept a bullet-proof vehicle provided for his security by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, saying what matters most at present is the safety of people. He also reiterated that much needs to be done to restore normalcy, Times Online reported. A total of 106 suspects, including a Tamil medium teacher and a school principal, have been arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday blasts. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) for the attacks.last_img read more

Government confident of CHOGM

The External Affairs Ministry quoted Rajapaksa as saying Sri Lanka looks forward to sharing experiences in areas of collective interest, including rural development, youth empowerment and people-centred socio-economic growth within the Commonwealth family.Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said that CHOGM brings together leaders representing around a quarter of the world’s countries, and a third of the world’s population.“CHOGM is an opportunity for Commonwealth leaders to work on common approaches to the national and global challenges of our times, to find paths to peace and prosperity for all, and to deliberate on how this exceptional organisation can continue to serve the world better,” the External Affairs Ministry quoted the Secretary-General as saying. He said that the Commonwealth unites governments and people around practical action on shared values and principles, mutually supporting one another in a spirit of goodwill and cooperation. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already threatened to withdraw from CHOGM in Sri Lanka next year over alleged human rights abuses. The government today expressed confidence that the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo next year will go ahead smoothly.President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka looks forward to welcoming all Commonwealth leaders and delegates to the country for the summit. Rajapaksa and Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma on Friday announced that the next CHOGM will be held in Colombo from 15 to 17 November 2013. CHOGM is held every two years and is the Commonwealth’s highest consultative and policy-making body. Commonwealth leaders agreed on Sri Lanka as the 2013 host for the meeting when they met in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, in 2009. They reaffirmed this decision at the 2011 CHOGM in Perth, Australia.“As a committed member of the Commonwealth family, Sri Lanka is pleased to be hosting CHOGM. The Commonwealth shares a strong commitment to the twin pillars of democracy and development. We look forward to welcoming all Commonwealth leaders and delegates to our country for what I am confident will be a successful and mutually beneficial summit in true Commonwealth spirit,” Rajapaksa said. read more

Young cancels tour stop

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 Those with tickets to the annual “Greenbelt Harvest Picnic” will be getting some of their money back, after Neil Young and Crazy Horse were forced to pull out of the event.An injury to guitarist Frank Sampedro’s hand caused the group to cancel its North American tour.Picnic organizers announced ticket holders will be reimbursed $40, knocking the admission price down to $100.

Oil jumps to 93 a barrel after US avoids fiscal cliff in

The price of oil jumped by more than dollar to above US$93 a barrel Wednesday after U.S. lawmakers passed legislation to avoid a “fiscal cliff” that could have pushed the world’s biggest economy into recession.The U.S. House of Representatives voted near midnight Tuesday night to approve a tax and spending bill and send it to President Barack Obama after a frantic day of political brinkmanship in Washington.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery was up $1.49 to US$93.31 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract had risen $1.02 to finish at US$91.82 per barrel in New York on Monday.Brent crude, used to price various kinds of international oil, was up $1.12 to US$112.23 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.Economists had warned that if Congress did not take action a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to automatically start this year could have helped push the U.S. into recession.Some House Republicans at first opposed the bill, which neutralizes middle class tax increases and $24 billion in spending cuts set to take effect over the next two months while raising taxes on the wealthy. They wanted more spending cuts but hours later agreed to a simple yes-or-no vote on the bill, which had already passed the Senate.As a result of a broad increase in market sentiment, the dollar weakened as investors felt confident to invest in relatively riskier assets.A weaker dollar makes crude cheaper and a more attractive investment for traders using other currencies. On Wednesday, the euro rose to $1.3280 from $1.3213 on Monday, the previous trading session.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose 3.88 cents to US$2.8005 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil added 2.62 cents to US$3.058 a gallon and natural gas fell 4.1 cents to $3.31 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) Oil jumps to $93 a barrel after US avoids ‘fiscal cliff’ in emergency vote by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2013 9:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Grants for cleaner vehicles cut by 30 per cent in 2004

Industry remains concerned over funding for Powershift grants SMMT has reacted with some concern over Energy Saving Trust (EST) proposals, published today, which set out the funding schedule for cleaner vehicle grants in 2004. While the industry was prepared for cuts in both Powershift and CleanUp grants, SMMT believes that too little has been allocated to Powershift which part-funds new vehicle technologies that deliver the greatest environmental benefits.Overall, funds have been cut by 30 per cent and EST proposes to split £14 million equally between Powershift and CleanUp programmes. While the industry is pleased that EST has heeded industry concerns and will award Powershift grants only to the cleanest hybrid, electric and LPG new vehicle technologies, the reduction in their value remains a concern. By using more of the £7 million allocated to CleanUp, which funds the retrofit of systems to older vehicles, cuts would have been unnecessary. The industry will repeat its message to the chancellor that he should tread carefully when announcing fuel duty rates for the next three years in his budget. Lower fuel duty is a key incentive for buyers of new cars powered by alternative fuels and any erosion of that benefit will damage momentum, making these models less attractive to consumers.SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘We are pleased that EST has reacted to our concerns and set out grant funding for 2004. However, more priority should have been given to the Powershift programme which drives the development of the cleanest new vehicle technologies. Splitting funds down the middle seems to be an arbitrary compromise without thought of long-term goals.’He added, ‘It also seems slightly bizarre that higher grant levels may be available for the same vehicles and equipment for programmes in Scotland and Wales. Surely it makes sense to have a level playing field across the UK?’ The EST proposals also include a quarterly review of grant allocation. The industry supports this measure which means funds will be more closely monitored throughout the financial year. Greater accountability should create more confidence in EST grants going forward and must prevent a repeat of 2003’s debacle where grant funding ran out without warning.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Football Ohio State running back Mike Weber healthy and will play against

Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (left) speaks with running backs coach Tony Alford (right) prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State will have both its top two running backs, freshman J.K. Dobbins and redshirt sophomore Mike Weber, for its Week Two matchup against Oklahoma Saturday evening. Coach Urban Meyer said Weber is healthy and will suit up and play against the Sooners.“Mike had a good practice today, and he went full speed today,” Meyer said.Weber, last year’s starter, missed the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 victory against Indiana due to a hamstring injury. Meyer said he has not determined how he will rotate the backfield duo.Dobbins started in his debut against Indiana, rushing for 29 times for 182 yards. He was the sixth true freshman to ever start for Ohio State and rushed for more attempts and yards than Weber had in any game last year.In 2016, Weber gained 1,119 rushing yards on 182 attempts, scoring nine touchdowns. He added 23 catches for 91 yards. read more

10 pains of online shopping that everyone will understand

first_img5. There are extra security hoops to jump throughThose three words that instil terror in the souls of online shoppers, ‘Verified by Visa’.Why can we never remember our password? Why does it insist on locking us out of our account JUST as we get to the top of the queue on Ticketmaster?6. Double addressesWe already entered our address. Now we need a billing address and a delivery address and it’s all the same because we only ever buy stuff for ourselves and why can’t you just accept that?7. UncertaintyOh dear God why hasn’t it confirmed.8. The delivery methodsFirst there are the hidden charges, then there’s the whole wait for the tracking information to be updated… mental torture.9. You’re bound to them for LIFEOr at least until you unsubscribe from their incessant mailing lists. The dreaded ‘recommended for you’ emails from Amazon and promotional newsletters that will tell you how to ‘keep cosy for Christmas’. We didn’t ask for this harrowing fate, it was inflicted upon us.Basically, this is your inbox every day. You can check out, but you can never leave.10. The waitThere’s nothing worse than the ‘surprise’ arrival of drunk purchases. Well, except the wait when we actually really want something. The whole point of shopping is that we get gratification NOW.Oh convenience and technological advancements, why do you take so much from us? Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen visited Santa together and sat on his knee>Best family ever cover We Can’t Stop to create brilliant Christmas card> ONLINE SHOPPING IS a massive pain. Sure, you can avoid the queues, do it in your pyjamas and easily compare prices.But still, the horror. Anyone who has ever cruised the vast realms of eCommerce can identify with these annoyances. Smug online shoppers, be no more.1. Navigating is a terrorUnless you know EXACTLY what you’re after, it’s a wild web out there.So many categories. So many links.2. Estimating sizes and converting sizesGrand so there’s S, L, XL, but what of it?! So XS is a 6, is that an american 6 or a UK 6? Why does it say Europe 28? Ireland is in Europe. Why are there so many measurements?Click into the sizing charts if you dare. IS THAT MY WAIST?3. Your basket isn’t actually there in front of youYou’re mid browse and you’ve pretty much forgotten the dozens of things your basket is telling you you’ve committed to buying. Clicking on it takes you to the payment zone aka the fifth circle of hell where escaping is not an option. Source: Shutterstock4. Reviews wreck all buzzes that ever buzzedWhile they can be a help, they can also hinder. Your heart is set on something and some lad named Dennis from Kentucky said it’s crap. What to do now?Might just pick up that book I wanted to read instead…last_img read more

Weather Eye Bask in dry warm Memorial Day weekend

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. What a great weekend remembering those that served and died defending our country. It also will be memorable weather with dry, sunny and warm conditions. The only notable events include scattered thunderstorms along the Cascade Mountains today and Monday and the persistent coastal low stratus clouds hugging the coastline. Otherwise, it is clear and sunny.We haven’t had a three-day Memorial Day holiday with warm and dry conditions in decades. The odds usually are not in our favor. OK, so what’s next in the weather department? A downturn, of course, but nothing really major. Just some low clouds, maybe a light shower or drizzle midweek. Temperatures will be close to seasonal normals, which are about 70 or 71 degrees.High pressure builds toward the weekend and fair weather abounds, but no 90-degree weather in sight after this three-day weekend. June 1st is Thursday and the official start of summer for us weather and climate folks. The cold, wet winter and spring is now a fleeting memory, maybe one to forget.Twelve years ago this weekend in Seattle, it was so warm that the National Weather Service in Seattle issued the first “Excessive Heat Advisory.” After much research and analyses, it was determined that heat was actually a problem in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. This is not to be confused with the Heat Index which advises the public for high temperature along with high humidity. When we get our heat waves, the humidity is generally quite low.Nationwide, over 1500 people die each year due to excessive heat. The Seattle area was only the 15th urban region of at least 500,000 populations to implement this new system. Let’s hope this summer is cooler.last_img read more

VIDEO Watch Wilmington Resident Share His Meatloaf Recipe

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch Wilmington Resident Share Recipes For Salads Featuring Grilled FruitIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Wilmington Resident Share Recipes For Eggplant Stack, Onion String & Baked SpinachIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Wilmington Resident Share Recipe For Beer Can ChickenIn “Videos” WILMINGTON, MA — On the latest episode of “All About The Flavors,” host and Wilmington resident Bob Hamel shares his meatloaf recipe.Watch the 12-minute episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/2c7152c2-96b0-4bac-b9f8-7c350b3f6509/video.original.mp400:0000:0011:47Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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.last_img read more

Feds sue to recover cost of MV Challenger cleanup

first_imgThe federal government is suing to recover more than $2.5 million spent cleaning up a World War II-era tugboat that sank in Juneau’s Gastineau Channel.The Justice Department filed suit Thursday against R.D. Robinson, a Juneau sculptor, who took possession of the M/V Challenger in 2014.A previous owner had used the converted 96-foot tugboat as a floating bed-and-breakfast in Seattle. Robinson had planned to use it as an artist’s studio.But the aging vessel’s wooden hull had deteriorated, and the vessel sank in 2015.The Coast Guard raised the tug and towed it away for disposal using funds from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.Two years later Robinson was billed $2,541,197.98 but hasn’t paid a penny, according to the complaint filed in federal court.In an interview with the Juneau Empirein 2016, Robinson disputed he was the Challenger’s lawful owner and therefore responsible.Gov. Bill Walker signed Senate Bill 92 this year which creates a new titling program requiring owners to register their boats. The bill also streamlines impound procedures.Derelict vessels are a growing problem in Alaska.The M/V Lumberman, another World War II-era tug, currently lies abandoned in Gastineau Channel tidelands not far from where the Challenger sank.last_img read more

Baltimores Next Police Chief Faces Demoralized Department

first_imgInterim Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis speaks alongside Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a news conference, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Baltimore, after Rawlings-Blake announced her firing of Commissioner Anthony Batts. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s next police commissioner will have a daunting to-do list: quell a surge in homicides, rebuild trust between officers and the public, win the confidence of a demoralized and alienated department, and keep the peace when the explosive Freddie Gray case comes to trial.“It’s the toughest job in the United States at the moment,” said Eugene O’Donnell, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and a former New York City police officer.Commissioner Anthony Batts was fired by the mayor on Wednesday, less than three months after riots erupted over Gray’s death from a spinal injury the 25-year-old Black man suffered while being bounced around the back of a moving police van. Six officers are awaiting trial in October on charges ranging up to murder.“You have a confluence of factors: You have an ongoing criminal case that’s traumatic for everybody. You have the specter of riots. For the police union and officers, they’re alienated, and the concern is that the cops will be further alienated,” O’Donnell said. “You need a chief who can, first and foremost, drive everyone toward common ground.”In dismissing Batts, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said his approach was too divisive and his presence too damaging.Just hours before his firing, in a sign that the 2,800-officer department’s rank-and-file had lost confidence in Batts, the police union issued a report blasting his response to the looting, arson and vandalism that broke out April 27. The report said Batts discouraged officers from wearing protective gear and told them not to engage with rioters. Roughly 200 officers were injured during the unrest.“The officers characterized the Baltimore Police Department’s leadership during the riots as unprepared, politically motivated and uncaring and confusing,” said Gene Ryan, president of the police union.Batts’ standing was further damaged by soaring bloodshed in the city in the weeks after the riots.In May, Baltimore saw its biggest surge in homicides in four decades, while arrests dropped by half compared with the same period a year earlier. The city’s homicide total so far this year is 156, a 48 percent increase from the same time last year. And shootings have climbed 86 percent.Community members have accused police of not doing their jobs in the wake of the Gray arrests. Batts and the police union denied that officers were shirking their duties but acknowledged that police are angry, frustrated and fearful in the wake of the Gray case of being second-guessed and prosecuted.Peter Moskos, also with John Jay College and a former Baltimore police officer, said the Gray case led police officers to question whether the department had their backs.“The harm from the Freddie Gray death is it had a chilling effect: Cops were saying, ‘That could have been me,’” he said. But he said getting rid of Batts was “a step toward getting things on track.”“Batts was a leader without a following,” Moskos said. “If none of the rank and file thinks you’re competent, it’s as good as being incompetent.”Batts’ deputy, Kevin Davis, will serve as interim commissioner until the mayor appoints a permanent replacement. Davis said his first order of business was appointing someone to focus on riot response. Davis added that he would like to remain in the position permanently.“We have a profession with authority that no other profession has,” Davis said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. “We can take a person’s freedom away, and that’s a huge and awesome responsibility. We can take a human life if justification exists to do so. With that responsibility and authority comes a huge amount of oversight and second-guessing at times. That’s not new to law enforcement. Where we are in this moment in time is, we have to engage in a great deal of self-examination, and look at how we can do things better.“When situations come up where I can demonstrate support for officers keeping Baltimore safe I will demonstrate that support,” Davis said. “The other side is identifying areas that need improvements. I don’t think a leader has to choose one or the other. Those aren’t mutually exclusive.”In the most violent and drug-ridden neighborhoods in Baltimore — a city of roughly 622,000 people, 63 percent of them Black — residents have a long history of mistrust of the police department. After Gray’s death, the U.S. Justice Department opened an investigation into whether Baltimore police engage in discriminatory practices, including unlawful stops and excessive force.“The new chief has to institute a culture that builds much closer relationships between the department and the community,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “Police departments and their cultures have been reformed. Change can happen. But who is at the top is really crucial for that.”last_img read more

Wooting One gaming keyboard has full analog input thanks to crazy optica

first_imgYou would think that something like this requires some software tricks to work in games, but according to the developers, it should function without any special software. Games that support controller input already understand analog movement, and that’s how the Wooting One’s firmware presents the hardware. There’s also a configurator app that offers additional options. You can toggle between full analog and digital mode on the keyboard itself as well.The Wooting One is available starting at €139 (about $156) and is expected to ship in November. The campaigners were only looking for about $34,000 and are already well over $50,000 with almost a month left to go. There are tons of mechanical gaming keyboards out there, including hardware from big names like Corsair and Logitech, as well as a myriad of smaller players. They all have one thing in common: the switches. Even the custom versions of mechanical keyboard switches designed by some companies are similar to the traditional Cherry switches, but that’s not the case with the Wooting One keyboard. This gaming-oriented board just hit Kickstarter with unique analog optical switches, and it’s already blown through its funding goal.On the surface, the Wooting One looks like an unassuming tenkeyless mechanical keyboard that eschews that over-the-top gamer aesthetic which demands all hardware look like a neon stealth fighter. It has a detachable microUSB cable, standard Cherry-compatible keycaps, and full RGB backlighting. Under the keycaps are those wacky analog switches. The goal is to add analog movement to games with a keyboard, so you’re not tapping the keys in short bursts when you want to move more slowly. Instead, you just push the key slightly down.The Wooting One will come with either linear or clicky “Flaretech” switches, characteristics similar to MX red and MX blue switches. You can even swap the switches by yanking them out of the board and plugging in the other variety. A sensor measures the change in light as the switch is depressed, translating to analog input. A regular keyboard switch is just on or off, but these switches operate more like the analog stick on a game controller.last_img read more