China river barrier breaches, Arunachal safe

first_imgThe Disaster Management Department in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday marked the central part of the State safe after water of Tibet’s Yarlung Tsangpo River overtopped a landslide-induced barrier in the morning and started flowing downstream.A landslide in the Milin section of Yarlung Tsangpo at about 11 am on October 29 had created a 1.70 km barrier, temporarily blocking the flow of water towards Arunachal Pradesh. A landslide of bigger intensity in the same section on October 17 had created a 3.5 km barrier.The Yarlung Tsangpo becomes the Siang after entering India and flows through three districts of Arunachal Pradesh — Upper Siang, Siang and East Siang — before meeting two other rivers to form the Brahmaputra in Assam downstream.“We received information from China via the Central Water Commission that the accumulated water began overtopping the Milin section barrier at 9:30 am. The water reached Tuting in Upper Siang at 5:55 pm and is likely to reach Pasighat (on Arunachal Pradesh-Assam border) at 3 am on Thursday,” Bidol Tayeng, secretary of Arunachal Pradesh’s Disaster Management Department told The Hindu.He said that the force and volume of the water were less than that on October 19 when the barrier formed on Yarlung Tsangpo 13 days ago had breached.However, the heads of the districts through which the Siang River meanders have been asked to ensure people do not venture out to the river for any purpose until the flow of water becomes normal.last_img read more

Joshua Pacio, new ONE strawweight champ Yosuke Saruta open to rematch

first_imgPhoto from ONE Championship.JAKARTA, Indonesia–Last Saturday night won’t be the last time Joshua Pacio and Yosuke Saruta would be slugging it out inside the ONE Championship cage.With their world title fight too close to call, it’s almost inevitable that the two would be pitted against each other soon in a rematch.ADVERTISEMENT Hugo Ruiz dominates Jhack Tepora replacement in featherweight bout SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:50Trending Articles04:36Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “Agree or not, I have to agree [with the result] because that’s the decision of ONE Championship so next time I fight, I need to win convincingly,” he said in Filipino.“I want a rematch right away but it would still depend on ONE. I’m motivated to come back and I can’t wait to train again and return to the cage.” Saruta, who was just a replacement fighter for his injured compatriot Hayato Suzuki, took the belt after earning a split-decision win.The 23-year-old Pacio, who yielded the crown in just his first title defense, doesn’t seem to agree with the decision but he isn’t the type to cry over spilled milk.The Team Lakay star has already set his sight on the potential second fight.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “If ONE tells me to do the rematch then, bring it on,” said the newly-minted strawweight champion Saruta through an interpreter.“I never say no to a match. I’ll fight anyone at any time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Loved the IPL journey this year, says Virat Kohli

first_imgFor once, editors in newsrooms would have considered renaming their site’s Indian Premier League page as Virat Kohli special. Such was the dominance of the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper who topped batting charts and smashed numerous records. (Also read: Did Gautam Gambhir just call Virat Kohli a bad guy?) Despite his team finishing second best, Kohli was the talking point all through the season and even on the day after the big night. ‘LOVED THE JOURNEY’Kohli fell just 27 runs short of a record 1000-run mark in IPL 2016. The run-machine carried his glorious T20 international form into IPL and smoked a record-shattering four centuries. He joined forces with his teammate AB de Villiers to inject positivity into the minds of the mid-season strugglers. He scored big runs match after match as RCB won seven of their last nine games to play the big final in front of their home crowd yesterday. (Watch! Yuvraj Singh celebrates with Hazel Keech after Sunrisers Hyderabad lift maiden IPL title)Kohli took to Twitter to express his satisfaction of being the star performer in this season. “Loved the IPL journey this year,” he wrote.’INDEBTED TO YOUR LOVE’He also thanked the support staff, coaches and his teammates. He didn’t forget to mention the RCB fans who have exuded passion and followed their favourite team ardently.  (Also read: India’s future safe in Virat Kohli’s hands, says Warner)Notably, it was full-houses wherever Kohli and his team travelled during the season. IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla heaped praise on Kohli saying he was the crowd-puller in season nine. At their home ground, the sight of a sea of red chanting ‘Aarr..Cccee..Bbee’ would have instilled fear in the minds of the oppositions.advertisementThe Orange Cap winner also congratulated the new champions Sunrisers.Thank you to all the fans who have cheered for us & supported us always.I am indebted to your love. Thank You Bengaluru #RCBForever (2/2) Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 30, 2016The master batsman who swept most of the awards at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium Sunday night chose to stay away from the limelight and let the winning team Sunrisers do the talking.Kohli played the gracious loser at the presentation ceremony on Sunday. “I don’t want to bore the winning team too much. They deserve to talk more,” he said.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A8+ India launch set for January 10

first_imgSamsung is set to launch the mid-range Galaxy S8 doppelganger phone, aka the Galaxy A8+, in India on January 10. The company is now sending out invites to the media for a press conference on the said date where it will most likely launch the Galaxy A8+. Although the invite makes no specific mention, it talks about the year’s first big innovation, and carries with it a teaser image that hints at a phone with a bezel-less display. Since Amazon India, only recently, started teasing the Galaxy A8+ on its platform, we have reason to believe, the phone in question launching on January 10 is the same phone. Also, because the e-retail website has been teasing just the Galaxy A8+, chances are Samsung may not launch the Galaxy A8 in India at this point of time.Samsung has launched the mid-range Galaxy S8 doppelganger phones, the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ 2018 in December 2017. Successors to the Galaxy A5 and A7 2017 phones, the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ 2018 aim to offer flagship kind of experience at relatively mainstream prices. Featuring an all-glass and metal design, both these phones come with a bezel-less Infinity screen and a dual front camera system. Both these phones are also IP68 certified and support Samsung Pay.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A8, A8+ (2018) launched: Top specs, features, India price and everything you need to know “With the release of the Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018), we’re bringing our customers’ favorite features from our flagship smartphones, such as the Infinity Display and our first Dual Front Camera with Live Focus, to our Galaxy A series, which is already known for its premium design”, Junho Park, vice president of Global Product Planning, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics had said announcing the new phones. “The Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018) exemplify our continued dedication to meeting the needs of our consumers by providing them with greater choice and convenience.”    advertisementThe Galaxy A8+ comes with a 6-inch 1080p+ Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core (unspecified) processor with up to 6GB RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 256GB via a micro-SD card slot. It sports a 16-megapixel rear sensor with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video recording. On the front, it comes with a dual camera system, consisting of one 16-megapixel sensor (f/1.9) and another 8-megapixel sensor to aid in portrait selfies.The Galaxy A8+ further runs Android 7.1 Nougat-based Experience user interface and is backed by a 3,500mAh with support for fast charging.last_img read more

Russia’s Putin among leaders to attend World Cup final

first_img\R Moscow, July 14 (AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, the Kremlin said in a statement. Putin will be joined by several world leaders, including France’s Emmanuel Macron, Croatian Prime Minister Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani of Qatar, where sport’s largest event will next be held in 2022. Non-political guests will include 100-metre world record holder Usain Bolt and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Beset by delays in finishing stadiums and infrastructure in the build up to the tournament — and amid fears of the type of racism or hooliganism that has plagued the Russian game in recent decades — the World Cup is roundly being viewed as a huge success for Russia. FIFA president Gianni Infantino, whose organisation has been dogged by allegations of corruption and impropriety, said Friday that Russia 2018 had been the “best World Cup ever”, adding that the whole world “fell in love with Russia” for hosting the tournament. (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

Johnson and Koepka clash at party in aftermath of US Ryder Cup defeat

first_imgnews Share on LinkedIn Reed and Woods were the only American pair to lose on Friday morning, after which Reed expected Furyk to revert to pairings which had worked previously. Instead he and Woods sat out the foursomes session which was lost 4-0 for the first time in Ryder Cup history.After a second defeat to Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood on Saturday morning, Reed was left out again. “For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice,” added Reed, who beat Tyrrell Hatton in Sunday’s singles. “Every day [in the team room] I saw: ‘Leave your egos at the door.’ They [the Europeans] do that better than us.” Ryder Cup Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Messenger The latest signs of a dysfunctional United States Ryder Cup team have appeared after it emerged that Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka had to be separated following a row at Europe’s victory party on Sunday night. Hours earlier Patrick Reed admitted egos were a problem for the American team as he blamed Jordan Spieth for the end of their successful Ryder Cup partnership before going on to describe the US captain Jim Furyk’s decision to leave him out of two sessions at Le Golf National as “not smart”.Johnson, Koepka and Reed had followed tradition by joining the winning team’s post-event party. Yet Johnson and Koepka, regarded as close friends, became embroiled in a flare-up which had to be calmed by others in the vicinity.Reed and Spieth had won four and halved two of their seven matches together at Gleneagles and Hazeltine but Reed was twice paired with Tiger Woods and Spieth played four matches with Justin Thomas in Paris over the weekend. Topics Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img That was the subject of the final question of the American team’s press conference on Sunday evening, with Spieth answering diplomatically: “We were totally involved in every decision that was made. Jim allowed it to be a player-friendly environment.”However, in an interview conducted an hour later with the New York Times, Reed said at that point he was looking at Spieth “like I was about to light the room up like Phil in ’14”, a reference to Phil Mickelson’s searing criticism of captain Tom Watson – sitting a few feet away – following the defeat at Gleneagles.“The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me,” Reed said. “I don’t have any issue with Jordan. When it comes right down to it, I don’t care if I like the person I’m paired with or if the person likes me as long as it works and it sets up the team for success.” Reuse this content Tom Jenkins’ best shots of the 2018 Ryder Cup – in pictures US sports View gallery Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Ryder Cup 2018 Share on WhatsApp Golf Brooks Koepkalast_img read more

March Break Activities at Museums

first_imgPeople can take advantage of exciting March break activities at Nova Scotia Museum sites with pirates, sea creatures, bugs and Jack the Kangaroo. “This March break is an excellent opportunity for families to visit the museums and learn about true stories and myths of the past, and interesting creatures from around the world,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “The amazing teams at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Industry are committed to providing a fun and educational experience during March break, especially for young people.” The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is giving people the chance to discover the realities and folklore of piracy, both modern and historical. Pirates of Nova Scotia: Legends and Lies! runs until March 23. The museum invites people to come dressed as a pirate, and to learn the many truths and myths about pirates, life at sea, navigation, weapons, Oak Island and more. “If you’re an aspiring pirate or someone who wants to add more to your character, jump aboard ship at the Maritime Museum this March Break for a chance to let your inner pirate out,” said Lee Schuette, curator of Visitor Experience and Engagement. “Learn how to curl up in a hammock, tell time by the stars, fire a cannon and use a boarding axe to demand what you want. Visit Pirates of Nova Scotia: Legends and Lies!, and find out how much fun the old ways really were.” The Museum of Natural History, also in Halifax is hosting an exhibit with beautiful animals from the land down under. Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo is featuring Jack the Kangaroo and other animals from Australia from March 8-16. The museum is also featuring Bugs: Outside the Box, the new exhibit that takes a big look at little bugs. For March break, the museum is adding live bugs, bug eating, crafts and hands-on fun for people of all ages. The Museum of Industry in Stellarton is giving visitors a chance to swim beneath the waves with Sea Creatures. Kids can imagine they are spending a day at the beach, touch common sea animals from Nova Scotia’s shores, paint a scene on a shell, or learn to fold an origami fish. People are invited to dress as their favorite pirate, mermaid, sponge or sea monster for a chance to win a prize. The Seaside Fashion Show will be at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day from March 8-16. Visitors who are brave enough can have their picture taken in the tentacles of a giant sea monster, the Kraken. The Museum of Industry’s popular plasma cars will be back too. For more information visit http://museum.novascotia.ca . On Twitter, follow #mmapirates and #mnhdownunder.last_img read more

India to spend 130 bn for military modernisation in next 57 years

first_imgNew Delhi: As India faces complex security threats, the government has firmed up a mega plan to spend USD 130 billion to bolster combat capability of the armed forces in the next five to seven years, according to an official document.Official sources said the government has decided on a broad plan to speed up modernisation of the Army, Navy and the Air Force under which a range of critical weapons, missiles, fighter jets, submarines and warships will be procured in the next few years. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’They said the government’s immediate priority is to fast-track infantry modernisation, including procuring 2,600 infantry combat vehicles and 1,700 future ready combat vehicles for the Indian Army. Another key priority is to procure 110 multirole fighter aircraft for the IAF. “The government will spend USD 130 billion for fleet modernisation in the next 5-7 years across all armed forces,” the official document stated. The armed forces have been pushing for adequate allocation of funds so that they are well prepared to deal with the possibility of a “two-front” war on both northern and western borders. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSources said government is aware of China significantly ramping up its air and naval powers, adding the aim is to equip both the the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy with capabilities at par with its adversaries. To bolster its operational capability, the Navy has already finalised a plan to have 200 ships, 500 aircraft and 24 attack submarines in the next 3-4 years. At present, the Navy has around 132 ships, 220 aircraft and 15 submarines. The sources said the government is also determined to significantly enhance IAF’s overall combat capabilities and a detailed plan is being finalised. The government is also working on a mega defence project to make the airspace over almost all its major cities, including Delhi and Mumbai, virtually impregnable, the sources said. It is also inducting the first batch of its intercontinental ballistic missile system — Agni V — which is expected to significantly bolster the country’s air defence system. The missile, with a strike range of 5,000 km, is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. Very few countries, including the US, China, Russia, France and North Korea, have intercontinental ballistic missiles. In its missile armoury, India currently has Agni-1 with a 700 km range, Agni-2 with a 2,000-km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 2,500 km to more than 3,500-km range. The sources said the government’s focus will be to develop the domestic defence industry and key policy initiatives are expected to be rolled out for it in the next couple of months.last_img read more

Online sextortion cases involving teen boys spiking experts

first_imgChild exploitation experts say they’ve detected a spike in reports of online “sextortion” cases involving teen boys.The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says 65 boys reported incidents to Cybertip.ca in 2015-16 — an 89 per cent increase from the previous two-year period of 2013-2014. Reports involving girls jumped 66 per cent.While 65 male victims may not seem like a large number, executive director Lianna McDonald says the jump clearly establishes that boys are increasingly at risk of online threats.“We need to pay attention regardless,” McDonald says from Winnipeg, where the centre is based.“We know the seriousness of it. This isn’t necessarily all about quantity, it’s about severity.”What’s not clear is the reason for the increased reports.“Is it that they’re more aware of who we are to report? Is it because it’s a growing problem?” she asks. “The marker on this one is we didn’t really have it before. And not only are we hearing about it but now we’re hearing about it from other agencies also, which corroborates something different.”As a result, the centre launched its first awareness and prevention campaign for young males on Tuesday.It uses humour to reach boys with a bizarre-looking mascot — the hairless, pink-skinned naked mole rat. The creature is meant to spark conversation and offer an alternative image boys can send when asked for nudes.The unconventional approach is a bid to “cut through the clutter for an audience that’s not paying attention,” says McDonald, adding that fear-based campaigns don’t seem to work with boys.The group launched a website offering confidential online help, as well as information for boys, educators and parents looking for ways to start the conversation.Overall, reports to Cybertip involving both genders jumped 140 per cent between 2015 and 2016.The officer in charge of the Toronto police’s child exploitation section says boys are victims of sextortion “way more than people out there think.” He recalled one offender who admitted to tricking more than 1,200 boys into becoming victimized.“All of these boys thought they were sending these (images) to a girl their age,” says acting Det-Sgt. Paul Krawczyk.“Imagine the ones we’re not catching and then imagine the ones that we don’t know about.”He urged parents to warn sons of the danger, and point out that girls typically don’t ask to see explicit images.Girls still remain the bigger target of online predators, adds McDonald.While boys tend to be targeted by unknown adults overseas, girls are exploited in a variety of ways.“There’s the non-commercial side to it where you’ve got kids, for malicious reasons, who are blackmailing girls for more photos so they can share it,” says McDonald.“You also have things like the Amanda Todd case, very notorious scenarios where you have adult men who are again capturing them on video doing things. And they’re not necessarily appreciating who they’re talking to and they think they’re in some sort of actual relationship. It’s much more diverse for girls.”Boys are often targeted by strangers who send them pre-recorded videos of young girls and urge them to reciprocate, says McDonald.This mostly involves 13- to 15-year-olds, who can become suicidal as pressure mounts.“We have young kids phoning us and saying: ‘I’m supposed to make a payment at Western Union by 6 o’clock or they’re going to send my picture or my video to all of my friends and family and I’m desperate,’” she says.“It’s not difficult to appreciate that these kids are in over their heads. And because they’re so deeply humiliated about what’s about to happen and what they’ve done, they’re panicked and they’re not sure what to do.”The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety and protection of children.———Online:http://www.cybertip.cahttp://www.dontgetsextorted.cahttp://www.needhelpnow.calast_img read more

1 million birthday win for Kelowna BC man planning to pay off

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia man had a happy birthday indeed by winning $1 million.The B.C. Lottery Corp. says David McLeod of Kelowna bought a 6/49 ticket for a draw on May 17, which happened to be his birthday.McLeod says he texted a picture of the validation slip to his wife to confirm what he was seeing.He says it a great present and the reality of the big win is starting to sink in.McLeod plans to pay off his mortgage with part of money.He says he’ll donate some of the money to the Rotary and help his kids with their university expenses.last_img

Maggie Q Supports Kiehls Earth Day Campaign

first_imgIn honor of Earth Day, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care is proud to donate $50,000 to Recycle Across America (RAA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress.These funds will be used to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels to 650 K-12 schools in the United States.The donated funds will be raised from Kiehl’s Limited Edition Label Art series, featuring art by this year’s Friends of Kiehl’s, Elizabeth Olsen and Maggie Q. 100% of net profits, up to $50,000, from this, Kiehl’s seventh Earth Day campaign, will benefit Recycle Across America. To date, Kiehl’s has raised $250,000 for RAA, supplying recycling labels to the following school districts: San Diego, Houston, Scottsdale, Culver City, and an additional 2,500 independent schools throughout the U.S.“We started working with Recycle Across America in 2012 and have continued with them since. Their mission to introduce solutions that make recycling more simple, comprehensive and effective in the United States is perfectly aligned with our Recycle & Be Rewarded program. Since 2009, Kiehl’s has collected 2,500,000 empty Kiehl’s bottles from our shoppers and recycled them on their behalf, while also rewarding them with free products. It’s proven that by simplifying the process, we can truly create change. We hope to reach over 3,000,000 this year!” said Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA.The Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado series features Earth-inspired designs by socially conscious influencers Elisabeth Olsen and Maggie Q, depicting their vision of social responsibility.Both designs were created in collaboration with artist/sculptor Fernando Mastrangelo, of AMMA Studio in Brooklyn, who is known for his work with everyday materials (salt, coffee, sand & silica). To support the launch, celebrity photographer Christopher Makos will capture each personality in his unique segmented-portrait style.Kiehl’s retail stores will also be celebrating Earth Day with the following activities:• Recycle & Be Rewarded!: From April 22 through April 26, at all Kiehl’s retail stores, customers can receive 5 stamps for every 1 Kiehl’s empty returned (normally, it’s 1 stamp per empty), AND customers who bring in an empty skincare jar or bottle from ANY brand will receive a deluxe sample of Kiehl’s skincare.• Complimentary Lip Balm!: From April 14 through April 27, while supplies last, customers spending $65 or more will receive a complimentary Lip Balm #1.• 20-Minute Seated Facials & Dehydration Skin Tests: From April 22 through April 26, at all Kiehl’s retail stores, customers can experience a 20-minute pampering facial, and full healthy skin check, including skin analysis with Kiehl’s new Dehydration Analyzer Tool.last_img read more

Tim Hortons franchisee sues parent company for 4M over licence renewal

first_imgA Tim Hortons franchisee filed a $4-million lawsuit against the coffee-and-doughnut chain’s parent company after he says it refused to renew a licence for one of his stores in bad faith.“The actions of the defendant were callous, wanton and in total disregard of the rights of the plaintiff,” reads a lawsuit Mark Kuziora filed in the Ontario Superior Court against TDL Group Corp., a subsidiary of parent company Restaurant Brands International.Kuziora, an outspoken member of a dissident Tim Hortons’ franchisee group, owns two locations in Toronto. The lease for his store at 200 Bay Street expires Aug. 31.He says he was told in early April that he would be denied the renewal after months of negotiations.Kuziora belongs to the Great White North Franchisee Association, a group that claims to represent about half of Canada’s Tim Hortons franchisees and formed to voice the franchisees’ concerns.He is also the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit filed by the GWNFA alleging RBI improperly used money from a national advertising fund, funnelling nearly $700 million earmarked for advertising, marketing and sales promotions to itself and TDL. RBI has denied the allegations, which have not been proven in court.The GWNFA and Tims have also recently sparred over a $700-million renovation plan to bring a more natural look and open-concept seating to Tim Hortons locations. GWNFA said the plans — which asked franchisees to kick in $450,000 each for renovations — were “ill-conceived.”Last spring, RBI started discussing future renovations of the Bay Street store with Kuziora, according to the lawsuit, and confirmed its established practice of “granting 100 per cent of term renewals for franchisees prepared to undertake renovations would be followed.”Kuziora committed to the renovations with the understanding the company would renew his lease, according to the suit filed last month.On March 27, Greg Hiltz, the area franchise lead for central Canada, informed Kuziora it would not happen, despite previously confirming the company had no plans to deviate from its standard practice.Tim Hortons Canada president Sami Siddiqui wrote in an email that the company stands by its decision.“The process of entering into a new franchisee licence is never automatic,” he said, adding it’s subject to a detailed business review, which was done and led to the decision.The lawsuit claims RBI decided to reject the renewal in bad faith based on Kuziora’s tense relationship with management.RBI and the GWNFA have been embroiled in a public battle since the group formed more than a year ago, with the parent company largely choosing to ignore the association aside from specific remarks and filing legal action against them.Tim Hortons president Alex Macedo recently admitted the company could have handled things better and said he’s spoken to GWNFA members on a cross-country tour of visits with franchisees aimed at repairing the relationship.Siddiqui said that Kuziora’s second location remains open and the company “will continue to help him be a successful operator.”The company declined to answer whether it had filed a statement of defence. None of the allegations have been proven in court.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX: QSR)last_img read more

Indian court orders top industrialist to pay Ericsson 77M

NEW DELHI — India’s top court has held industrialist Anil Ambani and two of his directors guilty of contempt of court and ordered them to pay 5.5 billion rupees ($77.29) million owed to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson.Justices R.F. Nariman and Vineet Saran said Wednesday that the three each will be jailed for three months if they fail to pay 4.5 billion rupees of that amount within four weeks.The judges said RCom chairman Anil Ambani and the two directors had violated the court’s earlier order to pay Ericsson.The Press Trust of India news agency said Ambani’s attorney Mukul Rohatgi promised to comply with the court’s order.The Swedish firm last year sought the court’s help in getting paid for managing and operating RCom’s network in line with a 2014 agreement.The Associated Press read more

Bank Al Maghrib in Marrakech to Become a Museum

Rabat – The art deco Bank Al-Maghrib building at the famous Jamaa Al Fna plaza in Marrakech is set to become a museum.On April 29, the Marrakech Town Hall, the National Foundation of Museums (FNM), and the Marrakech wilaya (an administrative division) agreed to undertake the project.“It is a historical place, which we will recognize and honor with a history of Marrakech and the Jamaa Al Fna plaza,” the president of the FNM, Mehdi Qotbi, told Moroccan news outlet Le360. The Bank Al-Maghrib site in Marrakech will house a permanent exhibition, along with “other surprises” that Qotbi did not reveal.Read also: Morocco Opens Museum at Lixus, 1200 B.C. Phoenician Archeological SiteThe renovation of the building will take at least a year.The colonial building was designed by French art deco architects Edmond Brion and Auguste Cadet, during their time in Morocco between 1919 and 1935. They also designed the Habbous neighborhood in Casablanca; the bank buildings of El Jadida (a city south of Casablanca); and Oujda in the far north-east, near the Algerian border.The Bank Al-Maghrib in Marrakech was most recently used as a temporary exhibition space, hosting art shows and auctions. read more

While Torontos housing market melts down Montreals sizzles

Montreal’s hot real estate market continued to sizzle last month with record August sales and rising prices.The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says booming condo sales drove an eight per cent increase in residential sales across the Montreal region.There were 2,899 sales, with condo transactions surging 19 per cent. Single-family homes that account for more than half of sales rose four per cent.The Island of Montreal led the way with a 12 per cent rise in sales.Paul Cardinal of the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards attributed the continued gains to strong job creation, consumer confidence and foreign migration.He also said buyers were fast-tracking purchases to beat an expected interest rate hike, which was announced Wednesday.Sales have increased each of the last 30 months, except July 2016 when there were unchanged. The last monthly drop in sales took place in February 2015.That’s far different than in Toronto, where sales of detached, semi-detached, condos and townhouses fell between 25.7 and 41.6 per cent in August.The average sales price in the Greater Toronto Area dropped for a fourth-straight month, falling 1.8 per cent to $732,292.In Greater Vancouver, home sales surged 22.3 per cent while the composite benchmark price was up 9.4 per cent to $1,029,700.Both Toronto and Vancouver have implemented a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers in attempts to quell rising home prices.Montreal remains a relative bargain even though the average real estate price increased 4.1 per cent to $374,333 in AugustOne possible area of weakness was a slowdown in the purchase of homes over $500,000. They grew 14 per cent, down from 57 per cent in July. read more

UN official warns of enormous task to prevent natural disasters

Jan Egeland, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told a press conference in Geneva that the number of people at risk from disasters is rising mainly, experts say, because economic migration has forced people to settle in large numbers in high-risk cities.More than 1,200 delegates from 120 countries will gather next month for the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan, where they are expected to agree to a 10-year global action plan to remove the worst effects of natural disasters.”For once there will be world resources focusing on prevention through which the world can become a better place,” Mr. Egeland said, adding he expected that donor nations would increase their financial support after the conference.Officials from Japan, Iran and Cuba are scheduled to conduct sessions explaining the lessons they have learned on disaster preparation and reduction after the deadly Bam earthquake and the series of typhoons and hurricanes that struck the Caribbean and East Asian regions this year.The head of the UN disaster-reduction body, Sálvano Briceño, told the same press conference in Geneva that while natural hazards can never be entirely eliminated, their impact can be “reduced enormously” so long as there is appropriate investment in environmental management.Mr. Briceño, Director of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), also warned that the continuing impact of natural disasters was hurting the attempts of many countries to lift their citizens out of poverty. “One thing natural disasters did was to keep the poor poor,” he said.ISDR has reported that migrants are increasingly willing to settle in high-risk areas, such as over-flooding plains or along seismic faults, because so many rural regions lack basic services and economic opportunities. read more

UN agency launches Internet tool to help developing states reap profits of

Noting that these so-called leakages total up to 85 per cent of profits in some African LDCs, more than 80 per cent in the Caribbean, 70 per cent in Thailand and 40 per cent in India, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has developed the E-Tourism Initiative, with the aim of helping developing countries to make the most of their tourism potential.“This situation is an obstacle to development. In order to minimize leakages and to promote sustainable growth and poverty alleviation, it is now essential for tourism destinations and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to increase their autonomy, and to include all local tourism stakeholders,” the agency said in a news release.It noted that overall tourism generates 11 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP), employs 200 million people and transports nearly 700 million international travellers a year – a figure that is expected to double by 2020. It is one of the main exports of the 50 LDCs, it added.“The idea, based on public/private sector collaboration, is to give developing destinations the technical means for marketing and selling their own tourism services online,” said the agency, whose mandate is to promote the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy.“Tailor-made, easily replicable platforms are created for this purpose, complemented by training, online value-added services, such as reservation, and a good business model aimed at ensuring long-term financial viability,” it added, noting that one of the most important factors behind the continuous growth of the tourism industry is the Internet.“But most information on tourism opportunities in developing countries is generated and maintained by service providers in developed countries, who also conduct most of the sales transactions.” It called the Internet one of the most effective tools for remedying the imbalance, allowing countries to take charge of their own tourism promotion, generate more jobs and revenue for the local economy, and keep up with the competition. read more

Drugmaker Pfizers 1Q profit drops 15 pct as generic competition other factors

by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted May 5, 2014 5:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Despite sharply lower expenses and taxes, Pfizer Inc.’s first-quarter profit dropped 15 per cent, due to cheaper generic competition for multiple medicines and some promotion partnerships with other drugmakers ending.The world’s second-biggest drugmaker by sales missed Wall Street’s revenue expectations by $730 million, but narrowly beat profit expectations. Its shares fell more than 2 per cent in morning trading.The New York-based company has seen its revenue shrink as inexpensive copycat pills hurt sales of about 20 off-patent drugs that once brought in billions annually, particularly cholesterol fighter Lipitor, the top-selling drug of all time with peak revenue of nearly $13 billion.Meanwhile, Pfizer has been trying since January to get British rival AstraZeneca Plc to discuss its bid to buy the company, but AstraZeneca continues to rebuff Pfizer. On Friday, AstraZeneca rejected Pfizer’s third offer, a cash-and-stock deal worth about $106 billion, saying it still undervalues the company, particularly its drugs in development.Pfizer said Monday it still hopes AstraZeneca will discuss the deal, which would include Pfizer moving its official domicile —but not its corporate offices — to London. That move would reduce Pfizer’s income tax rate. The acquisition also would enable Pfizer, which has grown rapidly as a result of three huge acquisitions since 2000, to reduce costs with yet another round of job and other cost cuts.The maker of Viagra said net income was $2.33 billion, or 36 cents per share, for January through March, down from $2.75 billion, or 38 cents per share, a year earlier.Excluding one-time charges, income was 57 cents per share, two cents less than analysts expected.Revenue totalled $11.35 billion, down 9 per cent. Analysts expected $12.08 billion.Among Pfizer’s top sellers, sales rose 8 per cent to $1.15 billion for pain and fibromyalgia treatment Lyrica and 4 per cent to $914 million for immune disorder drug Enbrel. Sales of pneumonia vaccine Prevnar were flat at $927 million, while key newer medicines — rheumatoid arthritis pill Xeljanz and cancer drugs Xalkori and Inlyta — remain disappointing at less than $100 million in the quarter.Pfizer confirmed its 2014 adjusted profit forecast for earnings per share of $2.20 to $2.30 and revenue of $49.2 billion to $52.3 billion.For the first time, Pfizer reported separate operating results for its three business segments, to give investors more insight into performance as the company considers eventually breaking off some of its business.All three segments reported sales at least slightly below 2013’s first quarter, and income was down for both Pfizer’s newer medicines and its older, mostly off-patent drugs.The segment that includes vaccines, cancer drugs and consumer health products, though, increased income by 6 per cent, to $1.06 billion. Pfizer reported income of $1.77 billion for its newer medicines and $4.05 billion for its older “established” prescription drugs.Its shares fell 67 cents, or 2.2 per cent, to $30.08 in morning trading.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at www.twitter.com/LindaJ_onPharma The Pfizer logo is displayed on the exterior of a former Pfizer factory, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The pharmaceutical giant said, Monday, May 5, 2014, that their first-quarter profit dropped 15 percent due to cheaper generic competition continuing to reduce sales of multiple medicines and the end of some partnerships promoting other companies’ medicines. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Drugmaker Pfizer’s 1Q profit drops 15 pct as generic competition, other factors cut sales read more

Entrepreneurs resilient in face of struggling economy survey

Thinkstock Entrepreneurs resilient in face of struggling economy: survey Optimism is growing among entrepreneurs in Alberta.A new survey says 89 per cent of those who own their own business would do it all over again, if they had a chance.Executive VP of ATB Financial Wellington Holbrook says there’s a big sense of resilience, amidst current economic challenges.“You hear words like tenacious and surrounding themselves with experts, and they see opportunities others have missed,” he said. “And I think that gives us all reason to be hopeful, and optimistic about the future of the province, because ultimately businesses do drive our growth, they drive employment, and they are still seeing the bright side of that.”Holbrook says they are seeing a good number of people jumping into the unknown, and investing now, in anticipation of when the economy will start to grow again.“We saw a 16 per cent increase in the number of entrepreneurs who are feeling the economy will be the same or better off in the next six months,” Holbrook said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kaitlin Lee Posted Jul 19, 2016 10:54 am MDT read more