India’s fastest train, Gatimaan Express, which runs at a speed of 160 kmph, will slow down to 130 kmph after it is extended to Gwalior and Jhansi, according to senior railways officials.Railway Ministry officials say the Railway Board has taken a decision to extend the route of Gatimaan Express — which runs between Delhi and Agra at a speed of 160 kmph to Gwalior and then to Jhansi.On the new stretch, the train will run at a speed of 130 kmph and not at its original speed.“The Agra-Gwalior-Jhansi route is fit for only 130 kmph, so the train has to run at that speed,” an official said.Fare structureThe train’s extended run, expected to begin any day now, however, is stuck as the board is still contemplating the fare structure, Ministry sources indicated. The difference in speed limits is making their task difficult.At present, the fare for travelling in an executive class is ₹1,505 and a booking for AC chair car costs ₹755 between Delhi and Agra.The board now faces two options: either to reduce the ticket fare in lieu of the reduced speed on Agra-Gwalior-Jhansi stretch or stick with the structure for the better amenities it provides.Gatimaan Express is equipped with modern amenities including bio-toilets, fire alarms, GPS-based passenger information system, automatic sliding doors and free Wi-Fi Internet service.Officials say the decision to extend the train’s run was taken because it reaches Agra in the morning and then it is stationed there all day. Now, it will make its way to Jhansi.
George Joseph, counsel for SBI, submitted that going byGeorge Joseph, counsel for SBI, submitted that going by Mallyas track record, banks cannot take his statements on face value and be sure of getting money from Mallya if the USD 75 million are not secured.”Going by Mallyas track record, we cannot take his statements on face value. Once the money is secured, we will be sure that it will not go anywhere, else the bank will not get anything,” he said.Holla also submitted that due to the increasing fuel prices, not only his clients airline Kingfisher Airlines, but also some of the known carriers around the world suffered losses, and to pressure Mallya, asking him to pay the debt “is not okay”.”It is not that (only) Mallyas airline was suffering losses, but other airlines around world also suffered – Swiss Air, theIndian Airlines and four US airlines, also suffered hugelosses. Even as my client was paying up the loans, it is notright to hound my client for the payup,” he said.He said the airline had already paid Rs 1,500 crore and “what is it that the banks want more when he has paid the principal amount in spite of airline industry facing crisis the world over.”Mallya and Kingfisher Airlines owed Rs 7,800 crore toa consortium of 17 lenders led by SBI which had anexposure of over Rs 1,600 crore to the now defunct airline.Since January 2012, the loan was not serviced.Otherlenders include Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, CanaraBank, Bank of India, Central Bank of India, Federal Bank, UcoBank and Dena Bank among others.advertisementLast year, SBI declaredMallya as wilful defaulter.Last month, Punjab National Bank had also declared him, his group holding company United Breweries Holdings and the long-defunct Kingfisher Airlines as wilful defaulters.As part of a deal, Diageo said it would pay USD 40million immediately to Mallya with the balance being payablein equal installments over the next five years.It will alsoabsolve Mallya of all liabilities over alleged financiallapses at the company founded by his family. PTI BDN RA VS ZMN
Western Australia bowling coach Adam Griffith and former England batsman Graham Hick will join the Australian side temporarily for their one-day triangular series in the West Indies in June, Cricket Australia said on Friday.Justin Langer will take the side to the Caribbean to give regular head coach Darren Lehmann a break before their tour of Sri Lanka in July and August.”We are excited to have Adam join the team for the tour of the West Indies,” Lehmann said of Griffith’s appointment for the June 3-26 tournament, which also includes South Africa.”West Australia have some talented young fast-bowlers that have developed under Adam’s watch and it’s great to be able to offer him the chance to work with the Australian side under Justin Langer.”Australia are looking for a full time bowling coach after former international quick Craig McDermott stepped down following the World Twenty20 tournament in India earlier this month.The 38-year-old Griffith played 50 first-class matches for Tasmania as a right-arm fast-medium bowler but his career was curtailed with serious injuries before he retired in 2010 and took up a coaching role at Western Australia in 2011.”The opportunity to work with Australia’s premium bowlers is incredibly exciting,” Griffith said.”The West Indies and South Africa have some of the most destructive white ball batters in the world and preparing to play them in Caribbean conditions will be a great challenge.”Former England batsman Hick, who is the national cricket centre’s high performance coach, will also join the side as an assistant coach in the West Indies.advertisementHick has worked at the national cricket centre for the past three years.
For so long we’ve been compelled to watch the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry play out on Spanish and European pitches. And as the new season rolls around the realisation looms large that we’ll never see another Clasico involving them. That should bring a sense of immense longing for supporters, for casual fans, for anyone with even a passing interest in football.And who knows what effect it might have on the players themselves.Ronaldo has been open about the fact that their feuds over the years pushed him to new heights. “I see him not as a rival but as a person,” he said of Messi in his 2015 documentary. “I see him as someone who makes me a better player and I make him a better player.” Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Messi, instead, has rarely spoken on the issue. Perhaps that is a consequence of his upbringing in the Barcelona system. At La Masia and with the clubs famous “Més que un Club” ethos the focus at Barca has always been about the collective.Real Madrid does not necessarily breed superstars, it buys them. And it always felt that Ronaldo belonged there; in the spotlight, in the white kit, with the eyes of the world upon him.“A sports competitor might utilise the performances of a rival to work towards a set goal,” says Dan Abrahams, sports psychologist to AFC Bournemouth and the England rugby union team.“Ronaldo might look at Messi and see him performing very well over the course of the season.“That directs his brain towards thinking: ‘OK Messi’s scored goals, I want to score 10 goals, so I have to do A, B, C, D in training to give me the opportunity.“Messi has grown up at La Masia and at Barcelona. They had this very unique culture whereby they have the capability of developing a group mentality. It’s very unique.“It may well be that Ronaldo has been driven by Messi, but Messi has not been driven by Ronaldo.”Those two over the course of the last decade have made the Spanish top flight the most attractive in the world and are almost singlehandedly responsible for building Barcelona and Real Madrid into the modern super clubs they have become.The immensity of what Ronaldo and Messi inspired will never be repeated. We have just seen the two greatest players ever to lace boots not only peak together but also play for the biggest rivals the sport has ever seen. And, at a time when both Real Madrid and Barcelona jockeyed for position as the best team in the world.There is no question that Messi and Barcelona have had the better of the head-to-head duals. Messi and Ronaldo came up against each other 18 times in La Liga with Messi winning 10 and Ronaldo only four. The Argentina captain scored 12 goals to Ronaldo’s nine in those matches.All in all Messi has won 16 of the 35 matches which he’s played against the Portugal top scorer. Ronaldo has been on the winning side only 10 times in those games.Barca have unquestionably had stronger, more consistent teams throughout their near-decade of competition together. They have won vastly more on the domestic front, a useful yard stick of consistency.But it’s on the big stage that Ronaldo let his football do the talking. A good many of his 121 Champions League goals came in the last five seasons when Real Madrid claimed four titles.Thanks largely to his interventions on the continental scene – not to mention his victory with Portugal at Euro 2016 – Ronaldo has outperformed Messi four to one in Ballons d’Or in the last five seasons. Sadly, the days when Ronaldo could look to Messi and go a level higher are at an end.When Madrid and Barca were fighting for the Spanish title or the Spanish Cup – or for the Champions League – Ronaldo and Messi were always front and centre. It’s going to take a while to get used to the idea that it’s over; the Clasico rivalry will still smoulder but it’ll never be the same.Messi’s Barcelona and Ronaldo’s Real Madrid gave us everything; the one big regret about their Clasico rivalry is that they never met in a Champions League final.Nonetheless, there have been winners in finals, in crucial league and continental matches. Messi’s celebration after slaying Madrid in injury time in the Bernabeu was iconic. It did not take Ronaldo long to reply at Camp Nou. Those moments would have been impossible if one didn’t have the presence of the other.Every individual player on a team of 11 should in theory carry 9.09 per cent of the responsibility and of the workload. But Messi and Ronaldo in their teams were worth many times more than that; not only for their goals but for their very presence. They gave their teams the extra edge in direct confrontations and all across the nine Spanish and European seasons in which they were pitted against each other. Every time, they played those matches with a sense of destiny; a prescience that each possessed the skill and confidence to provide a match-winning contribution.The Clasico undoubtedly lost a degree of intensity when Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho departed from their coaching roles. But it remained compelling because there was Ronaldo and there was Messi. That is lost forever now. It will never again be the same – for us as viewers and for Messi and Ronaldo themselves.Ronaldo’s Madrid made Barca better, Messi’s Barca made Madrid better and the same could be said on an individual level for the two men who have shared the last 10 Ballons d’Or. Who knows if they could have hit the same heights if the other wasn’t there.
Brief Score: Rest of India (330 all out) vs Vidarbha at stumps on day 1. Hanuma Vihari 114, Mayank Agarwal 95, Akshay Wakhare 3 for 62 and Aditya Sarwate 3 for 99.Hanuma Vihari hit 114 while Mayank Agarwal made 95 as Rest of India made 330 all out at stumps on Day 1 of the Irani Cup against Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha in Nagpur. RoI won the toss and opted to bat against a top quality bowling attack which had overcome a formidable Saurashtra in the Ranji final last week.Rajneesh Gurbani struck early for Vidarbha when he removed Rest of India opener Anmolpreet Singh in the 9th over of the innings. However, Agrwal and Vihari, both Test cricketers, stitched up a 125-run stand for the second wicket to put their team in a position of strength.But just when it looked like Rest of India were going to push home their advantage, Yash Thakur removed Mayank Agarwal for 95. This was a big wicket in the context of the first day’s play. Agarwal had made his Test debut in Australia recently and made an immediate impression with scores of 76 and 42 in Melbourne and 77 in Sydney.He returned home to play the Ranji Trophy semifinal against Saurashtra for Karnataka and made 2 and 46 in that game.A calm and composed century for @Hanumavihari against Vidarbha. Rest of India are now 283/7 on Day 1 of the #IraniCup #ROIvsVIDFollow the game here —> https://t.co/nzIFXjuHhN pic.twitter.com/RI3Bghn7fsBCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) February 12, 2019Agarwal’s wicket brought RoI skipper and India Test regular Ajinkya Rahane to the middle. But he lasted only 38 balls before falling to Aditya Sarwate, who had rattled Saurashtra with an 11-wicket haul in the Ranji Trophy final.advertisementShreyas Iyer looked aggressive in his brief stay but his departure in the 59th over triggered a collapse. Ishan Kishan, K Gowtham and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja were packed off in the next 11 overs before Rahul Chahar offered some resistance and support to Vihari.Hanuma Vihari played in three of the four Tests in Australia with a highest of 42. He was sent up to open the innings with Mayank Agarwal in the Boxing Day Test and won hearts with a gritty show in the first innings which allowed Agarwal to blossom at the other end.That Rest of India could cross the 300-run mark and just edge away on the opening day was thanks to Vihari’s grit and his skills in batting with No.10 Chahar.For Vidarbha, Sarwate and Akshay Wakhare stood out with some accurate spin bowling which prevented Rest of India from completely dominating the opening day.
The Cowboys bring it home this week to face a well-rested no. 22 Texas Longhorn team coming off a bye week. College football analyst Phil Steele picked the talent-rich Longhorns as his most improved team for the 2016 season and while there’s a lot of football to be played, this underclassmen-laden team has an offense that is humming and a very talented defense.OffenseWhile the Cowboys had to adjust quickly from the Pitt ground-centric offense to the Baylor offense, this week will be much less of an adjustment as the Longhorns run the same style of attack as Baylor. “Two weeks in a row we’ve seen that same style of offense” says Coach Gundy as Art Briles’ disciple and former University of Tulsa offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert has really changed the offense in Austin.Against mostly Power 5 competition, the unit is scoring 44.7 points per game (13th in FBS) and racking up 500 yards of total offense, up from 26.4 points and 370.8 yards per game in 2015. So what’s changed? Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Horns may have found themselves a quarterback. True freshman Shane Buechele is averaging 240 yards per game while throwing for seven touchdowns to two interceptions and has twice been named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in this young season.The comps to a recent Longhorn legend are rolling in and combined with the 18-Wheeler package for Tyrone Swoopes, the QB play has really looked different in Austin lately.Buechele has spread the ball around well, but senior slot receiver and top punt returner Jacorey Warrick has the most catches (13) at this point. Starting with Warrick are outside receivers junior Armanti Foreman (twin brother of RB D’Onta) and sophomore John Burt, the top target from 2015. An X-factor in the receiving group is QB-turned-WR Jerrod Heard who has a couple of scores and is prime for some wildcat packages and reverse passes.The two-headed monster in the UT backfield is likely the most talented the Cowboys will play outside of Norman as D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren are an absolute handful. They run behind a very solid offensive line, even without senior captain Kent Perkins who was suspended for the OSU game. On the left side of the line is a pair of all-conference sophomores who lead the way in tackle Connor Williams and guard Patrick Vahe. Junior right tackle Tristan Nickleson is supposed to return for conference play as he was hurt in the opener. The tandem of solid runners and a solid line play has racked up 238.3 yards per game on the ground (23rd in FBS), put mildly as a good test for the deep Cowboy front seven.DefenseLed by former OSU assistant Vance Bedford at defensive coordinator, the Longhorns defense is full of talent and “have a lot of big guys up front that are strong and can certainly hold their gap…. and they have speed on the perimeter” per Coach Gundy. With that being said, after getting exposed by Cal in week 3, there was wide speculation that Charlie Strong would be letting go of Bedford, but those rumors were put out and Strong will have a stronger influence on personnel and play calling moving forward.The unit is similar to OSU in that they’ve had more success stopping the run than the pass and that will be something to watch for. While historically a strength of Charlie Strong teams, the problems against Cal were primarily allowing big plays with several completions over 20 yards. Losing all-conference corner Davante Davis early in the game surely played a role but so far allowing a league high nine passing touchdowns and forcing no interceptions, Mason and the General may be in line for a field day.Similar to Baylor, the Horns run a 3-4 defense that occasionally turns into a 3-3 stack. Up front are veteran tackles Poona Ford and Paul Boyette who both put up a solid four plus tackles a game. A major strength of the front is a solid pass rush that leads the conference with 3.67 sacks per game. You can expect to see plenty of defensive end/outside linebackers Breckyn Hager and Malcolm Roach, who both have a couple of sacks to their name.The leader of the defense is 2015 Big 12 defensive freshman of the year, linebacker Malik Jefferson, affectionately referred to as “the Predator” . Beside Jefferson is leading tackler Anthony Wheeler who has a great nose for the ball, averaging almost seven and a half tackles per game. The other guy in the unit is “fox” linebacker (DE/LB hybrid) Naashon Hughes who has played consistent football.In the defensive secondary, sophomore Devante Davis is the playmaker and former walk-on Dylan Haines, starter of 25 games at safety, led the team a year ago with five interceptions. Cornerback Sheroid Evans leads the team with three pass break ups and is another encouraging story: as a sixth-year senior he hadn’t played a game before starting against Notre Dame since being sidelined in October 2013 when he tore is ACL, recovered, and then tore his ACL again.An X-factor for the defense could be releasing 2016 five star safety recruit Brandon Jones into the secondary. A special teams ace thus far, he’s blocked two punts and with recent issues in the secondary, don’t be surprised to see Jones getting some good time in the defensive backfield. Another player expected to be worked in is talented sophomore safety DeShon Elliott to try and right the ship.While the questions are well detailed, one Texas writer put it best when asking “is the defense fatally flawed, or is it inexperienced potential waiting to harden into realized greatness?”A question that Saturday in Stillwater will bring us one step closer to answering.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Right time for me to retire from ODIs: Lasith Malinga bids adieu to 50-over cricketLasith Malinga finished his ODI career as the 9th highest wicket-taker as he took 338 wickets, one more than India’s Anil Kumble.advertisement India Today Web Desk ColomboJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 00:15 IST Lasith Malinga gets ovation from Sri Lankan players as he walks out in the stadium. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLasith Malinga retired from one-day internationals after Sri Lanka’s run win over BangladeshMalinga also played 30 tests though he quit the long format in 2011 after battling a nagging knee injuryMalinga is currently the 3rd highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket for Sri Lanka with 336 wickets in 220 inningsLasith Malinga retired from one-day internationals after Sri Lanka registered 91-run win over Bangladesh in Colombo. Malinga returned with impressive figures of 3/38 in his final ODI to help Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh.Malinga accounted for the wickets of Tamim Iqbal (0) and Soumya Sarkar (15) in his first spell and dismissed Mustafizur Rahman (18) on the last delivery of his ODI career.Malinga finished as the 3rd highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket for Sri Lanka with 338 wickets in 220 innings with only Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399) above him on the list.Between 2006 and 2013, no other bowler took more wickets than Malinga’s 267, this despite him missing 15 months of action in 2008-09 owing to knee troubles.”I feel it’s the right time for me to retire from ODIs. I have been playing for the last 15 years for Sri Lanka and this is the right time to move on. My time is over and I have to go. Winning is very important for me; We are a young team,” Malinga said in the post-match presentation.”I tried my best throughout my career. Some of the young bowlers in the country have good ability, so they need to try and produce match-winning spells. You have to be a match-winner for your team, that’s my advice.”#ThankYouMalinga pic.twitter.com/HYqCO0sx08Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) July 26, 2019Malinga also finished as the team’s highest wicket-taker during the recently concluded World Cup 2019 where he took 13 scalps in 7 innings. Malinga is also the only bowler to have taken 2 World Cup hat-tricks (2007 vs South Africa, 2011 vs Kenya). He had already retired from Test in 2011.advertisementSince his 2004 debut against the United Arab Emirates, Malinga has played 225 ODIs and his unusual slingy action and an ability to bowl yorkers have made him a formidable bowler in limited-overs cricket.Malinga’s 56 wickets from 29 matches put him third, behind Australian Glenn McGrath (71) and fellow Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan (68), in the list of most successful bowlers in the history of the World Cup.The right-arm paceman, a sought-after player in Twenty20 leagues, has also played 30 tests though he quit the long format in 2011 after battling a nagging knee injury.Also Read | Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad bowl out Ireland for 38 to help England storm to victoryAlso Read | Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir retires from Tests to focus on white-ball cricketAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Lasith MalingaFollow ODIFollow Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh
Addressing a graduation ceremony for 90 newly trained DCs at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James, on July 4, the Minister said the DCs form part of the Visitor Safety Unit. The Minister explained that the establishment of Destination Assurance Councils, launched recently in conjunction with the Visitor Safety and Security Programme, is essential to the seamless, successful and rapid development of the sector, and that now, more than ever, the success or failure of a tourist destination depends heavily on being able to provide a safe and secure environment for visitors. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says District Constables (DCs) who have been trained under the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) programme will be given strict orders as to the areas in which they must operate. Story Highlights Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says District Constables (DCs) who have been trained under the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) programme will be given strict orders as to the areas in which they must operate.Addressing a graduation ceremony for 90 newly trained DCs at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James, on July 4, the Minister said the DCs form part of the Visitor Safety Unit.“The specific operational zones for the Visitor Safety Unit are cruise-ship piers; commercial districts, especially those frequented by visitors; craft markets; beaches and major attractions. Constables will be strategically placed in areas identified as hotspots. We need to do everything within our powers to protect our tourism industry, so it can grow exponentially and benefit more people,” he said.Mr. Bartlett argued that destination assurance is very important to Jamaica as competition in the international marketplace heats up.“The fact is, Jamaica is competing with destinations all over the world for travel dollars. It is, therefore, critical that we establish a competitive advantage that sets us apart from other international destinations,” the Minister said.“This calls for us to provide our visitors with authentic and high-quality tourism experiences. This is what we call Destination Assurance – guaranteeing our visitors that their expectations of an outstanding visitor experience will be met. A critical element of destination assurance is ensuring the safety and security of our visitors,” he added.The Minister explained that the establishment of Destination Assurance Councils, launched recently in conjunction with the Visitor Safety and Security Programme, is essential to the seamless, successful and rapid development of the sector, and that now, more than ever, the success or failure of a tourist destination depends heavily on being able to provide a safe and secure environment for visitors.He said efforts must be made at all levels to preserve Jamaica’s reputation as a destination in which crime against tourists is minimal.“If our visitors don’t feel free to move around unharassed, and enjoy the beauty of Jamaica as freely as they want, then very soon there will be a decline in arrivals. In turn, this will result in a decline in business for hotels, restaurants, taxi operators and our artisans and craftpersons. We have to control crime and harassment in Jamaica if we are to realise the true potential of tourism in terms of consistently increasing our visitor arrivals and providing benefits to Jamaicans,” the Minister said.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Greece-based Latsco Shipping has secured more money to finance the construction of its MR product tankers.According to law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) ING Bank, London Branch increased the loan previously granted to the company from USD 131 million to USD 218 million.Initially, the funds were intended for the construction of a total of five new ships. The increase has now been used up the number of tankers being financed to nine, the last of which was financed in May 2018.This now takes Latsco to a fleet of 27 vessels, a significant increase over the past three years since it agreed the original loan facility with ING in 2015.WFW also advised ING on the original loan facility.“We welcomed the opportunity to advise on this high profile transaction, which was the first collaboration between ING and Latsco, two significant players in their respective areas within the maritime sector,” Nigel Thomas, Partner and firm Chairman, WFW London Maritime team, commented.
zoomImage Courtesy: Euronav Belgium-based tanker shipping company Euronav has selected Ecochlor ballast water management systems (BWMS) for seven of its Suezmax and VLCC vessels. Under the agreement, Euronav has an option to purchase an additional 30 Ecochlor systems for its tankers between 2020 and 2024.Three of the Euronav ships to be retrofitted with the Ecochlor BWMS have flow rates at 8,000 m3/hr but will still require one treatment system. This option offered Euronav an efficient means to install and then treat ballast water onboard the company’s vessels, according to the BWMS manufacturer.“We are pleased to work alongside Euronav to protect our oceans, in addition to providing them with a safe and effective alternative in ballast water treatment,” Steve Candito, Ecochlor’s CEO, commented.“During a seven-month process for selecting a BWMS provider, along with engineering consultants, we concluded that the Ecochlor system concentrates the elements that we believe will provide a reliable, straight forward solution for complying with regulations,” Zois Dagkaris, Procurement & Logistics Manager at Euronav, said.“The fact that the Ecochlor Service Technicians will be on board our vessels approximately two times per year handling chemical resupply and their availability to provide preventative maintenance and supplemental crew training is considered a plus for ensuring proper functionality of the system and close follow up,” he added.“This is all in support of the Euronav commitment to keeping our ships in compliance with BWM regulations today and into the future for a sustainable ocean environment.”Euronav currently operates a fleet of 72 vessels comprising tankers and FSO units, according to the company’s website.
Nova Scotia’s aquaculture industry will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 4, during the Aquaculture Harvest Festival in Digby. “This annual festival is held in one of Nova Scotia’s coastal regions where we have aquaculture operations or where there is the potential to develop an operation,” said Ron Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “This year we have chosen Digby to showcase the growing opportunities in this region.” There are 16 aquaculture sites in Digby County. Nova Scotia’s aquaculture industry is valued at about $52 million. To recognize the aquaculture industry, festival organizers have arranged for free seafood samples, a touch tank and face painting for children, and entertainment by local musicians. Mr. Chisholm will present a $1,000 bursary to the local high school to be awarded to a graduating student who is pursuing post-secondary studies in aquaculture or in an aquaculture-related field. The festival takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Centre in Digby. Admission is free.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter The painting, removed from both its frame and its longtime place of honour in the public galleries, was here in the cautious hands of the museum’s conservators to prepare for a very different kind of encounter. Advertisement Propped on a four-wheeled cart and wrapped in clear cellophane, you’d think Peter Paul Rubens’ The Massacre of the Innocents, a visceral masterpiece of epic brutality, might see its impact softened, or at least a little.Think again. “It’s hard to look at, I know,” sighed Sasha Suda, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s curator of European art. On a recent morning in the museum’s conservation department, Suda helped remove the plastic sheeting, revealing the work in all its terrible glory: a burly, naked warrior poised to dash a chubby infant onto the hard stone ground; a mother clawing at another assailant’s face as her own child teetered in her free arm.Even here, in the bright fluorescent glare of the conservation lab’s antiseptic environment, the painting resonated with unrelenting horror. “I’ve always felt like if you poked it the wrong way, it would just explode,” Suda said, pointing towards a knot of fabric and muscle at the painting’s heart. “We’re constantly trying to mitigate the risk of encounter with this work, because it’s so hard for a lot of people.” Sasha Suda, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s curator of European art, admits that Peter Paul Rubens’s The Massacre of the Innocents, circa 1610, is hard to look at. (DEAN TOMLINSON / ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO) Facebook Advertisement
MONTREAL – An Air Canada-led consortium has reached a $450-million deal to acquire the Aeroplan loyalty program from Aimia Inc., earning plaudits from analysts but leaving questions about Aimia’s future.The group, which includes TD Bank, CIBC and Visa Canada Corp., has agreed to pay $450 million in cash and assume the approximately $1.9-billion liability associated with Aeroplan miles customers have accumulated.“We are pleased to see that an agreement in principle has been reached as Aeroplan members can continue to earn and redeem with confidence,” Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said in a statement on behalf of the consortium Tuesday.“This transaction, if completed, should produce the best outcome for all stakeholders, including Aeroplan members, as it would allow for a smooth transition to Air Canada’s new loyalty program launching in 2020, safeguarding their miles and providing convenience and value for millions of Canadians.”The agreement comes weeks after Aimia rejected an earlier offer from the consortium as too low and outlined that it believed $450 million would be a fair price, saying that a number of shareholders were upset with the low offer.The price is up from an initial offer in July of $250 million in cash and the assumption of the reward point liability that was rejected by Aimia.Aimia shares were up 9.4 per cent at $4.20 in afternoon trading after hitting a 52-week high of $4.60 earlier in the session. Air Canada shares jumped nearly eight per cent to $26.69.Any deal between the consortium and Aimia, which had been seeking out new partners to offset the loss of Air Canada when a current agreement was set to end in 2020, would be a fruitful outcome for all stakeholders, said GMP Securities analyst Martin Landry.National Bank Financial analyst Adam Shine, however, said he was “left wondering how Aimia could trumpet its Plan B strategy with such optimism and yet set a seemingly low Aeroplan value.”The Aeroplan deal is expected to close this fall.The agreement, which is supported by Aimia’s board and Mittleman Brothers, Aimia’s largest shareholder that had previously opposed the lower offer, is subject to shareholder approval and other closing conditions.Mittleman Brothers, which holds a 17.6-per-cent stake in Aimia, defended its acceptance of the deal and suggested a price tag of $1 billion — which it demanded earlier this month — now seemed unfeasible.“We believe that our acquiescence in agreeing to sell Aeroplan for $450M in cash was the best available outcome for all Aimia stakeholders,” the investment firm said in a statement Tuesday.The bid would leave Aimia with more than $1 billion in cash to invest elsewhere, Mittleman Brothers said.Christopher Mittleman, chief investment officer of the New York-based company, bristled earlier this month at a $325-million offer from the consortium, calling it “coercive” and “blatantly inadequate” in an open letter to Aimia’s board.Mittleman recommended on Aug. 6 that Aimia accept no less than $1 billion, “especially not with a gun held to its head by its key commercial partners.”Aimia’s recent Aeroplan partnership agreements with three Canadian airlines — Air Transat, Flair Airlines and Porter Airlines — are now up in the air.“Those were perhaps part of the negotiations and trying to build the pressure on getting a transaction,” said AltaCorp Capital analyst Chris Murray.Aimia had also been in discussions with the Oneworld airline alliance, whose members include British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific.Gabor Forgacs, associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, said the key incentive for Canada’s largest airline is customer data that can be used to encourage more member spending.“Every time a member of the loyalty program goes to make a purchase and taps or swipes that card, he or she would earn points — however, they will agree to give away the information,” Forgacs said. “They will know where I was, what I bought, how much I spent.”Earlier this month, Aimia management said in a conference call it has considered further asset sales and a wind-up of the company. One analyst noted that Aimia could soon resemble a “holding company with limited assets.”Analysts predicted about 1,000 Aeroplan employees — roughly 60 per cent of Aimia’s workforce — would transfer to Air Canada if the deal goes ahead.Aimia’s other assets include a 48-per-cent stake in Aeromexico’s loyalty program, PLM, and a 20-per-cent share of Air Asia’s loyalty program, Think Big.“With the sale of Aeroplan, the focus for Aimia investors will shift to actual net proceeds received from the sale and the company’s subsequent capital redeployment strategy,” RBC Capital Markets analyst Drew McReynolds wrote in a report.The future of the program has faced questions since Air Canada announced last year that it planned to launch its own loyalty rewards plan in July, 2020 when its partnership with Aimia expires.The May 2017 announcement caused Aimia shares to nosedive 63 per cent in one day.Air Canada created Aeroplan as an in-house loyalty program, but it was spun off in 2005 as an independent business under a court-supervised restructuring of the airline. At the time, CIBC was Aeroplan’s main bank partner.Since 2014, TD has been Aeroplan’s main Visa card partner although CIBC continues to offer cards that earn Aeroplan points that can be redeemed for Air Canada flights and other rewards.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:AIM, TSX:TD, TSX:CM)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misattributed a quote from Air Canada’s CEO to an analyst.
Madrid- Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa defended his decision to represent Spain rather than his homeland Brazil, claiming it was the right thing to do.The 25-year-old’s choice to play for the world champions was confirmed on Tuesday and Costa is now expected to be named in Vicente del Bosque’s squad for two friendly fixtures in November next week.“It was quite a difficult decision to choose between the country where you were born and the country that has given you everything, which is Spain,” he said on Atletico’s website. “I looked at it, weighed it up and the correct thing is to play for Spain because here I have done everything, all that I have in my life and that I have been given has been in this country.“I feel a special love for this country, here I feel very valued for what I do every day and I feel the love of the people.”Costa had also been included in Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s preliminary squad for their two friendlies against Honduras and Chile next month.However, Scolari confirmed on Tuesday that Costa was no longer part of his plans and slammed the player’s decision to “turn his back on the dream of millions.”Costa had represented Brazil twice as recently as March in friendly games against Italy and Russia.However, as he hadn’t played a competitive international he was still able to switch his allegiance to Spain.“I want the people to understand that in no moment was I giving up on Brazil,” he added.“I don’t see it like that. Simply that here I feel very valued and played my whole career.“I have family in Brazil, it is where I was born and where, hopefully, I will live once I stop playing football. I hope that the people understand and respect that.”The demand for Costa’s services from two of the favourites to lift next year’s World Cup represents a huge turnaround in the career of a player that only became a first-team regular at Atletico last season.Although he came up through the youth ranks at Barcelona Esportivo Capela in Sao Paulo, his first professional contract was with Sporting Braga in Portugal, whom he joined in February 2006.After joining Los Rojiblancos in 2007, he was farmed out on loan to Celta Vigo, Albacete, Valladolid and finally Rayo Vallecano.However, on his return to Atletico from Rayo last July, he was imbedded into a side on the up since the arrival of coach Diego Simeone in December 2011.Costa struck up a fine partnership with Radamel Falcao and was the top scorer in the Copa del Rey as Atletico won the competition for the first time in 17 years.This season, with Falcao having left to join Monaco, he has become Atletico’s focal point and leads the league with 11 goals in 10 games, three more than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.And he also made a huge impact on his Champions League debut last week with a double, including one sensational solo effort, as Atletico continued their 100 percent record in the competition with a 3-0 win at Austria Vienna.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today welcomed the announcement by a former Sudanese rebel faction that it will begin handing over children participating in its armed groups in Darfur.The Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A), which is one of the signatories of last year’s Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA), has indicated that several children attached to its forces in North and South Darfur have been identified, and further formal identification of children will begin next month.“Today we are thankful that for many children in Darfur the process of rebuilding their lives can begin,” said Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Representative in Sudan. “Every day these children have been associated with armed groups has been a day of childhood lost.”Today’s announcement comes after months of discussions between UNICEF and SLM/A, and the signing ceremony was officially witnessed by Acting Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Oluseyi Bajulaiye.The agreement obliges the SLM/A to name locations where children are associated with its armed groups in one month, after which the group and the UN will embark on a joint verification project.UNICEF, partnering with the Government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), will assist in helping the children find their families and will participate in community integration programmes. The agency will also train SLM/A field commanders on international children’s rights and protection standards.Demobilized children will also be able to take part in life skills and vocational training schemes and be provided with educational support. During the period of reintegration, social workers will monitor and follow-up up with these youth, UNICEF said.“Today’s agreement with the SLM/A is only the start of the process,” Mr. Chaiban noted. “It will take time for children to be properly identified and appropriate reintegration programmes to be established, but I hope we will now see real efforts to turn this agreement into tangible action for children, and that others will now agree to hand over children that may be attached to their own forces.”Although the exact number of children associated with armed forces and groups in Darfur are unknown, UNICEF estimates that at least 7,000 children in the region are acting as combatants or are in subsidiary roles such as porters, cooks, messengers and bodyguards.“These children are amongst the most vulnerable in Darfur, and they must be given the chance to go home, and take back their childhood,” Mr. Chaiban observed.This January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, and former UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah appealed to both signatories and non-signatories to the DPA to demobilize children.The recruitment and use of children by parties to armed conflict is outlawed by a number of UN resolutions and by an Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Sudan has signed. The country’s draft Armed Forces Act also criminalizes the recruitment of children under the age of 18 into the armed forces. 11 June 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today welcomed the announcement by a former Sudanese rebel faction that it will begin handing over children participating in its armed groups in Darfur.
She was the picture of courage.Sharlene Bosma, widow of murder victim Tim, spoke fondly of her memories of him during a memorial service Wednesday at Carmen’s banquet hall in Hamilton.
By the time the paint dried, there was a symphony of colour on a once bare area in downtown St. Catharines.Students in Brock University’s Hip-Hop and the Urban Working Class course took their learning to the streets in mid-October as they participated in an experiential graffiti exercise behind the St. Catharines Furniture Bank.“The spray can was their violin and the graffiti was their symphony,” said local graffiti artist Mathew Vizbulis, who helped the class complete their public art display.Fourth-year Communications student Sara Gallagher took inspiration from the Centre for Labour Studies while participating in a graffiti project in downtown St. Catharines as part of the Hip-Hop and the Urban Working Class course.The second-year Labour Studies course introduced students to hip-hop culture from around the world and the resistance to the status quo that often comes with it.“Graffiti writing, along with rapping, DJing and breakdancing, is one of the four elements of hip hop culture,” said Assistant Professor Simon Black. “In the class, we discuss cities as spaces of inequality, power and resistance. Our week on graffiti examines who has the power to shape public space.” To examine this concept up close, students in the course applied to take part in a hands-on workshop, with successful applicants given the freedom to paint any subject while helping to complete a large-scale graffiti project.Vizbulis worked alongside the students and offered first-hand insight into the hidden culture of resistance they had studied in class.“Because the art form of graffiti is often mystified by the media, people see it as something that only exists in back alleys, and they never meet the people who do it,” he said.Though the students were creating their art legally, on storage crates behind the Furniture Bank with funding from the St. Catharines Downtown Association, they were still able to experience many of the sensations that come with producing graffiti in an urban environment.“It’s cool to do something that is often seen as illegal, legally through your school,” said fourth-year media and communications student Kiyosha Teixeira. “I always wanted to know how people did graffiti. I wanted to learn about what it says and why it’s there because it’s not often taught in art classes.”Teixeira also felt the exercise helped students to become more familiar with their surroundings.“It integrates students with their community,” she said. “It’s provided me with an experience that I would not have had otherwise.Providing diverse experiential opportunities to link students with their community is a key focus of the University’s Experiential Education team.“Brock’s reputation as a leader in experiential education comes from the diversity of opportunities the experiential exercises offer to students,” said Carolyn Finlayson, Experiential Education Co-ordinator in the Faculty of Social Sciences. “Beyond traditional opportunities, such as consulting projects and co-op programs, Brock is also enabling students to grow personally and professionally in their community through creative exhibitions and performances such as this one.”Vizbulis said the exercise went beyond artistic expression and community involvement, also providing practical project-management applications that students could use in their careers.“When you are responsible for the artistic endeavour yourself, you are more modest with your materials,” he said. “You are working in close proximity to others, and you need to think about use of space.”Fourth-year Communications student Sara Gallagher said the experience has helped with her studies and encouraged personal growth.“This is so hands-on,” she said. “We are immersed in the culture of hip hop and that helps us to relate to what we are learning in class. At the same time, we are able to relate to a subsection of society that often isn’t seen in the mainstream and bring it into a positive light.”As the painting project drew to a close, the students’ bright graffiti filled a space that was once grey and allowed everyone involved to reflect on what they had produced.“This was a safe space for us, but we still got a sense of what it’s like to do graffiti when it’s not safe,” said Gallagher.For Vizbulis, the project created a feeling of unity amongst the students as they produced the unique artwork together.“The art project represents the togetherness of a common idea and connects that idea with other people,” he said. “The students who successfully applied to do this got to bring that idea out of themselves while others around them did the exact same thing.”Vizbulis is no stranger to working with Brock University students.In September, he spent time with a third-year Interpretive and Critical Writing in the Arts class, teaching students about graffiti and hosting an interactive workshop that allowed them to practise painting outside of Rodman Hall Art Centre.Vizbulis’ work will also be featured alongside the artwork of students in an upcoming Rodman Hall show, Colour Constructs, which runs Nov. 30 until March 4. Through his art, he will offer visual comment on Material Girls, another Rodman Hall exhibition that celebrates Canadian and international female artists. Material Girls runs until the end of 2017.
#maryberry #bolognese ragu ??What’s that…. white wine…..double cream herbs 🙈 that’s breaking every Italian kitchen rule @CookCarluccio 😫 pic.twitter.com/2Q6AfNboBW— Tracey J Cottrell (@deli_tracey) March 7, 2017 Many tweeted to complain this recipe was unusual at best and not what they expected from the culinary queen.One said on Twitter: “Just watched a cooking programme where Mary Berry put white wine in Bolognese. Turned it off. #shudders.” @alexpreston101 @TelegraphNews Mary Berry is channeling Elizabeth David. 1958 recipe, adds cream, white wine, chicken livers, and bacon.— Sara Browne (@sarabrowne55) March 7, 2017 I love Mary Berry, but white wine in a bolognese sauce? No. It has to be red.— Saffron Buns (@faerynuff) March 6, 2017 Mary Berry’s making a bolognese with “her own special twist”. It’s gin, isn’t it?— Dave Turner (@mrdaveturner) March 6, 2017 White wine and cream in a well-used recipe from book of Italian cooking. Very good it is, too! #MaryBerry #spagbol pic.twitter.com/K10QzUO4v4— Maths Tutor (@TheMathsClass) March 7, 2017 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. Many old-fashioned Italian cook books recommend adding milk or cream and white wine to a ragu sauce.Marcella Hazan, the late Italian-born chef who revolutionised how Americans cook Italian food, recommended using dairy and white wine in her recipe. She added: “Add the wine, let it simmer until it has evaporated, then add the tomatoes and stir thoroughly to coat all ingredients well”.In fact, bolognese – or tagliatelle al ragu – is so important to Italy that the region’s Chamber of Commerce asked the Italian Academy of Cooking to come up with an official recipe in 1982. The result was a simple sauce, which only contained beef, pancetta, onions, carrots, celery, tomato paste, white wine and milk.This means the official Italian way to make bolognese is to add white wine and milk (or cream if you’re decadent like Mary Berry). “Dear Mary Berry, this is NOT ragu Bolognese. It’s a nice tomato sauce though,” added another.In response to the cream addition, one viewer said: “Shocked and appalled about Mary Berry adding double cream to her bolognese.”However, others pointed out that her recipe is not unusual. Mary Berry’s “unusual” take on a slow-cooked ragu sauce left some viewers of her new cookery show “shocked and appalled”.While the closest most get to adding dairy to their spag bol is softening onions in butter, and it is thought red wine brings out the flavour of the beef, Mary Berry shocked by sloshing white wine and cream into her recipe.She said during her BBC 2 show Mary Berry Everyday to add wine, “white or red, whatever you’ve got to hand – although I really prefer to add white.” Hazan, often cited as the last word on simple, delicious Italian cookery, wrote in her recipe for bolognese: “Add milk and let it simmer gently, stirring frequently, until it has bubbled away completely”.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the defence budget, and how many planes and ships the UK can afford.To try and shed some more light on the subject, The Telegraph sent its Defence and Security correspondent, Dominic Nicholls, on a mission: to build his very own Telegraph Air Force.So where does one go to do their Air Force shopping?The Royal International Air Show, of course. The US defence secretary told his British counterpart that Washington is “concerned” that the UK’s military power and diplomatic influence is “at risk of erosion”.General Mattis said he wanted the UK to remain America’s “partner of choice” but also said that the French were committed to being “global actors” alongside the US.Mr Williamson has been pushing for extra cash, stepping up his efforts after the NHS was promised a funding boost. Dominic Nicholls tests out some kit This was compounded by a leaked letter from Pentagon chief Jim Mattis to Mr Williamson, which hinted that the special relationship could be under strain unless the UK boosted its defence capability. A row continues to rage in Whitehall between Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and the Prime Minister over defence funding.Mrs May has refused to commit publicly to Britain remaining a “tier one” military power, raising fears in the Ministry of Defence that Britain’s military status could be in jeopardy. Which is why The Telegraph’s defence expert travelled to the Royal International Air Tattoo to learn just how much it costs to build an air force.Watch the video to find out if Dominic managed to stick to budget, even with a discount. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May (R), her husband Philip May (C) and Britain’s Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson attend the national Armed Forces Day celebrations Credit:OLI SCARFF/AFP 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.
Rio Tinto says it will develop its most technologically advanced mine following the full approval of a $2.6 billion investment in the Koodaideri iron ore mine in Western Australia.Koodaideri will deliver a new production hub for Rio Tinto’s iron ore business in the Pilbara, incorporating a processing plant and infrastructure including a 166 km rail line connecting the mine to the existing network.Construction on Koodaideri Phase 1 will start next year with first production expected in late 2021. Once complete, the mine will have an annual capacity of 43 Mt, underpinning production of the company’s flagship iron ore product, Pilbara Blend.Koodaideri Phase 1 will help sustain Rio Tinto’s existing production capacity by replacing depletion elsewhere in the system, Rio says.“The project will increase the higher-value lump component of the Pilbara Blend, subject to market conditions, from the current average of about 35% to around 38%. It is expected to deliver an internal rate of return of 20% and capital intensity of around $60/t of annual capacity, highly competitive for a new mine considering the additional infrastructure of rail spur, airport, camp and road access required,” the company said.The operation has been designed to use an increased level of automation and digitisation, helping to deliver a safer and more productive mine, which is expected to be Rio Tinto’s lowest cost contributor to its industry benchmark Pilbara Blend product.“Through the use of digital assets, advanced data analytics and automation, Rio Tinto expects to significantly enhance the operation and maintenance of this new mine,” Rio says.Rio Tinto CEO J-S Jacques said: “Koodaideri is a gamechanger for Rio Tinto. It will be the most technologically advanced mine we have ever built and sets a new benchmark for the industry in terms of the adoption of automation and the use of data to enhance safety and productivity.“As we pursue our value over volume approach, targeted high-quality investments such as Koodaideri will ensure we continue to deliver value for our shareholders and Australians.”The investment is underpinned by an orebody of high-quality Brockman ore more than 20 km long and 3 km wide. This contains some 269 Mt of proven reserves and 329 Mt of probable reserves.In addition to mine infrastructure, an airport, mine support facilities and accommodation for employees will be built. Throughout the construction period Rio Tinto expects to employ over 2,000 people with 600 permanent roles created once the mine is operational.Since completion of the prefeasibility study in 2016, additional capital has been included for productivity enhancements to increase capacity to 43 Mt, from the 40 Mt base case. The project scope was also broadened to incorporate significant safety improvements and the development of additional infrastructure such as an airport and site access roads. Cost inflation for labour and materials also contributed to the capital increase.A $44 million prefeasibility study into Koodaideri Phase 2 has also been approved. The expansion could increase annual capacity from the Koodaideri production hub to 70 Mt and beyond. A final investment decision is subject to study outcomes and Rio Tinto’s value over volume approach, Rio said.Koodaideri will feature technology already in use across Rio Tinto, such as autonomous trucks, trains and drills, and implement systems connecting all components of the mining value chain for the first time.“The development will consolidate everything Rio Tinto has learned from its studies into finding advanced ways to extract minerals while reducing environmental impacts and improving safety, known as the Mine of the FutureTM programme,” the company said.Koodaideri has more than 70 innovations in scope including:A digital replica of the processing plant, accessible in real time by workers in the field;Fully-integrated mine automation and simulation systems;Advanced automation including an automated workshop, and;Numerous data analytics capabilities and control loops to optimise production and reduce downtime.Koodaideri is some 35 km northwest of Rio’s Yandicoogina mine, and about 110 km from the town of Newman in the Pilbara region. The development remains subject to final Western Australian government approval.IM found out more about the Koodaideri development recently, carrying out a Q&A with Matthew Holcz, Managing Director of Planning Integration and Assets of Rio’s iron ore division. This article was featured in the November issue of IM.