These Are The World’s Best Restaurants And Only One From India Makes it to The Top 100

first_imgIndian Accent New Delhi, India Ranked 90th on the list, the restaurant has been rated as the number one restaurant in India by TripAdvisor for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Dishes prepared by Chef Manish Mehrotra the 8-course menu grace the taste buds at Lodhi Road.Read it at Money Control Related Itemslast_img

Milena Alessandrina ready to come out of shell in new role as Tigresses’ co-captain

first_imgView comments MANILA, Philippines—Milena Alessandrini’s rise didn’t stop when she won Rookie of the Year in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament with the outside spiker getting named the co-captain of University of Santo Tomas in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Alessandrini was chosen to be the second-in-command to captain Cherry Rondina for the Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament in what she believes was a reward for the hard work she put day in and day out.“Maybe it was because of the performance I did because I’m very shy so I need to become extra vocal with my teammates,” said Alessandrini who’s of Filipino-Italian decent.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 starsAlessandrini missed four games in the first round of Season 80 due to a shoulder injury but was still able to average 10.5 points in the 10 games, one of which was when she was used as a libero in her return against University of the East.Despite being a wallflower in practice, Alessandrini said that she’s willing to take on the leadership role that her coaches entrusted to her. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 “Thank you to the coaches for this responsibility and it’s an honor for me,” said Alessandrini. “I want to help the team do their best.”Apart from Alessandrini’s shyness, there’s also the issue of the language barrier within the team since the new co-captain isn’t well versed in Filipino but Rondina said it’s not a problem to them.“It’s a given that there’s still a language barrier between us and Milena but it won’t matter because when we play our hearts out there won’t be any problems,” said Rondina in Filipino.“She’s a fighter and she’s always willing to be mingle with us whatever the situation and that’s one of the best things about her,” added Rondina.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Calvin Abueva gets last laugh over CJ Perez in ‘battle of the beasts’last_img read more

Performance drug used by Lance Armstrong not effective: study

first_imgLondon, Jul 3 (PTI) EPO, a doping drug that was used by American cyclist Lance Amrstrong – for which he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles – may have little effect on performance of athletes, a study has found.One of the most celebrated athletes, the road racing cyclist Armstrong was the 1993 professional world champion, and had won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005.However, in 2012, he was banned from sanctioned Olympic sports for life and stripped off his seven Tour de France titles after he confessed to using the drug erythropoietin (EPO).Researchers from Centre for Human Drug Research in the Netherlands conducted a trial on about 48 well-trained non- professional male cyclists aged between 18 and 50 years.They found that while performance was improved in high intensity tests, endurance and road race performances were similar for those who took the drug rHuEPO and those who did not.They found that the drug led to elevated levels of haemoglobin and adhesion molecules which could potentially increase the risk of thrombosis.In the trial, half of the participants were given weekly injections of rHuEPO, and half were given a placebo (saline solution) over 8 weeks.The aim was to increase the levels of haemoglobin in the participants of the rHuEPO group by 10-15 per cent compared to the start of the study. The doses used were consistent with known practises in professional cycling.The trial involved a series of tests to evaluate different types of performance parameters.advertisementThe first test involved a ramp test, where pedalling resistance was increased every 5 minutes until exhaustion (taking between 30-50 minutes).The second test involved a 45 minute endurance test at the highest power output. The final test, 12 days after the final injections, involved a 110 kilometre (km) cycle followed by a 21.5 km road-race up Mont Ventoux, which often features in the Tour de France race.Mean haemoglobin concentrations, and performance parameters in the high-intensity laboratory test were higher in the rHuEPO group compared to placebo. Gross efficiency, heart rate and other respiratory parameters did not differ between groups.In the endurance tests, mean power output, oxygen consumption and Mont Ventoux race times did not differ between groups.The same was true for cycling economy, mean heart rate, and lactate levels, researchers said.There was no difference in adverse events between the two groups, however the endothelial function markers E-selectin and P-selectin were significantly increased in the rHuEPO group, potentially increasing the risk of thrombosis.”We found that while rHuEPO increased performance in a laboratory setting on high intensity tests, the differences largely disappeared in endurance tests, and were undetectable in a real-world cycling race,” said Jules Heuberger from the Centre for Human Drug Research.The study was published in the journal The Lancet Haematology. PTI APA MHN MHNlast_img read more

Moto G4 Play to get Android 7.0 Nougat update in June, confirms Lenovo

first_imgMoto G4 Play was announced with Android 6.1 Marshmallow operating system last August. The report comes from Android Authority further reveals that the Motorola smartphone will receive Nougat’s sweetness latest by the month of June.To recall, the predecessors of the smartphone Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus have already received the Nougat update back in March this year. Following their footsteps, Moto G4 Play will also receive the Android 7.0 Nougat in June, confirms Lenovo itself.Also Read: Moto Z Play to receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat update soon, confirms MotorolaAs per the report coming from Android Authority, they stated that when in talks with an official at Lenovo they said, “Consumers will start to see Android Nougat on Moto G4 Play in June.” So, this is no rumour or speculations, and like its predecessor – Moto G4 and G4 Plus, the cheaper variant of the series – Moto G4 Play will be upgraded to the latest Android OS.Also Read: Moto G5 in blue colour leaks, may launch in coming months Days ago, Lenovo also confirmed the coming of Android 7.1 Nougat for the Moto Z Play as well. The smartphone was originally launched with Android Marshmallow, with the Nougat update the Moto Z Play is expected to bring several upgrades and improvements to the device.Report coming from GSMarena confirmed the Nougat update. In the report, they further stated that Motorola confirmed the coming of the Android 7.1.1 Nougat during a chat session. However, the company didn’t confirm on when the software update will officially roll out like they did from the Moto G4 Play.advertisementIf the Moto Z Play will really receive the Nougat update, it will probably be the first Motorola device to run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. With the software upgrades, both the Moto G4 Play Z Play will receive several new features and upgrades.Moto G4 Play was announced in India September last year.The smartphone sports a 5-inch full HD display and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor. The smartphone further features 2GB of RAM which comes coupled with 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via an external microSD card. On the camera front, the smartphone boast an 8-megapixel camera on the rear panel, while on the front fits a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. Moto G4 Play is backed by a 2800 mAh battery and includes several connectivity options like – 4G LTE support, Bluetooth version 4.1 LE and WiFi.last_img read more

Union Sues NFL For Peterson

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL Players Association filed a federal lawsuit Dec. 15 for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitration ruling that upheld the NFL’s suspension of the star running back.The petition also requested a court order for Peterson’s immediate reinstatement, arguing that Peterson has served far more than what’s allowed by the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players.Attorneys for the NFLPA asked to expedite the case in Minnesota, where the union has often gone to contest labor matters with the NFL.Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson without pay for the last six games of this season and through at least April 15, the result of the child-abuse case that has kept the 2012 NFL MVP out of all but one game this year. Harold Henderson, the arbitrator appointed to hear Peterson’s appeal, affirmed the entirety of Goodell’s decision.The union argued that Henderson’s decision was biased and overreaching, contrary to “fundamental principles of notice, fairness and consistency” and the essence of the CBA.Henderson, the former NFL Executive Vice President for Labor Relations, has heard 88 appeals, according to the league.In the petition, the NFLPA said Henderson “ran roughshod over the required procedural protections of the CBA” and “summarily rubber-stamped the unlawful process and punishment of Mr. Peterson” with his ruling.In his written decision last week, Henderson backed Goodell’s assertion in determining punishment that Peterson lacked remorse for badly injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch in an attempt to apply discipline. Peterson has said he’s sorry and meant no harm.“The fact that Arbitrator Henderson dismissed what Mr. Peterson actually said in favor of unverified and out-of-context news reports speaks volumes about his evident partiality,” the NFLPA wrote in the petition.The union accused Goodell of punishing Peterson to satiate “public calls for his resignation due to prior disciplinary failures” and said he picked Henderson to hear the appeal to “to avoid another embarrassing reversal” of his decision.Goodell initially suspended Baltimore’s Ray Rice for two games and then declared him out indefinitely Sept. 8 after video surfaced of the running back delivering a knockout punch to the woman who’s now his wife. Between those decisions was Goodell’s announcement Aug. 28 of tougher penalties for players involved with domestic violence, including a six-game suspension for a first-time offender.The injuries to Peterson’s son occurred in May. The union said Peterson should not have been subjected to the enhanced personal conduct policy.The arbitrator in Rice’s case overruled Goodell and reinstated him, though he had no team to return to because the Ravens had released him Sept. 8. In the petition for Peterson, attorneys pointed to that arbitrator’s ruling that Goodell lacked the CBA authority to apply the enhanced policy to punish prior conduct.The NFL declined to comment.The case was originally assigned to U.S. District Judge David Doty but referred instead to U.S. Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron.The NFLPA again hammered away at NFL executive Troy Vincent, devoting about 10 of the 74 pages in the petition to recorded conversations between Vincent and Peterson informing the player he’d face only a two-game suspension under the previous policy and could rejoin the Vikings in late November.“Mr. Vincent expressed to Mr. Peterson that the NFL believed he had already ‘paid the price’ for his conduct and that, accordingly, his time on the Commissioner’s Exempt List prior to November 4 would be factored into any discipline the NFL would impose,” the union’s lawyers wrote.The transcripts of the phone calls, used in Peterson’s appeal, were provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the case. The person provided the transcripts on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to release them. The talks took place after Peterson reached his plea agreement in Texas on Nov. 4 and before Goodell announced the suspension Nov. 18.The NFLPA also criticized the NFL for keeping Peterson in “continued purgatory” on the exempt list, essentially paid leave, between those dates.Peterson called Vincent to find out how many games he would be suspended, and Vincent tried to convince Peterson to meet with Goodell and other NFL executives to discuss personal progress and expectations for moving forward.Vincent told Peterson that NFL officials responded favorably to Peterson’s suggestion he be suspended an additional two games provided Peterson agreed to meet.In his ruling, Henderson dismissed the contention that Peterson was retaliated against for not meeting with Goodell on Nov. 14.___By Dave Campbell. AP Pro Football Writer. AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner in New York and Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Virat Kohli giggles as Ravi Shastri thanks Indian media for their ‘support’

first_img4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ends in a draw. Full ScorecardIndia head coach Ravi Shastri was brimming with joy and pride as he sat down with captain Virat Kohli to address a press conference after India’s historic 2-1 series win in Sydney.While Shastri consciously made it a point to attack the Indian cricket team’s critics during the interaction, the head coach also took a low blow at the Indian media with a sarcastic comment.”Just one thing before I leave. I want to thank all my buddies from the Indian media. Without your support, I don’t think we would have played as well as we have right through the last 12 months. Thank you very much,” Shastri said.Even as Shastri made the comment, Kohli was seen giggling before both of them made their way out of the conference room in Sydney.Shastri hit back at Team India’s critics for firing blanks, saying that Kohli’s men blew away all the criticism “like a tracer” bullet.”I said in Melbourne – I think I mentioned people taking pot shots and firing blanks. I wasn’t joking there, because I knew how hard this team had worked. When you fire from there, by the time it crosses the southern hemisphere, it’s blown away by the wind like a tracer bullet,” Shastri said.Shastri was referring to former teammate and batting great Sunil Gavaskar’s comments made during the fourth day of the recently-concluded Test in Sydney.advertisement”And how did that wake-up call come? Because of the blanks being fired from thousands of miles away. The blanks made the noise that woke this team up!” Gavaskar has said.”… But lead, with something in it, can be pretty serious. And that’s what we have fired right through the series against Australia. We were committed, and it jolly well bloody made a difference at the end of it all. This is not a team of gods or demigods, seniors or juniors.”Also Read | Test series win in Australia will give this Indian team a different identity: Virat KohliAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsThe hard-earned win in Australia came after some disappointing results in South Africa and England for which the captain, the coach, and the team management were criticised. Tactical errors and the poor team selection were highlighted by both the media and the expert commentators over the last year.While conceding that India learned from the mistakes committed in the previous tours, Shastri also heaped praise on the determination that was on display from his team throughout the four-match series.”This is an Indian cricket team that will jump over a cliff to win a match for the country. And that’s the determination, that’s the ruthlessness, that’s the mindset with which this team went to play in this series. Hats off to them for showing that courage,” Shastri added.”Today I can say I am proud of my boys and I can also tell them one thing, which Virat touched in the presentation, that this team now has an identity to look at any other Indian team from the past in the eye and say ‘We play proper Test match cricket. You did, we did too but without being intimidated.”Also Read | Hats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s menAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat KohliAlso Read | Australia Test series win as big as 1983 World Cup triumph, says India coach Ravi ShastriAlso See:last_img read more

ANTI-FREEZE DANGEROUS FOR PEOPLE & PETS

first_imgIowans who are prepping their cars for winter may top off the antifreeze level in their engine, but the experts at the Iowa Poison Control Center remind, be careful with those chemicals.Registered Nurse Jean Hammack says antifreeze comes in an array of colors, including green, blue, pink and green, but all of them are hazardous if swallowed.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ANTI.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………”in the eye” :19She says it’s best to leave antifreeze and wiper solution in the original gallon bottles.After using part of the product, don’t transfer it to a smaller bottle, especially one that once contained juice or a sports drink.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ANTI2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..highly toxic” :17Because of the color and sweet taste, children often mistake these chemicals for drinks, while pets may lick up spilled fluid from the floor.Hammack says to keep the poison center number programmed into your phone — 1-800-222-1222.Radio Iowalast_img read more

Falkirk vow to find fans who threw fake eyes at Dunfermline’s Dean Shiels

first_imgFalkirk have apologised and vowed to take action against the culprits after some of their fans threw fake eyes towards the Dunfermline midfielder Dean Shiels during the Championship derby on Tuesday.Shiels was already the centre of attention in the East End Park meeting, with Falkirk still missing the suspended Joe McKee and Kevin O’Hara after the pair were found guilty of taunting Shiels over the loss of an eye and handed a combined 12-match ban by the Scottish Football Association. But the former Rangers and Hibernian player had to deal with chants from visiting supporters as well as distasteful missiles as his team won 2-0.Falkirk issued a statement condemning the actions of some of their supporters, saying: “Falkirk FC apologises unreservedly to Dean Shiels and Dunfermline Athletic FC for the abhorrent behaviour of a small number of individuals at this afternoon’s Ladbrokes Championship match.“The club wholeheartedly condemns the abuse witnessed towards Dean Shiels in the strongest terms and will be working closely with Dunfermline Athletic FC to identify those responsible. We will look to take action against anyone identified from today’s game and will not allow this disgraceful behaviour to be repeated.”Shiels underwent surgery in 2006 after losing sight in his right eye in a domestic accident when he was eight years old.The Dunfermline manager, Allan Johnston, said earlier on his club’s official website: “You never like to hear stuff like that. It’s poor. And that’s why guys like Dean Shiels – it’s great discipline he showed. The whole team showed that.“That’s why it was important to get the win as well, when stuff like that is going on in the background. Saying that, I think a lot of them left early so they probably didn’t see too much.” Share on LinkedIn Falkirk Share on Pinterest Topics Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on Twittercenter_img Share on WhatsApp news Share via Email Scottish Championship Share on Messenger Dunfermlinelast_img read more

Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev live streaming: When and where to watch US Open 2019 Men’s Singles Final

first_imgRafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev live streaming: When and where to watch US Open 2019 Men’s Singles FinalUS Open 2019 Men’s Singles Final Live Streaming: Rafael Nadal is bidding for his 19th Grand Slam title in a tricky test against in-form Daniil Medvedev who is set to feature in his first-ever major final.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 8, 2019UPDATED: September 8, 2019 19:00 IST US Open 2019 Men’s Singles Final Live Streaming: Rafael Nadal vs Danill Medvedev (Reuters Photo)Rafael Nadal can win his 19th Grand Slam championship to move within one of Roger Federer’s record for men by winning the US Open final against Daniil Medvedev.The 33-year-old Nadal will be playing in his 27th major final and the 23-year-old Medvedev is in his first on Sunday at Flushing Meadows.Medvedev had never been past the fourth round at any Grand Slam tournament until this one.He has been terrific on hard courts in recent weeks, going 20-2 and reaching four finals in a row.One of those came against Nadal, who beat the Russian in straight sets at the Montreal Masters in August.What time is the US Open 2019 Men’s Singles Final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev?Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev, US Open 2019 Men’s Singles Final will start from 01.30 AM IST on August 9 (Monday morning).Which TV channels will air the US Open 2019 Men’s Singles Final match between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev?You can watch the US Open 2019 Men’s Singles Final match between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev on Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports Select 1 HD and Star Sports Select 2 HD.Where can I watch the US Open 2019 Men’s Singles Final match between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvdev?Hotstar will provide the live streaming for this match.Where can I watch the US Open 2019 Men’s Singles Final match between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev live online?You can also watch online coverage on Indian streaming service, Hotstar. You can also follow the match live on https://www.indiatoday.in/sports.advertisementAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow US Open 2019Follow Daniil MedvedevFollow Nadal vs MedvedevFollow US Open 2019 finallast_img read more

More than 1,500 students from 32 colleges participate in Indian Army’s ‘Sangam Youth Festival’

first_img Asian News International New DelhiOctober 13, 2019UPDATED: October 13, 2019 13:19 IST Over 1,500 students participated in Indian Army’s ‘Sangam Youth Festival’ in Jammu.Over 1,500 students from 32 different colleges and university participated in the ‘Sangam Youth Festival’ being organised by the Indian Army in collaboration with Jammu University Campus in a bid to spread the message of peace, prosperity, communal harmony and national integration.Students also showcased their performances in sports, cultural and fine arts performances. Traditional folk dance and a display by the military band were also performed in a patriotic fervour. Northern Army commander Lt General Ranbir Singh also attended the five-day event onOctober 12.Here’s what Defence PRO Lt-Col said:”Sangam Youth Festival is being organised from October 11 to October 15. This year 1,500 students from 32 colleges are participating in the program. During this festival, several events are being organised so the students can showcase their talents and skills,” Defence PRO Lt-Col Devender Anand told ANI.He said that a total number of 35 events, including outdoor and indoor activities, have been planned during this festival.”This event comes in continuation with the Indian army and the administration’s effort to engage the youngsters in productive activities. We are organising the event in a manner so that the youngsters are inducted into the mainstream but also maintain our rich cultural heritage. This allows students to explore and learn from each other,” Anand said.He said that the students are very enthusiastic about their performances and have come fully prepared as this is a competitive event.Who witnessed the event?A number of officials from the army, civil administration, police force, teachers and locals also witnessed the event.advertisementThe participating students are also having a good time at the event.”We got to converse with people from other regions and find out new things. We got a platform to showcase our talents and skills. The army encourages everyone to participate in the event. I am very happy and grateful to be a part of this event,” Jagmeet Kaur, one of the participants said.Read: DIOS, BSA give instructions to Lucknow schools to prevent dengueAlso read: Social media etiquettes, yoga, resume writing part of UGC’s ‘Life skills’ curriculum 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 byHarshita Pathak Tags :Follow Indian ArmyFollow Jammu Next More than 1,500 students from 32 colleges participate in Indian Army’s ‘Sangam Youth Festival’Students also showcased their performances in sports, cultural and fine arts performances. Traditional folk dance and a display by the military band were also performed in a patriotic fervour.advertisementlast_img read more

Weaker Order Intake at Fincantieri

first_imgzoom Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri posted a somewhat weaker first quarter results in 2015.The group secured new orders totaling euro 85 million compared to euro 1.7 billion in the corresponding period of 2014.Of the total new orders 53% relates to the shipbuilding segment (59% at 31 March 2014), 35% to the offshore segment (39% at 31 March 2014), and 29% to the equipment, systems and services segment (4% at 31 March 2014).New orders secured by the parent company Fincantieri S.p.A. accounted for 22% of the total (41% at 31 March 2014).“In the first quarter of 2015, despite a weak order intake, we have successfully developed intense commercial negotiations that have led to important industrial and commercial agreements. The most notable are the one with our historical partner Carnival, the one with the Italian Navy for the fleet renewal program, along with the continuation of FREMM and LCS programs through the confirmation of the expected units,“Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri’s Chief Executive Officer, said.The group signed a strategic memorandum of agreement with Carnival Corporation & plc, announced on 27 March 2015, for construction of five next-generation cruise ships, to be built over the period 2019-2022.The agreement also includes options for additional ship builds in the coming years.As for the offshore segment, the decline in oil prices commencing in the second half of 2014 has significantly altered the spending outlook for oil exploration & production companies, which have scaled back their investment plans and initiated cost-cutting programs.“As a result, order intake in the first quarter of 2015 was very limited, amounting to euro 30 million compared with euro 662 million in the same period of 2014,” the company said.The group’s order backlog amounted to euro 9 billion at 31 March 2015 (euro 8.8 billion at the end of the first three months of 2014), slightly increasing compared to the same period in 2014, with the order profile extending until 2019. The backlog represents about 2 years of work in relation to the revenues generated in 2014 most of which in the shipbuilding segment.Fincantieri said that the group’s revenues significantly increased from last year mainly due to higher volumes in cruise business, with eleven units under construction at the Italian facilities, while marginality was mainly affected by reduced profitability of the offshore segment and by cruise ships under construction.Speaking of the outlook, the group forecasts a sustained order intake for the rest of 2015, particularly in the shipbuilding segment, related to the formalization of contracts for naval vessels under the Italian Navy’s fleet renewal program and the continued FREMM and LCS programs, and the finalization of orders under the strategic memorandum of agreement with Carnival Corporation.last_img read more

Grimaldi Inks USD 400 Mn Deal for Six RoRos

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Grimaldi The Grimaldi Group from Italy has ordered the construction of six RoRo vessels from the Chinese Jinling shipyard.The sextet, worth USD 400 million, is scheduled for delivery in 2020, and forms part of the company’s ambitious fleet expansion plan.The newbuildings will be 238 meters long, featuring a beam of 34 meters and a gross tonnage of 64,000 tons. They will be able to transport over 7,800 linear meters of rolling units, equivalent to about 500 trailers.In addition, the new ships will pioneer the company’s hybrid design, Grimaldi Green 5th Generation, which means that they will use fossil fuels during navigation and switch to electricity while in port.Once delivered, three ships from the batch will be operated by Grimaldi Lines in the Mediterranean, while the remaining three ice-class newcomers will be purchased by Finnlines, the group’s sister company, for operation in the Baltic Sea.last_img read more

TIM HORTONS RELAUNCHES ITS TRUE STORIES PLATFORM GLOBALLY

first_img Facebook With the relaunch of its widely celebrated “True Stories” platform, Tim Hortons has returned to a strategy dating back to 1994 aimed at positioning the brand as a truly indelible part of the Canadian identity.On Nov. 29, the donut and coffee chain unveiled the first spot in a series of six new ads that represents its largest investment in brand marketing since its 2014 acquisition by Restaurant Brands International, a company with a portfolio that includes the Popeyes and Burger King QSR chains.The spot re-launching the “True Stories” platform is “Little Man with a Big Heart,” a 30-second spot involving scripted reenactments of interviews with Conor Raichel and his mother – a story originally submitted by Kelsey Kuefler, a former Tim Hortons employee. The commercial – which touches on a story of generosity shown to a stranger during Christmas – was first shared online on Nov. 29 (both in Canada and the U.S.) to align with the holiday season and will begin airing on TV Dec. 5. Five other spots are set to follow in 2019. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Moroccan government increases price of diesel

first_imgRabat- Another bad news for Moroccan car owners. The price of diesel has been fixed at MAD 8.88 per liter for the period from 16 February to 15 March 2014, an increase of  MAD 0.34 . In a communiqué issued on Saturday, the Ministry of General Affairs and Governance said that the price of diesel will stand at MAD 8.88 per liter, an increase of MAD 0.34. The prices of diesel and gasoline are revised on the 1st and 16th of each month, in accordance with the pricing structure published by the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment. Last September, the government decided to implement the indexation measure, which links gas prices in Morocco with any increase or decrease in the international market.1 US dollars= 8.18 Dirhams© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

IMF Lauds Moroccos New Flexible ExchangeRate Regime

Rabat – For the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Morocco is a good student when it comes to economic policies. But when it comes to social ones, the country still has a long way to go to reduce unemployment and social disparities. In a recent report issued Friday, the IMF lauds Morocco’s launch of the new flexible exchange-rate regime, stating that it “will help further improve Morocco’s external position, enhance the economy’s capacity to absorb shocks, and preserve its external competitiveness.”The new flexible exchange-rate system came into effect Monday, January 15 after years of discussions, and was highly encouraged by the IMF since 1998. READ ALSO: Morocco Should Implement Dirham Liberalization Reform ‘Now’: IMFThe Moroccan central bank continues to set the dirham price on the basis of a basket representative of the euro and the dollar, at the rate of 60 and 40 percent, respectively, but with a much greater margin of flexibility. The fluctuation band went from 0.3 to 2.5 percent in each direction.The IMF had granted Morocco a precautionary credit line of USD 3.6 billion in July 2016, but the Moroccan authorities have so far not used it. This agreement will expire next July.For the international institution, Morocco’s “sound” macroeconomic policies and reform implementation “helped improve the resilience of the economy.”READ ALSO: Morocco Must ‘Accelerate’ its Structural Reforms: IMFIn 2017, Morocco’s external imbalances narrowed and international reserves remain at a comfortable level, settling around MAD 250 billion as of January 19. Fiscal developments were also positive, with the budget deficit declining due to strong revenue performance and contained spending. As growth rebounded in 2017, the IMF expects “to accelerate gradually over the medium term, contingent on improved external conditions and steadfast reform implementation.”The IMF however calls for “raising the potential pace” of this growth and “making it more inclusive.” For the international body, new measures to develop education, governance and market reforms will be need in order to “reduce persistently high levels of unemployment, especially among young people, increase women’s participation in the labor force and reduce regional disparities.” read more

UN anticrime agency pledges continued support to Indonesia to combat corruption

“We will continue to support the national efforts in corruption prevention and eradication,” the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, told reporters at an event organized by Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (known by the acronym KPK) in the capital, Jakarta.Indonesia is home to the largest single UNODC country programme in the region, which provides support to anti-corruption efforts by the Supreme Court, the KPK, the criminal justice system and general law enforcement. It also involves civil society mobilization to better combat emerging threats such as corruption and its links to deforestation. In his remarks, Mr. Fedotov praised President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s commitment to independent anti-corruption agencies and highlighted UNODC’s work supporting Government initiatives to combat corruption, illicit drugs, and wildlife, forest and environmental crimes. “Transnational organized criminal syndicates operating in Indonesia and the region play a role in illicit resource extraction – like protected natural resources, timber, fish and other wildlife – and crimes which harm the environment. They are a threat to public health and society’s well-being,” said Mr. Fedotov. “Let’s put them out of business.” While in Jakarta, Mr. Fedotov met with senior Government officials to whom he reiterated the importance of the strong partnership between UNODC and national authorities to strengthen the rule of law and improve the capacity of anti-corruption institutions, implement prison reform, and combat environmental crime, as well as the use of illicit drugs.The UNODC chief’s four-day visit to Indonesia concludes his five-country trip to Southeast Asia to engage both with government counterparts and civil society partners. Prior to Indonesia, Mr. Fedotov visited Thailand, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Laos, where he exchanged views with regional leaders on the human security challenges facing the region and how the world body could respond better. read more

Syria Ban and Special Representative welcome USRussia accord to spur political solution

On Tuesday, the US and Russia reportedly agreed to convene an international conference to find a political solution to the Syria crisis, adding that they would encourage both Damascus and the opposition to negotiate. The announcement came after talks in Moscow between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.“The statements made in Moscow constitute a very significant first step forward. It is nevertheless only a first step,” Mr. Brahimi said in a statement, adding that this is the first “hopeful news” concerning Syria in a very long time.A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson noted that the Secretary-General and Mr. Brahimi have asserted from the outset their conviction that a negotiated political solution is the only way to end this “prolonged and ever-deepening” crisis.“The goal should be clear to all – it must be an end to violence, a clean break from the past and a transition to a new Syria in which the rights of all communities are protected and the legitimate aspirations of all the people in Syria for freedom, dignity and justice are met,” the statement said. Mr. Brahimi, who is currently attending a meeting of The Elders in Ireland, has called on the US and Russia to exercise leadership and work together to initiate a process to implement the Geneva Declaration of 30 June 2012.That document – issued after a meeting in the Swiss city of the Action Group for Syria – lays out key steps in a process to end the violence. Among other items, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.“There is every reason to expect the three other permanent members of the Security Council as a whole and indeed all the Security Council members to work together amongst themselves and with the Secretary-General to carry the process forward,” said Mr. Brahimi.“Naturally the Syrians themselves – all the Syrians – will occupy pride of place in the process that should be launched as early as possible. It is equally important that the entire region mobilises in the support of the process,” he added.In addition to the tens of thousands killed, some 4.25 million people have been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, with more than 1.4 million of them taking refuge in neighbouring countries. The UN estimates that some 6.8 million people inside Syria are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance – nearly half of them children. read more

Central Asia Security Council lauds UN regional centres preventive diplomacy efforts

The Security Council today reaffirmed the importance of the use of preventive diplomacy and early warning mechanisms to assist in the peaceful settlement of disputes, and acknowledged the role of the United Nations regional office in assisting countries in Central Asia to respond to threats and challenges. The UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) was established in 2007 in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. It assists and supports the Governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in finding solutions for emerging problems and eliminating potential threats.“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their support for the efforts of UNRCCA to facilitate dialogue among the Governments of the Central Asian States on regional issues of common concern,” Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo of the United States, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for July, said in a statement read out to the press.The statement followed a closed-door briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNRCCA, Miroslav Jenča, on the work of the Centre over the past six months. “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the importance of the use of preventive diplomacy and early warning mechanisms by the United Nations to assist in the peaceful settlement of disputes and in this context acknowledged the role of UNRCCA in assisting Central Asian countries, in accordance with its mandate and through regional cooperation, to respond to domestic and trans-national threats to peace and in supporting the sustainable development of the region,” the statement said.Council members also stressed the need for further cooperation and coordination between the Central Asian States, UNRCCA, and regional organizations to strengthen the region’s capacity to overcome challenges to peace, stability and sustainable development in Central Asia through the mechanisms of preventive diplomacy and dialogue.In this regard, they welcomed initiatives by UNRCCA to assist the countries in finding a comprehensive solution to the management of trans-boundary water resources, and took note of ongoing discussions, facilitated by the Centre, on a regional legal framework for this purpose. UNRCCA’s efforts to support cooperation among the Central Asian States in the area of counter-terrorism and in combating drug trafficking were also recognized. read more

US Beats Australia But Germany Inches Ahead In Our Womens World Cup

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.In its opening campaign Monday, the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) did not exactly look like a team that — heading into this tournament — had the best chance of winning this year’s World Cup title. It had a 68 percent chance of defeating Australia going into Monday, but when the whistle blew to signal the start of the game, the USWNT looked jittery. The team resorted to long balls and the all-too-familiar direct style of American play, completing only 73 percent of its passes in the first half (compared with a 77 percent pass-completion rate in the friendlies leading up to the World Cup).Despite the shaky start, the Americans were up 1-0 after only 12 minutes, thanks to a nasty deflection of Megan Rapinoe’s shot off an Australian defender. The Matildas equalized in the 28th minute from a left-footed shot by captain Lisa De Vanna, and by the 60th minute, the game was still tied 1-1 — right around the time that we said U.S. fans should start sweating as a draw starts to become the most likely outcome.But just one minute short of our 62nd-minute sweat-marker, Christen Press scored her first World Cup goal, and the U.S. finally began to settle down, completing 80 percent of their passes in the second half. The Americans went on to win 3-1, increasing their chances of advancing from Group D to 99 percent (up from 95 percent before Monday’s game).Germany, the other front-runner, however, opened its World Cup run with a resounding 10-0 win over the Ivory Coast (a team that had a Women’s Soccer Power Index rating of 75.5 — compared to Australia’s 88.8). But as probabilistic forecasts go, a victory that big increased Germany’s chances of winning the tournament. It is now at 31 percent, ahead of the Americans’ 28 percent.As of this morning, Germany is now the most likely team to win the World Cup. But we’d caution against reading into this too much; we’ve yet to see how Germany fares against an opponent like Australia. That won’t happen until Thursday, when Germany faces Norway (whose WSPI rating, 88.9, is almost identical to Australia’s). Although the matchup seems similar to U.S.-Australia, the Germans are heavily favored to win — 72 percent to Norway’s 11 percent.The U.S. and Germany aren’t likely to face each other until the semifinals, but we expect that they’ll continue to battle for the top spot in our Women’s World Cup predictions throughout this tournament. We knew these two teams would be the front-runners, but we’ll see if they continue to further distance themselves from the pack — Japan, which beat Switzerland in a meager 1-0 win on Monday night, now has a 9 percent chance of winning the tournament after starting the World Cup at 10 percent. France and Brazil stand at 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively, but these odds could change after their opening games today. read more

Millionaire killer accused of profiting from his wifes murder is sued by

first_imgWorkman’s obstruction of the legal process had led to “horrendous delays” and caused “intense emotional strain” to Ben and Nicholas, he added.And his behaviour had deepened the trauma already caused by their mother’s murder.But Miss McQuail urged the Appeal Court to give Workman a fair chance to defend himself against his sons’ claim.Denying that a “profit motive” lay behind the murder, she said Workman was “in temper” when he killed his wife at the climax of a “bitter dispute”.He and his victim had been married for 35 years before their split, the court heard.During his trial, Workman insisted he acted in self-defence after his wife came at him with a kitchen knife and that she was fatally injured during the struggle.However, jurors disbelieved him and his conviction challenge was turned down by the Criminal Appeal Court in 2014.At his murder trial the court heard poignant extracts from Susan Workman’s diary – with the last entry penned just instants before the killing.The log – titled “Sue’s Memories” – recorded how her ex stormed into the house to retrieve his “clothes and jumpers”.Workman briefly stroked the family dog as he was about to leave, the diary notes, but then launched a torrent of screaming expletives at Mrs Workman.Her last unfinished line read simply, “standing, staring at me acro…”.After Workman’s trial, Ben and Nicholas put their names to a family statement welcoming “this man”s conviction.””Sue did not deserve to have her life ended this way for greed and money,” they said.Lord Justice McCombe, Lady Justice Sharp and Lady Justice Thirlwall have now reserved their decision on Workman’s appeal. The £700,000 farm in Edgeworth, Bolton, where multi-millionaire Ian Workman killed his wife Susan in 2011Credit: Champion News The £700,000 farm in Edgeworth, Bolton, where multi-millionaire Ian Workman killed his wife Susan in 2011 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. Two sons of a multi-millionaire killer who butchered his wife in the midst of their bitter divorce are now suing him for £1.5 million.In a “unique and troubling” case, Ben and Nicholas Workman claim their murderer father, Ian Workman, 63, would have had to hand over half his fortune to their mother, Susan, had he not killed her.If he is allowed to keep the cash, the brothers’ lawyers argue, he will have “profited” from murdering her with a single stab wound to the heart.But Workman, who is serving a life sentence, is defending himself from his prison cell, insisting he did not kill his wife for the money.He is also said to have given away almost his entire fortune to his eldest son, Grant, 28, who the court heard is standing by him.The car dealer, said to have been worth about £3.3 million, killed his wife following a frenzied row at the family home in Edgworth, near Bolton.He “stabbed her through the heart with a large kitchen knife” in April 2011, his sons’ QC, Stephen Killalea, told London’s Civil Appeal Court.Workman snapped as the estranged couple rowed over the financial fallout from their divorce, he added.Aged 55 when she died, Mrs Workman had been claiming a divorce payout of around £1.5 million from her ex.But the cash stayed in his coffers after he was convicted of her murder at Preston Crown Court in December 2011.Workman says he has been treated “unfairly and oppressively” by Ben, 27, and Nicholas, 23, but they are determined he should not profit from their mother’s murder. Sue did not deserve to have her life ended this way for greed and moneyFamily statement Backing their claim is Susan Workman’s sister, Carol Forrester, who is representing her murdered sibling’s estate.Workman watched the case via live video link from jail as his lawyers insisted he had been given no fair chance to defend himself.And his barrister, Katherine McQuail, said his oldest son, Grant, 28, has “stuck by” his father.Nicholas and Ben’s legal team argue their father “would have been ordered to pay his wife some £1.5 million had the financial proceedings gone ahead”.They are now claiming every penny Workman would have had to shell out to their mother had she lived – plus legal costs of around £500,000.The brothers’ case reached the Appeal Court as Workman challenged a judgment for £1,503,579 that was entered against him in 2013.As part of an asset-freezing injunction, Workman had been ordered to disclose his assets worldwide.But Mr Killalea said he made “no attempt at all” to comply with the order and, as a result, was barred from defending his sons’ claim.The QC also claimed Workman had “voluntarily dissipated virtually all his assets” to Grant.last_img read more